Montana State University - 2016

Institution Information

Contact Information

Institution's Mailing Address

Institution Name: Montana State University
Mailing Address: College of Engeering
214 Roberts Hall, PO Box 173820
City: Bozeman
State: MT
Postal Code: 597173820
Country: United States
Phone 406-994-2272
Fax: 406-994-6665
Website: http://www.coe.montana.edu/

Head of Institution

Waded Cruzado
President
President's Office
Montana State University
211 Montana Hall
PO Box 172420
Bozeman, MT 59717-2420
Phone: 406-994-2341
Fax: 406-994-1893
president@montana.edu

Engineering College Inquiries

Anne Camper
Associate Dean for Faculty and Administration / Professor
Dean's Office
Montana State University
College of Engineering
214 Roberts Hall, PO Box 173820
Bozeman, MT 59717-3820
Phone: 406-994-2272
Fax: 406-994-6665
anne_c@erc.montana.edu

Undergraduate Admission Inquiries

Ronda Russell
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Admissions Office
Montana State University
201 Strand Union Building
P.O. Box 172190
Bozeman, MT 59717-2190
Phone: 888-678-2287
Fax: 406-994-7360
admissions@montana.edu

Antoni Campeau
Associate Registrar
Registrar's Office
Montana State University
PO Box 172660
Bozeman, MT 59717-2660
Phone: 406-994-6650
Fax: 406-994-1972
registrar@montana.edu

Graduate Admission Inquiries

Anne Camper
Associate Dean for Faculty and Administration / Professor
Dean's Office
Montana State University
College of Engineering
214 Roberts Hall, PO Box 173820
Bozeman, MT 59717-3820
Phone: 406-994-2272
Fax: 406-994-6665
anne_c@erc.montana.edu

Karlene Hoo
Dean
Division of Graduate Education
Montana State University
108 Montana Hall
PO Box 172580
Bozeman, MT 59717-2580
Phone: 406-994-4145
Fax: 406-994-4733
gradstudy@montana.edu

Institution Information

General Information


Type of institution: PUBLIC
Academic Year: SEMESTERS
Setting of Main Engineering Campus SMALL TOWN

Main Campus Information

Is the main campus located in a city with a population greater than 100,000?: No
Name of this city, or if no, the name of the nearest city of any size?: Billings, MT
This city's population (approx.): 109,059
Distance from Main Campus: 140

Total Enrollment

Total Undergraduate enrollment: 14,400
Total Graduate enrollment: 2,040
Total Professional and other enrollment: 0

Non-Engineering Degree Granting Colleges

Business, Education, Fine arts, Liberal arts, Natural sciences, Nursing, Agriculture, Architecture, Health & Human Development, Gallatin College-Associates Degrees

Institution Information

General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations

Requirements

Montana State University is a comprehensive, public university and the land grant institute for the State of Montana.

Admission as an Undergraduate Student

Undergraduate students are first-time college students, or those who have attempted college level credits during high school, or have attempted college level credits after graduating high school, and have not been awarded a bachelor’s degree.

Applications for admission to undergraduate programs are processed by the Office of Admissions. The requirements for admission are described in the following sections. There are several options for obtaining MSU application forms.

Applications are accepted from resident, non-resident, and international students. Eligible undergraduate students may attend full-time or part-time. Montana State University retains the right to establish requirements which will ensure successful scholastic performance.

General Admission Information

1. Applicants are responsible for submitting applications and all other required credentials necessary for admission, financial aid, and housing, must provide verification of immunizations, must complete a tuberculosis screening form, and must register for a New Student Orientation session. Applicants should be aware of the following:

2. Applicants are requested to voluntarily provide their social security number which allows the school to distinguish between individuals with the same or similar names.
Students intending to apply for financial aid may obtain appropriate forms from their high school guidance office, online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, or by contacting Financial Aid Services via email or by calling 406-994-2845. MSU’s FAFSA school code is 002532.

3. Students with fewer than 30 credits of college level coursework are required to live in the residence halls. Additional information about residence life and family housing policies may be obtained by calling the Residence Life Office, 406-994-2661, or by visiting the Residence Life website.

4. Students must submit required immunization records and tuberculosis screening form. This is done by logging onto the Student Health Services website and using the "On-line Student Health" link, or students may download and complete the immunization and tuberculosis screening forms and mail, fax or email them to Student Health Services. Students must submit proof of required immunizations and a tuberculosis screening form prior to class registration. Questions should be referred to MSU's Student Health Services, 406-994-2311.

5. Students with a health condition or a disability which should be brought to MSU’s attention may submit a confidential letter of need to Disability/ Re-Entry & Veterans Services. Contact the Office of Disability, Re-Entry & Veterans Services via email or by calling 406-994-2824; they will also answer any questions about services for disabled students.
6. All admitted students must attend a New Student Orientation session prior to the beginning of the semester. Information about Orientation dates will be sent from the Orientation Office after admission has been determined. Additional information can be obtained by visiting the Orientation website or by calling 406-994-2827.

When to Apply

Applicants are encouraged to apply at least six to eight months prior to the first semester of attendance. Early application will allow adequate time for the student to request any academic credentials needed to complete the application file, make housing arrangements, process financial aid materials, and participate in a New Student Orientation session.

Applications should be on file in the Office of Admissions according to the following recommended priority dates:

Fall semester - July 1
Spring semester - December 1
Summer session - May 1

Applicants will be notified as soon as possible after all credentials have been received by the Office of Admissions that are necessary to determine a student's application status.

- All applications are kept on file at MSU for one full academic year from the original application term (e.g. an application for Fall 2015 may be updated through Fall 2016).
- An applicant may defer their term or update their application file during this one year period without having to re-apply. After the one year time period has passed, a new application, application fee, and any/all required academic documents must be re-submitted by the student.
- It is the applicant's responsibility to inform the Office of Admissions of any changes to their original application.

* To defer or update an application within a year from the original application term, contact the Office of Admissions at 406-994-2452 or 1-888-MSU-CATS or email the Office of Admissions.Freshman (First-Time Undergraduates)

Freshman (First-Time Undergraduates)

Freshmen students are those who have completed high school or its equivalent and have never attended a college or university. Students who have attempted fewer than 12 quarter or semester college-level credits at another regionally accredited college or university after high school graduation are considered incoming freshmen. Students who have earned college-level course credit, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate credits before graduating from high school are also considered incoming freshmen.

Academic Eligibility

Students who do not meet the freshman admission requirements, listed below, are still encouraged to apply for admissions and submit the necessary credentials. MSU is allowed a number of exemptions to the stated requirements and will examine each student’s credentials on an individual basis for admissibility. Some students who do not meet the requirements may be admitted as Pre-University Studies students. In Pre-University Studies, students may take up to 7 credits at MSU and up to an additional 7 credits through a partnership with Gallatin College MSU. Students who take a combination of at least 12 credits will qualify for federal financial aid as a full-time student. Once a Pre-University Studies student has earned 7 MSU credits with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0, he/she will be admitted as a full-time MSU student.

Admission requirements (Resident and Non-Resident)

Graduation from a high school accredited by the state accrediting agency or a passing score on an approved high school equivalency exam such as HiSET or GED, for example. Students who complete their secondary education through home schooling or at unaccredited secondary schools may be admitted as long as they have satisfactorily performed on the ACT or the SAT tests.

MSU Academic Requirements:

- A 2.5 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale), OR
- ACT Enhanced Composite score of 22, OR
- SAT Combined Critical Reading/Mathematics/Writing score of 1540, OR
- Rank in the upper half of the graduating class

AND

- Successful completion of a College Preparatory Curriculum. Non-resident applicants who have not completed the college preparatory requirements stated below may satisfy the requirements by providing evidence that they have completed a similar college preparatory program required by their home state:

- Four years of English: courses should emphasize the development of written and oral communication skills and literature.

- Three years of Mathematics: courses should include algebra I, geometry, and algebra II (or the sequential content equivalent of these courses). Students are encouraged to take a math course in their senior year.

- Three years of Social Studies: courses should include one year of global studies (such as world history or world geography), American history, government, economics, Indian history, psychology, sociology, or other third-year courses.

- Two years of Laboratory Science: one year should be earth science, biology, chemistry, or physics, and the other year can be one of the above sciences or another approved college preparatory science.

- Two years of elective courses: foreign language (preferably two years), computer science, visual and performing arts, or approved vocational education units.

- The following categories of students are exempt from the admissions requirements above:

- Non-Traditional age students (out of high school more than 3 years from graduation date or expected graduation date)

- Non-Degree undergraduate students

In order to begin a University Academic Plan at Montana State University, students must demonstrate readiness in areas of mathematics and writing. Typically, students demonstrate their readiness through scores earned on standardized examinations:

Math: ACT Math of 22+ or SAT Math of 520+

Writing: ACT English/Writing of 18+ or SAT Writing of 440+ or minimum score of 7 on either of the essay sub-sections.

If a student does not demonstrate full readiness prior to his/her New Student Orientation, academic advisers will help the student register during orientation for the appropriate courses needed to move forward in his/her degree path.

Application Procedure

Receipt of the following credentials in the Office of Admissions constitutes a complete application for admission. Requests to have final credentials sent to MSU must be initiated by the applicant. Requests should be made by contacting the high school, the registrar’s office at the college/university, or agency. Credentials must be sent directly from the school to the Office of Admissions. Credentials received from the student that have been opened or are in an unsealed envelope are considered unofficial copies and will not be accepted as official documents.

Application materials and fees will be retained for one year from the original application term. To apply for a semester other than the one originally intended, notify the Office of Admissions as soon as possible.

Be sure to submit the following items (if applicable):

1. Admission Application: An application for admission may be submitted online or downloaded and printed; if completing the paper application, please return the completed and signed application form to the Office of Admissions. The application may also be obtained from a high school counselor or directly from the Office of Admissions.

2. Application Fee (non-refundable): $38 online application or $30 paper application. Checks should be made payable to Montana State University. The application fee will not be waived or refunded. The fee must be paid before the application for admission will be processed.

3. Student Self-Report Form (included in the Admissions Application): This form, required of all first-time applicants who have been out of high school less than three years, will be used to determine admission status prior to the receipt of the final, post-graduation high school transcript.

4. High School Transcript: After graduation, a complete and official transcript must be sent directly from the high school to the Office of Admissions. Courses completed, GPA (on a 4.0 scale), rank in class, and official date of graduation must be posted.

5. Approved High School Equivalency Exam: If an approved high school equivalency exam was taken in lieu of high school graduation, an official score report/transcript must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the Department of Education from the state in which the exam was given.

6. ACT/SAT Scores: All first-time incoming freshmen are required to take either the American College Test "ACT" (MSU School code is 2420) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test "SAT" (MSU School code is 4488). MSU does not accept the SAT Subject Tests (formally SAT II Subject Test) for admissions purposes. Test scores are used in determining admission status, awarding certain scholarships, and in assisting with academic planning. Non-traditional applicants who graduated three or more years prior to the semester in which they intend to enroll are not required to submit ACT/SAT test results. Arrangements to take the ACT test on campus may be made by contacting the MSU Testing Service at 406-994-6984.

7. College/University Transcripts: Applicants who have attended another college or university, whether credit was earned or not, must have an official transcript sent directly from each institution to the Office of Admissions after all final grades have been posted. If the college or university participates in secure electronic transmission of official transcripts, the transcripts should be sent to: MSUadmissionstranscript@sympa.montana.edu. For more information on how college/university courses will transfer to MSU, refer to the "Evaluation of Transfer Credit" section.

8. Advanced Placement (AP): Applicants who have completed an Advanced Placement Examination should request that the official scores be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam will be granted college credit with a Pass grade for the equivalent courses. For more information on how AP courses will transfer to MSU, refer to the AP Course Equivalencies website.

9. International Baccalaureate (IB): Applicants who have completed an International Baccalaureate Examination should request that the official scores be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. IB Exams with scores of 4 or higher (Higher Level only) will be granted college credit with a Pass grade for equivalent courses. For more information on how IB courses will transfer to MSU, refer to the IB Course Equivalencies website.

Freshman Students Denied Admission

Students interested in appealing the admission decision should refer to the "Appeal of Admission Decisions" section.

Recommendations

none provided

Engineering Information

Head of Engineering

Head of Engineering

Brett Gunnink
Dean of Engineering
College of Engineering
Montana State University
214 Roberts Hall
PO Box 173820
Bozeman, MT 59717-3820
Phone: 406-994-2272
Fax: 406-994-6665
coedeansoffice@coe.montana.edu

Jerry Stephens
Department Head
Civil Engineering Department
Montana State University
Civil Engineering Department
205 Cobleigh Hall, PO Box 173900
Bozeman, MT 59717-3900
Phone: 406-994-2111
Fax: 406-994-6105
jerrys@ce.montana.edu

Christine Foreman
Associate Dean of Student Success
College of Engineering
Montana State University
214 Roberts Hall
PO BOX 173820
Bozeman, MT 59717
Phone: 406-994-2272
Fax: 406-994-6665
cforeman@montana.edu

Engineering Information

Engineering Degrees Offered

Types of Engineering Degrees

Bachelor's:B.S.
Master's:M.S. with thesis, M.S. without thesis, but with project or report, M.Eng.
Doctoral:Ph.D.

Computer Science Degrees Awarded Outside the College/School of Engineering

Engineering Information

Engineering Departments

Engineering Department(s) Degree Granting Level Department Chair Discipline
Chemical & Biological Engineering Both Jeff Heys Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering Both Jerry Stephens Civil Engineering
Computer Science Both John Paxton Computer Science (inside engineering)
Electrical and Computer Engineering Both Rob Maher Electrical/Computer Engineering
General Engineering Undergraduate Jennifer Clark Other Engineering Disciplines
Interdisciplinary Engineering Programs Graduate Anne Camper Other Engineering Disciplines
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Both Dan Miller Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Information

Research Centers

  • INCOLL - Research center WITHIN the college of engineering
  • INDEPT - Research center WITHIN an engineering department
  • INUNIV - Research center WITHIN university system
  • OUTUNIV - Research center OUTSIDE the university
Center/Lab Discipline Research Class Head Chair
Montana Manufacturing Extension Center Other Engineering Disciplines INCOLL Paddy Fleming
NSF/ERC-Center for Biofilm Engineering Other Engineering Disciplines INCOLL Matthew Fields
Western Transportation Institute Other Engineering Disciplines INCOLL Stephen Albert

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Degree Programs

Bachelor's Degree Program(s)

Engineering Department(s) Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Discipline
Chemical & Biological Engineering Biological Engineering (B.S.) Chemical Engineering
Chemical & Biological Engineering Chemical Engineering (B.S.) Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering Civil Engineering (B.S.) Civil Engineering
Civil Engineering Civil Engineering - Bio-Resources Option Civil Engineering
Civil Engineering Construction Engineering Technology Civil Engineering
Computer Science Computer Science (B.S.) Computer Science (inside engineering)
Electrical and Computer Engineering Computer Engineering (B.S.) Computer Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering (B.S.) Electrical Engineering
General Engineering General Engineering Other Engineering Disciplines
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Financial Engineering (B.S.) Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Industrial & Management Systems Engineering (B.S.) Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Mechanical Engineering Technology Mechanical Engineering

Master's Degree Program(s)

Engineering Department(s) Master's Degree Program(s) Discipline
Chemical & Biological Engineering Bioengineering (M.Eng.) Chemical Engineering
Chemical & Biological Engineering Chemical Engineering (M.Eng.) Chemical Engineering
Chemical & Biological Engineering Chemical Engineering (M.S.) Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering Civil Engineering (M.S.) Civil Engineering
Computer Science Computer Science (M.S.) Computer Science (inside engineering)
Electrical and Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering (M.Eng.) Electrical Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering (M.S.) Electrical Engineering
Interdisciplinary Engineering Programs Environmental Engineering (M.S.) Environmental Engineering
Interdisciplinary Engineering Programs Science and Engineering Management Other Engineering Disciplines
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Industrial and Management Engineering (M.S.) Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Mechanical Engineering (M.S.) Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng.) Mechanical Engineering

Doctoral Degree Program(s)

Engineering Department(s) Doctoral Degree Program(s) Discipline
Chemical & Biological Engineering Aerospace Engineering
Chemical & Biological Engineering Engineering (Ph.D.) - Chemical Engineering option Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering Engineering (Ph.D.) - Civil Engineering option Civil Engineering
Computer Science Computer Science (Ph.D.) Computer Science (inside engineering)
Electrical and Computer Engineering Engineering (Ph.D.) - Electrical & Computer Engineering option Electrical/Computer Engineering
Interdisciplinary Engineering Programs Engineering (Ph.D.) - Environmental Engineering option Environmental Engineering
Interdisciplinary Engineering Programs Engineering (Ph.D.) - Applied Mechanics option Other Engineering Disciplines
Interdisciplinary Engineering Programs Materials Science (Ph.D.) Chemical Engineering
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Engineering (Ph.D.) - Industrial Engineering option Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering

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Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Montana State University engineering programs require a minimum of 125 to 128 semester credits for graduation. Of these, 42 credits must be in upper division courses (numbered 300 and above). All degree programs within the College of Engineering meet or exceed these standards, and specific requirements for each are tabulated in the sections describing these programs.

In addition to minimum credit requirements, students within the College of Engineering (COE) must meet COE General Education Core and university Core 2.0 requirements, participate in a capstone (senior) or multi-disciplinary design experience, and take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.

College of Engineering General Education CORE:

More than ever, engineers, technologists, and computer scientists must possess communication skills and an awareness of how design and policy decisions affect society. These topics plus other general education offerings are provided through a coherent program of general education required by all College of Engineering degree programs. University core requirements for communication, mathematics, and sciences are met or exceeded by all College of Engineering degree programs, and the College of Engineering encourages students' participation in the broader areas of humanities, social sciences, arts and diversity. These areas are designed to complement the technical content of the degree program.

College of Engineering students who are exempt from the Core 2.0 College Writing requirement because of their ACT or SAT scores are required to take a college-level writing class to fulfill the writing requirement. College-level writing classes include WRIT 201, WRIT 221, UH 201, UH 202, or a departmentally approved substitute.

CORE 2.0:

Montana State University implemented Core 2.0 Fall 2004 semester. Core 2.0 was developed to enhance students' use of multiple perspectives in making informed critical and ethical judgments in their personal, public, and professional lives.

This Core is built on five Foundation courses, and on Inquiry and Research & Creative Experience courses in Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences.

Foundation Courses: University Seminar (US), College Writing (W), Quantitative Reasoning (Q), Diversity (D), Contemporary Issues in Science (CS).

Ways of Knowing: All students must take at least one (1) Inquiry or one (1) Research & Creative Experience course in each of the following areas: Arts (IA or RA), Humanities (IH or RH), Natural Sciences (IN or RN), Social Sciences (IS or RS).

All students must take at least one (1) approved Research & Creative Experience course or a total of three credits of independent undergraduate research (289R/290R or 489R/490R). Students may take an approved Research & Creative Experience course in one of the four Ways of Knowing areas or they may take a separate Research & Creative Experience course in any discipline, including the Undergraduate Scholars Program (USP 489R/490R). Any course with the "R" suffix satisfies this requirement.

Capstone Design Project:

Student teams, usually 3 to 5 students, are formed to complete a capstone design project. Most projects address "real-world," open-ended problems and have an external sponsor. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged. Such projects synthesize the curricula and serve as a platform for student outcomes assessment.

Fundamentals of Engineering Exam:

The FE exam is a nationally normalized test that is required of graduating engineering seniors at MSU. Students are required to enroll in ENGR 499 (Engineering Program Assessment) during one of their last 2 semesters of course work, take the FE Exam, and make an honest and serious effort to pass the exam. Review sessions are available leading up to the exam.

Master's Degree Requirements

Most Masters of Science in Engineering programs have a thesis (Plan A), or professional paper or project (Plan B) option. Plan A is a research-oriented master's degree with expectations for original research. It is particularly recommended for the student whose educational and professional goals make early research experience desirable. At least 10 thesis credits must be successfully completed for thesis plan programs. Plan B serves two types of graduate students: students who need course work beyond their baccalaureate before being qualified to do acceptable research, and students who are in a professional or terminal degree program or for whom thesis research is not necessary. A maximum of 6 credits of Professional Paper/Project may be included on Plan B. Seamless Masters' programs are also under the Plan B option. The minimum credit requirement for master's degrees is 30 credits; individual degree programs may require more. Each candidate for a master's degree, including professional and/or seamless degrees, must pass a written and/or oral comprehensive examination. Additional department-specific requirements may apply.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

Ph.D. in Engineering candidates will register in one of the five departments offering the following options: Applied Mechanics, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. Course requirements include a two course (five credit) series where students learn about proposal preparation, teaching and learning styles, distance learning, accreditation, and other relevant topics. Students also have classroom teaching experience, prepare a literature review on their research topic, and prepare and defend a research proposal. In addition, students must take two courses in mathematical systems, a minimum of eighteen (18) credits of doctoral dissertation, and other courses required by their option and approved by their committee. All doctoral candidates will be required to pass three examinations: a Ph.D. qualifying examination taken during the first year of the program, a comprehensive exam taken within two years of qualifying for the program, and a dissertation defense.

Engineering Information

Areas of Expertise

Engineering Departments Areas of Expertise
Chemical & Biological Engineering
  1. Biofilms and Bioengineering
  2. Composite Materials
  3. Environmental Engineering
  4. Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  5. Biofuels and Sustainability
Civil Engineering
  1. Engineering Mechanics
  2. Geotechnical Engineering
  3. Water Resources Engineering
  4. Structural Engineering
  5. Environmental Engineering
  6. Transportation Engineering
Computer Science
  1. Green Networking
  2. Web-based Active Learning Resources
  3. Applied Algorithms
  4. Applied Computational Geometry
  5. Data Mining
  6. Numerical Intelligent Systems
  7. Computational Biology
  8. Computational Ecology
Electrical and Computer Engineering
  1. Microwave Devices
  2. Digital Systems & DSP
  3. Optics and Sensors
  4. Telecommunications
  5. Fuel Cells and Energy Management
  6. MEMS Devices and Applications
Interdisciplinary Engineering Programs
  1. Materials
  2. Fuel Cells
  3. Biofilms
  4. Environmental Engineering
  5. Biological Engineering
  6. Applied Mechanics
  7. Snow and Ice Science
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
  1. Energy Systems
  2. Design and Manufacture
  3. Materials and Structures
  4. Measurement Systems
  5. Systems Analysis
  6. Human Factors Engineering

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Societies

Honor Societies

National Groups

  • Alpha Pi Mu
  • Chi Epsilon
  • Eta Kappa Nu
  • Pi Tau Sigma
  • Sigma Lambda Chi
  • Tau Beta Pi

Student Organizations

National Groups

  • ACM
  • Am. Indian Science and Eng. Soc.
  • Am. Inst. of Chemical Engineers
  • Am. Soc. of Civil Engineers
  • Am. Soc. of Mechanical Engineers
  • Assoc. for Computing Machinery
  • Inst. of Industrial Engineers
  • Inst. of Transportation Engineers
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Soc. of Women Engineers
  • Society of Automotive Engineers

Local Groups

  • Assoc. of Women in Computing
  • Associated General Contractors
  • Bio-Resources Engineering Club
  • Electrochemical Society
  • Engineering Ambassadors
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Intelligent Transportation Society of America
  • Intelligent Transportation Society of America
  • MT Assoc. of Registered Land Surveyors
  • Society of Bioengineers

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Support Programs

College's Under-Represented Student Groups

National Groups

  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society
  • Association of Women in Computing
  • Society of Women Engineers

Local Groups

  • College of Engineering Women's Listserv
  • Designing Our Community
  • EMPower
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Native American Engineering Listserv
  • Women in Engineering Student Advisory Board
  • Women in Science and Engineering

Other Student Support Programs

Montana State University sponsors a number of student support programs, including: freshman and transfer orientation, the campus Academic Advising Center, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success, SOTA (students-over-the-traditional-age), Disabled Student Services, Career and Internship Services, Veteran Student Services, International Programs, and programs for students returning to school after an extended period, as well as those needing special academic assistance.

Diversity Efforts:

The College of Engineering realizes the importance of a diverse student population. In efforts to increase diversity, a new position was created titled the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Diversity and was filled in August 2001. This position targets outreach and recruitment to our underrepresented populations. Montana has seven Native American Reservations, the largest number of any state. Therefore, our main diversity recruitment target areas are the tribal schools and schools around the reservations. The Assistant Dean interacts with other resources on campus to coordinate recruitment and opportunities for prospective Native American students. Prospective women engineers, technologists and computer scientists are other areas of underrepresented students that the College of Engineering targets for recruiting.

Women in Engineering (WIE):

We have made progress to expand our outreach to young women as part of our recruitment and retention efforts for women. We have expanded activities to encourage talented women to apply and enroll - enhanced contact with prospective students - emails, phone calls, letters.

Starting in the Fall of 2005, we expanded our orientation and mentoring programs for new female students and have engaged our women in engineering student advisory board. This board consists of a woman representative from each of our programs. Each new freshman female was given an orientation book, "EMPower Our Women - A Handbook for Female Engineering Students."

For the past five years we have hosted the Women in Engineering Dinner on Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day during National Engineering Week. E-Week activities for women include Women in Engineering Dinner/lecture, Girl Scout outreach (badge day), and shadow an engineer activities for women. Since 2005, we have offered an engineerathon for middle-school aged students.

In 2005, we launched a Women In Engineering Longitudinal Study in which we survey the freshman cohort. Initial surveys help us understand college choice, motivation, and anxiety level of our female students. Future rounds of the survey served as a good indication of the environment that the COE is providing for women.

Finally, in Fall 2013, we piloted a peer leader program that has grown into an organization that teaches mentoring and leadership skills to selected Junior and Senior standing students. This organization was named the College of Engineering, Peer Academic Leaders (ePALS), and now consists of 25 students from Engineering majors. Those majors with high numbers have more than one student selected to support the lower-division student population. These students are then assigned to a group of Freshman, Sophomore, and Transfer students for the purpose of mentoring them into the college. This program has experienced success in increasing the potential for student retention.

Engineering Minority Program (EMPower):

EMPower (College of Engineering Minority Program) was established to help address issues that have led to the serious under-representation of minority and women students in the engineering fields and at the graduate level of education. Goals for EMPower included the promotion of engineering career options through pre-college outreach, individualized support for minority students, partnering and supporting complementary minority programs, faculty training to provide a culture of inclusion, and the development of effective student role models and mentors. Corporations and other individuals have provided limited endowment and current-use funds to support scholarships and provide student opportunities. Qualitative aspects of recruitment and retention are emphasized.

EMPower Student Center:

The EMPower Student Center was created in late 2003 with the acquisition of 1500 square feet of space. Having a physical location for diversity support was a key component in the continued success of EMPower initiatives. EMPower achievements include: a new student center for student organization chapter meetings such as Society for Women Engineers (SWE), and American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES); study breaks and mentoring opportunities offered to students; a new computer center (sponsored by Boeing) including 6 desktop and 20 laptop computers available for student use; hosting Native American engineering and industry professionals; a SMART Board and LCD projector for student use in tutoring, group design projects and other student presentations; conference room facilities established as the focal point for community building among minority students. This space within the College of Engineering has allowed EMPower to establish a real presence within the college.

Hewlett Foundation 'Designing Our Community' Program:

In December 2001 the Montana State University College of Engineering was acknowledged as an Engineering School of the West and was awarded a three-year grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to support the 'Designing Our Community' Program (DOC). The DOC Program seeks to enhance outreach, recruitment and retention to increase the numbers of Native Americans who graduate from MSU with engineering or computer science degrees. The College of Engineering has targeted the enhancement of Native American education as a top priority over the next five years. Our vision is to become firmly established as the premier institution of choice for Native American students in engineering, engineering technology, and computer science in the northern Rockies and the northern Great Plains regions; to be a successful partner with Native American communities in developing the future workforce.

In 2003, nine public colleges and universities in nine western states received William and Flora Hewlett Foundation grants to fund programs to improve the quality of undergraduate education in engineering and to increase the number of engineering graduates. At that time Montana State University's College of Engineering was selected as a Hewlett Foundation Engineering School of the West.

These Engineering Schools of the West Initiative grants supported programs to increase retention and recruitment efforts, and to improve student learning through better undergraduate teaching.

The institutions, selected for a commitment to rigorous assessment and ability to sustain long-term outcomes, collaborate to tackle such issues as new ways to assess student learning or how to provide students with a global orientation to engineering problems. Schools were chosen in part because their programs had the potential of providing a significant 'multiplier effect' leading to a change in the institution that would also be instructive to other colleges and universities.

The Hewlett Designing Our Community Program (DOC) at Montana State University seeks to establish the College of Engineering as the premier choice for Native American students.

Its first goal is to increase the motivation and pre-entry academic preparation of Native American students through recruitment activities on all seven Native American reservations in the state, visits to schools on the reservations, sponsorship of up to ten students to work on campus in engineering research and to enhance academic preparation in math in the Minority Apprenticeship Program (MAP) during the summer.

Goal number two is to help shape the engineering/engineering technology and computer science workforce by increasing the number of Native American students graduating from the College of Engineering. As a start on this effort, several focus groups took place with current students in engineering to garner feedback, assess needs and begin planning of the retention programs. Each semester there is a seminar course for Native Americans in Engineering. It serves as an academic enhancement with a learning community environment.

The final goal of the DOC program is to improve access to quality engineering and technology to rural and underserved populations by returning highly educated professionals to these communities. A number of programs are underway in this regard.

For more information please see: http://www.montana.edu/doc.

Engineering Information

Student Projects

Student Design Projects Description

Today's employers are increasingly looking for engineering graduates who demonstrate strong potential to perform well on multidisciplinary teams. At Montana State we developed a junior-level course to help engineering students acquire that ability while furthering their design skills. This course is a graduation requirement for most juniors in engineering and computer science. The course covers important design topics such as design process, creative design, project management, teamwork, and technical leadership while highlighting the skills needed to work in a multidisciplinary environment. Students complete a design project as a major component of the course.

In the senior year, student teams, usually 3 to 5 students, are formed to complete a capstone design project. Most projects address "real-world," open-ended problems and have an external sponsor. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged within the department. Such projects synthesize the curricula and serve as a platform for student outcomes assessment. Seniors can participate in either departmental or multi-disciplinary (Multi-D) projects.

Engineering Information

College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

Montana State University-Bozeman (MSU) is the public land-grant university in Montana offering a broad array of traditional engineering disciplines and computer science. MSU College of Engineering offers a "small school" atmosphere combined with "large-school" opportunities, all in a vibrant small city located in one of the country's most outstanding areas of natural beauty.

The College of Engineering partners with the Center for Biofilm Engineering, the Western Transportation Institute and the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center in support of its mission and goals. These research and extension centers are housed within the College and provide unique opportunities for faculty and students, as well as partnerships with government agencies and industry.

The Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center, and is considered to be the world's leading center of research in the control of bacterial biofilms in natural and industrial ecosystems, and in chronic human infections.

As the MSU focal point for transportation research, the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) focuses on "making rural transportation safer, more efficient and more convenient across all modes of transportation through research, education, and technology transfer."

Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) is an outreach/technical center that utilizes consulting engineers in satellite offices throughout Montana to provide management and engineering services to manufacturers statewide. A primary focus is training Montana manufacturers in the latest manufacturing and engineering techniques.

The undergraduate engineering programs (Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering) are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology has accredited the Computer Science program.

Students enrolled in College of Engineering programs may opt to study other specialty topics and participate in faculty research. The University and College strive to be a national leader in research, focusing on undergraduate education. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognizes MSU as one of 96 research universities with "very high research activity." Approximately eight percent of undergraduates currently participate in funded research activities each year. Today's employers are increasingly looking for engineering graduates who demonstrate strong potential to perform well on multidisciplinary teams. At Montana State we developed a junior-level course to help engineering students acquire that ability while furthering their design skills. This course is a graduation requirement for most juniors in engineering and computer science. The course covers important design topics such as design process, creative design, project management, teamwork, and technical leadership while highlighting the skills needed to work in a multidisciplinary environment. Students complete a design project as a major component of the course. During the senior year, COE students culminate their educational experience by participating in capstone design projects, some of which are multidisciplinary. The College maintains pride in our graduates who consistently pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam (which all engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technology graduates are required to take), at a 90% rate (10-year average).

Engineering Information

Engineering Faculty & Research

Teaching, Tenure-Track View Gender/Ethnicity Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Full Professors Assoc. Professors Assistant Professors Program Total
Chemical & Biological Engineering 4 5 5 14
Civil Engineering 9 9 6 24
Computer Science 4 0 5 9
Electrical and Computer Engineering 7 6 2 15
General Engineering 0 0 0 0
Interdisciplinary Engineering Programs 0 0 0 0
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering 7 3 8 18
Totals: 31 23 26 80

Teaching, Non-Tenure-Track

Engineering Department(s) FT Instr. & Other Teach. Personnel PT Instr. & Other Teach. Personnel Total Personnel FTE of all PT Teach. Personnel
Chemical & Biological Engineering 1 4 5 1.26
Civil Engineering 0 11 11 5.66
Computer Science 0 3 3 1.80
Electrical and Computer Engineering 0 5 5 1.27
General Engineering 0 1 1 0.35
Interdisciplinary Engineering Programs 0 1 1 0.53
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering 1 15 16 9.17
Totals: 2 40 42 20.04

Non-Teaching, Research

Engineering Department(s) Non-Teach. FT Research Personnel Non-Teach. PT Research Personnel Total Personnel FTE of all PT Non-Teach. Research Personnel
Chemical & Biological Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Civil Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Computer Science 0 0 0 0.00
Electrical and Computer Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
General Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Interdisciplinary Engineering Programs 0 0 0 0.00
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Totals: 0 0 0 0.00

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Gender/Ethnicity Profiles

  • American Indian or Alaska Native (Am Ind): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.
  • Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Black or African American (B/AfrA): A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as "Haitian" or "Negro" can be used in addition to "Black or African American."
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (Haw): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
  • Hispanic or Latino (Hisp): A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. The term, "Spanish origin," can be used in addition to "Hispanic or Latino."
  • White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Full Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Chemical & Biological Engineering 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 0
Civil Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1 0 0 8 1
Computer Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 0
Electrical and Computer Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 7 0
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Interdisciplinary Engineering Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 6 1
Totals: 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 25 2 0 0 29 2

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Associate Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Chemical & Biological Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 2 3
Civil Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1 0 0 8 1
Computer Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Electrical and Computer Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 6 0
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Interdisciplinary Engineering Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
Totals: 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 17 4 0 0 19 4

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Assistant Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Chemical & Biological Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 2 3
Civil Engineering 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 2 4
Computer Science 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 2
Electrical and Computer Engineering 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Interdisciplinary Engineering Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 6 2
Totals: 0 5 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 9 7 1 0 13 13

Undergraduate

Admissions/Transfers

Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

The College of Engineering has no additional requirements above and beyond the University's requirements. See Institution Admission Information.

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Student Performance and Retention: Students admitted to MSU will automatically be eligible for admission to College of Engineering (COE) degree programs. The College of Engineering is committed to retaining each admitted student within the COE and MSU, and to helping them achieve their fullest academic potential. This is achieved through classroom and laboratory curriculum modules developed specifically to stimulate student learning, through addressing individual student questions, and through focused advising within the first two years.

Students are required by Board of Regents policy to achieve a C- or better grade in each class used to satisfy the COE Bachelor of Science degree requirements. If repeating a course is necessary in order to meet this requirement, students are expected to repeat the course successfully (C- or better) prior to taking a follow-on course for which the repeated course is a prerequisite.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

Admission requirements for international students:

Freshmen students will be considered for admission on the basis of their secondary school record and their English proficiency. Applicants who meet a TOEFL score of 525 Paper/195 Computer/71 Internet, IELTS 6, or A.C.E. Language Institute Level 6 (available at MSU) and have a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale will qualify for admission.

Freshman must submit official secondary school documents posting marks earned and showing date of completion/graduation. These documents should be sent directly from the school or testing institution to the Office of International Programs. An English translation is required.

Transfer students will be considered on the basis of their post-secondary education record and their English proficiency. Applicants who meet a TOEFL score of 525 Paper/195 Computer/71 Internet, IELTS 6, or A.C.E. Language Institute Level 6 (available at MSU) and have a minimum cumulative transferable grade-point average (GPA) of a 2.0 or C on a 4.0 scale will qualify for admission.

Transfer students must request official transcripts from each international or U.S. post-secondary institution attended to be sent directly to MSU. An English translation is required. Any academic work undertaken outside of the U.S. may require a professional evaluation for an additional fee.

US$36 online application or US$30 paper application. The fee must be in U.S. currency. Checks should be made payable to Montana State University and must indicate the U.S. banking codes. The application fee will not be waived, deferred, or refunded. The fee must be paid before the application will be processed.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Entrance requirements are the same for both non-resident and resident students.

Residency Requirements

The College of Engineering has no requirements above and beyond those of the University, which require transfer students to complete two full-time semesters of 15 weeks or more in residence at Montana State University, and earn not less than 30 resident credits and a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, as well as meet the curriculum requirements for a degree. Except for certain pre-professional curricula (e.g. premedicine), 23 of the last 30 credits earned to meet the graduation requirement must be resident credits.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Transfer students are defined as students who have completed high school or its equivalent and have attempted twelve or more quarter or semester college-level (college-level meaning applicable to at least an associate degree) credits at a regionally accredited institution.

Academic Eligibility: Applicants will be considered for admission based on transferable credits from all regionally accredited colleges or universities previously attended. A cumulative transferable grade-point average (GPA), as determined by MSU, of 2.0 or C on a four-point scale is required in order to be accepted for admission in good standing. Transfer students start with a new GPA upon enrolling at MSU.

Number of Transfer Students from:

A two-year community junior college where they were full-time students: 526
A four-year college or university where they were full-time students: 102

Undergraduate

Expenses & Financial Aid

Student Group(s): All Students

Undergraduate Group 1
Tuition & Fees: $6,887
Room & Board: $10,500
Books & Supplies: $1,300
Other Expenses: $3,350
Estimated avg. course load per term: 12
Does your institute have any special programs or fee structures for the expenses category "All Students"?: No

Financial Aid Information

Required financial aid forms

Federal Tax Return Forms (IRS), Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), COE Freshman/Transfer Scholarship Application, COE Continuing Student Scholarship Application

Additional Financial Aid Information

Montana State University awards millions of dollars in scholarships and waiver awards to new students who enter in the fall of each year. Criteria include academic record, financial need, group affiliation, or a combination of the three. In Fall 2004, MSU began awarding four-year renewable scholarships to incoming freshmen and transfer students based on their ACT and/or SAT test scores.

In 2011 the College of Engineering awarded approximately 355 scholarships amounting to $694,313 to continuing and incoming students currently enrolled in the college. The criteria are set by the donors who established the scholarship funds; there are scholarships available to students who have financial need as well as non-need based scholarships. The College has both endowed and non-endowed sources of scholarships. Our scholarship endowment is approximately 6.5 million dollars.

Financial Aid is available for students who qualify. Eligibility requirements can be found at http://www.montana.edu/wwwfa/.

Part-time student employment is available through individual departments or the work study program.

Undergraduate

New Applicants

New Undergraduate Applicants

A. Number of undergraduate applicants to the engineering college: 3,091
B. Of those in (A), how many were offered admission? 1,794
C. Of those in (B), how many were enrolled in the fall? 853
Percentage of entering students (excluding transfer students) ranked in the top quarter (25%) of their high schools: 57%

Newly Enrolled Test Scores

Scores Reflect 75th to 25th percentile

SAT 75th 25th
Math Range: 680 570
Reading Range: 640 530
Writing Range: 30 40
Combined Range: 1350 1140
ACT 75th 25th
Math Range: 30 25
Composite Range: 30 24

Undergraduate

Enrollments by Class

Undergraduate Engr. Programs Fresh
1st Year
Soph
2nd Year
Junior
3rd Year
Senior
4th/5th Year
Full Time Total Part Time Total
Biological Engineering (B.S.) 27 21 11 9 68 1
Chemical Engineering (B.S.) 81 108 100 144 433 16
Civil Engineering (B.S.) 96 65 57 102 320 20
Civil Engineering - Bio-Resources Option 23 25 19 36 103 9
Computer Engineering (B.S.) 39 32 23 28 122 19
Computer Science (B.S.) 142 106 72 104 424 48
Construction Engineering Technology 36 35 52 49 172 18
Electrical Engineering (B.S.) 70 52 48 75 245 13
Financial Engineering (B.S.) 11 9 8 11 39 3
General Engineering 106 21 3 0 130 15
Industrial & Management Systems Engineering (B.S.) 17 27 29 2 75 10
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) 265 184 191 46 686 37
Mechanical Engineering Technology 42 50 60 94 246 24
Totals: 955 735 673 700 3063 233

Freshmen

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Biological Engineering (B.S.)
Men 7 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 16 1
Women 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 11 0
Chemical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 32 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 2 0 0 56 3
Women 10 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 1 0 0 25 2
Civil Engineering (B.S.)
Men 49 4 0 0 3 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 24 1 0 0 80 5
Women 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 16 1
Civil Engineering - Bio-Resources Option
Men 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 13 1
Women 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 10 0
Computer Engineering (B.S.)
Men 12 4 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 18 5 0 0 35 9
Women 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Computer Science (B.S.)
Men 49 5 3 1 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 70 9 0 0 127 16
Women 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1 0 0 15 1
Construction Engineering Technology
Men 15 2 1 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 3 0 0 34 5
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1
Electrical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 28 4 5 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 25 1 0 0 64 5
Women 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Financial Engineering (B.S.)
Men 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 8 1
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
General Engineering
Men 52 6 1 0 1 0 2 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 30 6 0 0 89 14
Women 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 17 0
Industrial & Management Systems Engineering (B.S.)
Men 10 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 13 7
Women 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 142 11 7 1 6 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 84 2 0 0 245 15
Women 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 10 1 0 0 20 2
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Men 23 2 1 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1 0 0 41 4
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Totals: 496 49 22 3 31 2 18 3 13 1 3 0 0 0 372 35 0 0 955 93

Sophomores

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Biological Engineering (B.S.)
Men 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 12 0
Women 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 9 0
Chemical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 31 1 3 0 3 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 3 0 0 76 5
Women 17 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 32 1
Civil Engineering (B.S.)
Men 21 1 1 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 23 1 0 0 51 2
Women 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 14 0
Civil Engineering - Bio-Resources Option
Men 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 13 1
Women 8 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 12 1
Computer Engineering (B.S.)
Men 14 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 2 0 0 31 3
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1
Computer Science (B.S.)
Men 26 3 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 61 5 0 0 94 10
Women 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1 0 0 12 2
Construction Engineering Technology
Men 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 3 0 0 34 6
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Electrical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 24 1 1 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 1 0 0 48 2
Women 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Financial Engineering (B.S.)
Men 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 8 0
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
General Engineering
Men 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 11 1
Women 5 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 10 0
Industrial & Management Systems Engineering (B.S.)
Men 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 19 0
Women 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 8 1
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 83 8 3 0 2 0 2 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 63 5 0 0 158 13
Women 14 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 2 0 0 26 2
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Men 25 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 2 0 0 48 4
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 2
Totals: 341 26 16 0 24 1 11 1 8 0 1 1 0 0 334 28 0 0 735 57

Juniors

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Biological Engineering (B.S.)
Men 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Chemical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 41 2 0 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 71 2
Women 13 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 29 0
Civil Engineering (B.S.)
Men 16 2 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 2 0 0 46 4
Women 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 11 0
Civil Engineering - Bio-Resources Option
Men 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Women 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 11 2
Computer Engineering (B.S.)
Men 9 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 23 2
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Science (B.S.)
Men 20 2 3 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 35 2 0 0 65 4
Women 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 7 1
Construction Engineering Technology
Men 8 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 39 1 0 0 50 2
Women 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Electrical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 19 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 0 0 0 45 0
Women 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Financial Engineering (B.S.)
Men 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 8 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Engineering
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Industrial & Management Systems Engineering (B.S.)
Men 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 16 0
Women 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 13 1
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 74 2 4 0 5 0 3 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 73 1 0 0 163 3
Women 14 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 28 0
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Men 23 5 0 0 3 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 29 3 0 0 59 8
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals: 285 16 15 2 18 0 18 1 10 0 4 0 0 0 323 10 0 0 673 29

Seniors

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Biological Engineering (B.S.)
Men 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
Women 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Chemical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 39 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 46 2 0 0 90 2
Women 27 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 21 0 0 0 54 1
Civil Engineering (B.S.)
Men 25 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 49 5 0 0 78 6
Women 14 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 1 0 0 24 2
Civil Engineering - Bio-Resources Option
Men 7 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 3 0 0 26 3
Women 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 10 1
Computer Engineering (B.S.)
Men 6 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 15 1 0 0 25 4
Women 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Computer Science (B.S.)
Men 28 2 2 0 3 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 53 10 0 0 88 13
Women 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 16 1
Construction Engineering Technology
Men 6 0 2 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 2 0 0 47 4
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Electrical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 20 2 3 0 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 34 3 0 0 63 5
Women 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 12 1
Financial Engineering (B.S.)
Men 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 6 1
Women 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 5 1
General Engineering
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Industrial & Management Systems Engineering (B.S.)
Men 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 13 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 11 2 0 0 29 2
Women 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 17 0
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Men 32 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 54 4 0 0 89 6
Women 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0
Totals: 250 14 18 1 23 1 7 2 13 1 1 0 0 0 388 35 0 0 700 54

Undergraduate

Degrees Awarded by Program

Degrees By Ethnicity

Nra - Nonresident aliens
Asi - Asian American
Blk - Black
His - Hispanic
Ind - American Indian
Pac - Pacific Islander
Unk - Unknown
Wht - White
Tot - Program Totals
Two - Two or More
Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot Male Female
Biological Engineering (B.S.) 9 0 0 0 1 0 0 16 0 26 12 14
Chemical Engineering (B.S.) 35 3 1 0 3 0 0 35 0 77 44 33
Civil Engineering (B.S.) 16 1 0 1 1 1 0 35 0 55 41 14
Civil Engineering - Bio-Resources Option 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 7 3 4
Computer Engineering (B.S.) 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 12 12 0
Computer Science (B.S.) 15 1 2 2 0 0 0 34 0 54 49 5
Construction Engineering Technology 10 1 0 1 0 0 0 33 0 45 43 2
Electrical Engineering (B.S.) 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 0 31 26 5
Financial Engineering (B.S.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 0
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Industrial & Management Systems Engineering (B.S.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 2 1
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) 56 3 0 1 1 0 0 69 0 130 119 11
Mechanical Engineering Technology 19 1 0 0 1 0 0 31 0 52 49 3
Totals: 171 11 3 5 7 1 0 296 0 494 402 92

Degrees By Ethnicity & Gender

Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Biological Engineering (B.S.) 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 8 8 0 0 26
Chemical Engineering (B.S.) 22 13 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 18 17 0 0 77
Civil Engineering (B.S.) 10 6 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 27 8 0 0 55
Civil Engineering - Bio-Resources Option 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 7
Computer Engineering (B.S.) 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 12
Computer Science (B.S.) 14 1 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 3 0 0 54
Construction Engineering Technology 10 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 2 0 0 45
Electrical Engineering (B.S.) 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 4 0 0 31
Financial Engineering (B.S.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Industrial & Management Systems Engineering (B.S.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) 52 4 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 63 6 0 0 130
Mechanical Engineering Technology 19 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 29 2 0 0 52
Totals: 141 30 10 1 1 2 4 1 4 3 1 0 0 0 241 55 0 0 494

Undergraduate

Dual Degrees

Undergraduate Engineering Dual Degree Program Description

Montana State University offers dual degree programs in conjunction with Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming; Flathead Valley Community College; seven Montana Tribal Colleges: Dull Knife Memorial College, Little Big Horn College, Blackfeet Community College, Fort Belknap College, Fort Peck Community College, Salish-Kootenai College, and Stone Child College; and Instanbul Technological University in Instanbul, Turkey.

Undergraduate Engineering Dual Degrees Awarded

19

Undergraduate

Program Comparisons

  • ABET - Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • CEAB - Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board
Degree Program ABET/CEAB Accred. Nominal Program Length
(yrs.)
Average Program Length
(yrs.)
Time: Day/Even./
Both
Co-op: None/Opt./
Required
Grads in Co-op Progs.
Biological Engineering (B.S.) no 4.00 4.60 Day None
Chemical Engineering (B.S.) yes 4.00 4.60 Day Optional
Civil Engineering (B.S.) yes 4.00 4.60 Day None
Civil Engineering - Bio-Resources Option yes 4.00 4.60 Day None
Computer Engineering (B.S.) yes 4.00 4.60 Day None
Computer Science (B.S.) yes 4.00 4.60 Day None
Construction Engineering Technology yes 4.00 4.60 Both None
Electrical Engineering (B.S.) yes 4.00 4.60 Day None
Financial Engineering (B.S.) no 4.00 4.60 Day None
General Engineering no Both None
Industrial & Management Systems Engineering (B.S.) yes 4.00 4.60 Day None
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) yes 4.00 4.60 Day None
Mechanical Engineering Technology yes 4.00 4.60 Day None

Graduate

Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

The College of Engineering has no additional requirements above and beyond the University's requirements for graduate study admission. A non-refundable application fee of $60.00 for on-line or paper applications applies to all students. To be granted regular admission the student must hold a 4-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and have demonstrated potential for graduate study. The standard academic requirement is a B average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better for the last two years of undergraduate or graduate work. Provisional admission may be granted to a student who:
1) has less than a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work; 2) has made a major change in his/her subject of specialization but has shown potential for graduate study; 3) has low GRE scores; or 4) lacks certain basic undergraduate courses in his/her major field.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all students. A minimum GRE score of 1420 (GRE Verbal >420; GRE Quantitative plus Analytical >1000) is required for admission to M.S. programs in the College of Engineering. The GRE requirement for admission to the Ph.D. program is a score equal to or >1700 (sum of Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical).

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

No additional departmental requirements.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

In addition to meeting University, College of Engineering and departmental requirements for graduate study admission, international students must also meet the following requirements: 1) official transcripts reflecting all baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate work with official English translation 2) official degree certificate from each college or university from which a degree was received with official English translations 3) minimum TOEFL score of 550 Paper/213 Computer/80 Internet, or IELTS 7.0 for M.S. programs; 4) three letters of recommendation and the students personal statement and resume, and 5) all international students must submit an International Student Financial Certificate including proof of available funds.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

There are no additional admission requirements for non-resident graduate students.

Residency Requirements

The College of Engineering has no requirements above and beyond those of the University, which require that masters degree candidates must complete a minimum of two-thirds of the required credits of course work on the campus of MSU, and that doctoral degree candidates must complete 30 credits (applicable to the degree) on the campus of MSU.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

No additional requirements for transfer students.

Graduate

Expenses & Financial Aid

Student Group(s): All Students

Graduate Group 1
Tuition & Fees: $7,953
Room & Board: $10,500
Books & Supplies: $1,300
Other Expenses: $3,350
Estimated avg. course load per term: 9
Does your institute have any special programs or fee structures for the expenses category "All Students"?: No

Financial Aid Information

Required financial aid forms

Federal Tax Return Forms (IRS), Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), College of Engineering Scholarship Application Form

Additional Financial Aid Information

The College of Engineering awards at least two fellowships to Ph.D. students each year. This program began in AY 2004. Students can also apply for fellowships from agencies external to the institution such as the NSF or EPA.

Many graduate students are funded through grant activities, which continue to grow in the College. Teaching assistantships are also available.

Graduate

New Applicants

New Graduate Applicants

A. Number of graduate applicants to the engineering college: 59
B. Of those in (A), how many were offered admission? 18
C. Of those in (B), how many were enrolled in the fall? 18

Graduate

Enrollments by Class

Master's

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Bioengineering (M.Eng.)
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chemical Engineering (M.Eng.)
Men 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 5
Women 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 2
Chemical Engineering (M.S.)
Men 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Women 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Civil Engineering (M.S.)
Men 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 7 0 0 8 11
Women 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 5
Computer Science (M.S.)
Men 5 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 9 8
Women 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 5 4
Electrical Engineering (M.Eng.)
Men 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 8
Women 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Electrical Engineering (M.S.)
Men 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 5
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Environmental Engineering (M.S.)
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Women 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Industrial and Management Engineering (M.S.)
Men 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5
Women 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng.)
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering (M.S.)
Men 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 7 7
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Science and Engineering Management
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 26 25 1 14 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 25 0 0 41 66

Doctoral

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Men 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 0 0 3 8
Women 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Computer Science (Ph.D.)
Men 2 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0 0 4 14
Women 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Engineering (Ph.D.) - Applied Mechanics option
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering (Ph.D.) - Chemical Engineering option
Men 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 4 8
Women 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Engineering (Ph.D.) - Civil Engineering option
Men 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3
Women 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3
Engineering (Ph.D.) - Electrical & Computer Engineering option
Men 6 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 8 9
Women 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Engineering (Ph.D.) - Environmental Engineering option
Men 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
Women 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3
Engineering (Ph.D.) - Industrial Engineering option
Men 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
Women 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Materials Science (Ph.D.)
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 21 36 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 20 1 0 30 60

Graduate

Degrees Awarded by Program

Degrees By Ethnicity

Nra - Nonresident aliens
Asi - Asian American
Blk - Black
His - Hispanic
Ind - American Indian
Pac - Pacific Islander
Unk - Unknown
Wht - White
Tot - Program Totals
Two - Two or More
Master's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot Male Female
Bioengineering (M.Eng.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chemical Engineering (M.Eng.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chemical Engineering (M.S.) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 3 1
Civil Engineering (M.S.) 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 11 11 0
Computer Science (M.S.) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 5 5 0
Electrical Engineering (M.Eng.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Electrical Engineering (M.S.) 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 7 5 2
Environmental Engineering (M.S.) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 3 0
Industrial and Management Engineering (M.S.) 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 7 4 3
Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering (M.S.) 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 10 8 2
Science and Engineering Management 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 22 5 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 47 39 8

Degrees By Ethnicity & Gender

Master's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Bioengineering (M.Eng.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chemical Engineering (M.Eng.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chemical Engineering (M.S.) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4
Civil Engineering (M.S.) 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 11
Computer Science (M.S.) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 5
Electrical Engineering (M.Eng.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Electrical Engineering (M.S.) 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 7
Environmental Engineering (M.S.) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3
Industrial and Management Engineering (M.S.) 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 7
Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering (M.S.) 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 10
Science and Engineering Management 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 20 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 4 0 0 47

Master's Degree Programs

Master's Degree Program Degree Type
Master's w/ Thesis Master's w/o Thesis or with Proj./Report Program Totals
Bioengineering (M.Eng.) 0 0 0
Chemical Engineering (M.Eng.) 0 0 0
Chemical Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0
Civil Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0
Computer Science (M.S.) 0 0 0
Electrical Engineering (M.Eng.) 0 0 0
Electrical Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0
Environmental Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0
Industrial and Management Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng.) 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0
Science and Engineering Management 0 0 0
Totals: 0 0 0

Degrees By Ethnicity

Nra - Nonresident aliens
Asi - Asian American
Blk - Black
His - Hispanic
Ind - American Indian
Pac - Pacific Islander
Unk - Unknown
Wht - White
Tot - Program Totals
Two - Two or More
Doctoral Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot Male Female
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 3 1
Computer Science (Ph.D.) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 3 0
Engineering (Ph.D.) - Applied Mechanics option 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering (Ph.D.) - Chemical Engineering option 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering (Ph.D.) - Civil Engineering option 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering (Ph.D.) - Electrical & Computer Engineering option 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering (Ph.D.) - Environmental Engineering option 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering (Ph.D.) - Industrial Engineering option 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Materials Science (Ph.D.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 7 6 1

Degrees By Ethnicity & Gender

Doctoral Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4
Computer Science (Ph.D.) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3
Engineering (Ph.D.) - Applied Mechanics option 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering (Ph.D.) - Chemical Engineering option 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering (Ph.D.) - Civil Engineering option 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering (Ph.D.) - Electrical & Computer Engineering option 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering (Ph.D.) - Environmental Engineering option 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering (Ph.D.) - Industrial Engineering option 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Materials Science (Ph.D.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 7

Graduate

Research Expenditures

Expenditures by Research Department

Total: Total number of contracts & grants Fed/Nat: Federal & National Government contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes. State: State Government contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes. Foreign: Foreign Goverment grants and contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes.
Industry: Business and Industrial grants, contracts, and gifts used for research. Priv/Non: Grants, contracts, and gifts from private non-profit organizations (e.g. foundations) used for research. Indiv: Grants, contracts, and gifts from individuals used for research. Local: Local government grants and contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes.

Dollar Amounts by External Funding Source

Engineering Department External Funding Source
Chemical & Biological Engineering
Total#: 14 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $262,079 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $133,332
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $395,411
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Civil Engineering
Total#: 8 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $113,688 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $12,663
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $126,351
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Computer Science
Total#: 16 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $572,425 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $15,495
State: $90,512 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $678,432
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Total#: 36 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $1,811,900 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $19,771
State: $518,628 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $2,350,299
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Interdisciplinary Engineering Programs
Total#: 1 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $-24 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $0
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $-24
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Total#: 36 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $1,343,380 Industry: $7,149 Priv/Non: $440,413
State: $24,318 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $1,815,260
Totals:
Total#: 111 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $4,103,448 Industry: $7,149 Priv/Non: $621,674
State: $633,458 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $5,365,729

Expenditures by Research Center

Total: Total number of contracts & grants Fed/Nat: Federal & National Government contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes. State: State Government contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes. Foreign: Foreign Goverment grants and contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes.
Industry: Business and Industrial grants, contracts, and gifts used for research. Priv/Non: Grants, contracts, and gifts from private non-profit organizations (e.g. foundations) used for research. Indiv: Grants, contracts, and gifts from individuals used for research. Local: Local government grants and contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes.

Dollar Amounts by External Funding Source

Center/Lab External Funding Source
Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
Total#: 9 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $744,027 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $0
State: $315,970 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $1,059,997
Center/Lab External Funding Source
NSF/ERC-Center for Biofilm Engineering
Total#: 35 Foreign: $162,701 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $2,238,337 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $274,131
State: $68,775 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $2,743,944
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Western Transportation Institute
Total#: 144 Foreign: $887,896 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $4,938,380 Industry: $54,829 Priv/Non: $335,725
State: $84,012 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $6,300,842
Totals:
Total#: 188 Foreign: $1,050,597 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $7,920,744 Industry: $54,829 Priv/Non: $609,856
State: $468,757 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $10,104,783


Grand Totals:
Total#: 299 Foreign: $1,050,597 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $12,024,192 Industry: $61,978 Priv/Non: $1,231,530
State: $1,102,215 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $15,470,512

The following text was offered to each school as a guideline for the calculation of externally-funded research expenditures:

Include all expenditures associated with grants and contracts specifically budgeted for externally sponsored research and associated programs and expenditures associated with all gifts auditably used for research. Include expended funds provided by the following external sources:

  1. Federal Government
  2. State Government
  3. Foreign Governments
  4. Industry
  5. Non-Profit Organizations (e.g. foundations)
  6. Individuals
  7. Local Government

The expenditures reported should be only those funds provided by organizations, agencies, and individuals external to the institution. Cost sharing/matching funds should be included only if provided from sources external to the institution.

Only State government funds that were obtained competitively or as matching funds associated with other externally funded programs should be included. State funds that are part of the normal operating budget should not be included regardless of purpose.

For all joint or contracted projects or sub-projects, only the portion of the center research performed by faculty, staff, and students of the affiliated engineering school should be credited to that school. Expenditures for capital costs of research laboratory building construction should not be included.

Expenditures for research laboratory renovations should not be included unless the renovation funds expended came from grants and contracts expressly intended for the direct support of engineering research.

Any portion of academic year and/or summer salary for any researcher that is not derived from external research grants or contracts should not be counted.

Total #: Report total number of individual grants, not the total dollar amount of the expenditures.

Expenditures: Report actual expenditures (as opposed to authorization amounts) in U.S. dollars.

Time frame for expenditures: Report expenditures for your current fiscal year.

Research centers listed as "WITHIN an engineering department" on the Research Centers page (screen 7) of the College of Engineering Profile, will not have their expenditures added to the school's total research expenditures. Such expenditures can be included in the department total, while still being listed for the appropriate center. This allows users to list the expenditures in two areas without double-counting.

Graduate

Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Chemical & Biological Engineering

Wind Energy, Bioenergy, Biofilms, Bioremediation and Bioengineering; Composite Materials; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Metabolic Engineering; Computational Biology, Multiphase Reactive Transport, High Temperature Corrosion

Civil Engineering

Biofilm Engineering; Constructed Wetlands and Transportation Operations; Dynamic Loading of Structures; Fish Passage Through Hydraulic Structures; Geotextiles; Highway Subgrade Performance; Road Ecology; Snow & Ice Mechanics; Sustainable Materials

Computer Science

Applied Algorithms; Artificial Intelligence; Computational Biology; Computer Science Education; Data Mining; Green Networking; Machine Learning; Mobile Computing; Network Design and Optimization; Network Security and Privacy; Robotics; Software Engineering; Software Evolution; Vehicular Networks; Web-based Active Learning Resources; Wireless Networks

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering; Communications Systems; Control Systems; Optical Electronics, Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS); Power Systems & Power Electronics; Signal Processing Systems

Interdisciplinary Engineering Programs

Environmental Engineering; Biofilms; Electrochemical Engineering; Applied Mechanics; Fuel Cells, Biological Engineering; Transportation

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Design and Manufacture: concurrent engineering; computer integrated manufacturing; product and process design; Energy Systems: alternative energy technology; HVAC, wind energy, building energy systems; Materials and structures: biologically-inspired design; biomechanics, ceramics; composites; MEMS; smart structures; ultra-lightweight structures; Measurement Systems: extreme environments; fluid dynamics; magnetic resonance microscopy; Rheology; Service Engineering: organizational theory, lean systems, service sector (healthcare, entertainment, humanitarian) ; and Human Factors Engineering: design systems, products, and jobs, usability testing , occupational safety, sports biomechanics, transportation, health care.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Montana Manufacturing Extension Center

The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center is a statewide manufacturing outreach & assistance center staffed by full-time professionals with degrees in engineering and extensive experience in manufacturing and business in a variety of industries. MMEC is part of a nationwide network, the NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), to assist small and mid-size manufacturers in becoming more competitive and profitable. Our EDA funded University Center, “University Technical Assistance Program” (UTAP) is designed to give graduate students at MSU and at UofM industry experience while they get their masters degree. They are supervised by seasoned professionals and obtain valuable real-world experience.

NSF/ERC-Center for Biofilm Engineering

The Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE) was established in 1990 by the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers program. The Center's mission is to advance the basic knowledge, technology and education required to understand, control and exploit biofilm processes. Biofilms are immobilized, complex integrated biological communities important in medical, environmental, and industrial settings. The CBE has established a research environment where graduate students work in multidisciplinary teams in contiguous space with input from all CBE faculty, post-docs and staff. Undergraduates are also key members of the research teams.

Western Transportation Institute

As the MSU focal point for transportation research and technology transfer, the Western Transportation Institute's (WTI) focus is on "advancing rural transportation through research and education." Established in 1994 and designated as a United States Department of Transportation National University Transportation Center, WTI addresses transportation challenges and develops solutions through a multi-disciplinary approach related to safety and operations, winter maintenance and effects, road ecology, infrastructure maintenance and materials, systems engineering development and integration, mobility and public transportation, logistics and freight management, as well as transportation planning and economics.

Graduate

Subject Areas of Research

Subject Areas

  • Advanced composite materials
  • Alternative Power (fuel cells, solar, wind)
  • Antimicrobials - impacts on biofilm processes
  • Applied computational science
  • Atmospheric characteristics
  • Biocorrosion mechanisms
  • Biofilm modeling, data analysis
  • Biofilm processes
  • Biomedical materials
  • Bioremediation/ Biobarriers
  • Communication systems
  • Composite materials: fatigue and fracture
  • Constructed wetlands
  • Control systems
  • DSP Applications
  • Electrical power systems
  • Electrochemical engineering
  • Embedded Processors
  • Engineering design process
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Fire modeling
  • Geosynthetics
  • Heat transfer in conduits
  • High frequency electronics
  • High speed computational platforms
  • Highway systems safety
  • Industrial ergonomics
  • MEMS devices: fabrication and applications
  • Magnetic resonance imaging and transport processes
  • Manufacturing systems
  • Materials failure
  • Microsensor design and application
  • Molecular and cellular interactions at surfaces
  • Motor Control
  • Nanotechnology
  • Optical microscopy
  • Optics
  • Parameter estimation
  • Pulse-detonation engines
  • Rehabilitation engineering
  • Remote sensing
  • Riparian systems engineering
  • Robotic devices
  • Separations: crystallization, distillation
  • Snow and ice mechanics
  • Structural engineering
  • System identification
  • Transport phenomena in porous media
  • Transportation systems
  • Vibration and creep interaction in polymers
  • Water and waste water microbiology

Graduate

Dual Degrees

Graduate Engineering Dual Degree Program Description

Montana State University does not offer a graduate engineering dual degree program.

Graduate

Student Appointments

Appointments by Department

Appointments - Number of Appointments
Stipend - Average Monthly Stipend

Department Fellowships TA RA Other Total Appts.
Chemical & Biological Engineering
Appointments: 0 8 8 0 16
Stipends: $0 $1,650 $1,817 $0
Civil Engineering
Appointments: 0 14 16 0 30
Stipends: $0 $1,295 $1,313 $0
Computer Science
Appointments: 1 13 13 0 27
Stipends: $2,500 $1,154 $1,471 $0
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Appointments: 0 10 18 0 28
Stipends: $0 $1,580 $1,768 $0
Interdisciplinary Engineering Programs
Appointments: 0 0 0 0 0
Stipends: $0 $0 $0 $0
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Appointments: 1 19 21 0 41
Stipends: $2,833 $1,249 $1,461 $0
All Total Appointments 2 64 76 0 142

Appointments by Research Center

Appointments - Number of Appointments
Stipend - Average Monthly Stipend

Graduate Research Center Fellowships RA Other Total Appts.
Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
Appointments: 0 0 0 0
Stipends: $0 $0 $0
NSF/ERC-Center for Biofilm Engineering
Appointments: 6 7 0 13
Stipends: $671 $1,752 $0
Western Transportation Institute
Appointments: 0 5 0 5
Stipends: $0 $1,200 $0
All Total Appointments 6 12 0 18

Engineering Technology Information

Head of Engineering Technology

Head of Institution

Brett Gunnink
Dean of Engineering
College of Engineering
Montana State University
214 Roberts Hall
PO Box 173820
Bozeman, MT 59717-3820
Phone: 406-994-2272
Fax: 406-994-6665
coedeansoffice@coe.montana.edu

Engineering Technology Information

Degrees Offered

Types of Engineering Degrees

2-Year Degree 4-Year Degree Other
None B.S. None

Engineering Technology Information

Engineering Departments


Engineering Department(s) Department Chair Discipline
Civil Engineering Jerry Stephens Construction Engineering Technology
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Dan Miller Mechanical Engineering Technology

Engineering Technology Information

Degree Programs


Technology Degree Program(s) Engineering Department Discipline(s)
Construction Engineering Management, Master of (MCEM) Civil Engineering Construction Engineering Technology
Construction Engineering Technology Civil Engineering Construction Engineering Technology
Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.) Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Mechanical Engineering Technology

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Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Construction Engineering Technology (CET): A minimum of 128 semester credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. CET students are required to take the Constructor Qualification Examination Level I (CQE) administered by the American Institute of constructors (AIC).
Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET): A minimum of 126 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. MET students are required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination.

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Areas of Expertise

Engineering Departments Areas of Expertise
Civil Engineering
  1. Engineering Mechanics
  2. Geotechnical Engineering
  3. Water Resources Engineering
  4. Structural Engineering
  5. Environmental Engineering
  6. Transportation Engineering
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
  1. Energy Systems
  2. Design and Manufacture
  3. Materials and Structures
  4. Measurement Systems
  5. Systems Analysis
  6. Human Factors Engineering

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Societies

Honor Societies

National Groups

  • Alpha Pi Mu
  • Chi Epsilon
  • Eta Kappa Nu
  • Pi Tau Sigma
  • Sigma Lambda Chi
  • Tau Beta Pi

Student Organizations

National Groups

  • Am. Indian Science and Eng. Soc.
  • Associated General Contractors of Am.
  • Inst. of Transportation Eng.
  • Soc. of Automotive Eng.
  • Soc. of Women Eng.

Local Groups

  • Engineering Ambassadors
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Intelligent Transportation Society of America
  • MT Assoc. of Registered Land Surveyors

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Support Programs

College's Under-Represented Student Groups

National Groups

  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society
  • Society of Women Engineers

Local Groups

  • College of Engineering Women's Listserv
  • Designing Our Community
  • EMPower
  • Native American Engineering Listserv
  • Women in Engineering Student Advisory Board
  • Women in Science and Engineering

Other Student Support Programs

Montana State University sponsors a number of student support programs, including: freshman and transfer orientation, the campus Academic Advising Center, the Office of Student Success, SOTA (students-over-the-traditional-age), Disabled Student Services, Career Services, Veteran Student Services, International Programs, and programs for students returning to school after an extended period, as well as those needing special academic assistance.

Diversity Efforts:

The College of Engineering realizes the importance of a diverse student population. In efforts to increase diversity, a new position was created titled the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Diversity and was filled in August 2001. This position targets outreach and recruitment to our underrepresented populations. Montana has seven Native American Reservations, the largest number of any state. Therefore, our main diversity recruitment target areas are the tribal schools and schools around the reservations. The Assistant Dean interacts with other resources on campus to coordinate recruitment and opportunities for prospective Native American students. Prospective women engineers, technologists and computer scientists are other areas of underrepresented students that the College of Engineering targets for recruiting.

Women in Engineering (WIE):

We have made progress to expand our outreach to young women as part of our recruitment and retention efforts for women. We have expanded activities to encourage talented women to apply and enroll - enhanced contact with prospective students - emails, phone calls, letters.

Starting in the Fall of 2005, we expanded our orientation and mentoring programs for new female students and have engaged our women in engineering student advisory board. This board consists of a woman representative from each of our programs. Each new freshman female was given an orientation book, "EMPower Our Women - A Handbook for Female Engineering Students."

For the past six years we have hosted the Women in Engineering Dinner and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day during National Engineering Week. E-Week activities for women include Women in Engineering Dinner/lecture, Girl Scout outreach (badge day), and shadow an engineer activities for women. Since 2005, we have offered an engineerathon for middle-school aged students.

Finally in 2005, we launched a Women In Engineering Longitudinal Study in which we survey the freshman cohort. Initial surveys help us understand college choice, motivation, and anxiety level of our female students. Future rounds of the survey served as a good indication of the environment that the COE is providing for women.

Engineering Minority Program (EMPower):

EMPower (College of Engineering Minority Program) was established to help address issues that have led to the serious under-representation of minority and women students in the engineering fields and at the graduate level of education. Goals for EMPower included the promotion of engineering career options through pre-college outreach, individualized support for minority students, partnering and supporting complementary minority programs, faculty training to provide a culture of inclusion, and the development of effective student role models and mentors. Corporations and other individuals have provided limited endowment and current-use funds to support scholarships and provide student opportunities. Qualitative aspects of recruitment and retention are emphasized.

EMPower Student Center:

The EMPower Student Center was created in late 2003 with the acquisition of 1500 square feet of space. Having a physical location for diversity support was a key component in the continued success of EMPower initiatives. EMPower achievements include: a new student center for student organization chapter meetings such as Society for Women Engineers (SWE), and American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES); study breaks and mentoring opportunities offered to students; a new computer center (sponsored by Boeing) including 6 desktop and 20 laptop computers available for student use; hosting Native American engineering and industry professionals; a SMART Board and LCD projector for student use in tutoring, group design projects and other student presentations; conference room facilities established as the focal point for community building among minority students. This space within the College of Engineering has allowed EMPower to establish a real presence within the college.

Hewlett Foundation 'Designing Our Community' Program:

In December 2001 the Montana State University College of Engineering was acknowledged as an Engineering School of the West and was awarded a three-year grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to support the 'Designing Our Community' Program (DOC). The DOC Program seeks to enhance outreach, recruitment and retention to increase the numbers of Native Americans who graduate from MSU with engineering or computer science degrees. The College of Engineering has targeted the enhancement of Native American education as a top priority over the next five years. Our vision is to become firmly established as the premier institution of choice for Native American students in engineering, engineering technology, and computer science in the northern Rockies and the northern Great Plains regions; to be a successful partner with Native American communities in developing the future workforce.

In 2003, nine public colleges and universities in nine western states received William and Flora Hewlett Foundation grants to fund programs to improve the quality of undergraduate education in engineering and to increase the number of engineering graduates. At that time Montana State University's College of Engineering was selected as a Hewlett Foundation Engineering School of the West.

These Engineering Schools of the West Initiative grants supported programs to increase retention and recruitment efforts, and to improve student learning through better undergraduate teaching.

The institutions, selected for a commitment to rigorous assessment and ability to sustain long-term outcomes, collaborate to tackle such issues as new ways to assess student learning or how to provide students with a global orientation to engineering problems. Schools were chosen in part because their programs had the potential of providing a significant 'multiplier effect' leading to a change in the institution that would also be instructive to other colleges and universities.

The Hewlett Designing Our Community Program (DOC) at Montana State University seeks to establish the College of Engineering as the premier choice for Native American students.

Its first goal is to increase the motivation and pre-entry academic preparation of Native American students through recruitment activities on all seven Native American reservations in the state, visits to schools on the reservations, sponsorship of up to ten students to work on campus in engineering research and to enhance academic preparation in math in the Minority Apprenticeship Program (MAP) during the summer.

Goal number two is to help shape the engineering/engineering technology and computer science workforce by increasing the number of Native American students graduating from the College of Engineering. As a start on this effort, several focus groups took place with current students in engineering to garner feedback, assess needs and begin planning of the retention programs. Each semester there is a seminar course for Native Americans in Engineering. It serves as an academic enhancement with a learning community environment.

The final goal of the DOC program is to improve access to quality engineering and technology to rural and underserved populations by returning highly educated professionals to these communities. A number of programs are underway in this regard.

For more information please see: http://www.montana.edu/doc.

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Student Projects

Student Design Projects Description

Capstone courses involving teams, often 3-5 students, address projects with "real-world," open-ended problems and have an external sponsor. These problem teams can be interdisciplinary including technology and engineering students. Projects serve to help synthesize the technical curricula, involve written work, and serve as a platform for assessment of student outcomes. Engineering technology seniors have the option of participating in multi-disciplinary or departmental capstone senior design projects.

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College Description

Engineering Technology College Description and Special Characteristics

MSU College of Engineering offers a 'small-school' atmosphere combined with 'large-school' opportunities, all in a vibrant small city located in one of the country's most outstanding areas of natural beauty.

Engineering Technology at MSU has a non-traditional administrative structure in that the engineering technology programs are housed within related engineering departments in the College of Engineering. This allows the engineering and engineering technology programs to more readily share common laboratory facilities and in many cases faculty members teach in both programs within a department.

Both Construction Engineering Technology (CET) and Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) are four-year, fully accredited programs through the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

Montana State University-Bozeman (MSU) is the public land-grant university in Montana offering a broad array of traditional engineering disciplines and computer science. MSU College of Engineering offers a "small school" atmosphere combined with "large-school" opportunities, all in a vibrant small city located in one of the country's most outstanding areas of natural beauty.

The College of Engineering partners with the Center for Biofilm Engineering, the Western Transportation Institute and the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center in support of its mission and goals. These research and extension centers are housed within the College and provide unique opportunities for faculty and students, as well as partnerships with government agencies and industry.

The Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center, and is considered to be the world's leading center of research in the control of bacterial biofilms in natural and industrial ecosystems, and in chronic human infections.

As the MSU focal point for transportation research, the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) focuses on "making rural transportation safer, more efficient and more convenient across all modes of transportation through research, education, and technology transfer."

Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) is an outreach/technical center that utilizes consulting engineers in satellite offices throughout Montana to provide management and engineering services to manufacturers statewide. A primary focus is training Montana manufacturers in the latest manufacturing and engineering techniques.

The undergraduate engineering programs (Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering) are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology has accredited the Computer Science program.

Students enrolled in College of Engineering programs may opt to study other specialty topics and participate in faculty research. The University and College strive to be a national leader in research, focusing on undergraduate education. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognizes MSU as one of 96 research universities with "very high research activity." Approximately eight percent of undergraduates currently participate in funded research activities each year. Today's employers are increasingly looking for engineering graduates who demonstrate strong potential to perform well on multidisciplinary teams. At Montana State we developed a junior-level course to help engineering students acquire that ability while furthering their design skills. This course is a graduation requirement for most juniors in engineering and computer science. The course covers important design topics such as design process, creative design, project management, teamwork, and technical leadership while highlighting the skills needed to work in a multidisciplinary environment. Students complete a design project as a major component of the course. During the senior year, COE students culminate their educational experience by participating in capstone design projects, some of which are multidisciplinary. The College maintains pride in our graduates who consistently pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam (which all engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technology graduates are required to take), at a 90% rate (10-year average).

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Faculty & Research

Teaching, Tenure-Track View Gender/Ethnicity Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Full Professors Assoc. Professors Assistant Professors Program Total
Civil Engineering 0 1 0 1
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering 0 3 0 3
Totals: 0 4 0 4

Teaching, Non-Tenure-Track

Engineering Department(s) FT Instr. & Other Teach. Personnel PT Instr. & Other Teach. Personnel Total Personnel FTE of all PT Teach. Personnel
Civil Engineering 0 2 2 1.70
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering 0 1 1 0.60
Totals: 0 3 3 2.30

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Gender/Ethnicity Profiles

  • American Indian or Alaska Native (Am Ind): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.
  • Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Black or African American (B/AfrA): A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as "Haitian" or "Negro" can be used in addition to "Black or African American."
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (Haw): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
  • Hispanic or Latino (Hisp): A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. The term, "Spanish origin," can be used in addition to "Hispanic or Latino."
  • White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Full Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Civil Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Associate Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Civil Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
Totals: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 3 1

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Assistant Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Civil Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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Admissions/Transfers

Admission to Engineering Technology College

The College of Engineering has no additional requirements above and beyond the University's requirements. See Institution Admission Information.

Admission to an Engineering Technology Department

Student Performance and Retention: Students admitted to MSU will automatically be eligible for admission to College of Engineering (COE) degree programs. The College of Engineering is committed to retaining each admitted student within the COE and MSU, and to helping them achieve their fullest academic potential. This is achieved through classroom and laboratory curriculum modules developed specifically to stimulate student learning, through addressing individual student questions, and through focused advising within the first two years.

Students are required by Board of Regents policy to achieve a C- or better grade in each class used to satisfy the COE Bachelor of Science degree requirements. If repeating a course is necessary in order to meet this requirement, students are expected to repeat the course successfully (C- or better) prior to taking a follow-on course for which the repeated course is a prerequisite.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

Admission requirements for international students:

Freshmen students will be considered for admission on the basis of their secondary school record and their English proficiency. Applicants who meet a TOEFL score of 525 Paper/195 Computer/71 Internet, IELTS 6, or A.C.E. Language Institute Level 6 (available at MSU) and have a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale will qualify for admission.

Freshman must submit official secondary school documents posting marks earned and showing date of completion/graduation. These documents should be sent directly from the school or testing institution to the Office of International Programs. An English translation is required.

Transfer students will be considered on the basis of their post-secondary education record and their English proficiency. Applicants who meet a TOEFL score of 525 Paper/195 Computer/71 Internet, IELTS 6, or A.C.E. Language Institute Level 6 (available at MSU) and have a minimum cumulative transferable grade-point average (GPA) of a 2.0 or C on a 4.0 scale will qualify for admission.

Transfer students must request official transcripts from each international or U.S. post-secondary institution attended to be sent directly to MSU. An English translation is required. Any academic work undertaken outside of the U.S. may require a professional evaluation for an additional fee.

US$36 online application or US$30 paper application. The fee must be in U.S. currency. Checks should be made payable to Montana State University and must indicate the U.S. banking codes. The application fee will not be waived, deferred, or refunded. The fee must be paid before the application will be processed.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

The College of Engineering has no additional requirements above and beyond those of the University, which are the same for both in-state and out-of-state students.

Residency Requirements

The College of Engineering has no requirements above and beyond those of the University, which require transfer students to complete two full-time semesters of 15 weeks or more in residence at Montana State University, and earn not less than 30 resident credits and a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, as well as meet the curriculum requirements for a degree. Except for certain pre-professional curricula (e.g., premedicine), 23 of the last 30 credits earned to meet the graduation requirement must be resident credits.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Transfer students are defined as students who have completed high school or its equivalent and have attempted twelve or more quarter or semester college-level (college-level meaning applicable to at least an associate degree) credits at an institution accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies.

Academic Eligibility: Applicants will be considered for admission based on transferable credits from all regionally accredited colleges or universities previously attended. A cumulative transferable grade-point average (GPA), as determined by MSU, of 2.0 or C on a four-point scale is required in order to be accepted for admission in good standing.

Number of Transfer Students from:

A two-year community junior college where they were full-time students: 89
A four-year college or university where they were full-time students: 11

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Expenses & Financial Aid

Student Group(s): All Students

Undergraduate Group 1
Tuition & Fees: $6,887
Room & Board: $10,500
Books & Supplies: $1,300
Other Expenses: $3,350
Estimated avg. course load per term: 12
Does your institute have any special programs or fee structures for the expenses category "All Students"?: No

Financial Aid Information

Required financial aid forms

Institution's Own Application Form, Federal Tax Return Forms (IRS), Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), COE Freshman/Transfer Scholarship Application, COE Continuing Student Scholarship Application

Additional Financial Aid Information

The completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will allow the student to be considered for all forms of need-based financial aid from federal, state and institutional sources, including loans, grants and scholarships.

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New Applicants

New Undergraduate Applicants

A. Number of undergraduate applicants to the engineering college: 115
B. Of those in (A), how many were offered admission? 60
C. Of those in (B), how many were enrolled in the fall? 45
Percentage of entering students (excluding transfer students) ranked in the top quarter (25%) of their high schools: 24%

Newly Enrolled Test Scores

Scores Reflect 75th to 25th percentile

SAT 75th 25th
Math Range: 680 570
Reading Range: 640 530
Writing Range: 30 40
Combined Range: 1350 1140
ACT 75th 25th
Math Range: 30 25
Composite Range: 30 24

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Enrollments by Class

Undergraduate Engr. Programs Fresh
1st Year
Soph
2nd Year
Junior
3rd Year
Senior
4th/5th Year
Full Time Total Part Time Total
Construction Engineering Management, Master of (MCEM) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Construction Engineering Technology 36 35 52 49 172 18
Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.) 42 49 60 94 245 24
Totals: 78 84 112 143 417 42
  Master's Doctoral Department Total
Graduate Engr. Departments Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time
Construction Engineering Management, Master of (MCEM) 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 0 0 0 0 0

Freshmen

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Construction Engineering Technology
Men 15 2 1 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 3 0 0 34 5
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1
Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.)
Men 23 2 1 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1 0 0 41 4
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Totals: 39 4 2 1 6 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 5 0 0 78 10

Sophomores

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Construction Engineering Technology
Men 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 3 0 0 34 6
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.)
Men 25 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 2 0 0 47 4
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 2
Totals: 39 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 45 7 0 0 84 12

Juniors

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Construction Engineering Technology
Men 8 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 39 1 0 0 50 2
Women 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.)
Men 23 5 0 0 3 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 29 3 0 0 59 8
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals: 34 5 0 0 5 0 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 68 4 0 0 112 10

Seniors

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Construction Engineering Technology
Men 6 0 2 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 2 0 0 47 4
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.)
Men 32 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 54 4 0 0 89 6
Women 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0
Totals: 41 2 2 1 3 0 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 93 6 0 0 143 10

Master's

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Construction Engineering Management, Master of (MCEM)
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Doctoral

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Totals: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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Degrees Awarded by Program

Degrees By Ethnicity

Nra - Nonresident aliens
Asi - Asian American
Blk - Black
His - Hispanic
Ind - American Indian
Pac - Pacific Islander
Unk - Unknown
Wht - White
Tot - Program Totals
Two - Two or More
Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot Male Female
Construction Engineering Technology 10 1 0 1 0 0 0 33 0 45 43 2
Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.) 19 1 0 0 1 0 0 31 0 52 49 3
Totals: 29 2 0 1 1 0 0 64 0 97 92 5

Degrees By Ethnicity & Gender

Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Construction Engineering Technology 10 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 2 0 0 45
Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.) 19 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 29 2 0 0 52
Totals: 29 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 60 4 0 0 97

Degrees By Ethnicity

Nra - Nonresident aliens
Asi - Asian American
Blk - Black
His - Hispanic
Ind - American Indian
Pac - Pacific Islander
Unk - Unknown
Wht - White
Tot - Program Totals
Two - Two or More
Master's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot Male Female
Construction Engineering Management, Master of (MCEM) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Degrees By Ethnicity & Gender

Master's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Construction Engineering Management, Master of (MCEM) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Master's Degree Programs

Master's Degree Program Degree Type
Master's w/ Thesis Master's w/o Thesis or with Proj./Report Program Totals
Construction Engineering Management, Master of (MCEM) 0 0 0
Totals: 0 0 0

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Dual Degrees

Undergraduate Engineering Dual Degree Program Description

Montana State University offers dual degree programs in conjunction with Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming; Flathead Valley Community College; and seven Montana Tribal Colleges: Dull Knife Memorial College, Little Big Horn College, Blackfeet Community College, Fort Belknap College, Fort Peck Community College, Salish-Kootenai College, and Stone Child College.

Undergraduate Engineering Dual Degrees Awarded

Engineering baccalaureate graduates with a dual degree: 0

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Program Comparisons

  • ABET - Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • CEAB - Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board
Degree Program ABET/CEAB Accred. Nominal Program Length
(yrs.)
Average Program Length
(yrs.)
Time: Day/Even./
Both
Co-op: None/Opt./
Required
Grads in Co-op Progs.
Construction Engineering Technology yes 4.00 4.60 Both None
Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.) yes 4.00 4.60 Day None