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MSU researchers Jerry Johnson and Jordy Hendrix research why people take excessive risks in avalanche terrain.

MSU currently offers over 250 academic options to students, spanning eight major colleges. Ranging from Agriculture to Nursing, these programs are designed to prep students with fundamental knowledge, and allow them to test their strengths through hands-on learning opportunities.

As MSU continues to grow, our commitment to offering quality academic experiences remains a top priority. We have added several major and minor program options within the past few years, with more opportunities ahead.

Learn more about new opportunities in each of our academic colleges below!


  • 7 experimental stations state-wide offer hands-on experience in Bozeman and around Montana
  • Coursework is community-focused and prepares students through internships, networking socials and conferences
  • The College of Agriculture had the largest share of the total with $35.6 million in expenditures, led by its departments of plant sciences, land resources and environmental science, and microbiology and immunology — which is also housed in the College of Letters and Science
  • Awards more distinct scholarships than any other academic college at MSU
  • Reported its 9th straight semester with increased enrollment in Fall of 2017

Arts & Architecture

  • Programs are designed to prepare students with practical and critical skill sets
  • Studio experiences begin in the first year of the program
  • MSU’s BFA Graphic Design grads are offered jobs at the nation’s top advertising agencies, design firms and in-house design departments
  • A new publication titled "The Artists" highlights female students in the arts and architecture fields
  • Each spring semester the School of Art offers a program of study in Italy allowing students to participate in an intensive studio and art history experience
  • MSU has over 15 different musical ensembles including MSU’s Spirit of the West Marching Band



  • The Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship is one of only 5% of business schools globally to earn AACSB accreditation
  • 100% of courses in the college are taught by faculty
  • Focuses heavily on interdisciplinary educational opportunities, utilizing MSU's various academic colleges
  • In the last year, College of Business graduates have found employment with companies such as Boeing, Google, and Blackstone
  • Jabs Hall, an $18 million building made possible by an alumni donation, opened in 2015 providing a new home for the college

Education, Health & Human Development

  • Recently received a $1 million pledge for the Early Childhood Education program
  • Education initiatives are leaders in the region, including teaching coursework on-site at Bozeman schools
  • Elementary Education students graduate with 800 hours of field experience


  • Boasting world-renowned faculty and alumni, the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering is one of MSU's most popular academic options
  • Students are reporting 96% job placement upon graduation – among the highest of any field on campus
  • MSU's pass rate on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam is over 90% - 15% higher than the national average
  • Named in February of 2018 in honor of alumnus Norm Asbjornson whose generosity made possible a new $50 million building which opened in December 2018

Letters & Sciences

  • This college offers the largest number of programs on campus, with over 50 majors and 25 minors
  • Receives over $20 million annually in research grants for faculty and student projects
  • A team of students from the Model United Nations Club won top awards at the MUNFW conference in San Francisco
  • Houses multiple professional and honorary student organizations on campus providing ample opportunities for community outreach
  • Recently received a $570,000 donation for writing support for students and faculty



  • Students are well-prepared with a STEM-heavy curriculum and report nearly 100% job placement after graduation
  • Program includes an extensive clinical component where students are placed at one of five hospital locations across the state
  • Nursing students are among the highest-paid graduates at MSU
  • Now offers a one-year Accelerated Nursing (ABSN) program for post-baccalaureate candidates
  • Students are competitive nationally on the NCLEX


Honors College

  • The Honors College provides opportunities for students to study, conduct research, and exchange ideas in a challenging and supportive academic environment
  • Students have access to the amenities of a larger research university and the benefits of a small, liberal arts college, including smaller class sizes and seminar-based learning experiences
  • All academic programs on campus can be paired with an Honors College degree
  • Living Learning Communities for Honors students are available in multiple residence halls across campus