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Applied Mechanics Engineering (Graduate)

Further your research projects in areas central to engineering such as solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermal mechanics, geo-mechanics or structures.

Applied Mechanics – Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering, Applied Mechanics Option (Ph.D.)

Doctoral candidates in the Applied Mechanics program at Montana State are supported by three departments within the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering: Chemical & Biological Engineering, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and Civil Engineering. This cross-department collaboration allows for candidates to further their study on a variety of projects connected to solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, biomechanics, thermal sciences or structural mechanics in world-class facilities.



Applied Mechanics graduate students have the opportunity to work on groundbreaking research projects like those led by assistant professor Stephan Warnat, who has developed a new method of using 3D printing to make devices for microfluidic processes, which has broad applications in activities ranging from measuring water quality to studying microorganisms.



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Fund Your Education

The Graduate School at Montana State is dedicated to helping students secure funding during their time at MSU. Some resources the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering and the Graduate School offer includes:

Additionally, 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.


Applied Mechanics doctoral students work across the Chemical & Biological Engineering, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and Civil Engineering departments. As such, these students have access to the following facilities, among others:

  • Center for Biofilm Engineering
  • Subzero Research Laboratory
  • Western Transportation Institute
  • Magnetic Resonance Laboratory
  • Western Transportation Institute
  • Thermal Biology Institute




Admissions Requirements

Note: no GRE Required.

Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission, and the Applied Mechanics program is not different. To ensure that you start your application on the right foot, please review the admissions requirements for the Applied Mechanics program. This includes any additional deadlines that the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering may have aside from the Graduate School, which does practice rolling admissions.