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

Prevention Edcuation Courses

The State of Montana requires all incoming MSU students to complete the online Prevention Education courses: Alcohol Edu, Sexual Assault Prevention, and Transit. 


Website: Alcohol EDU

Questions may be directed to or you may call (406) 994-6828.


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):

Montana State University is committed to creating and fostering a learning and working environment based on open communication and mutual respect. This is an integral part of the University’s academic mission to enrich our students' educational experiences and prepare them to live in and contribute to a global society. If you encounter sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and/or discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation please contact the Office of Institutional Equity.

Website: Office of Institutional Equity



Contact Info: 406-994-2042 or

University Health Partners Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS)

As mental health practitioners who specialize in college mental health, we know that college is a time of great change and stress. Everyone struggles at different times throughout their career at MSU, and CPS wants our entire community to know that it’s ok to get help. The professional staff at CPS provide group and individual counseling services, outreach and prevention, and consultation to parents, faculty, staff, students and others in our community.

Please take a moment to explore the services we offer as well as available resources. We are glad you are here and look forward to talking with you.

Counseling & Psychological Services Website


2nd Floor Swingle Building
East of the SUB, Tel: (406) 994-4531

Services: Save Zone, Mental Health Resources for Native American Students, Active Minds, Groups and Workshops, Self Help, and more.


Download the WellTrack App - its a FREE self-help app. Use your email address to register andn log on... a great resource for coping skills and strategies for stress, relaxation, mood management and more. 

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!

MSU Library Website

Grad Student Guide

Kris Johnson

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: 
Jesse Peach, GEO President, or

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.



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

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