About The Graduate School
Vision: The Graduate School strives to foster an environment that produces outstanding graduate
scholars who contribute new ideas and knowledge using creative and innovative approaches
to solve challenges in an evolving world.
Mission: The Graduate School enriches the graduate student experience by providing excellent service, timely oversight, and relentless advocacy for student success.
A Brief History & a Look at The Graduate School Today
MSU awarded its first master’s degree in 1902 and its first doctoral degrees in 1956. The Graduate Division was created in 1948 and the name was changed to The Graduate School in 2010.
The University Graduate Council, a key component to The Graduate School, serves to advise the Dean on matters of policy. Its key activities are to make recommendations to the Dean about graduate programs and curricula and to promote all aspects of graduate education and the success of graduate students.
The Graduate School is a member of the Western Association of Graduate Schools.
- Visit The Graduate School's Wikipedia Page to find out about the history, the current dean and more.
MSU Strategic Plan Sets Goals for The Graduate School
The strategic plan aims to continue building programs which align with our Land-Grant Mission. The Graduate School will work towards this goal by offering unique degree and certificate programs in established and multidisciplinary areas, such as engineering, business, science and the arts. For current enrollment and degree awarded data, see the Graduate School Dashboard.
Montana State University Quick Facts
- Founded: 1893
- Affiliation: Public unit of the Montana University System, Montana's Land-Grant Institution
- Research: MSU is among the top 3% of colleges and universities in the nation for research expenditures, averaging $120 million annually. For more information visit the Office of Research & Economic Development's homepage http://www.montana.edu/research/.