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MS Mechanical Engineering

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

16300 USD
16300 USD

Application fee

International 60 USD
National 60 USD
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)99
TOEFL-PBT (min)550

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About this course

The specific mission of the undergraduate Mechanical Engineering (ME) program is to prepare students for successful mechanical engineering careers, responsible citizenship, and continued intellectual growth. The goal of the program is to produce graduates strong in fundamentals, applications, design, communication, and professional responsibility. The ME undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 415 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201, or by telephone: (410) 347-7700. The educational objectives for the ME program follow.

Mechanical Engineering graduates will:

  1. Undertake professional careers
  2. Solve problems using engineering skills and methods
  3. Regularly communicate using modern tools
  4. Work productively in a team environment
  5. Acquire new knowledge and skills

Students who have completed a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or closely related discipline may take graduate work leading to the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, or Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering with Mechanical Engineering or Engineering Mechanics options typical. Advanced degrees are necessary for university teaching and are increasingly important in industry, particularly in the areas of new product development and research.

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Eligibility Criteria

Normally, applicants must present evidence of graduation with a bachelor's degree in engineering with ability to maintain a "B" average. Graduates in other fields may be accepted, but generally these students have to make up background material in certain subject areas. Refer to the Admission Policies and Application Requirements sections for detailed admission and application requirements. Successful applicants are accepted into both the Department and The Graduate School.

Below are the GRE and TOEFL scores the graduate committee is looking for. They will consider lower scores with other excellent qualifications, but these higher scores will give you a better chance of success in this program.

  • GRE average scores: GRE-V = 149, GRE-Q = 155, GRE-A = 3.7
  • GRE preferred scores: GRE-V = 152, GRE-Q = 156, GRE-A = >3.8
  • TOEFL average score: 84 
  • TOEFL preferred score: 99
  • IELTS minimum score: 6.5

For a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, research is required in Plan A only. Students following Plan B or the Master of Engineering (M.Eng. ME)  are not required to write a thesis, and will fill a total of 30 credits with coursework.

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Course Modules

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How to Apply

Prior to applying to Montana State University (MSU), it is recommended that the applicant contact the department of the intended area of study, as department information, requirements, and deadlines may vary. See Graduate Areas of Study, for all the graduate programs offered at MSU.

Any applicant who has received a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university may apply for admission to The Graduate School. This can be done by applying through this online site. The $60.00 non-refundable application fee can be paid by credit card or debit check (Note: if you choose to pay by debit check, there can be a delay of five to ten business days before the check will clear).

The application fee will not be waived, deferred, or refunded for any reason. The application fee must be paid before the application will be processed (See Board of Regents Policy).

During the application process, applicants will be asked to provide a Social Security number to distinguish between individuals with the same or similar names. Applicants will not be penalized if they decline to provide this number. Federal law requires that when applicants apply for financial aid, graduate assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, or tuition waiver, they must provide their Social Security number for purposes of identification.

As this is a fully electronic application process, you will be providing a majority of the application materials requested by uploading it into your application. It is important to check with the program you are applying for to understand what will be requested prior to applying. Also note that during the application process, you will provide information on your references and this electronic process will prompt these individuals to submit their letters of recommendation and recommendation forms through this electronic process.There is no need to send duplicate materials to The Graduate School of these unofficial documents.

You will be required to submit official transcripts to The Graduate School. They should be sent to MSU directly from your university(s), however, we do use services such as National Student Clearinghouse.

The initial application fee is valid for no more than one (1) year from the term of the initial application. An applicant who has not been offered admittance will have the opportunity to reapply within this time frame without incurring an additional application fee. If an applicant would like to reapply to the same, or a different department, during this time, contact The Graduate School ([email protected]) with the request. If an applicant waits longer than one (1) year, it will be necessary to reapply and pay the application fee again.

If an applicant applies and is admitted as a non-degree graduate student, then chooses to apply to become a degree-seeking graduate student, a request can be made that their original application be sent to the intended department of study; no additional application fee is required. To make this request, contact The Graduate School at [email protected]; this request can occur at any time you are a graduate student in good standing at MSU.

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