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MSU Online encouraging enrollment for degree completion program during 'back-to-school' drive

November 7, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN--Montana State Online is celebrating November as "the other back-to-school month" and is offering support to adults who want to return to school and finish a bachelor's degree via online courses.

"We've received a tremendous response to our new online bachelor's degree completion program in liberal studies," said Peg Wherry, director of online programs with MSU's Extended University. "For many people, online courses are the way to make a dream come true - earning a diploma - without leaving home and family behind."

Wherry said that some adults find it difficult to return to school in the fall semester, and that January's spring semester may be a more appropriate back-to-school time.

"Children are already back in school, summer activities have ended, and many adults view returning to complete a bachelor's degree as an appropriate New Year's resolution," said Wherry. She added that she's also spoken with many Montanans who have been hesitant to complete their schoolwork at an out-of-state or private university and are excited by MSU's new program.

Spring courses start Jan. 9 and enrollment for online undergraduate course opens Nov. 26 for students who are admitted to MSU's online degree completion program in liberal studies. Registration opens to the public on Dec. 18.

As part of MSU Online's back-to-school month, MSU is offering a free Bobcat t-shirt to anyone who schedules a new-student advising appointment in the month of November and mentions the back-to-school celebration.

Advising sessions typically take about 15 minutes, and can be conducted via phone or in person. An advisor will help students with questions about pre-requisites, financial aid and the admissions process.

To set up an appointment, contact Lesa Pribyl at (406) 994-7441 or
Several in-person informational sessions will also be held around the state:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell, 6:30 p.m. (please RSVP by Nov. 9);
  • Monday, Nov. 26, Great Falls College - MSU, Great Falls, 5:30 p.m. (please RSVP by Nov. 21); Helena College - UM, Helena, 7 p.m. (please RSVP by Nov. 21).

All attendees who RSVP for an MSU Online Info Session will receive an MSU messenger bag. To register, contact Sarah Rieger with MSU Extended University at or (406) 994-6550.

Information about MSU's online programs will also be available at the Huffing for Stuffing Event Exposition in Bozeman on Nov. 20 and 21 at the Best Western GranTree Inn from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

The liberal studies online degree completion program at

Contact: Lesa Pribyl, MSU Extended University, (406) 994-7441,