Montana State University

Statewide Service and Outreach

As a land-grant institution, MSU is committed to sharing its research discoveries with Montanans through outreach and education. Applying these new discoveries in the field and marketplace helps to enhance the lives of Montanans. Learn about several of our programs.

Agricultural Experiment Station Research Centers
These centers conduct research on agriculture, natural resources, and rural life and disseminate that information to Montanans.

Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
The center increases the competitiveness of Montana manufacturers through direct, unbiased engineering and managerial assistance in partnership with other public and private resources.

Engineering Experiment Station
The Engineering Experiment Station at Montana State University was created by the State Board of Education in 1924 to improve the economy, efficiency, and safety of engineering activity in Montana; to promote the conservation and utilization of Montana resources; and to encourage appropriate new industrial activities.

Extended University
Extended University administers and coordinates on-and off-campus instruction in the form of distance-delivered and face-to-face courses, programs, institutes, and conferences that supplement the formal academic curriculum at MSU. Extended University services are organized into three main categories: Montana State Online, Office of Continuing Education, and Burns Technology Center.

Montana State University Extension provides research-based knowledge to strengthen the economic, social, and environmental well-being of Montana families, communities, and agricultural enterprises. Educational programs of MSU Extension are conducted on an informal, non-credit basis.

The Extension Service was created by the federal Smith-Lever legislation enacted in 1914. Its programs are funded cooperatively through a legal partnership among federal, state and county governments. The focal point for MSU Extension programs is the local Extension office. In Montana, these offices serve 56 counties and seven tribal reservations. Local county and reservation agents are backed by a staff of campus-based faculty who provide direct linkage with current research and a close working relationship with the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station. One of the functions of Extension is to provide input to the University on current Montana problems that are in need of research for their resolution.

Programs of MSU Extension address societal needs in the general areas of agriculture, family living, community and economic development, and youth development. One of Extension's best-known programs is the 4-H youth development program. Another unit of MSU Extension is the Montana Fire Services Training School, which provides training for paid and volunteer fire fighters throughout the state.

MSU Extension is a unit of the Montana University System and is administered by the MSU campus.

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