This page is dedicated to information covered during the New Graduate Student Training & Orientation. This is a great source of information whether you attended or not. If you missed the orientation, please take the time to review the materials and even watch the videos. We feel this information will help with your success as a graduate student at Montana State University.  

Becoming a GTA? Please see this link.

Any questions about the videos or links, contact:


Links & Handouts

Alcohol Education: 

As part of our comprehensive prevention program for new students, Montana State University requires all incoming students (no matter their age) to complete AlcoholEdu for College, Haven, and Transit


Website: Alcohol EDU



Research Compliance (Ethics & Legal): 

Montana State University is a comprehensive research university offering undergraduate, graduate, advanced graduate and professional programs of study, maintaining an extensive research program, and providing service to the public. MSU emphasizes the integration of research and learning in academic research.

The Office of Research Compliance oversees University programs designed to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations for research, creates and supports an environment that furthers the ethical and responsible conduct of research, including the Conflict of Interest Management Program and the Research Integrity Verification Program.


Website: Office of Research Compliance

Video: Research Compliance/Ethics/Legal

The Office of Institutional Equity (Title IX):

In supporting the University’s goals, the focus of this office is to promote an inclusive, diverse and supportive environment for external members of the campus community and our employees and students to excel regardless of their race, color, national origin (ancestry), sex, sexual preference/orientation, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, marital or parental status, age, creed, religion or political beliefs, mental or physical disability, genetic information or status as a veteran.

As a graduate student, please review the information to the right as well as complete the required training if you are a GTA or a GRA.

Website: Office of Institutional Equity

Safety & Risk Management:

While at MSU, we want to be sure you stay safe no matter what you are doing, from research in a lab to walking across campus. SRM has detailed information about safety practices from being in a lab, to navigating the campus during the winter months.  Please be sure you know this information. 


Website: Safety & Risk Management

Veterans & Disability Services:

This office can assist students with disabilities access and help with securing proper accommodations and provide support for students returning to college as well as assist with navigating the veteran educational benefits.


Website: Office of Disability, Re-Entry and Veterans Services


MSU Library Services:

The MSU Library is here to help in your graduate education, from subject-specific librarians who can help you locate research articles in your subject area, online resources, tutorial and citing software training, such as for End Note. Don't wait to use them!


Website: MSU Library

Blackstone LaunchPad:
The LaunchPad is designed to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and activity among undergraduates and graduate students for the purpose of incubating a new generation of entrepreneurs who will contribute to the economic revitalization of their regions.


Website:   BlackstoneLaunchPad

Or check them out on:

Graduate Student Summit: 

The goal of the Graduate Student Summit is to provide Master's and doctoral students with professional development skills to succeed in graduate school and beyond. Each year an excellent line-up of speakers and panel members from diverse careers and backgrounds is assembled with the goal of providing students with professional tools that will complement graduate education and research experience. Please click on the link to the right for more information about the next Summit.


Website: G.S. Summit

Graduate Employee Organization:

The graduate students at MSU are part of the Graduate Employee Organization, or Collective Bargening Agreement (CBA).  As a graduate student, if you agree to become a Graduate Teaching or Research assistant, be sure you read up on your union. 

Website: Graduate Employee Organization
Link to the MUS

Contact Information: 
Logan O'Beirne, GEO President,

Gaining Residency:
If you are an out-of-state student, please review information here on becoming a resident.  Some masters/doctoral students choose this path especially if their funding may not be guaranteed through their entire education.   The steps are outlined in the policy to the right.  International students cannot gain residency.



Website: Residency Policy and establishing residency

MSU Outdoor Recreation:

The ASMSU Outdoor Recreation Program provides the university community with opportunities for adventure, discovery, personal growth and engagement via human-powered outdoor adventure pursuits.  Don't have ski equipment? Rent it here. Want to learn how to ice climb? sign up here. Need to get your bike tire fixed? They can help with that as well. Check it out.  Don't come to Montana and not get outdoors as well!


Website: MSU Outdoor Rec

Located: on West Lincoln, across the street from Granny's... heading west. Don't know Granny's?  Go there before hitting outdoor rec!