The Michigan State University College of Engineering Graduate School: The Spartan Way

July 8, 2013

Thanks to Hollywood and Tony Stark, engineering is cool again. I mean, who doesn’t want to be Iron Man? Unfortunately, in Lansing, MI, while you will find the Michigan State University College of Engineering graduate school, you will not find a curriculum with courses that specialize in do-it-yourself war-suits. However, there are plenty of alternatives that should tickle the tinker in you.

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  • The average incoming class has about 250 students.
  • The school has specialties in biological/agricultural, chemical, civil, computer, electrical/electronic/communications, environmental/environmental health, and mechanical engineering.
  • In-state students pay $597 per credit while out-of-state students pay $1,173 per credit.
  • The national salary average for engineers is $66,000.
  • Many students decide to further their education once they graduate. Those that don’t either return to their previous jobs or find new employment in their related field.
  • The average undergraduate GPA and GRE scores for incoming master’s program students are 3.6, 475 verbal, and 756 quantitative, respectively. (Use the ETS Concordance Table to convert these to the new scoring scale.)

Engineering the Future

The MSU engineering program is a forward-thinking program that looks at the problems of tomorrow and trains you to solve them today. Sustainability, security, health, and energy are all issues that you’ll have to eventually face on your career path as an engineer. MSU, with its more than 40 graduate specializations and close ties with industry leaders, exposes you to engineering on a total and global scale to make sure you have the firmest grasp on one of the world’s most necessary professions.

Lounging Around Lansing

Have you ever wondered what something—maybe a gyros or a pizza—would taste like wrapped in a burrito? Well, Menna’s Joint, home of the “Dub,” has your answer. Here you order fajitas, Philly cheesesteaks, and cheeseburgers all wrapped up in burrito tortillas. It’s delicious, it’s filling, and it’s reasonably priced. Just make sure you have some place to lie down once you’re done, because that food baby is going to take a while to digest. But once you’re mobile again, consider going to Harper’s Restaurant & Brewpub, where you’ll find a thriving night scene, pool tables, and a dance floor to help work off those Menna’s calories.

On a nice day, you also have the privilege of having access to the WJ Beal Botanical Garden, which covers acres upon acres of natural territory with all kinds of fauna for the botanist in you to enjoy. MSU also has two museums for you to peruse: The Abrams Planetarium and the Michigan State University Museum, both of which have more than enough exhibits to occupy your study breaks.

You Can’t Control the Weather

Not yet, at least, but that’s what we’re hoping you’ll figure out. MSU sees four seasons of sun, snow, and rain, so pack everything you can to keep yourself comfortable. Luckily, you’re on a Big Ten campus, so you have access to a lot of things smaller schools don’t, like game day at Spartan Stadium or several state-of-the-art fitness centers. The school has traditional brickwork buildings but has recently begun constructing more modern facades. You’ll actually get to see the construction in action, as they just broke ground on a new Bio Engineering Facility. If it’s your first time on campus, don’t be alarmed if you pull up to the school address and find yourself in front of a forest. The school is surrounded by a lot of trees and even has the Red Cedar River flowing through it.

Michigan State Career Services

Ever wondered what the actual process of finding a job was like? Well, now you can learn. Through the career services page, you can follow Eva, an engineering student, as she goes through the whole process. There are also a number of other blog posts that teach you how to make a social network presence to increase your chances of getting in touch with industry professionals. Going further, Career 411 is a database that has specific information about your specialty, including full-time job stats and employer information. These are just a few of the things offered to you by MSU, but there are still many more resources that are at your disposal.

There are few other schools that will offer you as many options for both activities and programs as Michigan State University will, which is perfect if you’re not really sure what you like yet. Who knows, maybe you’ll take up Ultimate Frisbee and drop engineering for a life of extreme sports. Then again, maybe not. But at least MSU would have given you the option!



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