Welcome! We are excited to share the graduate program opportunities that our department offers. MSU is among the top 3 percent of colleges and universities in the nation for research expenditures, and has Carnegie classification for very high research activity.
See our department's research webpage to learn about our research focus areas, research facilities, faculty research interests, and new developments.
Most of our incoming graduate students are funded with teaching assistantships for at least their first year. During that period, they connect with faculty and typically receive research assistantships for the remainder of their graduate studies. Applicants must be admitted before being considered for funding.
The engineering college offers a Benjamin Fellowship that provides a stipend of $25,000 for a first year of Ph.D. study. For more details see the college's graduate funding opportunities webpage.
MSU's Graduate School provides information about additional funding and fellowship opportunities at MSU.
The department's application details page has additional information about how our funding is distributed.
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Applying for Admission
- A completed B.S. or Bachelor of Engineering degree in an engineering field closely related to the degree program you plan to enter. Examples:
- MS Civil Engineering – BS in civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, architectural engineering…
- MS Environmental Engineering – BS in civil engineering, chemical engineering, bioengineering.
If you have an engineering degree that is not closely aligned or if you have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than engineering, read about remedial requirements.
- You don’t have to complete your BS degree to apply to the MS program, but you must have finished your BS degree by the start of your first MS program semester. Many applications to graduate school are submitted during the final semester of the BS program. Submit your current transcripts when you apply and then submit final transcripts after the BS degree is officially posted.
- We require a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale. Having the minimum GPA does not guarantee acceptance, and there may be rare cases where applicants are accepted with a cumulative GPA of slightly less than the minimum because of other positive attributes.
- Official transcripts are required. When you submit your official transcripts, include those for ALL university studies not just the program that you graduated from.
- We require three letters of recommendation.
- The general GRE exam is required. We do not require a minimum score on the GRE. We generally consider GRE scores below the 50th percentile to negatively affect an applicant, and scores above the 50th percentile to positively affect the applicant. The Institution Code for MSU is 4488. It takes some time to schedule an exam and get scores back, so please consider taking the exam a month or two prior to starting the application process.
- Our application requires a goals statement. This is a formal essay where you identify the topic area you want to study (geotechnical, water resources…) and let us know why you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree. We use this as an additional measure of writing ability as well.
We do not perform pre-admission evaluations of applicants.
Rolling admission with no specific deadlines. International applicants should apply no less than 75 days prior to the beginning of the semester to accommodate the visa process.
All applicants interested in funding should be aware that funding decisions are often made well in advance of the start of the semester.
The application details page provides additional information about funding, the application timeline and more.