Degrees Offered

Our five departments offer 14 master's degrees and 10 Ph.D. options.

  • M.S. Chemical Engineering
  • M.S. Civil Engineering
  • M.S. Computer Science
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering
  • M.S. Environmental Engineering
  • M.S. Industrial and Management Engineering
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering
  • M.S. Optics and Photonics
  • M.Eng. Bioengineering
  • M.Eng. Chemical Engineering
  • M.Eng. Electrical Engineering
  • M.Eng. Mechanical Engineering
  • Ph.D. Computer Science
  • Ph.D. Ecology and Environmental Science (interdiscplinary)
  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
  • Ph.D. Engineering, with options in:
    • Applied Mechanics
    • Chemical
    • Civil
    • Environmental
    • Industrial
    • Mechanical
  • Ph.D. Materials Science

Research Opportunities

Our graduate students partner with faculty to conduct world-class research. Visit our research webpage to see the latest news on our research discoveries, research-related awards and funding, and the impact our research is having on the world.

Among other things, our graduate students design radiation-tolerant computers that are launched into space, improve constructed wetlands that treat wastewater at our local ski resort, and help develop new methods of diagnosing malaria and other diseases.

Our research entities include unique facilities such as the Subzero Research Laboratory and Magnetic Resonance Laboratory, interdiscplinary groups such as the Thermal Biology Institute and Center for Biofilm Engineering, and more.

Funding Opportunities

Most of our incoming graduate students are funded with teaching assistantships for at least their first year. During that period, they connect with faculty and typically receive research assistantships for the remainder of their graduate studies.

The engineering college offers a Benjamin Fellowship that provides a stipend of $25,000 for a first year of Ph.D. study. For more details see the college's graduate funding opportunities webpage.

Departments may offer some graduate student scholarships as well. Students apply for these scholarships after they have been admitted to a graduate program. More information is available on the college's scholarship webpage.

Applicant Requirements

Requirements such as minimum GPA and test scores vary by program. Visit the departments' graduate program webpages (listed below) to learn more. Requirements are also listed when an applicant has set up an account and begun the application process through the Graduate School's online application.

Department Details

For details about degrees, funding opportunities, admission requirements and application deadlines, see the graduate programs website for the department you are interested in:

Applying for Admission

The Graduate School at MSU handles all graduate admissions. If you are ready to apply, visit the Graduate School's online application. 

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