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Montana’s higher education system includes the Montana University System, which is composed of 14 public universities and colleges that enroll more than 47,000 students. This includes the University of Montana system, which has campuses in Billings, Missoula, Dillon, Helena, and Great Falls, and the Montana State University system. The state is also home to several private for- and non-profit institutions, such as Carroll College, the University of Great Falls, and Rocky Mountain College. The Montana University System is overseen by the state’s Board of Regents, which has the power to supervise, coordinate, and manage schools within the system. It also has the power to supervise other public educational institutions assigned by law.
With a student population of more than 15,600 learners, the University of Montana is the state’s largest university. It offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs from its colleges of arts and sciences, education and human sciences, forestry and conservation, health professions and biomedical sciences, technology, visual and performing arts, and its schools of business administration, journalism, and law. In its 2012 Best Colleges report, the U.S. News & World Report placed the University of Montana at No. 111 in its ranking of the top public schools in the country. In addition to its on-campus programs, the university also offers accredited online degrees through UMOnline, its distance education program. UMOnline offers an online associate degree in energy technology and master’s degrees in educational leadership, curriculum studies, music education, public administration, and public health. The U.S. News ranked the University of Montana at No. 23 in admissions selectivity and No. 30 in student services and technology in its ranking of the top online education programs.
Montana State University is the state’s second largest public university. The school, founded in 1893, offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs to more than 13,600 students at its campus in Bozeman, Mont. The university also serves students at its three satellite campuses in Billings and Havre, Mont. Montana State University was ranked No. 108 in the U.S. News’ ranking of the top public schools in the country, and its biological sciences, physics, chemistry, and fine arts graduate programs were ranked within the top 100 in the nation. The university also offers a bachelor’s degree completion program, graduate certificates, and master’s degrees in agricultural education, land resources and environmental sciences, nursing, science education, and more online.
The University of Great Falls is a private non-profit Catholic institution that serves more than 1,000 students at its campus in Great Falls, Mont. Founded in 1932 by Edwin V. O’Hara, the Catholic Bishop of Great Falls, along with the Sisters of Charity of Providence, the university aims to develop the qualities of character, competence, and commitment in its students, according to the school’s website. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in accounting, business administration, psychology, social science, theology and ministry, forensic science, and more. In addition to its on-campus programs, the University of Great Falls offers associate degrees in additions counseling, criminal justice, and paralegal studies; bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice, paralegal studies, and psychology; and master’s degrees in secondary teaching and organizational management.