What Makes Us Unique?

We leverage the interdisciplinary nature of computing to provide innovative educational and research opportunities in a beautiful mountain setting.

Mission Statement

The Gianforte School of Computing at Montana State University supports the Mission of the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering and the University through its teaching, research, and service activities.  We educate undergraduate and graduate students in the principles and practices of computer science, preparing them for computing careers and for a lifetime of learning.

Vision Statement

The Gianforte School of Computing at Montana State University is a leader in computing innovation through excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, active research programs, and the dissemination of knowledge.  We leverage both the international and interdisciplinary nature of computing.  We provide a collegial, inclusive, equitable environment that enables diverse faculty, staff, and students to achieve excellence in our mission.

Student Outcomes for Undergraduate Students (Fall 2019 - present)

At the time of graduation, students will have an ability to

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  6. Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.

Student Outcomes for Undergraduate Students (thru Summer 2019)

At the time of graduation, students will have:

  • Outcome A: an ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
  • Outcome B: an ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
  • Outcome C: an ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs
  • Outcome D: an ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
  • Outcome E: an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities
  • Outcome F: an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • Outcome G: an ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society
  • Outcome H: recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, continuing professional development
  • Outcome I: an ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practices
  • Outcome J: an ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices
  • Outcome K: an ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity

Program Educational Objectives for Undergraduate Students

A Computer Science graduate

  1. is well prepared for a professional career in computing or graduate studies in computer science.
  2. can apply computer science principles to identify problems and build solutions.
  3. has appropriate social and professional skills to work effectively within a diverse organization.
  4. understands ethical, professional and social issues related to the computing profession.
  5. engages in continuous learning.

Enrollment and Graduation Information

  • Fall 2018 Enrollment Information: 519 Majors (126 First Year, 124 Sophomores, 117 Juniors, 152 Seniors), 12 post-baccalaureate students, 20 M.S. students, 22 Ph.D. students
  • Fall 2017 Enrollment Information: 482 Majors (134 First Year, 117 Sophomores, 104 Juniors, 127 Seniors), 26 post-baccalaureate students, 25 M.S. students, 19 Ph.D. students
  • Prior Enrollment Information (Select Term and Report G, Part A).
  • Computer Science Degree Information (all years)

MSU Program Assessment