The undergraduate program in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The Lehigh MS&E undergraduate program has been accredited since 1936.


To pursue excellence and international prominence in the selection, design, synthesis, characterization, and discovery of materials at the nexus of experimental, computational, and data science techniques through distinguished research and scholarship, innovative teaching, industrial relationships, and active professional leadership.  Our goal is to nurture and champion leaders who think critically, analytically, and broadly about grand challenges, both old and new, in an effort to improve the world around them.

Program Educational Objectives

As a statement of the career and professional accomplishments that the Materials Science and Engineering program is preparing its graduates to achieve, we have adopted the following Educational Objectives, in consultation with our students, alumni/ae, Advisory Committee, and the program’s other constituencies:   

  • Graduates will have the knowledge and experience to pursue successful careers;
  • Graduates will meet the expectations of employers;
  • Qualified graduates will be admitted to highly ranked advanced degree programs; and
  • Successful careers will be reflected in professional recognition, advancement in responsibility, and awards.

Student Outcomes

The MS&E undergraduate Student Outcomes declare that graduates should have:

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
  • 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;
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
  • 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;
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions;
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

See Materials Science and Engineering Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data