Minnesota State University Moorhead

Students socializing outside of the student union.

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.

Minnesota State University Moorhead
1104 7th Ave. S.
Moorhead, MN 56563

Toll-Free: (800) 593-7246
Local: (218) 477-2161

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City: Moorhead
Population: 152,547

School highlights

  • Of MSUM’s 2012 graduates who reported being available for employment, 97.0% 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.  
  • 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, mass communications, education, music, theater, art and design, and accounting.
  • The university boasts 10 Minnesota Professors of the Year in the past 20 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. Eighty-seven percent of students receive financial assistance, with an average aid package of $10,450 and average scholarship equal to $1,348.
  • 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 71 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.
  • Wellness Center features state-of-the-art equipment, rock climbing wall, exercise studio, track and basketball courts.
  • Success in athletics includes a NSIC North Division Championship in men's basketball in 2013; 12 NCAA national championship qualifiers in 2013-14; the NSIC Diver of the Year in 2014; 26 all-conference performers in 2013-14; an 2012 NCAA Tournament run for men’s basketball; and 2011 indoor and outdoor men's track and field conference championships.
  • Campus tours offered 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and select Saturdays.

Student enrollment and demographics

  • Total number of students served: 8,140
  • Full-time students: 79.3%
  • Part-time students: 20.7%
  • Percent female: 59.4%
  • Percent male: 40.5%
  • Percent students of color: 9.1%

Largest programs

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

Unique programs

Anthropology, athletic training, biochemistry & biotechnology, construction management, criminal justice, East Asian studies, elementary inclusive education, exercise science, film studies, geosciences, gerontology, graphic communications, health services administration, international studies, legal studies, medical physics, music industry, operations management, paralegal, project management, speech/language/hearing science, sustainability


Eight residence halls and an on-campus apartment complex offer a variety of living options for first-year and upper-class students. Programmatic offerings include 14 Learning Communities (academic and interest based), which help students develop a strong sense of belonging. Within a Learning Community, students have many opportunities to engage with their peers, faculty and staff, which will enrich the college experience.


The median commute time is less than 20 minutes in Fargo-Moorhead. The metropolitan area is serviced by five 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.

  • Bus
  • Train


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

  • Off-street


Admissions requirements

Minnesota State University Moorhead generally will accept you as a first-year student if you can answer “yes” to at least one of these questions:

  • Did you graduate in the top half of your high school graduating class?
  • Did you score 21 or higher on the ACT standardized test?
  • Did you receive a combined score of 1,000 or higher on the SAT standardized test?

Check with the admissions office for details. Even if you don’t meet the minimum requirements, you may be considered for admission under special provisions.

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?
Apply early in your senior year of high school for admission consideration to be eligible for the early freshman registration program in April.

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 TitleAward
Accounting and FinanceMS
Advertising and Public RelationsBS
American Multicultural StudiesBA
Athletic TrainingBS
Autism Spectrum DisorderCERT
Autism Spectrum DisorderGC
Biochemistry and BiotechnologyBS
Biochemistry and Biotechnology IndustryCERT
Biochemistry and Biotechnology IndustryGC
Broadcast JournalismBS
Business AnalyticsCERT
Business AdministrationMBA
Business AdministrationBS
Business Administration: Healthcare ManagementMBA
Chemistry EducationBS
Children's and Young Adult LiteratureGC
Communication Arts and Literature Teacher EducationBS
Communication StudiesBA
Community HealthBS
Computer Information SystemsBS
Computer Information TechnologyBS
Computer ScienceBS
Construction ManagementBS
Counseling and Student AffairsMS
Creative WritingMFA
Criminal JusticeBA
Curriculum and InstructionMS
Developmental DisabilitiesGC
Documentary JournalismBS
Doing Business in ChinaCERT
Early Childhood Education -Non-LicensureBA
Early Childhood Special EducationGC
Early Childhood Teacher EducationBS
Earth Science TeachingBS
East Asian StudiesBA
Educational LeadershipMS
Educational LeadershipSPEC
Elementary Inclusive EducationBS
Emotional Behavior DisordersGC
English and Mass CommunicationsBA
Exercise ScienceBS
Film ProductionBA
Film StudiesBA
Geographic Information ScienceCERT
Graphic CommunicationsBS
Graphic DesignBFA
Health Services AdministrationBS
Health Teacher EducationBS
Healthcare AdministrationMHA
International StudiesBS
Jazz StudiesBA
Jazz StudiesBMUS
Legal StudiesBA
Liberal ArtsAA
Life Science EducationBS
Literacy InstructionGC
Mathematics Teacher EducationBS
Medical Laboratory ScienceBS
Multimedia JournalismBS
Music IndustryBA
Music IndustryBMUS
Music PerformanceBMUS
Music Teacher EducationBS
Nurse Administrator and Organizational Systems Leadership GC
Nurse Educator (NED)GC
Nursing PracticeDNP
Operations ManagementBS
Physical EducationBS
Physical Education (non-teaching)BA
Physical/Health DisabilitiesGC
Physics EducationBS
Political ScienceBA
Preprimary EducationCERT
Professional CounselingGC
Professional EthicsCERT
Professional WritingCERT
Project ManagementBS
Public RelationsBS
School CounselingGC
School PsychologyMS
School PsychologySPEC
Social Studies Teacher EducationBS
Social WorkBSW
Spanish Teacher EducationBS
Special EducationBS
Special EducationMS
Specific Learning DisabilitiesGC
Speech-Language PathologyMS
Speech-Language-Hearing SciencesBS
Studio ArtBFA
Studio ArtBA
Studio ResearchCERT
Teaching and Learning With TechnologyGC
Teaching and Learning with TechnologyCERT
Teaching English as a Second LanguageBS
Teaching English as a Second LanguageMA
Teaching English as a Second LanguageGC
Theater ArtsBA
University StudiesBS
Women and ScienceCERT
Women's and Gender StudiesBA
Program TitleAward
Autism Spectrum DisorderCERT
Autism Spectrum DisorderGC
Business AdministrationMBA
Business AdministrationBS
Business Administration: Healthcare ManagementMBA
Curriculum and InstructionMS
Developmental DisabilitiesGC
Early Childhood Special EducationGC
Educational LeadershipMS
Emotional Behavior DisordersGC
Healthcare AdministrationMHA
Nurse Administrator and Organizational Systems Leadership GC
Nurse Educator (NED)GC
Nursing PracticeDNP
Operations ManagementBS
Physical/Health DisabilitiesGC
Professional CounselingGC
Project ManagementBS
School CounselingGC
Special EducationMS
Specific Learning DisabilitiesGC
Teaching and Learning With TechnologyGC
Teaching and Learning with TechnologyCERT
The following degrees are available from this school:
  • 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
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Health Care Administration
  • Master of Science
  • Specialist

Program minors
Astronomy, biochemistry & biotechnology, communication studies, East Asian studies, ecology & evolutionary biology, film history/criticism, film production, gerontology, health & medical sciences, language and literacy, leadership studies, media analysis, media arts, music technology, religious studies, Spanish, sports communication, strength and conditioning, theater dance, vaccinology, women's and gender studies

Pre-professional programs
Chiropractic, dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician's assistant, veterinary science

Program emphases
3D graphics, actuarial science, astronomy, computer animation and multimedia, digital arts, diplomacy, elder law and probate, energy sustainability, environmental policy, geoarchaeology, graphic design, guitar studies, health and medical sciences, interactive multimedia, integrated advertising and public relations, international business, long-term care administration, medical physics, specific special education disabilities, strategic studies

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Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $7,829

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 www.fafsa.ed.gov 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 www.mymilitaryeducation.org.

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 weekend events, including the legendary Dragons After Dark late-night activities.  Learn 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
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Veterans Resource Center
  • Wellness Center
  • Write Site
  • Ad Club
  • Alpha Upsilon Alpha (Education majors)
  • American Choral Director's Association
  • Chemistry Club
  • Construction Management Society
  • Counseling Student Affairs Organization
  • Criminal Justice Association
  • Dragon Anthropological Association
  • Dragon Business Association
  • Dragon Society of Social Work
  • Economic Society
  • Education Minnesota Student Program
  • GEO Club
  • Healthcare Leadership
  • History Club
  • MEISA (Music Industry majors)
  • Math Club
  • Model United Nations (Pol Sci majors)
  • National Art Education Association
  • Psi Chi/Psychology Club
  • Society of Physics Students
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • Sociology Club
  • Speech & Debate
  • Student Council for Exceptional Children
  • Student Nurses Association
  • Study Abroad Options
  • TRIOTA (Women and Gender Studies majors)
  • The Film Loop
  • Tri-Beta (Biology majors)
  • clubDesign
Arts and literature
  • Cinethusiasts
  • Works on Paper Guild
  • Writing Club
Broadcasting and journalism
  • Advocate
  • KMSC Radio
Career and professional
  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Association of School Psychology
  • Athletic Training Students Association
  • Minnesota State Paralegal Assn Mhd
  • Pre-health professionals
  • Public Relations Student Society of Amer
Cheerleading and dance teams
  • Cheer Team
  • Dance Team
Community and human services
  • Circle K/Volunteer Visions
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Knits for Kids
  • NSSLHA/Collegiate Sertoma
  • Service Organizations
  • Students Today, Leaders Forever
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • African Student Union
  • American Indian Student Organization
  • American Sign Language
  • Asian Multicultural Organization
  • Chinese Club
  • Indian Club
  • Japan Club
  • Korea Club
  • Nepali Students Association
  • Organizacion Latina Americana
  • Spanish Club
  • Umoja Student Association
Fraternities and sororities
  • Delta Zeta
  • Gamma Phi Beta Sorority
  • Kappa Sigma Fraternity
  • Panhellenic Council
Gender and sexuality
  • Gay Straight Alliance
Graduate students
  • Graduate Student Organization
Health and fitness
  • Dragons 4 Wellness
Honorary societies
  • Alpha Lamba Delta (all majors)
  • Phi Alpha (Social Work majors)
  • Phi Sigma Tau (Philosophy majors)
  • Sigma Lambda Chi (Construction Mgmt)
  • Sigma Tau Delta (English majors)
  • Student Honors Community
International students
  • International Students Organization
  • Students Internationally Together
Military and veterans
  • Veterans Club
Nature and environment
  • Wildlife Society
Politics and society
  • College Democrats
  • College Republicans
Recreational and club sports
  • Curling Society
  • Dragon Baseball Club
  • Fencing Club
  • Intramurals
  • 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
  • Brookdale Campus Ministries
  • Buddhist Club
  • Campus Crusade for Christ
  • Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship
  • Christian Bible Fellowship
  • Collegians for Life
  • Lutheran Campus Ministry
  • Lutheran Student Fellowship
  • Moorhead Catholic Campus Ministries
  • Religious Group
  • United Campus Ministry
Social organizations
  • Dragon Entertainment Group
  • Dragons After Dark
  • Residence Hall Association
  • Student Activities/Organizations
  • Transfer Club
Special interest
  • Anime Club
  • Campus Feminist Organization
  • Ceramic Guild
  • Communicators in Action
  • Dragon Den Comics
  • Dragon Glee Club
  • Dragon Paranormal Society
  • Fantasy Guild
  • Forensics Team
  • Gamers Club
  • Leadership League
  • League of Roc
  • Nemzek Noize
  • Network for Environmentally Educ Dragons
  • Non-Traditional Student Association
  • Photo Guild
  • Sci-Fi Club
Student government
  • Student Senate
Theater, dance, music
  • Blackfriars
  • Drama-Theatre
  • Percussive Arts Society Moorhead
  • Performance Avenue
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Track
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball