Montana State University

Graduate Program in Industrial and Management Engineering

Funding Opportunities

Our department offers numerous opportunities to fund your graduate work.  We hire graduate teaching assistants (GTA's) to assist faculty members with specific courses.  All applicants who are admitted to the graduate program are considered GTA candidates.  GTA positions are offered on a competitive basis, according to funding availability, needs of the program, and skills/background of the candidate pool.  GTA's receive a tuition waiver (covers approximately 70% of all fees) and a monthly stipend in compensation for 10 or 20 hours per week commitment.

Individual faculty members who are able to obtain external grant awards often hire graduate research assistants (GRA's).  Since individual faculty members make GRA hiring decisions, interested persons should contact individual faculty members within our program to learn about possible GRA openings.

The University maintains a list of potential scholarships and fellowships for graduate students (click here).   An additional list of potential scholarships and fellowships related to engineering graduate students has also been compiled (click here).

The I&ME Program is also the academic home for the University Technical Assistance Program (UTAP) offered by the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC).  The Center can fund graduate students to work as industrial engineering consultants with local manufacturers, while they complete their graduate degree.  In addition, Graduate Transportation Awards are also available to qualified persons interesting in graduate research on topics related to transportation systems through the Western Transportation Institute (WTI).  

Finally, there are a number of grading and lab supervisor positions that may be available throughout each semester.  These generally pay an hourly rate commensurate with other campus employment.


Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantships Positions Available

Montana State University is designated a top-tier (Carnegie I) research university.  The graduate program in Industrial and Management Engineering (IME) offers one-on-one mentoring for MS and PHD degrees that can be tailored to your educational background, research interests, and career goals.  Our faculty have active research programs and are dedicated to graduate teaching in the areas of human factors engineering, service sector engineering, and systems modeling and analysis.  The campus is situated in the enjoyable town of Bozeman within the beautiful Gallatin Valley area of Montana renowned for its outdoor activities and skiing.   The program is currently accepting high quality applicants from qualified students for funded Graduated Teaching Assistantships (GTA) and Graduate Research Fellowships.  Each assistantship includes a minimum stipend ($3,800 per semester) and tuition waiver (9 credits per semester).  Higher stipends may be available on a competitive basis.  Contact Professor Nicholas Ward with additional questions (  Interested applicants can apply online: