Montana State University

Montana State University

Montana State University, MSU, is a public, co-educational university in Bozeman, Montana that was founded in 1893 as the Agricultural College of the State of Montana. It was given its present name in 1965. It is situated on 1170 acres and offers Bachelor's degrees in 51 fields, master's degrees in 41 fields, and doctoral degrees in 18 fields. The colleges and divisions under the university are:

  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Arts and Architecture
  • College of Business
  • College of Education, Health & Human Development
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Letters and Science
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Technology in Bozeman
  • Division of Graduate Education
  • University College

Nicknamed as the Bobcats, MSU athletes participate in NCAA Division I and I-F-C-S for football in the Big Sky Conference. The athletics teams participate in football, volleyball, basketball, skiing, tennis, cross country and other track and field events.

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Montana State University
Montana State University
Bozeman , MT 59717
General Phone: (406) 994-0211

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Montana State Bozeman Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management275business, accounting
Liberal Arts272Native American studies, foreign language and literature, English, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, anthropology, economics, applied economics, political science, ...
Science261biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, plant pathology, cell biology, bacteriology, entomology, neurobiology, biotechnology, ...
Education and Teaching258education, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, agricultural teaching, industrial arts teaching, music teaching, science teaching
Engineering248engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, engineering management
Nursing and Emergency Medicine181registered nursing
Family and Social Work150family and consumer science, public administration
Architecture and Planning110architecture, environmental design
Art Studies74art studies
Engineering Technician71mechanical engineering tech, construction engineering tech
Photography and Commercial Art71cinematography
Mathematics54mathematics, statistics
Computer Science and Engineering52computer science, computer engineering
Therapy and Counseling48psychology
Conservation and Resource Management47conservation, environmental science, land use planning, wildlife management
Landscaping and Horticulture43plant sciences, horticultural science, range management
Animal Science and Care34animal science
Agricultural Science and Management23agricultural management, agricultural mechanization
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy12sports and fitness management
Religion and Philosophy8philosophy

Number of programs and degrees for Montana State Bozeman in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,80954
Master's degree43441
Doctor's degree5218
Post-master's certificate11

Montana State Bozeman Student Body

In 2007-2008, Montana State Bozeman had a total enrollment of 11,932 students (10,519 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 56%
Women 44%
Full-Time 88%
Part-Time 12%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 84%
Graduate 16%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 83%
Black 0%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 3%
Unknown 8%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 27%
20-21 27%
22-24 23%
25-29 12%
30-34 4%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Montana State Bozeman Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 71 %
Part-Time 54 %

Montana State Bozeman Room and Board (2007)

Montana State Bozeman offers campus housing for 3,200 of its 10,519 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Bozeman, Montana for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Montana Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Montana State Bozeman Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal480610
SAT Math500630
ACT Verbal2026
ACT Math2027
ACT Composite2126

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT45%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT69%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Montana State Bozeman Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,798
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 16,997
Room and board $ 7,070
Books and supplies $ 1,090
Other expenses $ 2,850

Financial Aid:
Montana State Bozeman participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 253200)

Montana State Bozeman Faculty

Montana State Bozeman has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year28$105,9422*
Associate professorcalendar year10$90,5825$85,653
Assistant professorcalendar year3$69,0594$69,096
Instructorcalendar year4$52,5125$45,416
All faculty totalcalendar year45$95,32016$67,880

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year104$82,34221$82,096
Associate professoracademic year72$68,23251$62,993
Assistant professoracademic year89$61,47872$56,270
Instructoracademic year37$46,33834$41,779
All faculty totalacademic year302$68,418178$58,475

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Montana State Bozeman Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Big Sky Conference
Basketball Big Sky Conference
Track Big Sky Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports154156

Montana State Bozeman Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agricultural Mechanization, General

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
Environmental Design/Architecture

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Land Use Planning and Management/Development
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Education And Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Engineering/Industrial Management
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Public Administration

Landscaping And Horticulture
Horticultural Science
Plant Sciences, General
Range Science and Management

Liberal Arts
American Indian/Native American Studies
Applied Economics
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Molecular Biology
Neurobiology and Neurophysiology
Physics, General
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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