Montana State University

Civil Engineering Graduate Programs - How to Apply



To apply for a graduate degree in Civil Engineering, completed the online application at http://www.montana.edu/wwwdg/apply.html.

Additional documents must be submitted to the department to complete your application. All of these materials can be mailed directly to our department at the address below. We will be unable to process your application until we receive all of the items listed. For more detailed information about requirements and different degrees offerered, please contact us (Phone: 406-994-2111 or email cedept@ce.montana.edu).

The general requirements for admittance into the master’s degree program in civil engineering are:

  • Completed application and application fee located at: http://www.montana.edu/wwwdg/apply.html (may be filled out online)
  • A completed bachelor’s degree (anticipated conferred degree is acceptable, however final transcripts will be required) with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale (if degree is not in civil engineering, please email us at cedept@ce.montana.edu for more details for necessary remediate courses.)
  • Official transcripts for all degrees completed mailed to us directly by your institution*
  • Three letters of recommendation. Should be sealed and mailed from the person writing the recommendation.*
  • Offical GRE scores that indicate a high probability of success in graduate studies. Official GRE scores must be received directly from ETS. For Montana State University, the Institution code is 4488. (Important notice regarding the GRE Exam: For students applying for Spring admission, make sure to take the GRE exam before August 1 if you want your application reviewed before November 1.)
  • A goals statement.

* These documents can be mailed directly to:

Department of Civil Engineering
Montana State University
205 Cobleigh Hall - PO Cox 173900
Bozeman, Montana  59717-3780

International applicants have additional requirements:

  • Official TOEFL (minimum TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based) or 213 (computer-based) or 550 (paper-based)) or IELTS (minimum IELTS score of 7.0) for all international applicants from non-English speaking countries. The official TOEFL scores must be received directly from the testing agency. *An official TOEFL score OR IELTS is required for all international applicants unless English is the student's official language or the student received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in a country where English is the official language.
  • International Student Financial Certificate: This certificate is available at http://www.montana.edu/wwwdg/pdf_files/fin_cert.pdf and must be submitted with the application whether the student is seeking departmental funds or plans to self-finance the costs of education. NOTE that all admitted applicants are considered for departmental assistantship support, so applicants whose financial certificates indicate that they or their sponsor can provide the necessary funds does not eliminate the possibility that an MSU assistantship will be awarded. 
  • Evidence of financial support (bank statement, etc) if the student is providing their own funds or being sponsored by a source other than an MSU department. Include a bank statement, translated into English, with US$25,000 corresponding to the International Student Financial Certificate.

Deadlines:

Domestic Applicants: The following are the final deadlines for submission of complete applications by applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents (with fewer financial aid options than available at the priority deadlines):

  • July 1 to begin the following fall semester
  • November 15 to begin the following spring semester

International Applicants: The following are the final deadlines for submission of complete applications by international applicants (with fewer financial aid options than available at the priority deadlines):

  • May 1 to begin the following fall semester
  • September 15 to begin the following spring semester

More Information:

For more details or if you have questions regarding your graduate application, please contact the us at: cedept@ce.montana.edu.