Montana State University, Billings

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MSU BillingsGeneral Information

Located in the largest city in Montana, Montana State University
Billings resides on a 110-acre campus and offers students a thriving
urban setting in the heart of Billings, Montana. With an enrollment of
about 5,000 students each year, MSU Billings offers a unique campus
experience that prides itself on community involvement, civic
engagement, and educational excellence.

The five colleges of the school provide students with a wide variety of
majors, each offering an excellent preparation for entrance into the
student’s chosen field.

Admissions Information

Prospective students must submit a completed application, a $30
application fee, a copy of their high school transcript or GED, ACT or
SAT scores, and proof of immunization. International students must meet
a few additional requirements, including proof of English proficiency
and a financial statement form. The admissions staff at MSU Billings
will work with international students to help ensure that they have met
the requirements for admission.

College Majors

MSU Billings gives students the opportunity to receive a quality education in a wide variety of majors. These majors include:

  • Applied Science
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Arts
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Exercise & Sport Leadership
  • Health Administration
  • Health & Human Performance
  • History
  • Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Rehabilitation and Related Services
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education

This list represents just a sampling of the various majors and fields available to students at MSU Billings.

Undergraduate Programs

With a wide variety of undergraduate programs, MSU Billings gives
students the opportunity to choose a field that meets their specific
area of interest.

  • Arts, Visual & Performing
  • Biological & Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, & Marketing
  • Communications & Journalism
  • Computer & Information Sciences
  • Construction Trades
  • Education
  • Engineering Technologies
  • English Language & Literature
  • Foreign Language & Literature
  • Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
  • History
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanic & Repair Technologies
  • Natural Resources & Conservation
  • Parks, Recreation & Fitness
  • Physical Sciences
  • Precision Production Trades
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration & Services
  • Security & Protective Services
  • Social Sciences

Graduate Programs

Students at MSU Billings can pursue a graduate degree in the following areas:

  • Master of Science in Athletic Training
  • Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Health Administration
  • Master of Science Interdisciplinary Studies: Exercise and Sport Leadership Option
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Science in Psychology
  • Master of Science in Public Relations
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Science with options in Special Education Generalist, Special
    Education Advanced Studies, or Special Education Advanced Studies with
    ABA Emphasis
  • Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure
  • Endorsement Program in School Counseling
  • Supervisory Endorsement Program
  • Teaching Endorsement in Special Education

Online Degrees and Programs

Students who cannot take classes on campus may choose to earn their
degrees through MSU Billings’ online degree program. Degrees available
through the online program include:

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs:

  • Business Administration (BSBA) – Accounting Option
  • Business Administration¬†(BSBA) – General Business Option
  • Communication – Organizational (BA)
  • Communication – Mass (BA)
  • Health Administration (BSHA)
  • Public Relations (BS)
  • Applied Science (BAS)
  • Liberal Studies (BSLS)

Concentrations available for both the BAS and BSLS:

  • Management and Organizational Communication
  • Management and Public Relations
  • Management and Mass Communication
  • Mass Communication and Public Relations
  • Organizational Communication and Public Relations
  • Organizational Communications and Human Resource Management
  • Organizational Communications and Accounting Technology
  • Health Administration and Organizational Communication
  • Health Administration and Public Relations

Online Associate Degree Programs:

  • Accounting Technology (AAS)
  • Business Administration (AS)
  • General Studies (AA/AS)
  • Human Resource Management – General Applied Emphasis (AS)
  • Human Resource Management – College of Business Articulated Emphasis (AS)

Online Certificate Programs:

  • Accounting Assistant
  • Human Resource Management
  • Medical Coding & Insurance Billing
  • Long-Term Care Management

Online Master’s Degree Programs:

  • Health Administration (MHA)
  • Public Relations (MSPR)
  • Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
  • Special Education Advanced
  • Special Education Generalist


U.S. News & World Report ranked MSU Billings among the top 25 best colleges for veterans and among the top 100 western regional universities.


MSU Billings receives its accreditation from the Northwest Commission
on Colleges and Universities. Its elementary and secondary education
departments are accredited by the National Council for the
Accreditation of Teacher Education. The schools of business, athletic
training education, music, art and design, and rehabilitation education
are also accredited respectively.

Departments, Colleges, and Schools

Majors at MSU Billings fall into one of five schools:

  • Allied Health Professions
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business
  • City College at MSU Billings
  • Education

In addition, there are 22 departments which oversee academics at the school.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Over 60% of the students at MSU Billings qualify to receive financial
aid. Students can apply for grants, scholarships, tuition waivers, and
loans. They may also seek employment at the school to help offset
costs. All students seeking financial aid should fill out the FAFSA

Library System

The library at MSU Billings offers a broad spectrum of information and
research material for students in all fields. Resources include books
and government documents, journals and newspapers, videos and DVDs,
interlibrary loan books, and several special collections.


MSU Billings belongs to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and
competes in the National College Athletic Association–s Division II.
They offer baseball (men only), softball (women only), basketball,
cross country, tennis, golf, soccer, volleyball, outdoor track, and
indoor track.

Student Housing

Residence halls offer either single or double rooms. Students who
maintain a high GPA may be eligible for a housing discount. There are
also several meal plans to choose from. Meal plans are required for
students living on campus.


Student Life

Situated at the heart of Billings in the downtown
core, Billings’ students have access to a diverse selection of
recreational, cultural, educational, entertainment and athletic
activities — all just a short walk from campus. Of Billings 5000
students, just over a third live on-campus in one of the school’s
several dormitories. The rest live in off-campus housing or commute.
However, more and more students are now participating in the MSU
Billings educational opportunities online through MSUB Online — MSU
Billings online learning portal.

Online Learning and Degree Programs

Through MSUB Online students have access to over 240 online classes and
courses. All online classes offered through MSUB online are taught by
the same professors that teach on-campus. With MSUB Online students can
learn anytime, anywhere. MSU Billings offers online associate
degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and certificate programs
in various academic fields and disciplines. MSU Billings offers online
degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the following areas:

Online Associate Degree Programs

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • General Studies
  • Human Resource Management

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs

  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Health Administration
  • Public Relations
  • Liberal Studies

Online Master’s Degree Programs

  • Health Administration
  • Public Relations
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Special Education

Online Certificate Programs

  • Accounting
  • Medical-Coding
  • Insurance Billing
  • Long-Term Care
  • Human Resource Management

In addition to a comprehensive academic offering, students can also
look forward to the opportunity of being involved in various student
organizations and groups. A few of these include:

  • Residence Hall Association – this is a student sponsored and
    operated association for two student dormitories, Rimrock Hall and
    Petro Hall. The association is intended to provided both social and
    educational programs for its residents.
  • Student Activities Board – as its name suggests, the
    Student Activities Board is a student run organization that is
    responsible for booking on-campus entertainment and activities,
    including movies, comedians, socials, and other events.
  • Jack Student Ambassadors – an on-campus organization
    that provides leadership opportunities for its members. Some of its
    main task/responsibilities include hosting freshman and new student
    orientations each year and providing campus tours to visitors.
  • The Associated Students of MSU Billings – this
    organization, more commonly referred to as “student government”, is
    sponsored and operated by Billings students. It is advocacy group for
    students, addresses student concerns, has limited participation in
    various student activities, and is responsible for managing and
    allocating funds used for student affairs.

Sports and Athletics

Collectively, athletic teams and student athletes at MSU Billings are known as the Yellowjackets.
They belong to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) and
compete in the National College Athletic Association’s Division II. MSU
Billings has a strong athletics program and recently overhauled their
baseball program. Sports offered at MSU Billings include baseball (men
only), basketball, cross country, tennis, golf, softball (women only),
tennis, soccer, volleyball, outdoor track and indoor track.

General Information

Admission Office
1500 University Drive
Billings, MT 59101-0298
(406) 657-2158
(800) 656-6782
Fax: (406) 657-2051

Contact: Shelly Andersen
Director of Admissions
Main Address
1500 University Drive
Billings, MT 59101-0298
(406) 657-2011
Total undergrads: 4,216
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 795
Degree-seeking undergrads: 4,100
Graduate enrollment: 509

Urban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year2008-’092009-’102010-’112011-’12% change 2010-’12
Tuition and Fees$5,130$5,170$5,207$5,2070.00%
Books and Supplies$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,200+20.00%
Living Arrangement – On-Campus
Room and Board$6,200$6,200$6,200$6,2000.00%
Living Arrangement – Off-Campus
Room and Board$0$0$0$00.00%
Total Expenses2008-’092009-’102010-’112011-’12% change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus$15,130$16,270$16,207$16,377+1.05%
In-state Off Campus$6,130$6,170$6,207$6,407+3.22%
In-state with Family$6,130$6,170$6,207$6,407+3.22%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-State Students$4,786
In-State Student Fees$1,254
Tuition for Out-of-State Students$9,888
Out-of-State Fees$6,145

Financial Aid

Full-Time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of AidStudentsPercentAmountAverage Per Student
All Students Financial Aid38184%
Grant or Scholarship Aid24654%$1,245,882$5,065
- Federal Grants14432%$537,727$3,734
- Pell Grants14432%$478,204$3,321
- Other Federal Grants6614%$59,523$902
State/Local Government Grant or Scholarships6614%$147,199$2,230
Institutional Grants or Scholarships12026%$560,956$4,675
Student Loan Aid27460%$1,460,881$5,332
- Federal Student Loans27460%$1,443,004$5,266
- Other Student Loans41%$17,877$4,469

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent YearBA/BSMA/MSPhDAA/ASCERT
Total of All Education Programs547128-32-
Biology and Biomedical Sciences15----
Biology and Biological Sciences, General14----
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc.136----
Communication and Journalism Programs3413---
Mass Communication/Media Studies9----
Organizational Communication8----
Public Relations/Image Management1713---
Art Teacher Education4----
Biology Teacher Education-----
Chemistry Teacher Education-----
Computer Teacher Education-5---
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-18---
Curriculum and Instruction-1---
Elementary Education and Teaching89----
English/Language Arts Teacher Education8----
History Teacher Education8----
Mathematics Teacher Education3----
Music Teacher Education4----
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching6----
Reading Teacher Education22---
Social Science Teacher Education1----
Spanish Language Teacher Education1----
Special Education and Teaching218---
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters3----
English Language and Literature3----
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics2----
Spanish Language and Literature2----
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences938-8-
Athletic Training/Trainer-3---
Health/Health Care Administration/Management87---
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other128-8-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services7----
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies7----
Human Services-1---
Public Administration-1---
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities54--14-
General Studies---14-
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies54----
Mathematics and Statistics2----
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies22----
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other22----
Natural Resources and Conservation12----
Environmental Studies12----
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies202---
Health and Physical Education/Fitness12----
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management82---
Physical Sciences3----
Community Psychology19----
Social Sciences13----
Political Science and Government3----
Visual and Performing Arts18----
Art/Art Studies4----
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts3----
Fine/Studio Arts6----
Music Performance5----
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $30

Online application fee: $30

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 100%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 54%

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting Technology A,C
Administrative/Secretarial Services A,C
Business – General A,B,C
Human Resources Development A
Human Resources Management A

Communications & Journalism
Communications/Rhetoric B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B
Public Relations B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Networking/Telecommunications A
Computer/Information Sciences – General A
Data Entry Applications A
Networking/LAN/WAN Management A

Construction Trades
Construction Trades – General A

Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Curriculum/Instruction B
Early Childhood Education A
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Special Education A,B

Engineering Technologies
Drafting and Design Technology A,C
Petroleum Technology A
Power Plant Technician A

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Emergency Medical Technology A
Health System Administration B
Medical Administrative Assistant A
Medical Assistant A
Medical Insurance Coding C
Nursing – Practical A
Radiologic Technology/Medical Imaging A
Surgical Technology A
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling B

History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B

Mathematics – General B

Mechanic & Repair Technologies
Auto Body Repair A,C
Automotive Technology A,C
Diesel Mechanics A,C
Heating/A.C./Refrigeration Mechanics A

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Health/Physical Fitness B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry B

Precision Production Trades
Sheet Metal Technology C

Psychology – General A,B

Public Administration & Services
Human Services B

Security & Protective Services
Criminal Justice Studies B
Fire Protection/Safety Technology A

Social Sciences
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

      A = Associate degree
      B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the
accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to
change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions

Montana State University-Billings Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(406) 657-2011
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address:1500 University Drive, Billings, MT 59101-0298
Setting:Rural: Remote
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:4,362
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):27%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:14 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:1,920 (44% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$5,826
Out-of-state Tuition:$18,216
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:88%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$5,041

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Montana State University-Billings Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Montana State University-Billings.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services341
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs31
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services12
Construction Trades11
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields23
English Language and Literature/Letters1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics1
Health Professions and Related Programs1623
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service21
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities11
Mathematics and Statistics1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians33
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies2
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies31
Physical Sciences1
Precision Production21
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences2
Visual and Performing Arts6
Grand total13254614

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Montana State University-Billings.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services221
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs31
Health Professions and Related Programs112
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Grand total3375

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Montana State University-Billings and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,460

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid53988%
Grant or scholarship aid45574%$5,041
Student loan aid35257%$5,285

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid2,00350%$4,183
Federal student loans1,83546%$6,540

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Montana State University-Billings. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Montana State University-Billings students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants000
Percent admitted%%%
Percent admitted who enrolled%%%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Montana State University-Billings Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment4,362
Undergraduate enrollment3,968
Graduate enrollment394

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Montana State University-Billings Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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