The graduate program in Industrial and Management Engineering at Montana State University is designed to accommodate a variety of students with a diversity of interests. Our small and vibrant program offers the quality of education afforded at many larger name schools, with the one-on-one mentoring and personal interaction that only a small program can offer.  This lets us tailor graduate programs to the background, interests, and goals of each student.

Students can design their own degree program by selecting courses for graduate training in multiple areas of industrial engineering. Students may also to select a degree program in one of the research emphasis areas in our program:

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, such as the Western Transportation Institute (WTI)Advanced Driving Simulatorinstrumented vehicle fleet, and research test track facility. State-of-the-art computing facilities are available for modeling, optimization and analysis including Windows-based workstations in the Decision Support Lab, Linux machines and clusters.

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. 

M.S. in Industrial & Management Engineering Requirements

The I&ME Graduate Program offers two plans to obtain a M.S in Industrial and Management Engineering. These two plans differ in terms of the research component and number of total credits required.

Plan A - Thesis

The Plan A M.S. requires the student to conduct research and write a thesis (see course description IME590) as a major component of the 31 credit degree program. Thesis research consists of expanding knowledge in the field of Industrial Engineering by (1) applying a scientific methodology to (1) solve a contemporary Industrial Egineering problem or (2) test an hypothesis generated from a relevant Industrial Engineering theory. The thesis will be supervised by a faculty advisor and graduate committee. The student must successfully complete the written thesis and provide an oral defense of the thesis with the graduate committee to complete the degree requirements. This plan is intended for students who may wish to conduct research after graduating or continue their studies toward a Ph.D degree. Details of the credit and course requirements are contained in the Graduate Manual. (PDF, will open in a new window).

Plan B – Non-Thesis

For many, the M.S. degree is their terminal degree, or represents a change in career path. In these cases, thesis research may not necessary. Instead, larger breadth of coursework is desirable. The Plan B M.S. requires a total of 33 credits comprised of coursework. This can include an independent study project with a small research component or applied project (see course description IME575). Details of the credit and course requirements are contained in the Graduate Manual. (PDF, will open in a new window).

Seamless Masters

Students enrolled in the undergraduate program in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering at MSU can begin their master's degree while still working on their bachelor's degree and earn both in five years! Click here for more information.

MS Program Research Areas

Human Factors

  • Ergonomic Safety (Traffic Safety)
  • Rehabilitation & Sports Biomechanics
  • Driver Behavior & Traffic Safety Culture
  • Affective & Sustainable Design
  • Interface Design & Evaluatiion for Intelligent Transportation Systems


Process and Product Design

  • Concurrent Engineering
  • Design Process Optimization
  • Usability Engineering


Service Systems Engineering

  • Lean Operations
  • Health Care Delivery
  • Leadership & Change Management
  • Multi-Attribute Decision Making


Applicants must present evidence of graduation with a bachelor’s degree in engineering with ability to maintain a 3.0 GPA. Graduates in other fields may be accepted, but generally these students will have to make up deficiencies in certain subject areas. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Test scores are required before admission. 

Steps leading to a successful application

When you are ready to begin the formal application process please visit the Graduate School website. Read the How to Apply information and click on the “Apply Now” link. In addition to completing the application, you will need to upload the following supporting materials:

  1. Official transcripts
  2. GRE scores
  3. Three (3) letters of recommendation
  4. A Statement of Purpose (why you want to pursue a graduate degree)
  5. English Proficiency scores:  TOEFL, IELTS, Pearsons (International students only)
  6. A completed and signed Financial Certificate (International students only)
  7. Proof of Available Funds Affidavit - exceeding $28,000 (International students only) 

These additional documents should be uploaded with your online application or sent directly to: 

Montana State University
Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
P.O. Box 173800
Bozeman, MT  59717-3800 

 Additional questions can be addressed at

Transfer Credits

Transfer graduate credits may be accepted subject to the requirements of the Graduate School. Such transfer credits will usually be considered and accepted only after the student has completed at least one semester of course work at Montana State University.

Financial Assistance

Teaching and research assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Teaching assistantships (GTAs) involve assisting professors with the conduct of their classes, including preparation and grading. Research assistantships (GRAs) provide the opportunity for work on a research grant or industry sponsored project under the direction of a faculty member. Interested applicants should make inquiry directly to the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program Coordinator.

Frequently asked questions

What are the 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 


Are there minimum GRE score requirements?

Below are the GRE and TOEFL scores the 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.






149 (437)

155 (706)



152 (480)

156 (720)

> 3.8


What are the English Proficiency Requirements for international students?

Below are the English Proficiency scores the 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.



Paper Based


84 [21/21/20/21]

533 [54/53/53]









How do I obtain financial support?

All applicants are considered for GTA (Graduate Teaching Assistantship) and GRA (Graduate Research Assistantship) positions.  You will be contacted directly if an opportunity becomes available. 

How long does the application process take?

The application takes two-three weeks to process during a typical semester. Please apply early during the semester prior to your planned attendance.


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