IT info to get you up and running at MSU

The IT accounts and services listed below are key to being able to get up and running at MSU from day one.

Start at the beginning

MyInfo is part of MSU's administration information system and is the online location where employees go to enter and receive payroll information, update personal information, select insurance, get class info, etc.  

To log into MyInfo: 

  1. Go to and click the Log into MyInfo link.
  2. Enter your User ID (aka MSU ID or GID). It should be provided to you by HR Staff (e.g. -12345678).
  3. Enter your first-time PIN. It is your birthdate in this form 05jan1979 (ddmmmyyyy).
  4. Follow prompts to set new PIN, answer security questions, etc.
    Once logged in:
  5. Click the Personal Information tab -> View IDs
    Your MSU ID and NetID will be listed here.

What do I use my MSU ID and PIN for?

Your MSU ID and PIN are used to log into MyInfo.  Your MSU ID is also used as a personal identifier to verify (authenticate) your NetID.

The NetID is an identifier made up of 2 alpha and 5 numeric characters in the form of aNNaNNN (example: d23v549).

To set your NetID password:

  1. Go to
  2. Read instructions to set up new user profile in Self-Service Password Portal.
  3. Proceed to Password Portal to set NetID password.

What do I use my NetID for?

Your NetID is used to access most services at MSU.  For a complete list of services visit the IDs and Services page and/or IT Services for Faculty and Staff.

All MSU faculty and staff members are automatically provisioned an Office 365 mailbox.  Email addresses are in the form of More information about Office 365 email...

Outlook is the supported email client on campus. There is also a web client referred to as Outlook Web or OWA that can be accessed anywhere you have an internet connection.

To log into Office 365 Outlook Web:

  1. Go to  and click the blue login button.
  2. Enter your for username and NetID password (as set in step II above).
  3. Set language and time. 
  4. Send a test email to your supervisor. 

Safe Computing

Hackers and cyber evil-doers target individual computers to use as entry points to the university network. A compromised network puts all of MSU's research and the personal identification information of students, faculty and staff at risk. Keeping your computer safe is the first line of defense to protect everyone.

For more information visit

Be a good data steward

Understand MSU's different data classifications and store your data in the appropriate location. Refer to the Data Storage Security Grid for more information.

Emergency Alerts

Enroll in the MSU Alert notification system to receive critical information in the event of an emergency.  


Find Support

UIT Service Desk

The UIT Service Desk provides IT and computer-related support and assistance to all MSU constituents and are available weekdays from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. 

(406) 994-1777 |  |MSU Library Commons   

Departmental IT Help 

gold triangle point to the right.If your department or unit has a dedicated IT staff person(s),  contact them first when looking for IT help.   They know your environment best and with the bonus of proximity, often can provide answers/resolutions in the most efficient manner. 

Auxiliary Services

College of Agriculture

College of Arts and Architecture

College of Engineering

College of Education, Health and Human Development

College of Letters and Sciences

College of Nursing

Extension Services

Facilities Services

Human Resources

MSU Library

Training Resources

Free IT-related training resources for faculty and staff at MSU.

Library Workshops (Microsoft Office software, Zotero, Mendeley and more)

Lynda - online software tutorials for business, software, technology, etc.

Safari Tech Books Online - great technology ebooks on programming, IT, project management...