Nanoscience and Microsystems, PhD

School of Engineering

Program Description:

Nanoscience and nanotechnology have been referred to as the Industrial Revolution of the 21st century. Nanoscience refers to the scientific phenomena that occur at sizes around a nanometer, which is one billionth of a meter. An example of scale is the walls of cells, which are five nanometers thick. Demand for graduates in nanotechnology has been increasing steadily, but currently, only a few universities offer degree programs. UNM's interdisciplinary Nanoscience and Microsystems Engineering degree program is offered jointly by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering, evolving from the traditional disciplines of solid state physics, chemistry, biology, materials science and engineering. More than 70 faculty in nine academic departments worked together to develop the Nanoscience and Microsystems degree program. This program is a great example of how our faculty's leading-edge research benefits graduate as well as undergraduate students in a formal curriculum.

Admission Requirements:

Application Process and Materials

  • Domestic and International applications applications should apply to the University online
    • College: “Interdisciplinary”
    • Department: “Interdisciplinary”
    • Major: “NSMS”
    • Program: either Masters NSMS or PhD NSMS
  • The online application process will guide you through which materials are required by the University to finalize your application.
  • The department also requires GRE General Test scores, a Letter of Intent, and three letters of recommendation.
  • The Letter of Intent should briefly describe your experience and objectives in undertaking graduate study in Nanoscience & Microsystems Engineering and be submitted through the online system.
  • (One) IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge CPE or CAE for International Applications are required and should be submitted to the University directly by ETS (Institution code = 4845; no department code is needed). During the online process, please report your scores unofficially for review. The minimum IELTS admission standard for UNM is 6.5
  • Recommendation letters should be submitted directly by your recommenders through the online system. Specific directions are included within the application system.

Application Deadlines

Apply by the priority deadline for best consideration for research assistantships or other departmental financial aid.

Priority DeadlinesFinal Deadlines
FallJanuary 15July 15 (Domestic)
March 1 (International)
SpringJuly 15November 10 (Domestic)
August 1 (International)
SummerApril 29 (Domestic)
January 1 (International)
April 29 (Domestic)
January 1 (International)