Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering

The Department offers the Masters of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. This degree may be accomplished under Plan A with thesis or Plan B without thesis. Under either plan, a program of study is arranged for each student according to their particular goal.


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. 

Warning: We cannot assess your admissibility until we have received your complete application.

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.

Research Experience

For an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, research is required in Plan A only.

Research Facilities

Graduate Students in Mechanical Engineering have access to specialized laboratories for research in turbulence, heat exchangers, heat transfer, materials science, and fluid dynamics. Students also have access to all laboratories and computing facilities available at a modern research university.


Mechanical Engineering master’s degree students pursuing either Plan A or Plan B are required to take a comprehensive examination at the end of their first year of study. All master’s degree students following the non-thesis plan (Plan B) must pass a final comprehensive exam at the end of their course of study. All master’s degree students pursuing Plan A must present a thesis defense at the end of their program.

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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