What will I learn?

Two major curricular/program components distinguish the Master of Engineering degree from the Master of Science degree:

No professional paper or thesis is required for the M. Eng.

M. Eng. students are likely to either be practicing engineers or continuing students who wish to acquire credits required for professional licensure. In the first case, the students have experience in practical engineering and the concepts involved in a capstone experience. In the latter case, all senior engineering students at Montana State University have completed a senior design project that is of the same depth as most professional papers, and this is also true of practically all accredited undergraduate engineering programs. Eliminating the thesis or professional paper requirement provides students the opportunity for more coursework in an area of interest.

The M. Eng. has no comprehensive examination.

Because this is a courses-only degree that requires students to maintain a 3.0 GPA, there will be no further proof of proficiency. The intent is to provide education for practicing professionals.

Students will be supervised by an option coordinator, not by a three-member committee typical for M.S. degrees.

General Requirements

  • 30 credits total
  • At least 18 of the total credits required for degree must be at 5xx level
  • 3xx level courses are not allowed
  • 4xx level courses may be used (maximum allowed is 12 credits)
  • Courses with grades below C cannot be used to satisfy graduation requirements
  • Three credits (min.) registration required during term of graduation (1 credit with in absentia graduation request on file)
  • A maximum of six credits of individual problems courses (570) are allowed
  • In addition to the required courses, the Master of Engineering requires additional coursework in lieu of the 10 thesis credits.

Which department am I in?

Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$17,692.00 per year
Start date

19 January 2022


Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering

Montana State University,

237 Norm Asbjornson Hall,



59717, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be considered for admission to the MS/DI track the following degree, statements and certifications are necessary. Transcript(s) and a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Verification Statement (or declaration of intent) are also required for the application process. Proof of a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and/or dietetics from an ACEND accredited program in nutrition and/or dietetics and/or related major from an accredited college or university is needed. Proof of earned degree will be provided by a final transcript. (Alternatively, prospective students may have earned a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field but completed post-baccalaureate didactic coursework in dietetics from an accredited college or university.) An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). Applicants with post-baccalaureate experience must have a graduate GPA of at least 3.00."

For international students

Applicants must present evidence of graduation with a bachelor's degree in engineering with ability to maintain a "B" average. Graduates in other fields may be accepted, but generally these students have to make up background material in certain subject areas.

English Proficiency

Internet-based TOEFL Test (iBT) 80
Paper-based TOEFL Test (PBT) 550
PTE Academic 54


Regular application for international applicants

Fall Semester: May 1
Spring Semester: September 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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