Frequently Asked Questions
Research shows that on average college graduates earn significantly more money throughout their lifetime than those with only a high school education.
Earning a degree from a college or university is a common pathway to a better career.
Generally, jobs that require a bachelor's, master's, doctoral or professional degree also provide more employee benefits such as health insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, paid vacations, holidays and often much more.
Having a degree generally leads to better job security.
Knowledge is power. Never underestimate the value of knowledge and education.
- 61.1% of classes have less than 20 students
- 31.7% have 20 to 49 students
- 7.2% of classes have more than 50 students
The Student-Faculty ratio at Montana Tech is 14:1 and has 61.1 % of its classes with fewer than 20 students.
According to Wikipedia, "a master's degree is an academic degree awarded by universities or colleges upon completion of a course of study demonstrating mastery or a high-order overview of a specific field of study or area of professional practice. A master's degree normally requires previous study at the bachelor's level, either as a separate degree or as part of an integrated course. Within the area studied, master's graduates are expected to possess advanced knowledge of a specialized body of theoretical and applied topics; high order skills in analysis, critical evaluation, or professional application; and the ability to solve complex problems and think rigorously and independently."
Colleges offer only undergraduate degrees. Universities offer undergraduate and graduate degrees. The terms are often used interchangeably.
- An associate's degree is earned through a two-year program that either leads to a specific vocation or transitions to a bachelor program.
- A bachelor's degree is earned through a four or five-year program where students earn credits in a variety of courses.
Acronyms are common on university campuses. Here are a few you might run into on the Montana Tech Campus.
- ACE: Academic Center for Excellence
- CAMP: Center for Advanced Materials Processing
- CBB: Chemistry and Biology Building
- CLSPS: College of Letters, Sciences and Professional Studies
- ELC: Engineering Lab/Classroom Building
- HPER: Health Physical Education Recreation
- HSB: Health Sciences Building
- IAB: Industry Advisory Board
- MBMG: Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology
- MINES: Lance College of Mines and Engineering
- MG: Mining and Geology Building
- MWTP: Mine Waste Technology Program
- NIST: National Institute of Standards and Technology
- NRRC: Natural Resource Research Center
- NRB: Natural Resources Building
- NSF: National Science Foundation
- PHI: Public Health Internships
- RAMP: Research Assistant Mentorship Program
- S & E: Science & Engineering Building
- SPE: Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SUB: Student Union Building
- SURF: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
- URC: University Relations Center
- URP: Undergraduate Research Program
Primarily, by earning your master's degree, you are expanding your education and knowledge base.
Additionally, according to U.S. News & World Report, individuals with master's degrees in general, earn higher salaries than workers with only their bachelor's degree.
As an example, PayScale.com lists all chemical engineers made a median salary of $72,829. However, those with a master's degree made significantly more with a range between $73,100 and $125,000.