Quiz: Is distance learning right for me?

Distance programs offer convenience and flexibility, but also require self-motivation and some technology know-how. Take this quiz to see if distance learning might be a good fit.

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Distance Student Profiles

Read about students who have completed undergraduate and graduate-level distance degree or certificate programs at MSU.
What's it like?

What to Expect

From communicating with instructors to participating in instructor office hours to completing class assignments, online classes differ from in-person classes. 


How many classes?

Determining Costs

Costs depend on whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, in-state or out-of-state, and how many credits you take.

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Applying for Admission

The application process differs depending on whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, and if you are returning to MSU or are a new student.

How much will it cost?

Resources & Services

See what resources and services are available to distance students. You'll be happy to know that many of the services for traditional, on-campus students are also available to distance students.



Request Information

Complete this form to request information about a specific online program or a booklet version of this guide. 

Applying for admission


Here, we've answered all of the most frequently asked questions from prostpective online students. 


Checklist: Becoming a Distance Student 

Use this handy checklist to get started with your educational adventure and reach your goals with distance learning at Montana State University!