Academic Information

Students are held responsible for knowledge of the regulations governing registration, drop/add, withdrawal and other procedures outlined in this bulletin, in the MSU Course Bulletin, and in any special registration instructions which may be issued on a semester basis.

Drop/Add Procedures

Deadline dates for drop­ping and adding courses are listed in the table below.  For more information visit the MSU Online Catalog Drop/Add Regulations and Procedures page.

Drop/Add Schedule

  First 6-Week Intersession* Second 6-Week 12 Week
Instruction BeginsMonday, May 15Monday, June 12Monday, June 26Monday, May 15
Last day to add onlineTuesday, May 16Wednesday, June 14Tuesday, June 27Thursday, May 18
Last day to add; Pass/Fail petitions dueThursday, May 18Monday, June 19Thursday, June 29Wednesday, May 24
Last day to drop onlineThursday, May 18Monday, June 19Thursday, June 29Wednesday, May 24
Drop without grade during this timeMay 15-22June 12-22June 26-July 3May 15-June 1
W grades only for drops during this timeMay 23-June 16June 23-July 27July 4-July 28June 2-July 17
No drops beginning this dateSaturday, June 23Friday, July 28Saturday, July 29Tuesday, July 18
Classes EndFriday, June 23Friday, August 4Friday, August 4Friday, August 4

Intersession designed for courses of varying length. Courses that do not conform to session beginning or ending dates and are typically short in length will be assigned appropriate deadlines not specified above.

Grade Reports and Transcripts

Grades for all sessions that end by August 5 will be processed and available on August 10, and will be posted on the Web at MyInfo.

Transcripts of summer work can be processed beginning August 19. Students who want official transcripts sent to another institution or to their place of employment need to request an official transcript to be sent after their grade is posted. For more information visit the Registrar’s Web page at

Improper Registration

A student who attends a class without being properly registered for it will not receive credit.

Taking Courses for Zero Credit


Registered students may, with the permission of the instructor, enroll in a course as auditors and earn zero credit. No grade will be given, and such a course may not be challenged at a later date for credit. Students must declare their intent to audit by the third class session. Students who audit pay the same fees as students enrolled for credit.

Release of Information

Montana State University is in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (referred to as the “Buckley Amendment”) and the Montana Privacy Act. Briefly, these laws establish specific guidelines concerning the release of information and the students’ privilege to inspect and review their own education records.

The Graduate School
Summer Dates and Deadlines

May 15Last day for international applications for fall semester (if this is different than your department, follow your department’s date)
May 15First 6-week session begins
May 29Memorial Day holiday (no classes; offices closed)
June 10Last day for graduate students to file “Application for Advanced Degree”
June 26Second 6-week session begins
July 4Independence Day holiday observed (no classes; offices closed)
July 18Last day for master’s comprehensive or doctoral examination. Last day for approval of thesis, dissertation, or professional paper (if professional paper is submitted to the library) by formatting advisor.
August 4Intersession ends; Last day of semester; classes end for 12 week and second 6 week, Last day to withdraw application for advanced degree