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Minnesota State University Moorhead

Moorhead, MN



  1. MSUM - Affordable! Public institution with private college appeal!
  2. MSUM - Small classes add to family-like feel (19:1 student/faculty ratio)
  3. 76 majors, 64 emphases, 11 graduate degrees... something for everyone!

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.

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

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Fast Facts

Location | Moorhead
Population | 253,175
Enrollment | 5,747
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/24-12/16
Spring | 01/11-05/12

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 3%
Black | 6%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 2%
Two or more | 3%
White | 85%
Other | 0%
International | 0%


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Graphic Communications, nursing

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 - The academic programs offered in Speech Language Hearing Sciences at Minnesota State University Moorhead are designed for students who are interested in the normal and disordered processes of human communication. (Undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and Masters)
  • Business Administration - A Business Administration degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead is an excellent choice if you want to be broadly and competitively marketable in a variety of industries. At MSUM, you get a rigorous AACSB-accredited business program coupled with experiential learning that prepares you to craft your own business future, whether you want to be an entrepreneur, a manager or a change-leader in the business world.
  • Construction Management - You will get hands-on experience to prepare you for a professional career managing and leading projects in the construction industry. Construction classes include estimating, project management and scheduling, safety, equipment and more. Our program is the first ACCE-accredited Construction Management program in Minnesota.
  • Cybersecurity - NEW PROGRAM! Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate the security needs of a system, as well as design and develop secure systems. You’ll also hone your communication and problem-solving skills through a variety of hands-on courses and real-world experiences.
  • Studio Art - The School of Art at Minnesota State University Moorhead is a dynamic artistic community of students, faculty, and staff. As a Studio Art major, you’ll learn the principles of art, develop an understanding of art in historic and contemporary contexts, and acquire advanced skills in studio areas, including drawing and illustration, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and ceramics. Through the investigation of the creative process and faculty mentoring, you will explore and discover your own personal artistic voice.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Photojournalism - Develop your visual and audio storytelling skills by pursuing a Photojournalism degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead. You’ll learn digital storytelling techniques for still and video photography and collaborate with peers and professors to produce award-winning publications at one of the only photojournalism programs in the region.
  • Film Studies - Delve into film criticism, history and theory, and gain a superior understanding of countless genres, directors and adaptions. You’ll also become actively involved in community film projects and festivals.
  • Entertainment Industries & Technology - The Entertainment Industries and Technology degree at MSUM is the only program in a five-state region to offer a degree specific to entertainment and is one of very few programs nationally that offer the flexibility of specialization within the entertainment field.
  • Commercial Music - As the only Commercial Music degree in the Minnesota State system and the Tri-College University consortium (MSUM, Concordia College and NDSU), our program will prepare you for careers in the commercial, jazz and popular music industries as performers and composers/arrangers while also developing skills in the areas of live/recorded sound and music business and law.
  • Medical Physics - The Medical Physics emphasis is an excellent choice if you are interested in the application of physics concepts and methods to the treatment and diagnosis of human disease. Medical Physics prepares you for graduate work and careers in radiation oncology, applied medical physics and medical imaging quality control.

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Advertising
  • American Studies
  • Animal Behavior and Ethology
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Astronomy
  • Athletic Training
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Botany/Plant Sciences
  • Broadcasting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Cell Biology
  • Ceramic Art/Ceramics
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Coaching
  • Communication
  • Community Health
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Construction Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Drawing
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Earth Science
  • East Asian Studies
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Experimental Pathology
  • Film
  • Finance/Banking
  • Gerontology
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Education
  • History
  • International Business
  • International Studies
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Law Enforcement/Police Sciences
  • Literature
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Technology
  • Molecular Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Music Management
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Native American/American Indian Studies
  • Painting
  • Performance and Directing
  • Philosophy
  • Photo Journalism
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Sculpture
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Special Education
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Zoology


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 525.00 paper, 173.00 computer or 61.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 5.50
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on either

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 08/12/20

  • 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 Students
  • Estimated cost: $4504.
  • 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 students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment 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 students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 19 ($246 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment: 19 ($246 per additional hour)

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment 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 Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

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

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

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

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

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
ID Card $10 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee $115 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Orientation Fee $120 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Recycling Fee $10 Semester Plan A Mandatory

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 08/12/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 25% living on campus
  • Double: $3157
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $700
  • Proximity to campus: 4 blocks
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Meal Plans
  • Campus Meal Plans
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $664 declining balance plan.


Figures per Semester are current as of 08/12/20

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $800 Semester Home & Host Optional

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance


  • Health records due by: 8/18
  • Home campus copy acceptable
  • Immunization before registering
  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Health / accident insurance (encouraged)
  • Immunization: DTap (diptheria, tetanus, pertussis)
  • Immunization: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

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