Fall Semester Details
For fall semester 2021, Montana State University will offer in-person, traditionally formatted instruction, campus activities, non-remote campus operations, and cultural and athletic events in a manner closer to "normal" than has been seen since the start of the pandemic.
All classes that were held in-person before the pandemic will be conducted in-person in fall 2021. Courses that are part of online programs will continue to be offered fully online if that was how those courses were delivered before the pandemic.
MSU is offering doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to its eligible students and employees free of cost at this time. Following guidelines set forth by the Montana Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, MSU is not requiring students to be vaccinated for COVID-19, and the university is not asking for COVID-19 vaccination records.
Face masks and coverings
Given the elevated rate of transmission of COVID-19 and its variants in our community, face masks or coverings are required in all indoor instructional spaces on the Bozeman campus, including classrooms, laboratories, studios and anywhere an MSU class is being held. In addition, masks are required indoors in hallways, offices, the library, the Strand Union Building, MSU residence halls and dining halls. This requirement applies to all students and all members of the faculty and staff and is in place until further notice.
MSU University Health Partners has the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine available, including first, second, third, and booster doses. Vaccine clinics are located in the MSU SUB on the lower floor between the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success and Bobcat Grill. Currently, vaccine clinics are scheduled Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and on some Fridays from noon to 3 p.m.
COVID-19 booster shots: CDC recommends that everyone 18 years or older should get a booster shot six months after completing a Moderna or Pfizer primary series of vaccines, or two months after a Johnson & Johnson vaccination. For more information, please review this CDC website: COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots.
If you are an MSU student, faculty, or staff member who is 18 years or older and would like to receive any of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses, please log into the following website using your MSU NetID and password: https://www.montana.edu/health/coronavirus/vaccine-waitlist/index.html Once logged in, fill out the brief form confirming your interest in receiving a vaccine and updating your contact information. You should then receive an email and/or text within 48 hours containing a link to sign up for a specific appointment time at the next available clinic. Please do not share that link with others - it is only valid for one user. If you have any difficulty filling out the form or have questions about vaccine appointments, please call 406-994-3798.
If you prefer to receive Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccinations (initial or booster doses), or need a Moderna vaccine but you are unable to come to an MSU vaccine clinic, please use the website vaccines.gov to make an appointment at a site near you.
MSU's COVID-19 Self-Checker can help students determine whether testing may be approprate and where to go for a test.
Latest Messages and Updates
Here are the latest messages and updates related to COVID-19. You can read all the prior updates on our news archive page.
If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days and feel ill, please call your health care provider to discuss further. Students can call University Health Partners at 406-994-2311.
Where can I learn more about COVID-19?
For basic information about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, you can view our background page. For the latest updates, consult the links below:
About this Page
Montana State University's goal is to provide clear, concise and timely information to students, faculty, staff and visitors on what MSU is doing to protect our community. The university is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization and in consultation with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, the Gallatin City-County Health Department and our own health professionals on campus.
The information provided on this website is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered medical or legal advice. We encourage proper hygiene and health precautions, but we urge you to consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.