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225 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
266 Master's Degrees Annually
#247 in Popularity

Types of Degrees Materials Sciences Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many materials sciences graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 266
Bachelor’s Degree 225
Doctor’s Degree 178
Basic Certificate 9
Graduate Certificate 3

What Can You Do With a Materials Sciences Major?

People with a materials science degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Architectural and Engineering Managers 5.5% $140,760
Chemistry Professors 9.9% $79,550
Chemists 6.5% $76,890
Engineering Professors 14.7% $101,720
Materials Scientists 7.6% $99,800
Natural Sciences Managers 9.9% $123,860
Professors 9.4% $65,660

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Sciences?

225 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
23% Percent Women
30% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 225 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in materials sciences in 2019, making it rank #247 in popularity. This major attracts more men than women. About 77% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of materials science majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Materials Science Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 34
Black or African American 9
Hispanic or Latino 17
White 109
International Students 44
Other Races/Ethnicities 12

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Materials Science, too. About 19.6% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Saudi Arabia

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in materials science have a median salary of $61,450 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $59,175 (25th percentile) and $62,500 (75th percentile).


Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a materials science degree.

Online Materials Sciences Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 60 schools offered some type of materials sciences program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 2 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 2 0
Bachelor’s Degree 4 0
Post-Baccalaureate 2 0
Master’s Degree 38 3
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 42 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 1 0

You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to materials science.

Major Number of Grads
Chemistry 22,156
Physics 13,927
Geological & Earth Sciences 9,522
General Physical Sciences 4,527
Astronomy & Astrophysics 1,168
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 1,072
Other Physical Science 503


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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