Prospective Students

UMass PSE Graduate Program

Our interdisciplinary PhD program provides students with a broad education, spanning core principles in synthetic chemistry, physical chemistry, materials science, and engineering—defining the frontiers of polymers and soft materials through research, scholarship and community.

Why PSE?

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    Academic Excellence

    Top-notch research and education are the central value of PSE.

Research Groups

  • Reika Katsumata Group Intro

  • Kenneth Carter Group Intro

PSE by the Numbers

  • 88%

    Ph.D. graduation rate

Student Voices

  • Bachir Messikh, Carter Research Group

  • Autumn Mineo, Katsumata Research Group

Alumni Stories

  • Hyunki Kim

    Hyunki Kim

    I [soon] realized that PSE offers a wide range of state-of-the-art research facilities, a huge amount of resources, and a highly collaborative culture, all important for studying the interdisciplinary fields comprising polymer physics, polymer chemistry, mechanics, and engineering.

Contact Us

For further information about the PSE Program, please email Graduate Program Manager, Lisa Groth at or call (413) 545-0433.

Department of Polymer Science and Engineering
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Silvio O. Conte National Center for Polymer Research
120 Governors Drive
Amherst, MA 01003-9263