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Minnesota State University Moorhead

MSU Moorhead's campus gates.
Minnesota State Moorhead is a collaborative learning community that engages students in a real-world education to foster personal growth and professional success. Our professors invest in your personal learning experience through faculty-mentored research and creative projects, outstanding academic support and guidance, and experiential opportunities that prepare you for life. You will be a valued member of a tightly knit community that is dedicated to your success.

School Highlights

  • Of MSUM’s 2013 graduates who reported being available for employment, 95.4% were hired in a field of their choice. 
  • Fargo-Moorhead is a thriving, close-knit community located off Interstate 94. Consistently ranked one of the safest and best communities in which to live, it’s a bustling college town with more than 30,000 students. The financial services website recently named Moorhead as the Best Small City in America in its 2015 rankings.
  • In a national survey, students say Minnesota State University Moorhead is committed to their personal and professional success through active, collaborative learning and faculty-mentored research and creative projects
  • Students routinely earn honors for their academic achievements, including 12 Goldwater Scholars named in 13 years. 
  • Students regularly win regional and national awards in film, education, music, theater, art and design, advertising, business, journalism and health services administration.
  • The university boasts 11 Minnesota Professors of the Year in the past 28 years, more than any other university in a five-state area, including the 2010 Outstanding U.S. Master’s Universities and Colleges Professor.
  • Same tuition rate for 12 to 19 credits is a smart investment. Nearly 90 percent of students receive financial assistance, with an average aid package of $10,300 and average scholarship equal to $1,905, with a total of $4.2 million awarded last year. 
  • Professors are advisors and mentors who invest in students' personal experience. Student-faculty ratio of 17-to-1 encourages undergraduates to participate in faculty-mentored research and creative projects, and 82.8 percent of classes have fewer than 30 students.
  • Flexible offerings include 77 majors with 84 emphases and options, 9 pre-professional studies programs,12 graduate degrees, 19 certificate programs, 31 areas of teacher licensure preparation, plus online and off-site programs in the Twin Cities.
  • The Paseka School of Business maintains prestigious accreditation by AACSB International, the hallmark of excellence in business education earned by less than 5% of the world’s business programs.
  • Wellness Center features state-of-the-art equipment, rock climbing wall, exercise studio, track and basketball courts.
  • Success in athletics includes a highly successful year in 2014-15: historic trip to the NCAA Division II Elite 8 for Men's Basketball, Men's Basketball Coach Chad Walthall earning National DII Coach of the Year;  a total of 37 individuals who competed in NCAA national competition; 50 all-conference performers; two All-Americans in track and field and one in wrestling; and the men's cross country team which qualified for the national meet.
  • Daily campus tours are offered 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and Fire Up Fridays are at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., with select Saturday programs during the year.


Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 7,820
  • Full-time students: 79%
  • Part-time students: 21%
  • Percent female: 60%
  • Percent male: 39%
  • Percent students of color: 9%

Largest Programs

Elementary education, business administration, biology, social work, nursing

Unique Programs

Anthropology, athletic training, biotechnology, business analytics, construction management, criminal justice, doing business in China, elementary inclusive education, entrepreneurship, exercise science, film production, geosciences, gerontology, graphic communications, health services administration, international studies, law enforcement, medical physics, music industry, operations management, paralegal, project management, publishing, speech/language/hearing science, sustainability


• On Campus
Living on campus is affordable, convenient, educational and fun, providing an outstanding opportunity to get involved, meet new people and ensure your academic success. Fifteen Learning Communities give you opportunities to engage with peers, faculty and staff, and enrich your college experience. On-campus housing options include eight residence halls and an apartment complex. All are within easy walking distance of academic buildings, library, student union, wellness center and more.


• Bus • Train
The median commute time is less than 20 minutes in Fargo-Moorhead. The metropolitan area is serviced by four airlines, Amtrak and Metro Area Transit, which provides unlimited free rides to college students from MSUM, NDSU, Concordia College and MSCTC. MSUM also partners with Jefferson Lines to bring daily bus service to and from Minneapolis to the MSUM campus.


• Off Street
Parking is available on and off campus. Permits are required on vehicles parked in all lots except metered spots.


Admission requirements

High school graduation or the GED and the following qualifications are necessary for automatic admission:

  1. A composite ACT score of 21 or higher OR a composite ACT score of 17-21 (inclusive) and either:
  • A high school class rank at the 50th percentile or higher, or
  • A high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

Transfer Students:
Completion of 24 semester or 36 quarter credits at a regionally accredited college or university and a cumulative 2.0 GPA are required for automatic admission. Transfer students with fewer than 24 semester or 36 quarter credits must meet the freshmen admission requirements for automatic admission. 

Students who do not meet the requirements for automatic admission will still be considered for admission under our individual review process. Under individual review, a student’s application is evaluated based on the strength of the student’s high school academic record. Additional information may be requested before an

What courses do I need to take in high school?

You should have completed these courses in high school:

  • Four years of English, including composition, literature and speech
  • Three years of math, including two years of algebra, one of which is intermediate or advanced algebra, and one year of geometry
  • Three years of science, including one year each of a biological and a physical science, all with significant laboratory experience
  • Three years of social studies, including one year each of geography and U.S. history
  • Two years of a single world language, including non-English native languages and American Sign Language
  • One year of arts (visual arts and the performing arts of theater, music, dance and media arts)

When should you apply?
Applications are taken on a rolling basis. It is recommended to apply by June 15 for the Fall semester and by November 15 for the Spring semester.

Apply online

Using the e-application, you may apply to Minnesota State University Moorhead and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


Opportunity-rich, progressive, engaging
MSU Moorhead fosters a vibrant, engaged learning community that nurtures well-rounded knowledge and skills and a broadened perspective that employers and graduate schools seek. Our progressive approach to academic programming, breadth of experiential learning opportunities, and high degree of personal attention contribute to a heightened level of intellectual creativity and a superb educational experience. 

Program Title Award
Accounting BS
Accounting and Finance MS
Advertising BS
Advertising and Public Relations BS
Animation BA
Anthropology BA
Art Ed BFA
Art History BA
Athletic Training BS
Autism Spectrum Disorder GC
Bank Management CERT
Biochemistry and Biotechnology BS
Biochemistry and Biotechnology Industry GC
Biochemistry and Biotechnology Industry CERT
Biology BA
Book Illustration CERT
Broadcast Journalism BS
Business Analytics CERT
Business Administration MBA
Business Administration BS
Business Administration: Healthcare Management MBA
Chemistry BA
Chemistry BS
Chemistry Education BS
Children's and Young Adult Literature GC
Communication Arts and Literature Teacher Education BS
Communication Studies BA
Computer Information Systems BS
Computer Information Technology BS
Computer Science BS
Construction Management BS
Corporate Financial Management CERT
Counseling and Student Affairs MS
Criminal Justice BA
Curriculum and Instruction MS
Developmental Adapted Physical Education CERT
Documentary Journalism BS
Doing Business in China CERT
Early Childhood Education -Non-Licensure BA
Early Childhood Teacher Education BS
Earth Science Teaching BS
East Asian Studies BA
Economics BA
Educational Leadership SPEC
Educational Leadership MS
Elementary Inclusive Education BS
English BA
English and Mass Communications BA
Entrepreneurship CERT
Exercise Science BS
Film Production BA
Film Studies BA
Finance BS
Geographic Information Science CERT
Geosciences BS
Gerontology BA
Graphic Communications BA
Graphic Design BFA
Health Services Administration BS
Health Teacher Education BS
Healthcare Administration MHA
History BA
Instructional Coaching and Teacher Leadership GC
International Studies BS
Investment Management CERT
Jazz Studies BA
Jazz Studies BMUS
Koda'ly GC
Legal Studies BA
Liberal Arts AA
Life Science Education BS
Literacy Instruction GC
Mathematics BS
Mathematics BA
Mathematics Teacher Education BS
Mathematics: Actuarial Science BS
Multimedia Journalism BS
Music BA
Music Industry BA
Music Industry BMUS
Music Performance BMUS
Music Teacher Education BS
Nurse Administrator and Organizational Systems Leadership GC
Nurse Educator (NED) GC
Nursing MS
Nursing BSN
Operations Management BS
Paralegal BS
Philosophy BA
Photojournalism BS
Physical Education BS
Physical Education (non-teaching) BA
Physics BS
Physics Education BS
Political Science BA
Preprimary Education CERT
Professional Counseling GC
Professional Ethics CERT
Professional Portfolio Development CERT
Professional Writing CERT
Project Management BS
Psychology BA
Public Relations BS
Publishing GC
Publishing CERT
Reading CERT
School Counseling GC
School Psychology SPEC
School Psychology MS
Sequential Art CERT
Social Studies Teacher Education BS
Social Work BSW
Sociology BA
Spanish BA
Spanish Teacher Education BS
Special Education MS
Special Education BS
Speech-Language Pathology MS
Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences BS
Studio Art BFA
Sustainability BS
Teaching English as a Second Language MA
Teaching English as a Second Language GC
Teaching English as a Second Language BS
Theater Arts BA
University Studies BS
Women and Science CERT
Women's and Gender Studies BA

The following degrees are available from Minnesota State University Moorhead

  • Associate in Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Certificate
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Health Care Administration
  • Master of Science
  • Specialist

Program minors

Astronomy, biotechnology, coaching, communication studies, East Asian studies, ecology & evolutionary biology, film history/criticism, gerontology, health & medical sciences, juvenile justice, language and literacy, leadership studies, media analysis, media arts, music business entertainment, music technology, photojournalism, religious studies, Spanish, sports communication, strength and conditioning, teaching English as a second language, theatre dance, vaccinology, wellness, women's health

Pre-professional programs

Audiology, chiropractic, dentistry, health, medicine, occupational therapy, optometry, physical therapy, physician assistant, veterinary

Program emphases

3D graphics, actuarial science, astronomy, computation, computer animation and multimedia, digital arts, diplomacy, elder law & probate, energy sustainability, environmental policy, geographical sciences, graphic design, guitar studies, health and medical sciences, health services administration, interactive multimedia, international business, litigation, long-term care administration, medical physics, pictorial illustration, specific learning disabilities, strategic studies, theatre technology

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees $7,829.00
FAFSA Code:002367

How to apply for financial aid
Your key to receiving financial aid to help pay your college costs is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form. Many students don’t realize they could qualify for grant money and federally guaranteed loans, so be sure to find out by filling out the form.

Complete the FAFSA after Jan. 1 of your senior year. Find the form online at or pick up the form at your school counselor’s office. For help with completing the form, go to your high school counselor or the financial aid office at the college or university you plan to attend.

The FAFSA determines your eligibility for one or more of the following types of financial aid:

Scholarships are a great source of aid, and you do not need to pay them back. Many scholarships are available for students with special interests and backgrounds. Talk to your guidance counselor about what kind of scholarships you can get.

You may be eligible to receive federal and state grants of $300 to more than $7,000 per year. You do not need to pay these back.

Work study
Work study programs give you the opportunity to work on campus or with approved off-campus employers to earn money to pay for college. Work study jobs are often very flexible, allowing you to work around your classes and personal schedules.

Student loans
You also may be eligible for student loans, which must be paid back. Student loans usually have a lower interest rate than other kinds of loans.

Other ways to save

Reduced out-of-state tuition
Students from other states don’t always have to pay higher tuition if they want to attend the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. If you live in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota or Manitoba, Canada, you’re eligible for tuition rates similar to those paid by Minnesota residents. And 26 of the state colleges and universities allow students from other states to pay the lower in-state rates, so ask a college or university about its tuition charges.

Tax credits
Some college students also benefit from two federal tax credit programs, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning tax credit. These may apply to you or your family, depending on your financial circumstances.

Veterans are welcomed at the state colleges and universities. If you’ve served in the armed forces, you might be eligible for help with paying for college. Stop by one of the on-campus veterans centers for information, support and assistance. Also, check with the campus financial aid office about benefits from the new Minnesota GI Bill. Or go to

Campus Life

Campus life buzzes with exciting social and cultural events, concerts, lectures and athletic activities. More than 120 student organizations, clubs and special interest groups--ranging from academic and political, to social, religious and athletic--offer endless opportunities to learn, share, become involved and establish new relationships. Our acclaimed Dragon Entertainment Group hosts many well-known speakers such as Cornel West, Remember the Titans coach, Herman Boone, and award-winning author Sherman Alexie. The legendary Dragons After Dark hosts amazing late-night activities. Get active, get connected and get involved by learning more about MSUM's student organizations.

Our six men's and 10 women's varsity athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and are a source of campus pride. We also offer dozens of intramural and club sports such as baseball, soccer and tennis, or battleship, quidditch and trenchball.

  • Academic Support Center
  • Academic Support Center
  • Bookstore
  • Career Development Center
  • Counseling Center
  • Disability Services
  • Diversity and Inclusion Office
  • Dragon Jobs
  • Early Education Center
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • Graduate Studies Offices
  • Hendrix Health Clinic
  • International Student Services
  • Library
  • Public Safety
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Student Advising
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Veterans Resource Center
  • Wellness Center
  • Write Site
  • Accounting Club
  • Actuarial Science Club
  • Ad Club
  • Alpha Upsilon Alpha (Education majors)
  • American Choral Director's Association
  • Chemistry & Biology Club
  • Construction Management Society
  • Counseling Student Affairs Organization
  • Criminal Justice Association
  • Dragon Anthropological Association
  • Dragon Society of Social Work
  • Economic Society
  • Education Minnesota Student Program
  • GEO Club
  • Healthcare Leadership
  • History Club
  • Math Club
  • MEISA (Music Industry majors)
  • Model United Nations (Pol Sci majors)
  • National Art Education Association
  • Psi Chi/Psychology Club
  • Society of Physics Students
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • Sociology Club
  • Student Council for Exceptional Children
  • Student Nurses Association
  • The Film Loop
  • Tri-Beta (Biology majors)
  • TRIOTA (Women and Gender Studies majors)
Arts and literature
  • Cinethusiasts
  • Illustration Guild
  • Painting Guild
  • Red Weather
  • Writing Club
Broadcasting and journalism
  • Advocate
  • KMSC Radio
Career and professional
  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Association of School Psychology
  • Athletic Training Students Association
  • Collegiate DECA
  • Minnesota State Paralegal Assoc Moorhead
  • Pre-health professionals
  • Public Relations Student Society of Amer
  • Web Design & Development Club
Cheerleading and dance teams
  • Dance Team
  • Diversity Dance Crew
Community and human services
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • NSSLHA/Collegiate Sertoma
  • Students Today, Leaders Forever
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • African Student Union
  • American Indian Student Organization
  • American Sign Language
  • Asian Multicultural Organization
  • Black Student Union
  • Chinese Club
  • Japan Club
  • Korea Club
  • Mongolian Club
  • Nepali Students Association
  • Organizacion Latina Americana
  • Spanish Club
Farming and agricultural
  • Collegiate FFA
Fraternities and sororities
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Delta Zeta
  • Gamma Phi Beta Sorority
  • Kappa Sigma Fraternity
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
Gender and sexuality
  • Gay Straight Alliance
Graduate students
  • Graduate Student Organization
Health and fitness
  • Dragons 4 Wellness
  • Rock Climbing Clubs
Honorary societies
  • Alpha Lamba Delta (all majors)
  • National Residence Hall Honorary
  • Phi Alpha (Social Work majors)
  • Phi Sigma Tau (Philosophy majors)
  • Sigma Lambda Chi (Construction Mgmt)
  • Sigma Tau Delta (English majors)
International students
  • International Students Organization
  • Students Internationally Together
Military and veterans
  • Veterans Club
Nature and environment
  • Sustainable Student Association
  • Wildlife Society
Personal development
  • Embracing Self
  • Positive Impact
Politics and society
  • College Democrats
Recreational and club sports
  • Dragon Baseball Club
  • Fencing Club
  • Men's Lacrosse Team
  • Men's Rugby Club
  • Olympic Style Wrestling/Marial Arts Club
  • Tae Kwon Do Club
  • Terra Firma Men's Soccer Club
  • Tri-College Swing Dance Club
  • Women's Lacrosse Team
  • Women's Rugby Football Club
Religious and spiritual
  • Athletes in Action
  • Campus Crusade for Christ
  • Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship
  • Christian Bible Fellowship
  • LRM Family Campus Ministry
  • Lutheran Campus Ministry
  • Lutheran Student Fellowship
  • Moorhead Catholic Campus Ministries
  • United Campus Ministry
Social organizations
  • After Dark
  • Dragon Entertainment Group
  • Residence Hall Association
  • Saturday Soiree
Special interest
  • Anime Club
  • Campus Feminist Organization
  • Ceramic Guild
  • Colleges Against Cancer
  • Communicators in Action
  • Dragon Den Comics
  • Dragon Paranormal Society
  • Dragons for Life
  • Fantasy Guild
  • Gamers Club
  • Green Dragons
  • League of Dragons
Student government
  • Student Senate
Theater, dance, music
  • Blackfriars
  • National Association for Music Education
  • Percussive Arts Society Moorhead
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Track
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Minnesota State University Moorhead
1104 7th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56563
Toll-Free: (877) 678-6463
Local: (218) 477-2161
TTY: (800) 627-3529