Applying to Montana State University as an international student is an easy process, and we're glad to help you along the way.

How to Apply

There are four simple steps to applying:

  1. Complete your application. An online application can be submitted at: A paper application can be downloaded and printed at International Undergraduate Application Form.
  2. Pay the application fee of US$38 for the online application or US$30 for the paper application. The fee must be paid in U.S. currency. Checks should be made payable to Montana State University. The application fee will not be waived, deferred, or refunded. The fee must be paid before the application will be processed., 
  3. Submission of proof of English proficiency.  There are several ways this can be done. For more information, please visit our Options for Meeting the English Proficiency Admissions Requirements webpage. If a student cannot provide proof of English proficiency, we can provide conditional admission, which leads to enrolling in our intensive English program prior to beginning the academic program.
  4. Submission of transcripts. If you are applying as a freshman, please send us your high school transcript. If you are applying as a transfer student, please submit transcripts for all post-secondary coursework completed. We will review unofficial transcripts for admissions purposes but do require submission of official transcripts prior to registering for MSU courses. Official transcripts should be sent directly from the school to the University and must include an English translation. 

International applicants who are attending high school in the United States are also required to submit SAT or ACT scores. While we will review unofficial score reports for admissions purposes, we require official test score sent directly from the testing service.

  • SAT school code: 4488
  • ACT school code: 2420

Application Deadlines

  • July 1 for Fall Semester (starts in late August)
  • November 15 for Spring Semester (starts in early January)
  • March 15 for Summer Semesters (starts in mid-May- summer session I or mid-June - summer session II)

Applications received after these dates may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applying at least six months before these dates is strongly encouraged.

Notification of Admission

Applicants are reviewed for admission when all required documents have been received at the Office of International Programs. Successful candidates will be sent an admissions packet that includes a letter of acceptance, an I-20 form necessary for obtaining an F-1 student visa, and a MSU welcome guide that includes information regarding orientation, the registration process, life at MSU, and other details to help you prepare for your move.

The sooner you submit all of your required documents, the sooner you can learn your admissions status.

Evaluation of Foreign Credentials

Montana State University will provide in-house credential evaluation for students applying to MSU. However, MSU reserves the right to require a professional evaluation of non-U.S. academic credentials from applicants who have attended colleges/universities outside the United States and Canada (where English is not the language of instruction).

Any GCE A&AS Level and International Baccalaureate official examination results must be sent to the Office of Admissions and will be considered for transfer credits.

  • For high school students who are enrolled in a high school that utilizes the British System:
    • IGCSE/O-Level:Montana State University recognizes 5 Cambridge  IGCSE or O-Level exam passes as the equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma. The subjects must include natural science, social studies, foreign language, English, and math with a total GPA above 2.5.
    • IGCSE English: Montana State University accepts an IGCSE/O-Level English result of C and above in lieu of a TOEFL score and IELTS band.
    • AS/A-Level/AICE (reflects current policy): Montana State University recognizes Cambridge AS and A-Levels for admissions and matriculation, as well as credit and placement.  Certain subjects fulfil MSU Core requirements.  AS and A-Level passes of E and above are awarded credit by examination. Chemistry is awarded credit at D and above. Economics is awarded credit at C and above. For more information on how A & AS Levels transfer to MSU, refer to the A & AS Levels equivalency chart.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
    • IB Exams with scores of 4 or higher (Higher Level only) will be granted college credit with a 'pass' grade for equivalent courses. For more information on how IB courses transfer to MSU, refer to the IB Course Equivalencies website.

Sending Documents

Unofficial copies of documents can be sent via email to Official test scores, transcripts, and other items must be sent to the following address:

Office of International Programs
Attn: International Admissions
PO Box 172260
400 Culbertson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717 USA