Mission & Uniqueness

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Technicians with a formal education, excellent work ethic, life-long learning skills, and the ability to adapt to change are in short supply. Industry leaders continue to report that these are the necessary skills for the 21st century. The College of Technical Sciences (COTS) mission is to develop a source of professionally educated, highly skilled, and motivated employees for industry. These are the qualities that we strive to instill in our graduates. Administration and faculty look forward to working with industry leaders, discussing ideas, and implementing initiatives to create programs that ensures Northern graduates and North American industries will be in demand well into the future.

The COTS is a college with-in Montana State University-Northern and offers an array of technical degree programs under a unique umbrella which makes the school one of a kind in North America.

  • Certificate, Associate, and Bachelor's degrees in the Business Administration, Engineering and Technology, Mechanics, and the Trades
  • Programs in Workforce Development and Apprenticeship Related Training
  • Technical programs blended with liberal arts and general education all on the same campus
  • Professors and professional staff who are dedicated and understand education as well as industry needs
  • Cutting edge research in "Advanced Bio-Fuels"
  • Multiple program minors, emphasizes, and options that can respond to industries current needs
  • Technical programs matched with computer studies, business, electronics, design, and education

Advising Information
You (the student) are encouraged to meet with your advisor at the beginning of each semester to confirm your plan of study and make any necessary adjustments. Meeting with an advisor before registering for classes each semester prepares you to plan a schedule that meets your needs and assists you in completing requirements in an efficient manner.

Agriculture Degrees Minor Other
Agricultural Mechanics Technology AAS Checkmark  
Agricultural Operation's Technology BS    
Agricultural Technology AAS    
Applied Agriculture   Checkmark  


Automotive Degrees Minor Other
Automotive Technology BS, AAS Checkmark  
Automotive Technology Fast Track AAS    
Ford Maintenance & Light Repair     MTP*


Business Degrees Minor Other
Accounting   Checkmark  
Business Administration BS    
Business Technology BAS  Checkmark  
Program of Study in Business Technology AS    
Marketing: Technical Sales and Service   Checkmark  
Small Business Management   Checkmark  
Trades Management BAS    


Industrial Technology Degrees Minor Other
Design Drafting Technology AAS    
Education BSEd    
Manufacturing AAS    


Diesel Degrees Minor Other
Diesel Technology BS, AAS Checkmark  CAS
Diesel Technology: Equipment Management Option BS    
Diesel Technology: Field Maintenance Option BS    


Engineering Technology Degrees Minor Other
Civil Engineering Technology BS    


Trades Degrees Minor Other
Electrical Technology AAS    
Pipefitting Technology AAS    
Plumbing Technology AAS    
Welding Technology     CAS


Related Training (Correspondence Education)      
Green Technology      


  * Manufacturer Training Programs are not University degrees.