Graduate School Contact

Donna Negaard, Director of Graduate Student Affairs, provides resources and support to all graduate students on a broad range of issues. Donna can be reached at donnan@montana.edu.

Graduate School Resource Areas

Graduate Student Training

Graduate Student Training & Orientation has training guides geared towards success as a graduate student.

GTA Orientation Guides & Videos webpage has information to help you be more successful as a Graduate Teaching Assistant or research assistant.

Professional Development
GradCat 360 is the Graduate School's professional development framework to bring you opportunities for growth in 9 focus areas
Financial Resources

Funding & Fellowships webpage

Wellbeing Initiative for financial planning and basic needs

Graduate Student Wellbeing
Wellbeing Inititive resources on basic needs support; physical & mental wellbeing; community & mentoring; and career fulfillment

On-campus support

Bounty of the Bridgers

The Bounty of the Bridgers Campus Food Pantry is a student-driven initiative to combat food waste and food insecurity on the MSU campus for students, faculty, and staff. Supplemental and emergency food assistance is offered to to any student, faculty, or staff in need!

Crash Pad

The CrashPad is a place to catch any student without a place to sleep at night. This service uses reserved spaces in the Montana State University Family & Graduate Housing facilities to temporarily house students that are currently without a safe, secure, and sustainable place to stay the night.

Counseling & Psychological Services

Provides free and confidential counseling services to students who may be struggling with a range of concerns, from those who are in distress and struggling to those who wish to gain support and prevent concerns from developing into more serious problems.

Office of the Dean of Students

Consults with students on academic, personal and developmental issues.

Office of Disability Services

Provides services and support to students with disabilities.

Diversity Awareness Office

Provides information and support to the university community in the areas of multicultural awareness and community building, prejudice education and practical resources relating to diversity issues.

Offers LGBTQ+ student support programs.

Office of Health Advancement

Promotes generalized well-being by educating on topics such as sexual health, nutrition, physical activity, stress management, as well as the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

Student Health Service 

Provides health service to students, regardless of insurance, if they have paid the student health fee.

  • Provides primary health care (including walk-in acute care, x-ray, clinical laboratory, and pharmacy services) and dental services.
  • Provides specialized services to students, including services related to nutrition, sexual health, drug/alcohol concerns.

Office of Institutional Equity 

Investigates complaints of discrimination, harassment or sexual violence.

Office of International Programs 

Advises students on immigration issues.

Oversees health and safety issues related to international travel.

Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success Services 

  • Career, Internship & Student Employment Services: career coaching, internship and employment searching/support, HireABobcat.com, career and job fairs, on-campus interviewing.
  • Office of Financial Education: helps students reduce or assess student loan debt, provides counsel related to savings, budgeting, loans, salary negotiation, retirement, etc. 

University Police 
994-3220; 24 hour Police Dispatch: 994-2121; Corner of 7th and Kagy Blvd.

  • Operates 24 hours/day including semester breaks, summer session and holidays.
  • Provides law enforcement, emergency and non-emergency services.
  • Performs welfare checks on students about which parents, faculty, staff or fellow students may be concerned.
  • Provides escorts on campus any time, day or night.
  • Provides plainclothes officers who can be present in a course or at sensitive meetings upon request.
  • Provides support to anyone who feels threatened or is in immediate danger. Call x2121 on-campus, 911 off-campus/cell phone.

VOICE Center

  • Provides information and support to anyone impacted by sexual assault, harassment, relationship violence, stalking and interpersonal violence.
  • Provides free walk-in counseling hours available to anyone impacted by interpersonal violence.

Women’s Center

Creates an equitable campus environment by offering educational programs to the university population about gender and women's issues.