Frequently Asked Questions


What workforce programs do you offer?

The MSU Gallatin College currently offers 7 Workforce degree programs:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design

    The Interior Design Program prepares students with a wide variety of skills and competencies for entry into various areas of the design field, ranging from residential to commercial design. Classes mostly on the MSU campus throughout the day.*
  • Associate of Applied Science in Design Drafting

    The Design Drafting program helps students acquire the skills necessary for entry-level drafting jobs in the design/drafting industry using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software. Classes mostly on the MSU campus; mostly afternoon and evenings.*
  • Associate of Applied Science in Aviation

    Students completing the AAS in Aviation will have all the credentials required to pursue a career as a professional pilot. The program offers in-depth training in all stages of pilot certification including your Private Pilot, Instrument, and Commercial License.    Classes mostly on the MSU campus; mostly afternoon and evenings*; flying portion at Summit Aviation at the Airport.
  • Certificate of Applied Science in Welding Technology (1 year)

    Upon completion of this program graduates are able to apply to be listed in the American Welding Society (AWS) Registry of welders. This program is offered in a shared welding lab at Bozeman High school.  Classes mostly at Gallatin College North Campus (Bozeman High School); late afternoon through late evenings; some weekends*
    • Space in this program is limited
    • Apply early (early application does not guarantee a spot in the program)
    • Fall Start only
  • Certificate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant (1 year + externship)

    Students are specially trained to work in settings such as doctor’s offices, clinics, or surgical centers.  MA’s perform administrative duties and basic clinical procedures.  An Externship is required after completing the two semesters of class/lab work.  Students are prepared to sit for the National MA Certification Exam after graduation.  Classes mostly at Gallatin College North Campus (Bozeman High School); mostly late afternoons and evenings.*
      Important to Note for the MA Program:

    • Space in this program is limited
    • Apply early (early application does not guarantee a spot in the program)
    • Fall start only
  • Certificate of Applied Science in Bookkeeping

    Students will be prepared to work in entry-level accounting related positions in the public, private or governmental sector.  Bookkeepers can work as accounting clerks, technicians, or payroll assistants.  Bookkeepers manage accounts payable & receivable, payroll, and function as office managers.    Classes mostly at Gallatin College North Campus (Bozeman High School); mostly late afternoons and evenings.*
    • Space in this program is limited
    • Apply early
    • Fall Start only

Course locations and times are subject to change.

What developmental classes do you teach?

In addition to the courses in each of the degree programs, Gallatin College also provides developmental education courses:

  • Instructor-taught Math 065 (Pre-Algebra) and Math 096 (Survey of Algebra) classes for students seeking additional preparation or as pre-requisites for Core 2.0 Math
  • M 085 and M 097 – Lab based accelerated model for highly motivated students
  • Instructor-taught Writing 080 (Building Basic Writing Skills) and Writing 095 (Developmental Writing) classes for students seeking additional preparation prior to enrolling in College Writing I
  • Effective Academic Practices (COLS 100) for students wishing to develop the organizational and study skills essential to a successful college career for 3 credits, and College Learning Strategies (COLS 103) offered as a less-in-depth 1 credit course
  • First Year Seminar (COLS 101US), a Core 2.0 freshman seminar identical to the University Studies First Year Seminar, offered to students wishing to take the course through the Gallatin College.

What are my tuition and fees?

The tuition is $99 per credit hour with additional fees (see the tuition and fee table).

How do I pay my tuition and fees?

GC students can either pay their tuition and fees online through their MyInfo site or at the MSU Student Accounts office in Montana Hall.

What is the difference between an AAS and an AA or AS?

An A.A.S, Associate of Applied Science, degree is designed to prepare students for immediate entry into the workforce but may be fully or partially transferable to four-year programs. An A.A., Associate of Arts degree, and an A.S., Associate of Science degree, are general transfer degrees indicating that the student has completed the first two years towards a bachelor's degree.

Do you offer the AA (Associate of Arts) or AS (Associate of Science)?

Yes, we now offer the AA and AS degree.  Gallatin College’s transfer and general education degrees (Associate of Arts and Associate of Science) are designed to meet the needs of students who are undecided about their educational goals, prefer small class sizes, need academic skills improvement, or desire a more gradual entrance into the university.   Here are some of the unique aspects of Gallatin College:

  • Courses are offered primarily in the evenings at a community location (off the MSU campus).
  • MSU housing is not available for students in the transfer and general education degree programs (Associate of Arts and Associate of Science).
  • This is a new but growing program—although course offerings are currently limited we will be expanding offerings in future semesters as program enrollments increase.

What if I just want to take a few GC classes?

Students are always welcome to take just a few of our classes. Students admitted to MSU may enroll in a GC class with consent of instructor, which is available from the GC office. GC students who need an MSU class will need to submit a transmittal of application materials before enrolling in an MSU class.

How do I apply?

Our application can be found on the GC website. Please fill out on-line at gallatin.montana.edu/apply or mail an application to the MSU Office of Admission PO Box 172190, 201 Strand Union MSU, Bozeman MT 59717-2190.

  • Application
  • Application Fee
  • High School transcripts or GED (sent from school or state to Admissions) OR
  • College transcripts (unless from MSU – Bozeman)

What are your admission requirements?

A completed application for admission with a $30 (paper application)/$36 (on-line application) non-refundable fee, final official high school transcript posting graduation date or GED scores, official transcript(s) of ALL previous college coursework.

What do I need to send in with my application?

Please send a $30 non-refundable fee, a final official high school transcript or GED scores or college transcripts (other than MSU transcripts). ACT, SAT or COMPASS test scores within the past 3 years are not required, but useful for course placement if you already have taken them. Students born after 1956 are required to send documentation of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations (two doses) and TB skin test. Immunizations questions can be answered at Student Health services, 994-2311.

What classes can I take online?

At this time we have very limited online classes. Online classes are available through MSU, MSU Billings or MSU Great Falls.

How does orientation work?

After you have received your letter of acceptance, you will receive a letter inviting you to attend an orientation session. You may call our office (994-5536) with questions concerning orientation.  Orientation is highly recommended as it is the best time to register for classes.

Can I live on campus?

Yes, you may live in MSU housing if you are enrolled in a Workforce Program.  You cannot live on campus if you are enrolled in the AA or AS degree. The office of Residential Life can be reached at 406-994-2661 or online at http://www.montana.edu/reslife/

Do I have to live on campus if I'm only taking classes through GC?

No you do not need to live on campus if you are taking only GC classes.

How do I schedule a COMPASS test?

Please call MSU Testing Services to schedule your Compass test at 406-994-6984.  You do not need a COMPASS test for admission to GC.

Driving/parking directions for the building?

We are currently located in 101 Hamilton Hall on the Montana State University Campus. Our building is to the north of the MSU Strand Union Building (SUB). Visitor parking is located on the corner of 7th Avenue S. and Grant Street. For more parking information visit the Parking Services website at www.montana.edu/police/parkingservices.shtml.

How do I get a CAT card?

You may buy a Cat Card in Room 134 Strand Union Building. The fee is $15. A CAT card will allow you to access the Gallatin College classrooms in Hamilton Hall and serves as your student ID card.

Can I use the Library?

Yes, as a GC student you have access to the library. The fees for the use of these facilities are included in your tuition and fees.

Can I use the student health service? Do I have to pay a fee or is it included?

The student health service fee paid by general MSU students will be optional for GC students. If you pay the fee you can use the facility.

Do you offer Financial Aid or Scholarships?

Financial Aid is available for GC students. Please fill out the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov and use the MSU school code of 002532. Scholarships may be available for certain programs.

Can I attend athletic events and use the gym?

GC students may opt in and pay the Athletic fee that MSU students pay for athletic events and the Gym membership that MSU students pay.

Do I have an advisor?

Students of the GC actually have two advisors to work with. Their Program Director is their main advisor, but students may also meet with the Workforce Programs Advisor (994-5536) who is available year round by appointment.

What if I start at the GC and then decide I want to attend MSU, how do I make that transition?

You will need to apply to MSU. The application fee is waived for this process and it is not necessary to supply another set of immunization records or transcripts as MSU admissions will already have these on file if you were accepted to GC.

I attended MSU before, how do I get admitted at GC?

Please fill out an "Intent to Register" form found on the Registrar's website. Turn this form into the MSU Registrar's office in Montana Hall.