Montana State University

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173780
Bozeman, MT 59717-3780

Tel: (406) 994-2505
Fax: (406) 994-5958
E-mail: ecedept@ece.montana.edu
Location: 610 Cobleigh Hall

Department Head:

Robert C. Maher, Ph.D., P.E.

Graduate Application Procedures

 

Thank you for your interest in graduate studies with the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at Montana State University. The application process is outlined below. Appropriate links are provided so that interested students can determine the suitability of the graduate program and compare research and course offerings with their own interests. Preference will be given to those who express a clear research interest that clearly matches the research currently being done by faculty members. Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty via email to discuss research opportunities, but it is best first to check the available assistantships web page to identify the most timely opportunities.

Minimum requirements necessary for MSEE & PhD applicants. Applicants not meeting these requirements will not be processed:

Baccalaureate Degree: 
  Electrical Engineering (or closely related)
GPA: 
  3.0 out of 4.0
GRE: 
  152 Verbal, 153 Quantitative, 3.5 Analytical Writing
(scores prior to Aug. 2011: 480 Verbal; 680 Quantitative; 3.5 analytical writing)
(scores prior to Oct. 2002: 1700 V/Q/A (480 verbal))
Letters of Reference: 
  3
And for international applicants, one of the following:
Paper-based TOEFL:*
  600
OR Computer-based TOEFL:*
  250
OR Internet-based TOEFL:*
  100
OR IELTS:* 
  7.0

*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.

To apply, go to:

http://www.montana.edu/gradstudies/  

Select "Apply Now" and either complete the form online and pay the US$60.00 application fee by credit card, or download the necessary forms and mail them with the hardcopy application fee of US$60.00 to:

ECE Graduate Program
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
College of Engineering
610 Cobleigh Hall
Montana State University
Bozeman, Montana  59717-3780

All application fees are nonrefundable.

Note: Optional courier delivery fee for responses sent to international applications is US$50.00 nonrefundable.

Application Materials:

In addition to the basic application and fee listed above, the following materials must be submitted by the application deadline:

1. Statement of Purpose: 

Describe the primary research areas you are interested in pursuing as a graduate student in an essay, approximately one page in length. The essay must include a discussion of specific research areas of mutual interest to the student and the Electrical & Computer Engineering faculty at Montana State University.

2. Letters of Reference:

Include three letters of reference.

3. GRE Scores

Official GRE scores must be received directly from ETS. For Montana State University, the Institution code is 4488; the Department code: 1203.

4.  Official Transcripts

Have your institution send official transcripts for all degrees completed.

5.  International Students: TOEFL/IELTS Scores

An official TOEFL OR IELTS score 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. The official TOEFL OR IELTS scores must be received directly from the testing agency.

6.  International Students: Financial Certificate

Required of ALL international applicants. 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. 

7. International Students: Proof of Funds

Required of international applicants who indicate the ability to provide their own funds or who have a personal sponsor. Include a bank statement, translated into English, with US$25,000 corresponding to the International Student Financial Certificate.

Assistantships:

Graduate research or teaching assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis.  The awards are based on the applicant's qualifications and potential ability to perform the duties of each position. Only applicants who have been accepted by the Division of Graduate Education as regular graduate students may be awarded assistantships. However, being accepted for admission does not mean that a research or teaching assistantship is automatically awarded. If an assistantship is awarded, it will be stated in the acceptance letter.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) positions are awarded based on the needs of the department to graduate students who can effectively communicate, in English, to undergraduates. All international students must pass a "speaking" test to qualify for a TA position.

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) positions are funded by research grants of individual faculty members.  Therefore, the faculty members award these assistantships to admitted graduate students with whom they would like to work. Applicants are encouraged to check the list of currently available research assistantships and to contact individual faculty members via email to discuss research interests and potential research projects.

The Department may admit more students to the graduate program than we can currently support on assistantships. Students without an assistantship may continue to investigate employment or other financial aid options after enrolling in classes, but if an assistantship is not initially offered, the student must accept full responsibility for tuition, fees, and living expenses without financial support from the Department.

Deadlines:

For priority consideration of admission with financial support, domestic and international students’ complete applications must be received by the following priority deadlines:

  • January 15 for the following fall semester
  • September 15 for the following spring semester

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):

  • April 1 to begin the following summer semester
  • July 15 to begin the following fall semester
  • December 1 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):

  • February 1 to begin the following summer semester
  • May 15 to begin the following fall semester
  • October 1 to begin the following spring semester

For further information:

Division of Graduate Education

Office of International Programs

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

If you have specific questions about your application or your personal circumstances, contact the ECE Graduate Coordinator at: ecedept@ece.montana.edu.