At Montana State University in Bozeman, we like to think outside, but not just because
we have access to some of the best outdoor recreation on the planet. We like to think
outside because we are creators, researchers, artists, and thinkers breaking boundaries
in over 250 fields.
Trailblazers have long come to this dynamic place to learn, to grow and to be inspired. They have left with a degree and the tools to address some of the planet’s most important challenges.
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Largest research entity in Montana
Job-focused programs from Gallatin College
MSU is a Carnegie top-tier research university surrounded by millions of acres of wilderness. Our surroundings inspire us to push beyond boundaries — and often serve as our classrooms.
Imagine finding your creative spark as you take a photography class in Yellowstone National Park, summiting a 9,800-foot peak to learn about Earth science, or helping to unearth Triceratops bones in eastern Montana. From the MSU campus to beyond, there’s a new adventure waiting for you around every corner. Learn more about research and creative opportunities.
Excavation of a Triceratops fossil in eastern Montana.
With $200 million in annual research expenditures, MSU is the largest research enterprise in the state.
MSU researchers conduct snow science experiments.
The Center for World University Rankings ranks MSU in the top five percent of universities in the world, as well as among the top 175 colleges in the U.S. and the No. 1 university in Montana.
Students carry ski gear across campus for a day at one of the region’s two ski areas.
MSU’s marching band performs in downtown Bozeman during the annual homecoming parade.
A student enjoys the mountain air while biking Shafthouse trail near Fairy Lake.
Making the world a better place is one of our core values at MSU. We pride ourselves on giving back to our communities, whether through volunteer opportunities for students, outreach, or cutting-edge research in everything from honey bee health to wildlife conservation.
At MSU we believe service is integral to learning. With programs like Service Saturdays, MSU BreaksAway and service learning, there are countless ways for students to create positive change.
MSU researchers have been improving the human prospect since 1893, including Maurice Hilleman, who is credited with saving more than 750 million lives through vaccine research.
MSU Extension strives to support local communities through initiatives like the popular Montana 4-H program.
As Montana’s first land-grant university, we’re committed to honoring the natural world and each other through service, stewardship, and collaboration.
Find resources and explore diversity initiatives at MSU’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.