Jerry Stephens, P.E., Ph.D.
Anders Larsson, P.E., M.S.
Joe Fedock, P.E., Ph.D.
Mike Berry, Ph.D.
Brett Gunnink, P.E., Ph.D.
Steve Perkins, P.E., Ph.D.
Bob Mokwa, P.E., Ph.D.
Engineering Mechanics Faculty Members:
In a hurry?
Students receiving their undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Montana State University may take advantage of a concurrent schedule of undergraduate and graduate classes starting the senior year, allowing a B.S. degree and a M.S. degree to be obtained in a total of ten semesters of study.
Plan “A” students may apply up to ten credits of CE 590 – Master’s Thesis towards the 30 credit minimum requirement. Plan “B” students may apply up to six credits of CE 575 – Professional Paper towards the 30 credits. The majority of the students opt for Plan “B” with two or three credits of CE 575, thus maximizing their exposure to class materials that will be directly applicable in the work place. Plan “A” students prefer a heavier research component.
If research is an area of interest, you will also find opportunities to perform in-depth studies of a particular structural topic as well as financial help in terms of an assistantship. Our research topics tend to be practical in nature, allowing the faculty and student researcher the satisfaction of impacting the every-day civil engineering design practice.
How do Assistantships factor in?
The typical student qualifies for financial assistance in the form of teaching or research assistantships. Our undergraduate curriculum provides graduate students with an interest in teaching the opportunity to lead and manage laboratories, facilitate help sessions, grade homework and exams, and assist in the classroom.
ASCE News – January 2008: “Key Points About ASCE Policy Statement 465: A primary goal is to effect changes in state licensing requirements, standardizing the concept of a bachelor's degree plus either a masters degree, or 30 credits as a prerequisite for licensure in the future.”
The Department of Civil Engineering at Montana State University offers a Master of Science degree in civil engineering with a structural emphasis, targeted at qualified students seeking an advanced degree for professional practice. The goal of the program is to develop well-rounded structural engineering practitioners, for which the civil engineering workplace is currently seeing an increased demand. To quote from ASCE's Committee on Academic Prerequisites for Professional Practice: “The bottom-line issue addressed by PS 465 is that, "It is evident that the exploding body of science and engineering knowledge cannot be accommodated within the context of the tradidiotnal four-year baccalaureate degree".
The masters program builds on a well-rounded undergraduate civil engineering curriculum, allowing a more in-depth study of structural engineering topics and related fields. Specifically, the program focuses on:
Emphasis is placed on current design practices and underlying theories, utilizing the latest design codes and state-of-the-art software. Advanced research topics are integrated in the course work, keeping the students and faculty abreast with recent developments while maintaining the practical tie to consulting engineering.
Development of strong oral and written communication skills along with the technical skills is another cornerstone of the curriculum. Students make frequent presentations and summarize designs/solutions according to professional technical writing standards.
What do we offer?
The curriculum is flexible enough to accommodate varying timelines, with three semesters of study being most common. Assuming a background of two undergraduate level classes related to structural analysis and introductory concrete/steel design, a graduate program will consist of a minimum of 30 semester credits from the following list of offerings:
A Few More Notes. . .
Most graduate students are assigned office space in the engineering buildings on campus. Access to campus networked computer stations is provided. Our structural graduate students are a cohesive group, often collaborating on group projects and course assignments as well as enjoying the camaraderie in social settings.
Excellent facilities and a caring, knowledgeable faculty make Montana State University a large enough university to offer exceptional quality and diversity while maintaining the personal touch of a small school.
If you think Montana State University and its structural engineering program are for you, please contact us. We would be delighted to visit with you further about the possibility of you joining us.