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Mechanical Engineering (Graduate)

Conduct innovative research projects alongside world-class scholars in subject areas such as composite materials, fuel cells, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, drone flight and more.

Mechanical Engineering – Master’s of Engineering (M.Eng.)

In the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department at Montana State, graduate students pioneer knowledge in their field to generate solutions in advanced materials, renewable energy and more. M. Eng. students are likely to either be practicing engineers or continuing students who wish to acquire credits required for professional licensure.Eliminating the thesis or professional paper requirement provides students the opportunity for more coursework in an area of interest.




Five recent Montana State University graduates who began their research careers at MSU have each been awarded prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships by the National Science Foundation. 





Composite Technologies Research Group
Over the course of three decades, MSU’s Composite Technologies Research Group has conducted more than 16,000 tests on 500 materials used to make aircraft, wind turbine blades and other lightweight, durable products.


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.


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.




Fund Your Education

The Graduate School at Montana State is dedicated to helping students secure funding during their time at MSU. Some resources the Mechanical 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 Projects

Montana State research in mechanical engineering includes:

  • Harnessing design insights from the vibrational motions of honeybees and other insects
  • Developing more energy-efficient HVAC systems through integrated building design
  • Studying knee injuries in the Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab
  • Making ceramic membranes for converting CO2 into useful products
  • Using NRM to study the properties of fluids in motion




Admissions Requirements

Note: no GRE Required.

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