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College of Technology

Contact Information

201 Culbertson Hall
Tel:(406) 994-5536
Fax:(406) 994-5577

Mary Moe, Chief Operations Officer/Assistant Dean for Bozeman campus
Janet Heiss Arms, Director of Developmental Education
Ryan Haskins, Director of Workforce Programs
Joseph Schaffer, Interim Dean/CEO of MSU-Great Falls COT

The College of Technology in Bozeman offers academic development services, college preparatory courses, distance learning programs and courses, an Associate of Applied Science degrees in Interior Design, Design Drafting, and Aviation, a Certificate of Applied Science in Welding, and continuing education opportunities.

Academic Development Center

The College of Technology's academic success initiatives provide the courses, services, and support necessary for students to be academically successful. To be successful, most college students need courses that are at the level that will challenge, but not frustrate them. College preparatory courses offered by the College of Technology in Bozeman provide courses below core level to allow students to sharpen their skills and understanding before they take on higher levels of M and English.


  • Free tutoring for all classes taught by the College of Technology
  • Well-equipped and comfortable student computer lab
  • Assistance with admissions, application, financial aid, and other administrative processes
  • Referral for other community and Montana State University resources
  • Technical support for distance learning courses
  • Assessment testing and proctoring services

College Preparatory Courses

Preparatory courses are available to MSU students through regular registration processes. These courses count as part of the student's full-time course load, appear on their transcripts, and are paid for along with any other MSU courses. In general, classes can be used as electives in the student's program of study, with the exceptions of M 065 and ENGL118. Preparatory courses are designed to develop skills to ensure student success in follow-on courses in respective MSU curricular areas. High quality instruction and out-of-class support are hallmarks of the College of Technology in Bozeman.

  • COLS 100: Introduction to College
  • COLS 101US: First Year Seminar
  • WRIT 080: Basic Writing Skills
  • WRIT 095: Developmental Writing
  • M 065: Pre-Algebra
  • M 096: Survey of Algebra

Distance Learning

Distance learning opportunities are available to students via the Internet. Transfer, degree, and certificate programs are offered.

Transfer Degree Programs (Online)

  • MT University Core
  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Science

Associate of Applied Science Degree Program (Online)

  • Health Information Technology

Certificate Programs (Online)

  • Health Information Coding Specialist
  • Medical Billing Specialist
  • Medical Transcription

Associate of Applied Science Degrees

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is awarded in specific career fields. This degree is designed to prepare students for immediate entry into employment but may be fully or partially transferable to programs at selected four-year institutions.


Students completing the AAS in Aviation will have credentials required to pursue a career as a professional pilot. Job opportunities range from high-profile occupations as pilots for a national carrier to less well-known, but in-demand work as pilots for cargo services, air taxis, media aircraft, corporate jets, or spacecraft. Students who combine the AAS with a Bachelor's degree in a related field will be especially competitive in the entry level job market.

Completion of the AAS in Aviation requires that students contract with a flight school recommended by the Aviation Science Advisory Council to complete flight training requirements leading to a Private Pilot license, Commercial Pilot license, and Instrument license.

Upon submission of these licenses the students will receive credit for the following courses:

  • AST 142-Private Pilot (50 flight hours) 2 credits
  • AST 242-Commercial/Instrument I (75 flight hours) 2 credits
  • AST 252-Commercial/Instrument II (125 flight hours) 2 credits

Students may choose to take flight training at any point during their course of study. They may also enter the program having already completed flight training.
Students who have not completed flight training are strongly encouraged to follow a sequence of courses outlined by the Aviation Program Advisor.

Interior Design

The Interior Design program has been developed to prepare students with a wide variety of skills and competencies for entry into various areas of the design field, ranging from residential to commercial design. MSU-Great Falls is working towards becoming a National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Accredited School. Students in the College of Technology in Bozeman program may choose to complete 70 additional internship hours to earn a certification in the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Understand the theory and history of design and apply design principles and elements to their projects.
  • Communicate in the language of interior design using listening, verbal, and written skills to interact with clients.
  • Communicate graphically according to current architectural and NKBA standards using both hand-drafting and AutoCAD techniques.
  • Demonstrate research abilities and critical thinking in space planning, selection of finish materials, and application of codes for residential and commercial projects.
  • Increase their body of knowledge in a wide variety of areas including construction and finish materials, color and lighting technologies, NKBA guidelines, residential and commercial codes, sustainability, and professional practice.
  • Employ creative skills to create presentations of their projects using hand- and AutoCAD drafting and rendering and professional sample boards and finish schedules.

Design Drafting Technology

Design drafters translate the ideas and rough sketches of engineers and architects into technical drawings and plans used for manufacturing, aircraft, architecture, civil engineering and other industries. Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science AAS in Design Drafting Technology, students will have the qualifications necessary for entry level drafting jobs in the design drafting industry.

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Create detail and assembly drawings to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards on the drawing board.
  • Produce detail and assembly drawings using computer-aided design software (CAD).
  • Generate two-dimensional solid models using CAD software.
  • Create a complete set of residential plans using CAD software.
  • Construct a site plan including topography using CAD software.
  • Solve graphical problems using the principles of descriptive geometry and create thematic maps from GIS data.

Certificate of Applied Science Degrees

Welding Technology

Upon completion of this program, students are AWS qualified welders in one or more welding processes and are eligible to apply to be listed in the AWS National Registry of Welders.

Graduates are prepared to:

Make satisfactory welds in all positions using the following welding types:

  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAC)
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
  • Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)

Make satisfactory cuts with the following processes:

  • Oxygen Fuel Cutting (OFC)
  • Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC)
  • Air Carbon Arc Cutting (ACC)

  • Interpret welding blueprints and welding symbols.
  • Perform pipe layouts.
  • Utilize basic welding metallurgy.

Continuing Education

The College of Technology provides non-credit workshops that train and upgrade participants' skills in health, microcomputer management, general education, and technology fields. These courses are offered through the Division of Outreach and Workforce Development located in downtown Bozeman.


MSU-Great Falls College of Technology is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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