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

Rankings

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

Accreditation

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
application.

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.

Athletics

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
www.msubillings.edu
Size
Total undergrads: 4,216
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 795
Degree-seeking undergrads: 4,100
Graduate enrollment: 509

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

Degrees offered:
Associate
Bachelor’s
Master’s

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and Fees $5,130 $5,170 $5,207 $5,207 0.00%
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 $6,200 0.00%
Other $2,800 $3,900 $3,800 $3,770 -0.79%
Living Arrangement – Off-Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’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 Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All Students Financial Aid 381 84%
Grant or Scholarship Aid 246 54% $1,245,882 $5,065
- Federal Grants 144 32% $537,727 $3,734
- Pell Grants 144 32% $478,204 $3,321
- Other Federal Grants 66 14% $59,523 $902
State/Local Government Grant or Scholarships 66 14% $147,199 $2,230
Institutional Grants or Scholarships 120 26% $560,956 $4,675
Student Loan Aid 274 60% $1,460,881 $5,332
- Federal Student Loans 274 60% $1,443,004 $5,266
- Other Student Loans 4 1% $17,877 $4,469

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 547 128 - 32 -
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 15 - - - -
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 14 - - - -
Microbiology 1 - - - -
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 136 - - - -
Business/Commerce 136 - - - -
Communication and Journalism Programs 34 13 - - -
Mass Communication/Media Studies 9 - - - -
Organizational Communication 8 - - - -
Public Relations/Image Management 17 13 - - -
Education 147 70 - 10 -
Art Teacher Education 4 - - - -
Biology Teacher Education - - - - -
Chemistry Teacher Education - - - - -
Computer Teacher Education - 5 - - -
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services - 18 - - -
Curriculum and Instruction - 1 - - -
Education - 36 - 10 -
Elementary Education and Teaching 89 - - - -
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 8 - - - -
History Teacher Education 8 - - - -
Mathematics Teacher Education 3 - - - -
Music Teacher Education 4 - - - -
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 6 - - - -
Reading Teacher Education 2 2 - - -
Social Science Teacher Education 1 - - - -
Spanish Language Teacher Education 1 - - - -
Special Education and Teaching 21 8 - - -
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 3 - - - -
English Language and Literature 3 - - - -
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2 - - - -
Spanish Language and Literature 2 - - - -
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 9 38 - 8 -
Athletic Training/Trainer - 3 - - -
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 8 7 - - -
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other 1 28 - 8 -
History 12 - - - -
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 7 - - - -
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 7 - - - -
Human Services - 1 - - -
Public Administration - 1 - - -
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 54 - - 14 -
General Studies - - - 14 -
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 54 - - - -
Mathematics and Statistics 2 - - - -
Mathematics 2 - - - -
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 22 - - - -
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 22 - - - -
Natural Resources and Conservation 12 - - - -
Environmental Studies 12 - - - -
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 20 2 - - -
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 12 - - - -
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 8 2 - - -
Physical Sciences 3 - - - -
Chemistry 3 - - - -
Psychology 38 4 - - -
Community Psychology 19 - - - -
Psychology 19 4 - - -
Social Sciences 13 - - - -
Political Science and Government 3 - - - -
Sociology 10 - - - -
Visual and Performing Arts 18 - - - -
Art/Art Studies 4 - - - -
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 3 - - - -
Fine/Studio Arts 6 - - - -
Music Performance 5 - - - -
Music - - - - -
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

Education
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
History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B

Mathematics
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
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
officer.

Montana State University Billings Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (406) 657-2011
Website: www.msubillings.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: https://www.applyweb.com/msubill/index.html
Address: 1500 University Drive, Billings, MT 59101-0298
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 4,315
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 23%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,814 (42% 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: $5,928
Out-of-state Tuition: $19,246
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 87%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,238

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Montana State University Billings Programs

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

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 341
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 31
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 12
Construction Trades 11
Education 1147
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 23
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 4623
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 21
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 11
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 33
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 31
Physical Sciences 1
Precision Production 21
Psychology 121
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 2
Visual and Performing Arts 6
Grand total 17254614

* Based on programs that produced 2018-2019 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 Fees 2018-2019
In-state $5,928
Out-of-state $19,246
Books and supplies $1,550

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $7,041
Out-of-state $20,179

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 473 87%
Grant or scholarship aid 400 74% $5,238
Student loan aid 273 50% $5,438

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,905 47% $4,497
Federal student loans 1,661 41% $6,565

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.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
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 2019

Total Enrollment 4,315
Undergraduate enrollment 3,960
Graduate enrollment 355

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:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • 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
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

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