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Online Master’s Engineering Programs

Admission

The admission requirements for the online Master of Science in Civil Engineering, online Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering and online Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering programs are listed below. If you have any questions about the process, don’t hesitate to contact one of our Admission Counselors at (888) 351-8360.

The next start date is
September 2, 2020

M.S. in Civil Engineering Admission Requirements


  • Four-year undergraduate degree in electrical engineering or closely related field
    • Students who do not have a B.S. in civil engineering are required to complete undergraduate courses that provide appropriate background.
      • These credits will not count towards the M.S. degree. A student’s adviser will determine the requirements for remedial courses on a case-by-case basis.
      • These courses are not available online. Students may take similar courses at other universities and submit an official transcript showing a grade of 3.0 or higher for the course to satisfy the proficiency requirement for each course.
  • Minimum Undergraduate GPA: 3.0
  • GRE (waived for students with an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering)
    • Minimum scores:
      • Verbal: 150
      • Quantitative: 160
      • Analytical Writing: 3
    • Have scores sent directly to MSU by ETS:
      • School code: 1465
      • Civil engineering program code: 1102
  • TOEFL scores (international students):
    • Minimum scores
      • Reading = 19
      • Listening = 19
      • Speaking = 19
      • Writing = 22
    • See the International Students page for more information

M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering Admission Requirements


  • Four-year undergraduate degree in electrical engineering or closely related field
    • Applicants without a degree in electrical engineering must, during the course of study, show proficiency in the following courses: ECE 302 (Electronic Circuits), ECE 305 (Electromagnetic Field and Waves), ECE 313 (Control Systems) and ECE 366 (Signal Processing)
    • Proficiency may be shown by enrolling in and excelling in the above courses, by taking and passing the final examination for each course or by submitting a transcript with close to identical coursework.
  • Minimum Undergraduate GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum TOEFL Scores (International Students): 550

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering Admission Requirements


  • Four-year undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering or closely related field
    • Applicants without a degree in mechanical engineering must, during the course of study, show proficiency in three of the following courses: ME 332 Fluid Mechanics, ME 451 Controls, ME 410: Heat Transfer, ME 461 Vibrations, and ME 423 Intermediate Mechanics of Deformable Solids.
    • Please consult with the ME Graduate Coordinator on how past and future coursework can be used to demonstrate proficiency.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum TOEFL Scores (International Students): 550

Admission Checklist


  • Completed application
  • Completed Graduate Admissions, Recruitment and Financial Aid Information Sheet
  • Official transcripts
    Two copies from all previous universities attended (undergraduate and graduate)
  • GRE test scores (Civil Engineering program only)
    • Required for applicants who have not completed an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
    • Must be provided directly from the Educational Testing Service. The GRE department code is 1102.
  • Three letters of recommendation
    Applicants should request letters of recommendation through the graduate education portal. Once their contact information is entered, the MSU application system will reach out to the letter writers.
  • Academic and personal statements
    Your academic statement should describe your plans for graduate study, career goals, and how the program will help you meet your objectives (2 pages). Your personal statement should concisely describe how your background and life experiences influenced your decision to pursue a graduate degree (2 pages).
  • Application fee: $65 domestic, $75 international
  • International applications: Official TOEFL or IELTS test score report. GRE quantitative/verbal/writing scores are required for all international students.

For Master of Science in Civil Engineering program applicants, please mail requested materials to:

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Attn: CCE Graduate Application Processing
Michigan State University
428 S. Shaw Lane, Rm. 2120
East Lansing, MI 48824-1226

For Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering program applicants, please mail requested materials to:

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Attn: ECE Graduate Application Processing
Michigan State University
428 S. Shaw Lane, Rm. 2120
East Lansing, MI 48824-1226

For Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program applicants, please mail requested materials to:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Attn: ME Graduate Application Processing
Michigan State University
428 S. Shaw Lane 2555 Engineering Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1226

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