Carnegie Mellon University

Objectives, Outcomes, Mission, Accreditations

Program Educational Objectives

The faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in consultation with students, alumni and other interested parties, has decided that the overarching objective of the MSE curriculum is to provide an education that enables our graduates to be productive and fulfilled professionals throughout their careers.

Graduates with a B.S. degree from the Materials Science and Engineering Program will attain within a few years after graduation

• success in a professional position and/or a top graduate school that builds upon their MSE background
• professionalism and leadership in contemporary, interdisciplinary engineering practice based on materials, while accounting for the impact of their profession on an evolving, global society
• innovative design of technological systems using principles of materials science and engineering
• effective contributions as an individual, team member, and/or a leader to effect global, economic, environmental, and/or societal impact

Student Outcome

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering has accepted the following definitions for the educational outcomes of the department; these outcomes will allow our students to be successful in any career choice and achieve the long term objectives of our department.

1 an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
2 an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
3 an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
4 an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
5 an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
6 an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
7 an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

The MSE faculty welcomes any constructive feedback on these program educational objectives and student outcomes.

Program Mission

The mission of MSE is focused in the four areas described below:


  1. To provide a world-class educational environment where our students are assured of an undergraduate or graduate education in Materials that is current, rigorous, and innovative and that will serve as an appropriate starting point for the graduate to pursue a career in academia, government, or industry.
  2. To have a nationally ranked undergraduate program in the top ten of USNWR and to continue to improve that ranking.


  1. To conduct focused research with undergraduate and graduate students that advances our fundamental understanding of materials and provides a foundation for the improvement of existing or the creation of new technologies and products.
  2. To conduct research in a number of thrust areas which: (1) take advantage of the strength and size of the faculty in MSE, (2) promote interdisciplinary research to take advantage of the strength of CIT, and (3) are complementary to the strategic vision of the college and university.
  3. To foster individual and small group research that reflects the interests of the MSE faculty.
  4. To have a nationally ranked graduate program in the top ten of USNWR.

Knowledge Dissemination

  1. To publish peer-reviewed journal articles and books and to present, in appropriate public fora, the results of our educational initiatives and research.


  1. To lead the Materials based initiatives within the college and university.
  2. To take leadership roles in professional societies, governmentpanels, materials forums and councils, journal editorship, and conferences.
  3. To develop a friendly and supportive environment that allows our students, graduates, faculty, and staff to be successful.

Enrollment and Graduate Statistics

The following table presents a compilation of the program's enrollment and graduation data. The rubric 'B.S. Granted' includes December, May and August graduation date.

Academic Year Soph Jr Sr other B.S. Granted
2008-2009 35 35 27 4 26
2009-2010 29 37 31 7 35
2010-2011 50 26 30 4 32
2011-2012 39 46 27 4 31
2012-2013 38 40 43 1 45
2013-2014 45 36 39 3 37
2014-2015 36 51 34 4 38
2015-2016 38 33 48 1 36
2016-2017 31 38 33 2 48
2017-2018 37 32 34 2 30
2018-2019 45 35 26 3 24
2019-2020 32 47 36 5 34


The MSE Undergraduate Program is Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.