Application Deadlines

Priority Deadline for Domestic and International Students wanting to be considered for funded assistantships:

Fall Priority - February 1st

Spring Priority – September 15th

Regular Application Deadlines for Domestic Students:

Fall - July 1st

Spring - November 15th

Regular Application Deadlines for International Students:

Fall - May 1st
Spring - September 15th 

Required Tests

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for the Mechanical Engineering Program. Theses scores must be received directly from ETS. The institution code for Montana State University is 4488. Minimum scores: 154 Quantitative, 146 Verbal, 3.5 Analytical Writing. Note: Typical scores for admitted graduate students are above the minimums.

International Applicants

English proficiency scores with the following minimums: TOEFL (80), IELTS (level 6.5), or PTE (54), are required for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. or if the student is from a country where the English proficiency score is waived.

Please see our International application process page for a list of countries where the english proficiency score is waived as well as more information on applying as an International student.

Additional Admission Requirements

For additional required admission documents please see program website or view list of requirements in the graduate application portal. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.


The graduate program in Mechanical Engineering at Montana State University is designed to accommodate a variety of students with a diversity of interests. Our vibrant program offers the quality of education afforded at many larger schools, with the one-on-one mentoring and personal interaction that only smaller collaborative interdisciplinary research groups can offer.   

Our faculty have active research interests and are nationally recognized for their work, yet are dedicated to the graduate teaching mission of the University. This includes providing advanced research experiences for graduate students with some of the most advanced research facilities in North America. The Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program offers research opportunities in the following areas:

  • Materials & Structures such as biomaterials, cartilage, ceramics, snow and composites
  • Energy Systems including alternative energy, fuel cell technology, HVAC, renewable energy and wind energy systems
  • Fluid Dynamics studies using computational fluid dynamics, magnetic resonance imaging and rheological measurements

 We think you will find that these unique qualities of our graduate program and faculty will provide you with a flexible and rewarding graduate experience that will prepare you for your future academic and professional pursuits. And you can enjoy your graduate education while living in one of the happiest and most beautiful places in the world.