MSU-Northern's Mission Statement

MSU-Northern provides higher education to students for professional and technical careers through an institution dedicated to teaching and the pursuit of knowledge.

Approved by the Board of Regents on November 17, 2023


Vision Statement

Montana State University-Northern will be known for its supportive, student-centered environment in which a unique mix of academic programs are responsive to local, regional, and state workforce needs, offered in an atmosphere that promotes student success.

as selected by the campus community on April 16, 2012


MSU-Northern's Core Values

These institutional values guide and direct faculty, staff, students and administration as we work together to meet our MSU-Northern mission, realize our vision and achieve our goals.

Access, Equity, & Inclusion
We strive to be a Northern community who embraces difference and learns from one another.
We seek first to understand and appreciate diversity, cultivating an intellectual and physical home for all. We champion meaningful relationships that create environments in which each of us can thrive. We lead through honesty, transparency, inclusivity and trust.

We endeavor to improve, grow, and realize individual and shared potential.
We recognize that learning is personal and connected, conceptual and practical, independent and integrated; learning occurs at all times and in all places. We recognize that institutional excellence thrives through innovative and effective teaching pedagogies, engaged learners, and a clear desire to collaborate.

Life-Long Learning
We cultivate a belief that learning is a life-long endeavor.
We are committed to developing and delivering transformative learning experiences that will change lives. We challenge ourselves to become critical and creative thinkers who engage intellectual curiosity and welcome differing perspectives to solve complex problems.

We construct real bonds that empower ourselves and others to be who we are.
We communicate openly and build relational foundations through trust, transparency and openness. We embrace our charge to serve Montana and to provide quality, individualized education for all.

We form intentional partnerships that deepen learning and engagement within and beyond the campus community.
We work together and learn from one another.. We create shared learning experiences by engaging the student perspective as we listen to and leverage internal and industry expertise. We seek to balance local impact within a global perspective.

We commit to actions that conserve present needs and that safeguard the needs of the future.
We do this through intentional consideration of economic, societal, physical, human, and environmental factors.

as selected by the campus community on October 22, 2020