Admission to MSU

Information for New Students and Summer-Only Students

Please note: Continuing students are automatically admitted to Summer Session. Former students are admitted to the University but must file an Intent to Register form with the Registrar's Office.

 Admission Application Priority Deadlines for Summer Session 2015

Student Category First 6-Week Session &
Full 12-Week Session
Second 6-Week Session
New Students
(degree-seeking undergraduates)
May 1, 2015 June 7, 2015
New Students
(degree-seeking graduates)
based on
departmental deadlines
based on
departmental deadlines
Summer-Only and Other Non-Degree Students 
(non-degree undergraduates and graduates)
May 1, 2015 (undergrad)
May 12, 2015 (graduate)
June 7, 2015 (undergrad)
June 23, 2015 (graduate)
International Student Applications Feb. 1, 2015 (final deadline) Feb. 1, 2015 (final deadline)

New Students

Freshman Degree-Seeking Undergraduates are:

  • pursuing a bachelor's degree at MSU
  • after completion of high school or its equivalent, have attempted fewer than 12 college-level credits
  • required to submit a final, official high school transcript (sent directly to MSU from the student's high school) and scores sent directly from ACT or SAT (students who graduated more than three years ago are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores)

Students who did not complete high school are required to submit official High School Equivalency Test results, (such as GED, HiSet or TASC), and scores from ACT or SAT (students who would have graduated more than three years ago are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores).

Admission application procedure:

  • Complete the MSU Application for Admission available online at www.montana.edu/admissions/apply.html
    OR
    Complete a paper application (available from the MSU Admissions Office: (406) 994-2452 or admissions@montana.edu)
  • Submit the application along with the application fee ($36 online or $30 paper)
  • Submit required documents (transcripts and/or test scores)
  • Submit record of immunizations and tuberculosis (TB) screening form to the Student Health Service (see Immunization Requirements).

The Office of Admissions will contact you by mail regarding the status of your admission within two weeks of the receipt of your application.

Transfer Degree-Seeking Undergraduates are:

  • pursuing a bachelor's degree or second bachelor's degree at MSU
  • graduated from high school or its equivalent, and have attempted 12 or more college-level credits following high school graduation
  • required to have complete and official transcripts sent directly to MSU from each college or university attended
  • in good standing at the previous institution(s)

Admission application procedure:

  • Complete the MSU Application for Admission available online at www.montana.edu/admissions/apply.html
    OR
    Complete a paper application (available from the MSU Admissions Office: (406) 994-2452 or admissions@montana.edu)
  • Submit the application along with the application fee ($36 online or $30 paper)
  • Submit required official transcripts from EACH college or university (sent directly from the institution to MSU)
  • Submit record of immunizations and tuberculosis TB screening form to the Student Health Service (see Immunization Requirements).

The Office of Admissions will contact you by mail regarding the status of your admission within two weeks of the receipt of your application.

Degree-Seeking Graduate Students are:

  • pursuing a graduate degree at MSU
  • college graduates currently holding at least a bachelor's degree

Admission application procedure:

  • Complete the Application for Graduate Admission online at this link: www.montana.edu/gradschool/apply.html
    This online application process allows you to determine the application procedures for the department you are applying to and allows you to track your application process, from materials received by the department to the committee review process.  Paper applications are provided upon request.
  • Pay $60 application fee
  • Request that an official transcript from the institution granting your bachelor's degree be sent to the Graduate School at MSU at the time you submit your application. MSU studnets do not need to provide MSU transcripts. If there are previous graduate level courses taken at a different university, those transcripts need to be sent as well. Only nine graduate level credits are allowed to be transferred into a degree seeking program.
  • If a master's degree is received from another university, or from MSU, up to 30 credits of that master's degree can be applied to a Ph.D. program upon department approval.
    The Graduate School will send you an electronic letter of acceptance or denial to the University within one week of receiving notice from the department. This application process involves a review of your completed application packet by the program committee prior to it arriving in the Graduate School for final review.
    For complete details regarding applying to MSU as a degree-seeking graduate student, please see application details within the department/program of which are you are applying, as the department may have additional application information. For further assistance, contact The Graduate School at (406) 994-4145 or gradschool@montana.edu or visit the School's website at www.montana.edu/gradschool.

Summer-Only and Other Non-Degree Students

Non-Degree Undergraduates:

  • do not currently hold a bachelor's degree
  • do not plan to pursue a bachelor's degree at MSU
  • are advised by the Academic Advising Center
  • are not eligible to receive financial aid
  • may not represent the University in intercollegiate athletic competition

Admission application procedure:

  • Complete the MSU Application for Admission available online as a non-degree undergraduate student at www.montana.edu/wwwcat/appopts.html
    OR
    Complete a paper application (available from the MSU Admissions Office: (406) 994-2452 or admissions@montana.edu)
  • Submit the application along with the application fee ($36 online or $30 paper)
  • Submit record of immunizations and tuberculosis (TB) screening form to the Student Health Service (see Immunization Requirements).

The Office of Admissions will contact you by mail regarding the status of your admission within two weeks of the receipt of your application.

Non-Degree Graduates are:

  • college graduates currently holding at least a bachelor's degree
  • taking any courses offered by the University (undergraduate or graduate level) other than restricted departmental courses. They are not eligible for financial aid. (Note: Only nine (9) graduate level credits taken as a non-degree student are allowed to be transferred into a degree seeking program.)

Admission application procedure:

  • Complete the Application for Graduate Admission online at this link: www.montana.edu/gradschool/apply.html
    This online application process allows you to track your application process from materials received by the department to the committee review process. Paper applications are provided upon request.
  • Pay $60 application fee
  • Request that an official transcript from the institution granting your bachelor's degree be sent to the Graduate School at MSU at the time you submit your application. Acceptance to MSU as a non-degree graduate student is automatic upon proof of a baccalaureate degree. MSU students do not need to provide MSU transcripts.
  • Submit record of immunizations and tuberculosis (TB) screening form to the Student Health Service (see Immunization Requirements).

The Graduate School will send you an electronic letter of acceptance along with registration instructions within one week of receipt of your application and required transcript.

Immunization Requirements

Students must meet MSU's immunization requirements before registering for classes. The Student Health Service requires a copy of an official health record to certify that you have met these requirements. For the immunization requirements, please consult the Student Health Service Web site. To save money and time, please update your immunizations with your family physician before you come to MSU. If you were born before January 1, 1957, you are considered immune to measles, mumps and rubella and are not required to have these immunizations. However, you will need to complete the tuberculosis screening form and you may need to have a TB test.

Immunization records should be submitted directly to the Student Health Service by one of the following methods:

  • Online (preferred method): Go to www.montana.edu/health and log into the electronic health record system. To register, you will need to know your MSU ID and you will be asked to select a user name and password. You will enter the immunization data and complete the tuberculosis screening form. You will need to submit copies of your immunization records and the results of your TB test(if your answers on the screening form determine you need one). You can scan these into a PDF and upload them or you can fax or mail the records as described below.

  • Fax or Mail: Go to www.montana.edu/health, click on "Forms" in the column on the left. Download and print the Immunization and Tuberculosis Screening forms. Complete the forms, add any needed health records (including the results of your TB test if your answers on the screening form determine you need one), and fax to (406) 994-2504 or mail to MSU Student Health Service, P.O. Box 173260, Bozeman, MT 59717-3260.

For more information, call the Student Health Service at (406) 994-2311.

For More Information About Admission, Contact:

Office of Admissions
(406) 994-2452 or 1-888-MSU-CATS
admissions@montana.edu
www.montana.edu/admissions 

The Graduate School at MSU 
(406) 994-4145
1-800-255-7962
gradschool@montana.edu
www.montana.edu/gradschool

Office of Summer Session
(406) 994-4371
summer@montana.edu
www.montana.edu/summer

Services for Students with Disabilities

Students desiring accommodations for a disability may request services through:

Disabled Student Services
180 Strand Union
(406) 994-2824
TTY: (406) 994-6701
byork@montana.edu
www.montana.edu/disability

Enrollment in Montana State University is open to all students regardless of race, sex, religion, disability, age, national or ethnic origin, or marital status.