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
Apply Online:
Address: Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717
Setting: Town: Remote
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 16,692
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 54%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 14,565 (87% 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: $7,325
Out-of-state Tuition: $25,855
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 85%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $6,382

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

Montana State University Programs

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

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 322
Architecture and Related Services 11
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 111
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1444
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 242
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 111
Education 5764
Engineering 763
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 22
English Language and Literature/Letters 11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 614
History 111
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1111
Mathematics and Statistics 1211
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 322
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Personal and Culinary Services 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 3343
Precision Production 2
Psychology 121
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 41
Transportation and Materials Moving 1
Visual and Performing Arts 132
Grand total 226564523

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 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 Fees 2019-2020
In-state $7,325
Out-of-state $25,855
Books and supplies $1,450

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $6,606
Out-of-state $20,502

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 2,386 85%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,185 78% $6,382
Student loan aid 1,152 41% $6,942

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 6,618 45% $7,328
Federal student loans 5,866 39% $6,364

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 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 19,142 8,997 10,145
Percent admitted 100% 92% 73%
Percent admitted who enrolled 18% 21% 15%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
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 2020

Total Enrollment 16,692
Undergraduate enrollment 14,760
Graduate enrollment 1,932

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
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
  • 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
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
    • Graduate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (GTEAC) - Graduate 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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