Welcome to the Gianforte School of Computing

In August 2016, the Computer Science Department became the Gianforte School of Computing.  A School of Computing captures both the pervasive breadth, as well as the technical depth, of computer science in today's world.  Greg and Susan Gianforte are long-time supporters of our organization and provided this generous naming gift.  The gift accelerates our ability to provide high caliber learning experiences to any Montana State University student who wishes to study computer science.  Learn what students enjoy about our organization by watching these videos.

And it is an exciting time to be a computer scientist.  During the past two decades, search engines, smart phones and social media have transformed our world.  In the coming years, the Internet of Things, intelligent devices and personalized robots will transform our world again.  If you enjoy creative problem solving, working with people and using computers to help invent the future, then you should consider studying computer science!

Because software pervades our world, computer scientists enjoy impactful, meaningful careers that include helping people lead healthier and more independent lives, taking better care of our environment, improving urban infrastructure and developing games.  On top of this, a high market demand for computer scientists results in flexible, well-paid careers.

Diversity Statement

We are an inclusive organization that strongly supports diversity.  Differences in race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, belief, age, national origin or physical capacity strengthen our organization, advance the computing profession and benefit society.  We welcome you!

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.

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