Congratulations on being admitted to Montana State University!

Read this entire page as it provides all of your next steps.

Now that you have been official accepted, The Graduate School requests that you inform us if you will or will not accept our offer and will be attending MSU. Please do so now through the admissions portal. This process is not automatic, therefore it may take up to five days to complete this process. After five days, proceed with the instructions to register (located below). 

With the official acceptance, you will be contacted by the Office of International Programs (OIP). OIP prepares 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.

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 Housing Office.

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.

2. Orientation: 

As a new international graduate student to MSU, you will only need to attend the new graduate student orientation if you are degree seeking (non-degree graduate students do not need to attend). 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: FERPAResidencyTitle IXOffice of Research Compliance & Ethical ConductDisability Services, Veteran Services, and other important information necessary for all new graduate students. 
In addition to this orientation, there is a non-mandatory training offered and is encouraged for a GTA seeking additional training.  Training may include the following topics: Teaching on D2L, Using Technology in the Classroom, Effective Teaching Styles, The Do’s and Don’ts of being a GTA, and so forth.


3. MSU- Required Prevention Education Courses (formally known as: AlcoholEDU/Haven/Transit): 
On October 15th, 2014 the Office of 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. 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.

  1. Go to 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.
  2. Click on “Log into MyInfo.”
  3. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS at the top of the MyInfo page!
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. Re-enter your PIN.  (For security purposes, you will be required to change your PIN after your first login.)
    1. Click on “Student Services.”
    2. Click on “Registration.”
    3. Click on “Add/Drop Classes.”
    4. Click on “Select Term” and select appropriate term.
    5. 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.
    6. 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).
    7. Recheck your registration for accuracy by clicking on “Student Detail Schedule.”

5. NetID & Email Address:

Email addresses and NetID's are generated once a graduate student has registered for courses; for undergraduates, this process happens once they have signed up for orientation. For further information, see the links below


Cat Card:

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:

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.

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Steps to completing a master's degree (see link for a quick look at the path to completion).

Steps to completing a doctoral degree (see link for a quick look at the path to completion).

Link to MSU's Graduate School Policy and Procedures.