The Master of Engineering Degree is a new effort where students can acquire a Master’s degree by taking 30 course credits. The degree will be an M.Eng., with students choosing an interest area in one of the four options listed below. The program was designed for currently-enrolled undergraduate students in an engineering discipline or people who want to continue their education post-graduation from an accredited engineering degree program.

In contrast to existing Master of Science Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (professional paper) options which can lead to Ph.D. programs, the M. Eng. degree is the terminal degree for practicing professionals. This degree program will serve a recognized need for post-baccalaureate education for engineers and satisfy the proposed requirement for 30 credits post-graduation for professional licensure (P.E.).

Program Details

Two major curricular/program components distinguish the M. Eng. from the M.S. 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. This is consistent with similar programs across the country, where the intent is to provide education for practicing professionals.

Admission requirements will be equivalent to other Master’s programs in the COE and align with the Graduate School's general provisions, with the exception that the GRE is required for admission. Students will be accepted by established departmental criteria.

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

Degree options may be added at the discretion of a College-wide committee comprised of option coordinators and the COE’s Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies. General oversight of the curriculum in each option will be guided by the faculty involved in that option.

The degree is currently provided with the following four options:

For all options, there are standard requirements as set by the Graduate School. General requirements include the following:

  • 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
  • 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

M. Eng. in Bioengineering

Course Requirements:

The following courses are required of each MEng/BIOE student:

  • CHBE 500: Graduate Seminar (1 cr, can be taken twice)
  • ENVE 566 Biofilms (3 cr)
  • CHBE 530: Transport Phenomena (3 cr)

Plus, a course in each of the following areas:

  • Numerical Analysis (3 cr), CHBE 525 or another advanced engineering mathematics course (e.g., CHBE 522)
  • ENVE 560: Environmental Engineering Processes or other 500 level Biological course appropriate to the student’s focus

Candidates seeking admission to the MS program in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering must complete an online application and pay the $60 application fee. 

Before submitting this application, you must identify a faculty advisor. You will also find a list of faculty members and their areas of interest on this link: E-mail the faculty members directly with any questions you may have about research opportunities in the department. If you do not want to identify an advisor, you may select “none” on the online application. If you choose this option, faculty members will have access to your application for their perusal for 6 months.

Applicants should be prepared to submit and or upload the following:

  • Official undergraduate transcripts.
  • GPA. A minimum of a 3.00 GPA in undergraduate program; based on a 4.00 scale being an "A".
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • Three (3) letters of reference.
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.
  • Resume/CV. (optional)
  • International students must meet additional requirements. Click here for details.

Note: Typical scores for admitted graduate students are well above the minimums required.
Incomplete applications cannot be considered.


Teaching or Research Assistantship: all applicants should indicate if they would like to be considered for a teaching and/or research assistantship.  Applicants interested in a teaching assistantship should include a paragraph that outlines any special skills or experience associated with teaching in their application statement. During the application process, you will be asked to upload this document.

Contact Information

For more information about the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Graduate programs, please contact the academic advisor, Shelly Thomas, by calling (406) 994-2220.

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M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering

Course Requirements:

The following courses are required of each MEng/CHE student:

  • CHBE 500:  Graduate Seminar (1 cr, can be taken twice)
  • CHBE 503:  Thermodynamics (3 cr)
  • CHBE 530:  Transport Phenomena (3 cr)

Plus, a course in each of the following areas:

  • Reaction Engineering (3 cr), CHBE 510 or another reactions course (e.g., ENVE 566 Biofilms)
  • Numerical Analysis (3 cr), CHBE 525 or another advanced engineering mathematics course (e.g., CHBE 522)

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M. Eng. in Electrical Engineering

Course Requirements:

At least 15 credits must come from within one area of specialization:

  • Electronic Devices & MEMS
  • Telecommunication
  • Signals & Controls
  • Power & Energy
  • Electromagnetics & Optics

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M. Eng. in Mechanical Engineering  

Course  Requirements: 

The  following courses are required of each M. Eng./ME  student:  

  • EGEN  505:  Advanced Engineering Analysis I  (3  cr)  
  • EGEN  506:  Numerical Solutions to Engineering Problems (3  cr)  
  • EM 525:  Continuum Mechanics (3  cr)  

Plus, a Mechanical Engineering course in each of the following areas:  

  • Materials  (3  cr)
  • Thermo/Fluids (3  cr)
  • Solid Mechanics  (3 Cr)

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The remaining courses must come from the approved list of 400 and 500-level courses. No pass/fail credits will be counted towards the degree.