Feb 22, 2024  
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Materials Engineering, BS + MS (2023-2024)


Admissions Requirements | Graduate Standing Requirements​ | Advising Roadmap

Materials engineering offers in depth study on physicochemical properties of materials ranging from organics to inorganics and allows students to design new materials with desired performance or properties. In Materials Engineering (MatE), BS program, students learn fundamental principles in materials engineering to determine the relationships between materials’ structure and properties for a broad range of applications including electronics, biotechnology, energy storage, and computational materials science. In MatE, MS program, students will learn advanced level of knowledge in the field of materials engineering and complete research project in structurual materials, biomaterials, computational materials, or energy storage under the supervision of research advisor as well as in collaboration with research mentors in industries or national laboratories.

The MatE Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Scholars Program  enables qualified students in the MatE, BS program to simultaneously complete the requirements for both the BS and MS degrees in materials engineering. Students can progress from undergraduate to graduate status seamlessly, with a simplified application process and no application fee, and complete both degrees in a year’s less time as compared to completing them separately. This will provide significant cost and time savings for students.

Admissions Requirements

Students must adhere to the following minimum admissions requirements:

  1. Successfully completed a minimum of 75 Materials Engineering BS applicable units and not more than 120 undergraduate degree applicable units at the time of admission in the program;
  2. Completed MATE 115 MATE 141 MATE 151 , and ENGR 100W  with grades B or better;
  3. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at time of admission. GPA is calculated by the last 60 semester (or 90 quarter) units taken or a student’s cumulative GPA, whichever is higher; and,
  4. Students must have completed all lower-division work (including lower- division general education courses and American Institutions courses). 

Students who have reached up to their first semester as classified seniors will remain eligible for entry into the SAGE program. Second semester, senior-level students enrolled in the term they expect to graduate from their baccalaureate degree are not eligible to enter into the SAGE program as these students will not gain the accelerated graduate-level benefit offered through the SAGE blended program option.

Graduate Standing Requirements

Requirements for program continuation and advancement to candidacy in the graduate program, include:

  • Meeting every semester with an academic advisor to plan and track coursework and graduate status. Once the BS degree is conferred, students meet every semester with their graduate advisor to plan a formal course of study
  • Maintain GPA of 3.0 or higher with no individual grade below a C. Students not maintaining these standards will be placed on probation initially, followed by disqualification if the grades are not improved within two semesters.
  • The proposed graduate program must be approved by the graduate coordinator before the student may be considered a candidate for the MS degree

Advising Roadmap

The following roadmap is a sample advising map to complete the SAGE Scholars program in 5 years. Please consult your major advisor  as you develop your individualized academic plan. Students must have completed 60+ units in order to enroll in SJSU Studies courses.

Year 1 | Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4 | Year 5

Year 1


Fall Semester (14 units)


Spring Semester (16 units)


Year 2


Fall Semester (16 units)


Spring Semester (17 units)


Year 3


Year 4


Fall Semester (13 units)


Student admitted to BS + MS program.

Spring Semester (12 units)


Year 5


Fall Semester (12 units)


BS degree posted.

Spring Semester (12 units)


Roadmap Notes


The standalone BS Materials Engineering and MS Materials Engineering programs both require the completion of 9 units of Technical Electives. Students satisfy these courses in this SAGE Scholars Program by completing these Technical Electives. These 9 credits are considered to count toward both the graduate and undergraduate degrees, thus allowing SAGE students to meet the minimum unit requirements for both degrees.