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 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. The Master of Engineering degree offers a shortened master's track for students concentrating in an area of study. Rather than completing a research thesis or professional paper, students in this program focus on completing 30 course credits, typically within 18 months. This program is well suited for students continuing directly from a bachelor's degree who want less focus on research, as well as practicing engineers seeking additional credits and toward professional licensure.




Montana State faculty member Elizabeth Varneswas named a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the highest grade a member can apply for, and the achievement recognizes professional maturity. For Varnes, it has been an occasion for her to reflect on what she has learned and what she now passes along to her students.





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.


WICHE Partnered Program
This graduate program honors the WICHE partnership for students from 15 western states. If you’re a resident of a WICHE state, you qualify for tuition significantly less than standard non-resident tuition. Learn more.

* M.Eng Progam Only


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




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

Note: no GRE Required.

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 Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering may have aside from the Graduate School, which does practice rolling admissions.