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 Begins Monday, May 15 Monday, June 12 Monday, June 26 Monday, May 15
Last day to add online Tuesday, May 16 Wednesday, June 14 Tuesday, June 27 Thursday, May 18
Last day to add; Pass/Fail petitions due Thursday, May 18 Monday, June 19 Thursday, June 29 Wednesday, May 24
Last day to drop online Thursday, May 18 Monday, June 19 Thursday, June 29 Wednesday, May 24
Drop without grade during this time May 15-22 June 12-22 June 26-July 3 May 15-June 1
W grades only for drops during this time May 23-June 16 June 23-July 27 July 4-July 28 June 2-July 17
No drops beginning this date Saturday, June 23 Friday, July 28 Saturday, July 29 Tuesday, July 18
Classes End Friday, June 23 Friday, August 4 Friday, August 4 Friday, 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 15 Last day for international applications for fall semester (if this is different than your department, follow your department’s date)
May 15 First 6-week session begins
May 29 Memorial Day holiday (no classes; offices closed)
June 10 Last day for graduate students to file “Application for Advanced Degree”
June 26 Second 6-week session begins
July 4 Independence Day holiday observed (no classes; offices closed)
July 18 Last 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 4 Intersession ends; Last day of semester; classes end for 12 week and second 6 week, Last day to withdraw application for advanced degree