We know that choosing the right degree is complex. One particularly important factor in this process is determining the financial commitment you will have to make to complete a program, and which one gives you the best return on your investment once you graduate. Of course, it's also essential to investigate scholarships and financial aid to offset tuition. Here are the typical costs for a materials science degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 15,181 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

81% above average compared to other degrees

$ 35,448 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

76% above average compared to other degrees

$ 54,192 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

68% above average compared to other degrees

What do materials science graduates earn?

Materials science students make an average of $91,370 per year after graduation. This is 37% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

16% of materials science graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is low compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 91,370 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 86% of degrees

16%
% of people underpaid in 2019

19% below average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular materials science schools in the US

There are 26 schools in the US that offer a materials science degree. The materials science schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Berkeley and University of California-Santa Barbara. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in materials science per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
University of California-Santa Barbara$14,451
University of Southern California$54,259
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
University of California-Riverside$13,917
University of Massachusetts-Amherst$15,411
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill$9,005
The University of Alabama$10,780
Columbia University in the City of New York$57,208

Top US schools for a materials science degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Northwestern University9%$52,678
Vanderbilt University11%$47,664
United States Air Force Academy12%$null
University of Southern California16%$54,259
University of California-Los Angeles16%$13,261
University of California-Berkeley17%$14,170
Emory University22%$49,392
Carnegie Mellon University22%$53,910
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill24%$9,005

Cheapest US schools for a materials science degree

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

School NameTuition
Hocking College$4,390
Northern New Mexico College$4,765
Florida State University$5,656
College of Menominee Nation$6,200
Montana Technological University$7,125
Missouri State University-Springfield$7,306
University of New Mexico-Main Campus$7,448
Saint Cloud State University$8,228
University of Alabama at Birmingham$8,328
Youngstown State University$8,451

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