Montana State University

Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717

School Details

Montana State University is a 4-year, public, land-grant, research university that was established in 1893 in the town of Bozeman, Montana.


Montana State University began as the Agricultural College of the State of Montana. The vision statement of Montana State University is “Montana State University will be the university of choice for those seeking a student-centered learning environment distinguished by innovation and discovery in a Rocky Mountain setting.” The mission statement is “Montana State University, the State’s land-grant institution, educates students, creates knowledge and art, and serves communities, by integrating learning, discovery, and engagement.”

In addition to academics, Montana State University students are offered opportunities to take part in organizations and recreation. There are a plethora of student-run organizations on campus that range from categories like cultural, service, special interest, student government, fraternities, and religious or spiritual. Athletic teams at Montana State University participate in the NCAA Division I in the Big Sky Conference. Though the sports teams were originally called “Aggies”, they now play under the nickname of the “Bobcats.”


Montana State University accepts about 84 percent of prospective undergraduate students who apply. About 54 percent of the student body is female and white students make up the majority of the population (86 percent). About 59 percent of students are from Montana. The average age of an undergraduate student is 22 and 33 for graduate students.


The university is broken up into the following colleges: College of Agriculture, College of Arts and Architecture, College of Business, College of Nursing, College of Engineering, College of Letters and Science, Gallatin College, Honors College, the Graduate School, and the College of Education, Health, and Human Development. In addition to the colleges, Montana State University is also broken up further into departments and programs, which include, but are not limited to: American Indian Research Opportunities, McNair Scholars Program, Montana Institute on Ecosystems, Montana University System Water Center, Military Science, the Bracken Center, and more. Montana State has many study abroad opportunities in over 50 countries across the world.

Montana State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. In addition to overall accreditation, individual programs at Montana State have also earned accreditation from the following organizations:

  • American Dietetic Association
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • National Association of Schools of Arts and Design
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

Montana State University’s Office of Continuing Education and Montana State Online provide nontraditional and traditional students alike with online and distance learning opportunities. A student can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, which is a degree completion program, or a minor in Business Administration. Graduate certificates available in a completely online format include: addiction counseling, professional practice of architecture, native american studies, nursing education, school library media, science and engineering management, and science teaching. A student can pursue Masters of Science degrees in Agricultural Education, Land Resources and Environmental Science, Family Financial Planning, Mathematics- Mathematics Education Option, and Science Education. Other graduate degrees include: Master of Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Master of Science and Engineering Management, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, and Master of Education in Educational Leadership. There are also online programs in Northern Plains Transition to Teaching and Principal and Superintendent Endorsement, as well as the National Teachers Enhancement Network’s Science for Educators.


The estimated annual tuition for undergraduate Montana State University students is $6,800 for in-state residents. Non-resident or out-of-state students will pay around $21,390 per year. Online students are subject to their specific programs, as well as how many credit hours they are pursuing during a semester. Around half of undergraduate students at Montana State University receive some kind of financial aid and about 2 percent take out federal student loans.


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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