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.

Admission Application Priority Deadlines for Summer Session 2017

Student Category First 6-Week Session and Full 12-Week Session Second 6-Week Session
New Students (degree-seeking undergraduates)May 1, 2017June 1, 2017
New Students (degree-seeking graduates)based on departmental deadlinesbased on departmental deadlines
Summer-Only and other Non-Degree Students (non-degree undergraduates)May 1, 2017June 1, 2017
Summer-Only and other Non-Degree Students (non-degree graduates)based on departmental deadlinesbased on departmental deadlines
International Student ApplicationsFeb. 1, 2017 (final deadline)Feb. 1, 2017 (final deadline)

Immunization Requirements

Students must meet MSU’s immunization requirements before registering for classes. Student Health Services 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 Student Health Services website for immunization requirements and to access the tuberculosis screening form.

Immunization records should be submitted directly to the Student Health Service 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, email or mail: On the Student Health Services website, click on “forms” in the column on the left. Download and print the immunization and Tuberculosis Screening forms. 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, email to immune@montana.edu or mail to:
    MSU Student Health Services
    P.O. Box 173260
    Bozeman, MT 59717-3260.

For more information, call the Student Health Services at (406) 994-2311.

For More Information About Admission 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

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.

Admission Application Priority Deadlines for Summer Session 2017

Student Category First 6-Week Session and Full 12-Week Session Second 6-Week Session
New Students (degree-seeking undergraduates)May 1, 2017June 1, 2017
Summer-Only and other Non-Degree Students (non-degree undergraduates)May 1, 2017June 1, 2017
International Student ApplicationsFeb. 1, 2017 (final deadline)Feb. 1, 2017 (final deadline)

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).

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 Student Health Services (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)

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 Student Health Services (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.

Summer-Only and Other Non-Degree 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

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 Student Health Services (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 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.

Admission Application Deadlines for Summer Session 2017

Student Category First 6-Week Session and Full 12-Week Session Second 6-Week Session
New Students (degree-seeking graduates)based on departmental deadlinesbased on departmental deadlines
Non-Degree Students (non-degree graduates)First day of first 6-week sessionFirst day of second 6-week session
International Student Applicationsbased on departmental deadlinesbased on departmental deadlines

New Degree-Seeking GraduateStudents

  • 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

Summer-Only and Non-Degree Students

  • 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;
  • Applied after the admission deadline; or
  • 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 acceptd) a certificate program. 

Admission Application Procedure

  1. Complete the application for The Graduate School online at this link: www.montana.edu/gradschool/apply.html. Pay: $60 non-refundable application fee. 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. Admitted students are required to submit records of immunizations and tuberculosis (TB) screening to Student Health Service (See “Immunization Requirements”)
  5. Additional Materials are required by International Applicants.

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. This application process involves a review of your completed application packet by the program committee prior to it arriving in the Graduate School for final review.

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