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Welcome to Montana State University Billings. I am delighted you have chosen this University to pursue your academic goals as you continue preparing for your career in the 21st century. Our goal is to make Montana State University Billings Your University of Choice and Educational Partner for a Lifetime.
I am extremely proud of our heritage at MSU Billings, offering academic excellence in all programs of study and our commitment to providing personal attention to all students. MSU Billings is an outstanding University. The faculty are a community of scholars dedicated to excellence in teaching and mentoring. They will challenge you academically, share their knowledge, and provide the one-to-one mentoring you need to be successful while a student at the University.
The University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. All degree programs at MSU Billings are designed to provide students with the necessary academic preparation to enter their chosen career fully prepared to meet the demands of a changing job market and a global economy, and to pursue the path of lifelong learning. New academic programs now available include: Bachelor of Science Major in Biology Medical Lab Science Option and Environmental Sciences Option; Bachelor of Science Major in Broadfield Science; minors in Information Systems, Marketing, Finance, and Accounting; Certificate in Medical Coding & Insurance Billing; Associate of Applied Science in Construction Technology-Carpentry; Bachelor of Science Major in Criminal Justice; Bachelor of Education Double Majors in Elementary Education/Reading and Secondary Education/Reading; and a Graduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning Online. You will find these programs and their requirements in this General Bulletin, the Graduate Catalog or the College of Technology Catalog.
The University has developed several new initiatives to benefit students. These include transitioning the College of Technology to a comprehensive community college in order to better serve the needs of the community and students; opening a downtown Billings location including classrooms, computer labs, offices and a bookstore providing greater access to academic offerings and services; and, adding the College of Allied Health Professions focusing on the career opportunities and workforce training needs of the ever-increasing needs of the health profession industry. While you are here, please take advantage of all the University has to offer—from the Academic Advising Center, Academic Support Center, web-based courses, state-of-the-art computer labs, distance learning facilities, and use of other current and emerging technologies. The University also offers other enrichment experiences including an honors program and study abroad opportunities. The University encourages experiential learning through internships, cooperative education and other field experiences which help students confirm their career interests and develop the skills, beyond those learned in the classroom, needed to prepare for success in the 21st century.
I also encourage you to become involved in the community-based public service activities and programs. For students with disabilities, please become familiar with services provided through our Disability Support Services program. If you have been out of school for an extended period of time, you will find Student Opportunity Services extremely useful.
Again, welcome to Montana State University Billings and best wishes for an exciting and rewarding academic experience. Please accept my personal invitation and encouragement to become involved in all the University has to offer in and out of the classroom. Above all, enjoy your journey as you enrich you mind. Please visit our University web page at www.msubillings.edu where you will find additional information useful to you as you pursue your academic and career goals.
Dr. Ronald P. Sexton, Chancellor
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