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Minnesota State University Moorhead

Moorhead, MN

About This Campus

Moorhead is the largest city in northwest Minnesota. With a population of more than 228,000 in Moorhead/Fargo, the area offers an exciting mix of activities including community theater, symphony orchestra, art galleries, the Blue Stem Center for the Arts, Trollwood Performing Arts School, nine golf courses and 100 city parks. The Hjemkomst Center, a museum containing a re-creation of a Viking ship of the same name also houses the Clay County Archives. MSUM combines a strong liberal arts foundation with innovation. Students get hands-on experience by collaborating with faculty on research and creative projects. Classes are taught by professors, not TAs, and many lead their fields in research. Unique facilities include a planetarium, outdoor science center, electronic music lab, comprehensive arts center, radio & TV station and Wellness Center. Nationally accredited in Business, School Psychology Specialist program, music, art, chemistry, SLHS, education and social work.

Location Information

Minnesota State University Moorhead's campus is on 119 acres in the middle of Moorhead, MN, on the western side of the state. We are bordered on the west by the Red River of the North and adjacent to the city of Fargo, ND. Moorhead/Fargo also houses an American Association baseball team and a USHL hockey team.

Helpful Information

Students will get hands-on experience by collaborating with faculty on research and creative projects and by working at a variety of on-campus facilities. Some unique facilities include an on-campus planetarium, an outdoor science center, an electronic music lab, comprehensive arts center and television and radio stations. MSUM is part of the Tri-College University which allows students to take one course per semester at Concordia College in Moorhead or NDSU without paying additional fees.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Moorhead
Population | 224,000
Enrollment | 5,075
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/27-12/19
Spring | 01/14-05/15

Campus Diversity

White | 82%
Black | 2%
Hispanic/Latino | 3%
Asian | 1%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 9%
Other | 2%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Closed Programs
Graphic Communications

Enrollment in Elementary Education courses requires a GPA of at least 2.75. Art courses are highly competitive.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Art
  • Athletic Training
  • Communications
  • Social Work

Unique Academic Programs

  • Music Industry
  • Film Studies
  • East Asian Literature/Studies
  • Gerontology
  • Paralegal Studies

Honors Access: Yes
Study Abroad Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Anthropology: Anthropology, Archaeology

Area Studies: American Multicultural Studies, American Studies, East Asian Literature/Studies, Gerontology, International Studies, Native American Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture

Athletics: Athletic Training, Coaching, Exercise Science, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Biotechnology, Botany/Plant Sciences, Cell Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Biology, Zoology

Business: Accounting, Actuarial Science, Advertising, Business Administration, Finance/Banking, International Business, Management, Marketing, Public Relations

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Molecular Biochemistry

Communications: Broadcasting, Communication, Film, Journalism, Mass Communication, Multimedia, Photo Journalism, Print Media

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement/Police Sciences, Legal Studies, Paralegal Studies

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Earth Science, Geology, Geosciences, Physical Sciences

Economics: Economics

Education: Communications, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, Health Education, Junior High/Middle School, Kindergarten Education, Language and Literacy, Learning Disabilities, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Reading, Science, Secondary Education, Special Education

English: English, Film Studies, Literature, Writing

Environmental Studies: Ecology, Energy/Environmental Policy, Environmental Sciences, Sustainability Studies

General Studies: Humanities, Individualized Degree Program

Health and Safety Sciences: Community Health, Gerontology, Health Science, Health Services Administration, Medical Technology

History: History

Industrial Studies: Construction Management, Production and Operations Management

Information Studies: Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Computer Technology

Languages: Language and Culture, Spanish

Mathematics: Actuarial Mathematics, Computation Science, Mathematics

Performing Arts: Acting, Directing, Music, Music Business/Merchandising, Music Education, Music Industry, Music Performance, Music Technology, Music Theater, Music Theory and Composition, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Design Technology

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Chemical Physics, Physics

Political Science: International Studies, Political Science

Psychology: Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Social Work, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Speech Pathology and Audiology

Technology: Biological Technology, Industrial Technology, Operations Technology

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500.00 paper, 173.00 computer or 61.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 5.00
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 06/20/19.
  • Estimated cost: $4289.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 19 ($239 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 19 ($239 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 06/20/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $150 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Recreation Fee $120 Semester Plan B Optional
Health Service Fee $6.50 Credit Hour Plan B Optional
Health Insurance $650 Semester Plan A & B Optional
ID Card $20 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee $85 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Orientation Fee $100 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Recycling Fee $10 Semester Plan A Mandatory

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health insurance.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 002367

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/20/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 25% living on campus
  • Double: $2975
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $700
  • Proximity to campus: 4 blocks
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Meal Plans Per Semester
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $664 declining balance plan.
  • $1652 per semester for 21 meals per week.
  • $1315 per semester for 12 meals per week.
  • $640 per semester for 3 meals per week.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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