Tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, personal expenses. At first, these combined costs may seem overwhelming. They don’t have to be. With some planning and the willingness to investigate different schools, scholarships, grants, and bursaries, the cost of attending college or university can be more manageable than you might think. As a starting point for your research, here are the typical tuition costs for a materials science and engineering degree.

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 12,023 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

43% above average compared to other degrees

$ 30,964 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

54% above average compared to other degrees

$ 50,404 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

56% above average compared to other degrees

What do materials science and engineering graduates earn?

Materials science and engineering students make an average of $79,912 per year after graduation. This is 20% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 79,912 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 81% of degrees

N/A
% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular materials science and engineering schools in the US

There are 110 schools in the US that offer a materials science and engineering degree. The materials science and engineering schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego and University of California-Irvine. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in materials science and engineering per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-San Diego$14,018
University of California-Irvine$13,738
University of California-Davis$14,419
Boston University$52,082
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
University of Southern California$54,259
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
The University of Texas at Austin$10,398
Purdue University-Main Campus$9,992

Top US schools for a materials science and engineering degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering materials science and engineering degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%$49,892
California Institute of Technology8%$49,908
Northwestern University9%$52,678
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
Duke University10%$53,500
Johns Hopkins University13%$52,170
Cornell University13%$52,853
University of Southern California16%$54,259
Washington University in St Louis16%$51,533

Cheapest US schools for a materials science and engineering degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a materials science and engineering degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
El Paso Community College$2,746
Southern Maine Community College$3,710
Salt Lake Community College$3,781
University of Central Florida$6,368
University of Florida$6,381
University of South Florida-Main Campus$6,410
Florida International University$6,556
California State University-Northridge$6,875
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology$7,183
Boise State University$7,326

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