Montana State University is a public research university of 16,440 students. Many different aspects of MSU make it a wonderful choice for students, including a student to faculty ratio of 19:1, abundant scholarships and assistantships, an intensive English program, and guaranteed on-campus housing. Our commitment to research is evident in our research expenditures which total more than $100 million annually. 

Our Mission

Montana State University, the state's land-grant institution, educates students, creates knowledge and art, and serves communities by integrating learning, discovery and engagement.

Our Vision

Montana State University is as remarkable as its setting. Created as a land-grant institution, it is a welcoming, adventurous community of students, faculty and staff distinguished by its commitment to address the world's greatest challenges. The university energizes individuals to discover and pursue their aspirations. It inspires people to engage with the university to improve the human prospect through excellence in education, research, creativity and civic responsibility.

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Our recruitment partners play an important role in shaping the Montana State University community. Our 722 international students from more than 70 countries enrich the academic and cultural life of not only MSU, but also the city of Bozeman and state of Montana.

International Admissions Brochure

Check out our International Admissions Brochure! Click the box in the lower right corner of the viewer to enter full-screen mode.


You can also view a PDF of the International Admissions brochure. 

International Admissions Flyers

About Bozeman: Home of Montana State

"Bozeman, MT: The #1 Place to Live in the United States" -New York Post, September 2016

A vibrant college town surrounded by high peaks, Bozeman attracts scientists, writers, outdoor enthusiasts, filmmakers - people who invent, create, and discover in a place unlike anywhere else. 

Bozeman is a lively, youthful city in the scenic Rocky Mountains that attracts a wide variety of people for many reasons. With mountains, clean air, and starry skies, our traditional American college town is a safe and beautiful place with an easy-going style unique to the American West. Artists, writers, and musicians frequently come here to find inspiration. Bozeman is also home to many high-tech companies that work with lasers, fiber optics, software, and biotechnology.

Visitors like to experience world-famous Yellowstone National Park, which is only a 130 km drive away, as well as traditional cowboy rodeos, Native American cultural exhibits, and world-class lecturers and performers. Local people enjoy many outdoor activities such as hiking, backpacking, skiing, golfing, horseback riding, white water rafting, fly fishing, biking, and soaking in the many natural hot springs. Bozeman ranks 6th on the National Center for Arts Research's Arts Vibrancy Index for Small Towns due to its four museums, numerous art galleries, a symphony, a ballet, an opera company, and several community theatres. The historic downtown district also has shopping, cafes, and restaurants for every taste. 

Here at MSU, we love Bozeman, and we aren't alone in thinking it's a great place:

  • "Top 10 Places to Live" - Men's Journal
  • "One of the Top 10 College Towns" - Forbes Magazine
  • "Top 15 College Towns to Live in Forever" - College Ranker
  • "Top 5 Ski Towns in the World" and "#1 Ski Town in the Continental United States" - National Geographic
  • "One of the Top Places to Live and Work as a Movie Maker" - Movie Maker Magazine
  • "Top 7 Trail Town" - Trail Runner Magazine
  • "Dreamtown" -
  • "Top 12 College Football Neighborhoos" - Stadium Journal

Application Information

Undergraduate Students

International Undergraduate Application

Application Instructions & Requirements

English Proficiency Requirements

Credit Transfer Guide

Graduate Students

International Graduate Application

Application Instructions & Requirements

English Proficiency Requirements

Funding & Fellowships


Exploring is central to what we do at Montana State University. There's something about our environment that inspires big ideas and bold adventures. Strong academics, real-world research projects, and the energy of an active Rocky Mountain community define MSU and those who study, live, and play here.

Montana State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) since 1932. 

Seven Academic Colleges:

College of Agriculture

Accreditation: Society for Range Management (SRM)

College of Arts & Architecture

Accreditation: National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB), National Association of Schools of
Arts & Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

College of Business

Accreditation: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

College of Education, Health, & Human Development

Accreditation: Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Relation Educational Programs (CACREP),
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (TEAC), Accreditation Council for Education in
Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

College of Engineering

Accreditation: Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)

College of Letters & Science

Accreditation: American Psychological Association (for PhD level Internships in Counseling
and Psychological Services) (APA)

College of Nursing

Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

* The accreditations listed above are professional academic and service programs accredited within the general university accreditation.

Other Colleges/Schools:

Honors College

The Graduate School

Gallatin College (2-year college with associate's degrees)

Costs and Scholarships

Social Media



"The Power of Science" - this video demonstrates MSU's high research profile in ground-breaking projects, including work done on NASA satellites that have been launched into outer space.


"34th Annual Food Bazaar" - footage from the yearly International Food Bazaar. This celebration takes place every year where students cook recipes from their home countries and share them with the community.


"A Look at Montana State University" - 10-minute comprehensive university overview featuring our university president, students, and researchers


"Life Beneath the Arctic" - this video  follows a group of MSU graduate students and faculty researchers on an epic journey across Antarctica in search of life beneath the ice sheet.Their discovery, in one of the most remote locations in the world, was named one of the top science stories of 2013 by Discover magazine. This highlights our strength in research and how our findings have meaningful real-world implications.


"Everybody is Welcome Here" - this video was made by Elena Rizo, a study abroad student from Spain. She was the winner of a student video contest. This video gives a  nice perspective of the student experience and the many fun extracurricular opportunities available both on campus, in Bozeman, and throughout Montana.