Montana State University Bozeman

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School Overview

Located in Bozeman, Montana, Montana State University (MSU) is a public four-year university that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Part of the Montana State University system, the primary campus is the state’s land-grant university in the Montana State University System. MSU has nine academic colleges and schools that together offer over 50 fields of study at the undergraduate level, 41 fields of study for Master’s degrees, and 18 fields of study for doctoral degrees.

MSU employs roughly 700 full-time and 420 part-time instructors at any given time, and has a total annual student enrollment of just over 14,000. KGLT radio, KUSM television, and the Museum of the Rockies are located at the university’s main campus in Bozeman. MSU’s eight Agricultural Experiment Stations and 60 County and Reservation Extension Offices offer educational outreach services and programs to communities and citizens throughout the State of Montana.

MSU is one the top ten higher education institutions for Goldwater Scholarships, and has been a national front runner for the Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowships for several years. MSU consistently produces students who win the USA Today Academic All-American honors and receive Rhodes and Truman scholarships. MSU is a third-tier National University and is consistently listed by U.S. News and World Report as a “best buy” for American undergraduate education. The largest T. Rex skull ever found is displayed at the Museum of the Rockies located at MSU. This campus offers the world’s only Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Science and Natural History Filmmaking degree.

General Information

Admission Office

PO Box 172190

Bozeman, MT 59717-2190

(406) 994-2452

(888) 678-2287

Fax: (406) 994-1923

Contact: Ronda Russell

Director, Admissions and Enrollment Services
Main Address

Bozeman, MT 59717

(406) 994-0211

Total undergrads: 10,519

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,070

Degree-seeking undergrads: 10,406

Graduate enrollment: 1,850


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $30

Online application fee: $30

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 67%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 72%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agricultural Business B
Horticulture Science B
Plant Sciences B
Range Science/Management B

Architecture & Related Programs

Environmental Design B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Bacteriology B
Biology B
Biotechnology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business – General B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Agricultural Education B
Elementary Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B


Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Construction/Building Technologies B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Family/Consumer Sciences – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Nursing (RN) B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Natural Resources & Conservation – General B
Natural Resources Management/Policy B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B
Planetary Sciences B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
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 Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(406) 994-0211
Type of School:4-year, Public
Address:Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:16,359
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):49%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:19 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:14,730 (90% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$6,887
Out-of-state Tuition:$23,186
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:84%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$5,879

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Montana State University Programs

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

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences422
Architecture and Related Services11
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies111
Biological and Biomedical Sciences1455
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services221
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services111
Construction Trades1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields121
English Language and Literature/Letters11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics1
Health Professions and Related Programs613
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1111
Mathematics and Statistics1221
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Natural Resources and Conservation432
Philosophy and Religious Studies2
Physical Sciences3343
Precision Production3
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences41
Transportation and Materials Moving1
Visual and Performing Arts132
Grand total234544621

* 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.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies1
Health Professions and Related Programs11
Mathematics and Statistics1
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Grand total451

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Montana State University 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$1,300

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 aid2,13784%
Grant or scholarship aid1,89274%$5,879
Student loan aid1,09743%$6,719

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid6,01844%$4,510
Federal student loans5,77742%$6,953

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Montana State University. 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 students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants15,9967,3588,638
Percent admitted100%97%71%
Percent admitted who enrolled22%27%18%

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 Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment16,359
Undergraduate enrollment14,340
Graduate enrollment2,019

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 Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language (A.C.E. Language Institute)
  • 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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