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.
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.
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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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:
- The Benjamin Fellowship, given to three new Ph.D. students in the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering
- Internal Fellowship and Funding Opportunities
- External Fellowship and Funding Opportunities
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
Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission, and the Electrical Engineering program is not different. Below are the criteria and admissions material that should be used as a guide to help as you apply to our graduate programs:
- A completed B.S. or Bachelor of Engineering degree
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above
- Preferred GRE score of 150 in verbal, 155 in quantitative and 3.5 in writing
- IELTS total minimum score of 7.0 or a TOEFL total score of 90
- An official transcript from your undergraduate program
- Three letters of recommendation
- A Statement of Research Interest that describes the primary research areas you are interested in pursuing as a graduate student in an essay approximately one page in length. The essay should discuss specific research interests shared with our faculty
Although the Graduate Program at Montana State does practice rolling admissions, the Electrical Engineering program follow these deadlines for each semester:
- Priority: January 15 for fall semester and September 15 for spring semester for all applicants
- Fall: July 15 for domestic applications, and May 15 for international applications
- Spring: December 1 for domestic applications, and October 1 for international applications
- Summer: April 1 for domestic applications, and February 1 for international applications