Spotlight on Missouri S&T Engineering

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Prodigy Finance - November, 02 2022

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Ready to learn everything you need to know about engineering and STEM masters degrees at Missouri University of Science and Technology? You're in the right place!

Missouri University of Science and Technology is one of the premier technological research universities in the U.S. Founded in 1870. They’re located in the welcoming and safe city of Rolla, Missouri. The school offers 98 degree programs available in 39 areas of study, with world renowned programs in engineering and computing. The research centers feature state-of-the-art equipment and technology in leading-edge labs. At Missouri S&T, they believe that quality education will prepare you to pursue and solve the world’s challenges.

One of the points of pride is the Geothermal Energy System: an unconventional, green approach to Missouri S&T’s energy challenges. The Geothermal Energy Project is one of the most comprehensive initiatives of its kind in higher education. Since beginning operation in 2014, the Missouri S&T Geothermal Energy Project has served the heating and cooling needs of 17 buildings and augmented the campus chilled-water system, which serves many of the university’s ancillary facilities. The impact is a cut in energy use by 57%, reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 25,000 tons per year, and cut in water usage by 18,730,000 gallons per year.

Where is Missouri S&T?

City: Rolla, Missouri (MO)

City population: 20,293, with a metropolitan population of 44,876

Region: Midwest

Climate: a mix of a humid subtropical and humid continental climate types. Winters are cold (winter low: -6.1°C/21°F) with some snow. Summers are hot and humid (summer high: 31.1°C/88°F)

Nearest airport: Lambert International Airport (STL) in St. Louis, Missouri

Time zone: CST from November-March (GMT -6); CDT from March to November (GMT-5)

Missouri S&T fast facts

Public university

University enrollment: 8,607

Living alumni: 60,000+

Graduate students: 1759

Engineering grad students: 1217

Engineering masters students: 608

Countries represented: 60+

International grad students: 56.7%

Most represented countries in engineering: China, India, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Bangladesh

What can you study at Missouri S&T Engineering?

Missouri S&T claims some top rankings, including:

  • #1 best value college in the state (College Factual 2018)
  • #6 university in the US for ROI ( 2018)
  • #14 brainiest university (Luminosity 2019)
  • #15 public college with the highest-earning graduates (Forbes 2017)
  • #24 STEM college (Forbes 2017)

With the entire university dedicated to scientific, technological and management fields, you can bet there are plenty of specialised degrees offered at this school. In addition to the usual suspects in the engineering fields, you’ll also find:

  • Ceramic Engineering
  • Explosives Engineering
  • Geological Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering

Aerospace Engineering




MS Aerospace Engineering (thesis and non-thesis options)


Chemical Engineering




MS Chemical Engineering


Civil Engineering




MS Civil Engineering


Computer Engineering




MS Computer Engineering (thesis and non-thesis options)


Electrical Engineering




MS Electrical Engineering (thesis and non-thesis options)


Engineering Management

$105,000 highest reported salary for MS Engineering Management grads last year, with an average salary of $72,138.




MS degrees (thesis and non-thesis options) in these specialisations:

  • Systems Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental
  • Mechanical and
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering




MS Materials Science and Engineering


Mechanical Engineering




MS Mechanical Engineering (thesis and non-thesis options)


Nuclear Engineering




MS Nuclear Engineering (thesis and non-thesis options)


Petroleum Engineering




MS Petroleum Engineering (thesis and non-thesis options)


Systems Engineering




MS Systems Engineering (thesis and non-thesis options)

Missouri S&T job placement

The university offers two career fairs annually, but the career services office offers assistance and opportunities year-round. These include everything from interview preparation to job shadowing and internship opportunities.

And you might be interested to know that in 2018 Princeton Review ranked Missouri S&T as #18 on their list of best schools for internships.

Missouri S&T recruiting by the numbers

  • $109,000 - the highest salary for recent MS Systems Engineering graduates
  • 3,786 - interviews conducted on-campus in 2019
  • $100,000 - the highest salary for recent Civil & Mechanical graduates
  • 331 - employers engaged in the 2019 careers fair

What's it like to live at Missouri University of Science and Technology?

Rolla, Missouri may not offer big-city living, but there’s no shortage of diversions here. There are over 250 student organisations you can engage in, from sport-oriented activities to socialising and networking clubs. There’s also a large international festival, Missouri S&T’s Celebration of Nations, hosted annually since 2010.

You’ll find everything you need for a comfortable student live in or around campus, but if you want to head further afield, metered taxis are the easiest for short-distance trips. If you want to buy a secondhand car for your studies, the university provides step-by-step instructions on getting a US driver’s license (including the paperwork you’ll need).

There are 2-bedroom and 4-bedroom on-campus flats available through university housing to make it easy for international students to set up their accommodation as soon as they touch down. Dorm-style options are also available for students on a tight budget. But, they also recommend rental housing agencies and maintains lists of students looking for roommates.

You’ll find flexible meal plans available, several on-campus dining options and a 24-hour self-serve convenience store on campus to grab an emergency snack. Basically, you can be certain you’ll always have access to cost-effective room and board.

How to get into Missouri S&T graduate engineering

Graduate engineering programmes at Missouri S&T may be smaller in size, but each one sets high standards for admission creating a space for motivated, diverse classes. Last academic year, there were 824 master’s engineering applicants and 508 were accepted for an acceptance rate of 61.7%. More than half enrolled in Missouri S&T programmes.

You may also want to keep these numbers in mind when preparing your application:

  • Minimum undergrad GPA: 3.0
  • Average GRE scores: 148 verbal, 159 quantitative, 3.4 analytical writing
  • Mean TOEFL score: 93 iBT

Top application tips from the Missouri S&T admissions team:

At Missouri S&T, all graduate applications are reviewed holistically by each academic department. This means that GRE scores are heavily considered when making the admission decision, but other factors such as research and work experience are also taken into account.

All application materials must be submitted prior to your application being reviewed by the academic department, so be sure to upload all documents with your application.

For your 3 recommenders, you’ll be asked to provide their names and email addresses. Each recommender will receive an email with instructions on how to upload their letter of recommendation through the Missouri S&T website. It’s encouraged that you let your recommenders know this processes, so there is not a delay in your application being reviewed, waiting on letters of recommendation to be submitted.

Missouri S&T Engineering admissions details

Spring admission deadline: recommended prior to October 1, although applications will be reviewed after this date

Fall admission deadline: recommended prior to April 1, although applications will be reviewed after this date

Application fee: $75

Recommendations: 3

GRE test: required, 300 min score (with 158 quant) required for most departments. Computer and electrical engineering master’s admissions request a 305 min score.

GPA: 3.0 min for most departments. Computer and electrical engineering master’s admissions request a 3.3 min score.

Language test: required for non-native English speakers; TOEFL and IELTS and PTE test scores accepted. The following minimum scores are for university admission; some departments have higher minimum scores for entrance:

  • Min TOEFL score: 79 iBT
  • Min IELTS score: 6.5
  • Min PTE score: 53

Missouri S&T engineering CoA*

Tuition: $28,618

Room and board: $9740

Books, supplies and personal needs, health insurance: $8657

Total CoA for 1 year: $46,715

  • These figures represent the CoA figures on the I-20 form for international students for 2018/19 academic year

Does Missouri S&T offer scholarships to international students?

Yes! In fact, if you’re pursuing a MS degree, you may be eligible for one of the $10,000 scholarships open only to international students. Learn more about this opportunity here.

Thesis-based MS applicants to the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department may be able to secure one of 86 Teaching Assistantship positions or one of 360 Graduate Research Assistantship positions.

You should also investigate your eligibility for private scholarships offered through international scholarship portals and governmental aid.

Funding your master’s degree at Missouri S&T Engineering

Prodigy Finance offers loans for international master’s students at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Students from supported countries pursuing the following master’s programmes that can be completed in less than 2 years are eligible to apply.

  • MS in Chemical Engineering
  • MS in Computer Engineering
  • MS in Computer Science
  • MS in Electrical Engineering
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering
  • MS in Petroleum Engineering
  • Maximum loan amount: up to 100% of the school-provided cost of attendance (tuition plus living expenses)
  • Minimum loan amount: $15,000
  • All loans disbursed directly to the university according to due dates
  • The repayment period is either 7 or 10 or 15 years, depending on your program and application

Ready to pursue your future with a degree from Missouri S&T?

Prodigy Finance provides loans to international masters students pursuing their masters degrees at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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