New International Students
Read this entire page - it provides all of your next steps
for addressing holds, signing up for orientation, registering for classes, and more!
Congratuations on your acceptance to Montana State University.
In a few days, you will be contacted by the Office of International Programs (OIP) who will prepare the Certificate of Visa Eligibility (I-20 form) and will send this packet by Global Priory Mail. It includes the I-20 and information about International Student Orientation, housing, student clubs, health insurance, and so forth.
Before you can register, you will need to accept the offerthrough the admissions portal.
BE ADVISED: You cannot move further in this process until you accept your offer.
If you have accepted your offer, and received the email confirming your application has been processed, please continue on this page. If you have not yet received this email and it has been more than 5 business days since accepting your offer, please contact The Graduate School at 406-994-4125.
Space is limited, consider applying to Family & Graduate Housing as soon as possible after receiving your offer of admission.If your program requires
you to be on campus prior to the start of your admission term, notify Family & Graduate
1. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REGISTER for classes UNTIL you clear all holds:
- ALL STUDENTS will have an Immunization & Tuberculosis Hold which will prevent registration. Use the following link to download the forms you will need to submit to Student Health Service. If you have any questions, be sure to direct them to: Student Health Service., The Graduate School cannot assist with any Student Health Services holds.
- If you received a Conditional Admission (as noted on your decision letter). If so, it may mean that you are missing certain official documents that may inhibit your ability to register, such as:
Transcripts: An official transcript(s) is required by The Graduate School; a hold will be put in place preventing the student’s ability to register. If official transcripts were sent prior to completing your bachelors degree you will be required to submit an additional, official transcript showing the degree conferred with final grades posted. Applicants who are alumni of MSU do not need to submit official transcripts.
Examination scores: If a student has not submitted an official score report (if required), e.g., Graduate Records Exam (GRE), English proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) if an international student, The Graduate School will place a hold preventing the student’s ability to register.
As a new international graduate student to MSU, you will need to attend the new graduate student orientation. This orientation is in addition to the orientation provided by the Office of International Programs.
The Graduate School orientation is mandatory and covers the following topics: FERPA, Residency, Title IX, Office of Research Compliance & Ethical Conduct, Disability Services, Veteran Services, and other important information necessary for all new graduate students.
In addition to this orientation, there is a non-mandatory GTA training offered the following day, and is encouraged for all TA's. Training may include topics such as Teaching on D2L, Using Technology in the Classroom, Effective Teaching Styles, The Do’s and Don’ts of being a GTA.
3. MSU- Required Prevention Education Courses (formally known as: AlcoholEDU/Haven/Transit):
The Commissioner of Higher Education has mandated all new, incoming students to Montana State University (regardless of age) are required to complete an authorized program in alcohol education, sexual assault awareness and prevention, and financial literacy. Please see this link for information on how you complete this module, dates and deadlines. You will receive an email prompting you to log in and complete this requirement when the courses are open to you. Participation in this program is not an elective; if the modules are not completed in the time allotted, a hold will be placed on your ability to register for the following term.
4. Before you get started on Registering, take a look at the following links:
NOTE: if there are courses with pre-requisite requirements - contact the department offering the course.
5. Steps to Registering as a Graduate Student:
We want to make registration at MSU a simple process. Step-by-step instructions for our online registration system are provided below; please read and follow each step. Please check this linkfor when graduate students can register. If you are unsure the courses you should take, please consult with your department or your advisor.
- Go to www.montana.edu and click on “My Info.” If you do not see "MyInfo" along the top bar- to the right of the MSU logo, select the "students" option in the upper left side of your screen.
- Click on “Log into MyInfo.”
- FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS at the top of the MyInfo page!
- Enter your 9-digit Student ID number including the dash (found on your acceptance letter and is an 8-digit number preceded by a dash, example: -01234567).
- Enter your birthday in the following format: two digit day, three letter month, and four digit year (example: January 1, 1990 would be 01jan1990). Be aware of the case-sensitive pin for first time access.
- Re-enter your PIN. (For security purposes, you will be required to change your PIN
after your first login.)
- Click on “Student Services.”
- Click on “Registration.”
- Click on "Select Term" and verify that your term of admission is selected; then click "Submit."
- Click on “Add/Drop Classes.”
- Click on “Select Term” and select appropriate term.
- Enter your Alternate Pin Number: 423185; do not be confused with the number you used when you logged into MyInfo. This number is used for first time registration ONLY, as it will change every semester. This number is used for first time registration ONLY, it will change every semester. You will meet with your program adivsor for future advising/registration pins.
- Find your course(s) by clicking on “Class Search” and add the course(s) to your class schedule by entering the 5-digit Course Registration Number (CRN).
- Recheck your registration for accuracy by clicking on “Student Detail Schedule.”
6. NetID & Email Address:
After you register, please follow the following links where you can acquire your MSU email address and your MSU NetID. You will need both as an active graduate student (i.e., someone who is enrolled) at MSU. In many cases MSU will communicate with you through your MSU email address, and to access computers, BrightSpace and more, you will need your MSU NetID.
The CatCard is your identification card for Montana State University-Bozeman. The CatCard is used as a library card, to enter some buildings and labs, to access Rec. Sports & Fitness Center (when applicable), computer and math labs, student health service and much more. As a new graduate student, you were automatically charged a $15.00 fee. Please take a valid government-issued photo ID with you to the CatCard office. A CatCard cannot be issued without photo verification.
Cost of Courses and Paying your Bill
Please see the following links for information on:
- The cost of graduate courses and associated fees.
- All students need to confirm their bill.
- Additional information on paying your bill.
Do you want to defer your start term?
This request must be made in writing to both The Graduate School and the admitting department (email is acceptable). If approved, a deferral can be for up to one (1) year (two (2) terms, not including summer term.
Note: Some departments will not allow a newly admitted student to defer their starting term.
INFORMATION YOU SHOULD KNOW: