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Minnesota State University Moorhead

MSU Moorhead's campus gates.
In the simplest terms, the purpose of MSU Moorhead is to transform the world by transforming lives. The MSUM community invests in you by involving you in experiential learning opportunities, offering outstanding academic support and guidance, and providing you exceptional value with an affordable and high-quality education. You will learn from faculty who know your name and will live in a vibrant metropolitan center with more than 29,000 college students.

School Highlights

  • Of MSUM’s 2015 graduates who reported being available for employment, 88.6% 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 29,000 students. The financial services website recently named Moorhead the Best Small City in America.  
  • 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.
  • Among MSUM’s 2016-17 accolades: U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs; Top 50 Best Value Online Undergraduate Business School (ValueColleges); Top 50 Online MBA Program in Healthcare Management (Online MBA Today); Best Online Colleges in Minnesota (Affordable Colleges Online); Best Online Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration (; Top 50 Most Affordable Online MBA Programs (Top Management Degrees).   
  • The university boasts 11 Minnesota Professors of the Year, more than any other university in a five-state area.
  • 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 19-to-1 encourages undergraduates to participate in faculty-mentored research and creative projects, and 73.28 percent of classes have fewer than 30 students.
  • Flexible offerings include 83 majors with 68 emphases and options, 11 pre-professional studies programs,15 graduate degrees, 35 certificate programs, 31 areas of teacher licensure preparation, plus online and off-site programs.
  • 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.
  • Success in athletics includes another achievement-filled year in 2016-17: NSIC regular-season titles and trips to the NCAA tournament for both women's and men's basketball; football's seven victories were most in a season since 1999; a third-straight trip to nationals for Dragon men's cross country; 21 individuals who competed at national competitions; three All-Americans and including national runner-up Blake Bosch in wrestling.
  • Daily campus tours are offered 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and Dragon Tour & Talk Fridays are at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., with select Saturday programs during the year.
  • Finally, MSUM's chicken tortilla soup is the best anywhere! Just ask any Dragon. Read about what makes our soup special.

Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 6,972
  • Full-time students: 77%
  • Part-time students: 23%
  • Percent female: 61%
  • Percent male: 37%
  • Percent students of color: 10%

Largest Programs

Elementary inclusive education, business administration, social work, biology, nursing (RN-BSN), psychology, exercise science, criminal justice, early childhood education, accounting, speech/language/hearing science, computer science

Unique Programs

Anthropology, athletic training, biotechnology, business analytics, construction management, criminal justice, doing business in China, elementary inclusive education, entertainment industries and technology, entrepreneurship, exercise science, film production, geosciences, gerontology, graphic communications, health services administration, law enforcement, medical physics, operations management, paralegal, project management, publishing, speech pathology, sustainability


• On Campus
Living on campus is affordable, convenient, educational and fun, helping you to get involved, meet new people and ensure your academic success. Sixteen 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 athletics facilities.


• 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 Bus Services 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 admissions decision is rendered.

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 is a collaborative learning community that will engage you in experiential opportunities -- such as faculty-mentored research or creative projects -- to help you grow personally and professionally. Your professors will give you the instruction, mentorship and support you need to develop your skills and knowledge for career or graduate school success.

Program Title Award
Academic English Proficiency CERT
Accounting BS
Accounting and Finance MS
Acting BFA
Addiction Counseling GC
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
Biology BA
Biology: Health and Medical Sciences BS
Book Illustration CERT
Broadcast Journalism BS
Business Analytics CERT
Business Administration MBA
Business Administration BS
Business Administration: Healthcare Management MBA
Business Analytics BS
Cellular and Molecular Biology BS
Chemistry BA
Chemistry BS
Chemistry Education BS
Commercial Music BS
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 MS
Criminal Justice BA
Curriculum and Instruction MS
Customer Relationship Management CERT
Developmental Adapted Physical Education CERT
Doing Business in China CERT
Early Childhood Education -Non-Licensure BA
Early Childhood Teacher Education BS
Earth Science Teaching BS
East Asian Studies BA
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology BS
Economics BA
Educational Leadership EDD
Educational Leadership SPEC
Educational Leadership MS
Elementary Inclusive Education BS
Engineering Physics BS
English BA
English and Mass Communications BA
Entertainment Industries and Technology BS
Entrepreneurship CERT
Exercise Science BS
Film Production BA
Film Studies BA
Finance BS
Geographic Information Science CERT
Geosciences BS
Gerontology BA
Global Supply Chain Management BS
Graphic Communications BA
Graphic Design BFA
Health Services Administration BS
Health Teacher Education BS
Healthcare Administration MHA
History BA
Human Resources Generalist CERT
Human Resources Strategic Business Partner CERT
Instructional Coaching and Leadership GC
Instrumental Music Education CERT
International Studies BS
Investment Management CERT
Jazz Studies BA
Koda'ly GC
Lean - Quality Management CERT
Liberal Arts AA
Life Science Education BS
Long Term Care Administration CERT
Mathematics BS
Mathematics BA
Mathematics Teacher Education BS
Mathematics: Actuarial Science BS
Multimedia Journalism BS
Music BA
Music Industry BA
Music Teacher Education BS
Music Technology CERT
Musical Theatre BFA
Musical Theatre CERT
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
Professional Counseling GC
Professional Ethics CERT
Professional Portfolio Development CERT
Professional Writing CERT
Proficiency in International English CERT
Project Management BS
Project Management CERT
Psychology BA
Public Relations BS
Publishing GC
Publishing CERT
School Counseling GC
School Psychology SPEC
School Psychology MS
Scientific Illustration CERT
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 Foreign Language BA
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
Vocal Music Education CERT
Women and Science CERT
Women's and Gender Studies BA

The following degrees are available from Minnesota State University Moorhead

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

Program minors

Art therapy, astronomy, broadcast journalism, coaching, commercial music, communication studies, construction management, entrepreneurship, film production, graphic communication, health services administration, human resources, juvenile justice, leadership studies, marketing, media analysis, photojournalism, project management, public relations, strength & conditioning, teaching English as a second language, theatre design & technology, vaccinology, wellness

Pre-professional programs

Audiology, chiropractic, dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician's assistant, veterinary science

Program emphases

3D graphics, acting, archaeology, astrophysics, career-adaptive communication, ceramics, communication training & development, computation, developmental disabilities, ecology & evolutionary biology, energy, event planning & promotion, geospatial analysis, health & medical sciences, litigation, medical physics, sports communication

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees $8,467.00
FAFSA Code:002367

How to apply for federal and state 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 October 1 of your senior year. Find the form online at 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:

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


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.Reduced out-of-state tuition


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 100 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 and activities at DragonCentral.  

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 Dragon pride. We also offer dozens of intramural activities and club sports such as baseball, lacrosse, rugby, rock climbing, soccer and more.

  • Academic Support Center
  • Academic Support Center
  • Accessibility Resources
  • Alumni Foundation
  • Bookstore
  • Career Development Center
  • Diversity and Inclusion Office
  • Dragon Jobs
  • Early Education Center
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • Graduate Studies Offices
  • Hendrix Clinic and Counseling Center
  • Hendrix Clinic and Counseling Center
  • International Student Services
  • Library
  • Public Safety
  • Student Advising
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Veterans Resource Center
  • Wellness Center
  • Writing Support Center
  • Accounting Club
  • Actuarial Science Club
  • Ad Club
  • Chemistry & Biochemistry Club
  • Code
  • Construction Management Society
  • Counseling Student Affairs Organization
  • Criminal Justice Association
  • Dragon Anthropological Association
  • Dragon Society of Social Work/Phi Alpha
  • Economic Society
  • Financial Management Association
  • GEO Club
  • Health Care Leadership
  • Math Club
  • MEISA (Undeclared Records)
  • Model United Nations
  • Project Management Group
  • Psi Chi/Psychology Club
  • Society of Physics Students
  • Student Council for Exceptional Children
  • Undergraduate Students Science Research
Arts and literature
  • Cinethusiasts
  • Illustration Guild
  • Red Weather
  • The Film Loop
Broadcasting and journalism
  • Campus News
  • KMSC Dragon Radio
  • The Advocate
Career and professional
  • American Institute for Graphic Arts
  • American Institute Graphic Arts Dragons
  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Association of School Psychology
  • Athletic Training Students Association
  • Collegiate DECA
  • Education Minnesota Student Program
  • Minnesota State Paralegal Assoc Moorhead
  • National Art Education Association
  • National Association for Music Education
  • NSSLHA/Collegiate Sertoma
  • Pre-Health Professionals
  • Public Relations Student Society America
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • Web Design & Development Club
Cheerleading and dance teams
  • Cheer Team
  • Dance Team
Community and human services
  • Love Your Melon MSUM Campus Crew
  • Ostara
  • Students Today, Leaders Forever
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • African Student Union
  • American Indian Student Association
  • Asian Multicultural Organization
  • Black Student Union
  • Chinese Club
  • Korea Club
  • Nepali Students Association
  • Organization of Pakistani Student
  • Spanish Club/Sigma Delta Pi
Fraternities and sororities
  • Delta Zeta Sorority
  • Gamma Phi Beta Sorority
  • Kappa Sigma Fraternity
  • Panhellenic Council
Gender and sexuality
  • Campus Feminist Organization
Graduate students
  • Graduate Student Organization
Health and fitness
  • Dragons 4 Wellness
  • Rock Climbing Club
  • Wellness Center Classes
  • Wellness Educators
Honorary societies
  • Alpha Lamba Delta
  • Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • National Residence Hall Honorary
  • Natl Society for Leadership and Success
  • Phi Sigma Tau and Philosophy Club
  • Sigma Lambda Chi (Construction Mgmt)
  • TRIOTA (Women and Gender Studies majors)
International students
  • International Student Organization
  • Students Internationally Together
Military and veterans
  • Veterans Club
Nature and environment
  • Sustainable Students Association
  • Wildlife Society
Politics and society
  • College Democrats
  • College Republicans
Recreational and club sports
  • Cricket Club
  • Dragon Baseball Club
  • Dragon's Club Tennis
  • Fencing Club
  • Intramural Leagues
  • Men's Rugby Club
  • Tae Kwon Do Club
  • Terra Firma Men's Soccer Club
  • Volleyball Club
  • Women's Lacrosse Team
  • Women's Rugby Club
Religious and spiritual
  • Athletes in Action
  • Bridges International
  • Campus Crusade for Christ
  • Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship
  • Christian Bible Fellowship
  • Lutheran Campus Ministry
  • Lutheran Student Fellowship
  • Moorhead Catholic Campus Ministries
Social organizations
  • Dragon Entertainment Group
  • Residence Hall Association
  • The Eleven
Special interest
  • Anime Club
  • Ceramic Guild
  • Colleges Against Cancer
  • Communicators in Action
  • Dragon Game Makers
  • Dragons Den Comics
  • Gamers' Club
  • League of Dragons
  • Smash Club
  • Works on Paper Guild
Student government
  • Student Senate
Theater, dance, music
  • Blackfriars
  • Commercial Ensemble
  • Concert Choir
  • Diversity Dance Crew
  • Folk and Blues Appreciation
  • Fuego Tropical World Percussion Ensemble
  • Jazz Combos
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Jazz Guitar Ensemble
  • Kawa Tatsu Yosakoi Dance
  • Men's Choir
  • Orchestra
  • Pep Band
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Percussive Arts Society Moorhead
  • Straw Hat Player
  • Tri-College Swing Dance Club
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Men's Track & Field
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Women's Track & Field
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