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Electrical Engineering (Graduate)

Conduct innovative research projects alongside world-class scholars in subject areas such as nanofabrication, optics and remote sensing, digital design and intelligent computing.

Electrical Engineering – Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

In the Electrical Engineering department at Montana State, graduate students are granted access to innovative research labs and centers that allow candidates to explore cutting-edge issues in the field. Associated research entities include the Spectrum Lab, the Montana Nanotechnology Facility (MONT) and the Optical Technology Center (OpTeC), among others. While candidates are further honing their skills with vital hands-on learning opportunities, they are also supported by award-winning faculty who are recognized leaders in their area of expertise.




Montana State electrical engineer and associate professor Anja Kunze was awarded the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the most prestigious award for developing young researchers.



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Carnegie Classified
The prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education® ranks Montana State University among the Top 5 public, 4-year universities for Very High Research Activity with a STEM-dominant research doctoral program.

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Freedom to Explore 
With more than a dozen faculty members with a broad yet complimentary expertise in subjects ranging from optics to intelligent computing to nanofabrication,the Electrical Engineeringprogramoffersstudents the opportunity to conduct highly collaborative, interdisciplinary research.

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Adventure Awaits
LendEDU has ranked MSU #1 in Outdoor Recreation, due to its proximity to world-class skiing, blue-ribbon rivers for fishing and seemingly endless hiking opportunities, as well as access to rental equipment from the ASMSU Outdoor Recreation Program.




Fund Your Education

The Graduate School at Montana State is dedicated to helping students secure funding during their time at MSU. Some resources the Electrical Engineering department and 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.


Research in the Electrical & Computer Engineering department is interdisciplinary in nature but works heavily with the following research entities:

  • Montana Nanotechnology Facility
  • Optical Technology Center
  • Spectrum Lab







Admissions Requirements

Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission, and the Electrical  Engineering program is no different. To ensure that you start your application on the right foot, please review the admissions requirements for the Electrical Engineering program. This includes any additional deadlines that the Electrical and Computer Engineering department may have aside from the Graduate School, which does practice rolling admissions.