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Automotive Technology, Associate Degree

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Havre, MT, United States
Montana State University-Northern's Automotive Technology college programs are certified by NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) and offer you comprehensive coursework in the fundamentals of modern vehicles.
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Montana State University-Northern, Automotive Technology program offerings include a Bachelor of Science degree, an Associate of Applied Science degree, a minor, and a certificate program.

  • Gain a comprehensive, quality education from the automotive technology school at MSU-Northern.
  • Attend a college that actively communicates with industry representatives to ensure that the automotive technology education program produces well-qualified graduates.
  • Establish pre-graduation relationships with potential employers by completing a practicum as part of the automotive technology school.

Bachelor's in Automotive Technology: Hands-on Instruction. In-Depth Training.

  • Enter the industry as mid-management positions with companies such as Ford, GM, General Electric, and Toyota after graduating from the MSU-Northern 4-year automotive technology program.
  • Work automotive technology school around your schedule, as the course content is designed to allow you to learn, begin a career, and return to expend your knowledge without losing credits or repeating classes.
  • Expand your automotive technology education with a minor in complementary areas of interest. Students looking forward to management and supervisory positions are encouraged to choose electives that will enhance their communication and organizational abilities.

Automotive Technology Faculty: Automotive Experts. Experienced Educators.

  • Prepare for successfully passing as many as eight Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification tests with the teaching faculty at MSU-Northern's automotive technology college.
  • Take the opportunity for one-on-one mentorship because of smaller class sizes and dedicated professors.
  • Learn from the educators at our automotive technology school, who are experienced professionals with solid backgrounds in the technology they teach.

Automotive Technology Courses: Comprehensive Subject Coverage.

  • System Basics – Understand all mechanical, fuel, and electronic systems found on today's vehicles including gasoline, diesels and hybrids.
  • Diagnostics and Technology – Learn to diagnose issues using standard mechanical processes as well as technologically advanced computer systems.
  • Cooperative Learning – Emphasis is placed on hands-on learning in the laboratory and through cooperative education experiences, where you have the opportunity to earn money, university credit, and on the job training as part of your automotive technology education.
  • Vendor Specific Training – Participate in industry sponsored technician programs at MSU-N such as Ford Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Auto/Diesel Electrical/Electronic Systems I
  • Auto/Diesel Electrical/Electronic Systems II
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Alternative Automotive Power Systems
  • Auto/Diesel Electrical/Electronic Systems III
  • Shop Procedures
  • Automotive Manual Drive Train/Axles
  • Automotive Brakes
  • Auto Steering and Suspension
  • Automotive Engine Repair
  • Auto Diagnostics and Tune Up
  • Computerized Engine Controls
  • Current Trends Mobility Tech
  • Dynamometer Testing/Computer System Analysis
  • Advanced Power Trains
  • Cooperative Education
  • Automotive Practicum

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • International Application. 
  • A US$30 non-refundable fee
  • Statement of Financial Support.
  • English Language Proficiency.
  • Educational Credentials.
  • Certificates of completion with official grades from other English language programs
  • Immunization Records.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    818 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 818 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    818 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 818 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    289 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 289 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Havre

  • 843 - 1750 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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