How to Apply for Admission

Information for New Students and Summer-Only Students

Please note: Continuing students are automatically admitted to Summer Session. Former students are admitted to the University but must file an Intent to Register form with the Registrar’s Office.

Undergraduate Applicants

New undergraduate students must apply to Montana State University (MSU) through the Admissions Office. Students must be admitted to MSU and registered before the first day of class for any summer session they plan to attend.

  • Application priority deadline for all summer sessions is May 1.
  • International students must apply by February 1.

Graduate Student Applicants

New graduate students must apply to Montana State University (MSU) through The Graduate School. Any graduate student who has been offered admission to MSU must first accept the offer of admission prior to registering for courses. Deadlines to apply to degree programs vary by department. Please see the department/program for application deadline information.

Immunization Requirements

Students must meet MSU’s immunization requirements before registering for classes. University Health Partners (UHP) requires a copy of an official health record to certify that you have met these requirements. To save money and time, please update your immunizations with your family physician before you come to MSU. If you were born before January 1, 1957, you are considered immune to measles, mumps and rubella and are not required to have these immunizations. However, you will need to complete the tuberculosis screening form and you may need to have a TB test. Consult the UHP website for immunization requirements and to access the tuberculosis screening form.

Immunization records should be submitted directly to University Health Partners by one of the following methods:

  • Online (preferred method): To register, you will need to know your MSU ID and you will be asked to select a user name and password. You will enter the immunization data and complete the tuberculosis screening form. You will need to submit copies of your immunization records and the results of your TB test (if your answers on the screening form determine you need one). You can scan these into a pdf and upload them or you can fax or mail the records as described below.
  • Fax or mail: Download and print the immunization form and tuberculosis screening form. Complete the forms, add any needed health records (including the results of your TB test if your answers on the screening form determine you need one), and fax to (406) 994-2504  or mail to:
    MSU University Health Partners
    P.O. Box 173260
    Bozeman, MT 59717-3260.

For more information, call UHP at (406) 994-2311.

For More Information About Admissions Contact

Office of Admissions
(406) 994-2452 or
1-888-MSU-CATS
admissions@montana.edu
 

The Graduate School
(406) 994-4125
1-800-255-7962
gradschool@montana.edu
 

Office of Summer Session
(406) 994-7136
summer@montana.edu
 

Services for Students with Disabilities

Students desiring accommodations for a disability may request services through:

Disability, Re-entry and Veteran Services
180 Strand Union
(406) 994-2824
TTY: (406) 994-6701
drv@montana.edu

 

Undergraduate Admission: Summer

Information for New Students and Summer-Only Students

New undergraduate students must apply to Montana State University through the Admissions Office. Students must be admitted to MSU and registered before the first day of class for any summer session they plan to attend.

  • Application priority deadline for all summer sessions is May 1.
  • International students must apply by February 1.

Please note: Continuing students are automatically admitted to Summer Session. Former students are admitted to the University but must file an Intent to Register form with the Registrar’s Office.

New Students

Freshman Degree-Seeking Undergraduates are:

  • Pursuing a bachelor’s degree at MSU
  • After completion of high school or its equivalent, have attempted fewer than 12 college-level credits
  • Required to submit a final, official high school transcript (sent directly to MSU from the student’s high school) and scores sent directly from ACT or SAT.  Students who graduated more than three years ago are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores.

Students who did not complete high school are required to submit official High School Equivalency Test results (such as GED, HiSet or TASC) and scores from ACT or SAT. Students who would have graduated more than three years ago are not required to sub­mit ACT or SAT scores.

Freshman admission application procedure:

  1. Complete the MSU Application for Admission.
    or
    Complete a paper application. This is a large .pdf file (1.45 MB) which can be downloaded and printed.
  2. Submit the application along with the application fee ($38 online or $30 paper).
  3. Submit required documents (transcripts and/or test scores).
  4. Submit record of immunizations and tuberculosis (TB) screening form to University Health Partners (see “Immunization Requirements").

The Office of Admissions will contact you by mail regarding the status of your admission within two weeks of the receipt of your application.

Transfer Degree-Seeking Undergraduates are:

  • Pursuing a bachelor’s degree or second bachelor’s degree at MSU
  • Graduated from a high school or its equivalent, and have attempted 12 or more college-level credits following high school graduation
  • Required to have complete and offi­cial transcripts sent directly to MSU from each college or university attended
  • In good standing at the previous institution(s)

Transfer admission application procedure:

  1. Complete the MSU Application for Admission.
    or
    Complete a paper application. This is a large .pdf file (1.45 MB) which can be downloaded or printed.
  2. Submit the application along with the application fee ($38 online or $30 paper).
  3. Submit required official transcripts from EACH college or university (sent directly from the institution to MSU).
  4. Submit record of immunizations and tuberculosis (TB) screening form to University Health Partners (see “Immunization Requirements").

The Office of Admissions will contact you by mail regarding the status of your admission within two weeks of the receipt of your application.

Non-Degree Students (includes Summer-only students)

Non-Degree Undergraduates:

  • Do not currently hold a bachelor’s degree
  • Do not plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree at MSU
  • Are advised by the Academic Advising Center
  • Are not eligible to receive financial aid
  • May not represent the University in intercollegiate athletic competition

Non-degree admission application procedure:

  1. Complete the MSU Application for Admission.
    or       
    Complete a paper application. This is a large .pdf file (1.45 MB) which can be downloaded and printed.
  2. Submit the application along with the application fee ($38 online or $30 paper).
  3. Submit record of immunizations and tuberculosis (TB) screening form to University Health Partners (see “Immunization Requirements").

The Office of Admissions will contact you by mail regarding the status of your admission within two weeks of the receipt of your application.

Graduate Admission

Information for New Applicants, Returning Students and Summer-Only Applicants

Please note: Continuing graduate students are automatically admitted to Summer Session.  Former graduate students who have sat out one term or more must file an Intent to Register form with the Registrar’s Office to be admitted back into their original program or as a non-degree graduate student. If considering a new program, please complete a new application to The Graduate School.

Deadlines to apply to degree programs vary by department. Please see the department/program for application deadline information.

New Degree-Seeking Graduate Applicants

  • Pursuing a graduate degree at MSU (see The Graduate School website for more information regarding graduate programs)
  • College graduates, currently holding at least a bachelor’s degree

Non-Degree Applicants

  • College graduates currently holding at least a bachelor’s degree
  • Are not  pursuing a graduate program leading to an advanced degree, but wish to take graduate coursework
  • Have not been offered full or provisional admission
  • Have non-degree standing as recommended by the admitting department or The Graduate School
  • Are applying for programs such as: WWAMI Medical Education program, WIMU Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine and Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate

In some cases, taking and passing coursework as a non-degree graduate student may help to provide evidence of a student’s ability to perform well in a graduate program.  Some departments also may recommend the completion of undergraduate coursework prior to admission into a specific graduate program. Non-degree graduate students may take any courses offered by the university (undergraduate or graduate level) other than restricted departmental courses. They are not eligible for financial aid. Note: only nine (9) graduate-level credits taken as a non-degree graduate student are allowed to be used toward (if accepted) a degree program; only three (3) can be used toward (if accepted) a certificate program. 

Graduate School Application Process

  1. Complete The Graduate School online application and pay the non-refundable application fee ($60 first app/$30 second app [or more] w/in the first year). This online application process allows you to apply for your specific degree option and allows you to track your application from materials received  (e.g. Letters of recommendation) through the committee review and decision process.
  2. Request that an official transcript from the institution granting your bachelor’s degree be sent to MSU at the time you submit your application; most departments require your transcripts to be sent directly to the department office. MSU undergraduate alumni do not need to provide MSU transcripts (however, uploading an unofficial transcript during the application process is always helpful). 
  3. If applying to a degree program, please take a moment to review specific application requirements and deadlines established by the admitting department; these requirements differ program to program and may include other documents necessary for the application process (e.g., Graduate Record Exam, Resume, Personal statement, and so forth).
  4. Additional Materials are required by International Applicants.

For further assistance, contact The Graduate School at (406) 994-4125 or gradschool@montana.edu, or visit the School’s web site at www.montana.edu/gradschool/

Graduate School Decision Process

Persons eligible to apply as degree-seeking graduates must 1) hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and 2) have demonstrated potential for graduate study, as indicated by the admitting department.  Academic record is one such indicator of potential.  The standard is cumulative B average (3.00-4.00) or better of undergraduate or graduate work.  Some departments may require a master’s degree prior to admission to a doctoral program.

Every applicant who applies for admission to MSU and completes an application will receive a formal decision by The Graduate School, whether they have, or have not, been admitted. Admission decisions are made on an individual basis. The application is first reviewed by the admitting department’s review committee and then by The Graduate School to determine if an applicant’s academic history and preparation are satisfactory before a decision is made. 

Students may be admitted as a degree seeking or a non-degree seeking student. In a degree seeking status, a student can be admitted as either a full, conditional, or provisional standing.  In a conditional admittance, the Graduate School is typically missing an official document. A hold will prevent an admitted student from registering until the document is received.  With a provisional standing, there may be stipulations placed on the admittance written into the acceptance letter, developed by the department and/or the Graduate School.  For non-degree admissions, all of the above apply, except for provisional admittance.

Applicants should consider themselves admitted only when they have received an official acceptance notification from The Graduate School. Being accepted into a graduate degree program may be limited by the availability of faculty, staff, facilities, area of interest, and so forth. In such cases, it is not possible to admit all applicants who are otherwise qualified.

Admitted students are required to submit records of immunizations and tuberculosis (TB) screening to Student Health Service (See “Immunization Requirements”)

For full explanation of the above, see The Graduate School’s Policies and Procedures.

Entrance Exams

Each department sets its own entrance exam requirements. Please contact the department to which you are applying for more information (see Department Listing).

English Proficiency Exams

International applicants must submit an English Proficiency exa score, using: TOEFL, PTE, or  IELTS. See the International Application page for additional information.