The University of Montana was founded in 1893. Today, its main campus lies in Missoula, with three other campuses in Dillon, Helena, and Montana Tech of the University of Montana in Butte. The main campus alone has 15,642 students. The University of Montana online curriculum is obtainable through the Missoula College of Technology. The University of Montana online degrees consist of associate, master's, minor, and certificate programs; some are fully online, others are partially online. Some of the areas of study offered to students are education, public administration, anthropology, energy tech, and forensic studies. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), and is ranked on U.S. News and World Report's online education category for its online graduate education offerings.
Montana State University was founded in 1893 in Bozeman. It is the educational home to over 14,000 students and is considered to be a research university. It does not offer conclusive degree programs, but it does offer credit courses in 28 different subjects, including but not limited to architecture, biology, geology, engineering, and medical sciences. And because it is a NWCCU accredited online university, its courses can be transferred to other traditional or online university degrees. This does, however, depend on the university in which one transfers Montana State University credits.
Flathead Valley Community College
This college began in 1967 and allows student to pursue their associates degree online that allow them to jump into their field of interest, or transfer to a four year institution to complete their bachelor's degree. It has two locations in Kalispell (main) and Libby, both of which are accredited by the NWCCU. The college is affiliated with the Montana University System, the same system in which Montana State University and the University of Montana participate. Students can take online courses approved for transfer under that system. Flathead Valley Community College's online associate courses cover a broad array of subjects, some of which are accounting, computer science, ecology, engineering, nursing, sociology, and writing.
Online courses offer convenience to those who wish to either earn their degree purely online or complete online courses towards their traditional degree. When searching through online universities and colleges, make notes pertaining to the accreditation status of the schools. All of the educational institutions listed above are accredited. Accreditation is important because it is a relatively objective indication of a school's quality. It also enables students to transfer credits to other accredited traditional or online colleges. Accredited online colleges and universities require the same curriculum as traditional ones. Students must complete comparable credits, course work, and graduation requirements before receiving their degree. However, online courses allow students to make their own educational schedules and complete course work at their own pace. Exams are usually either online or are proctored by a testing center. Although face-to-face interaction with fellow classmates and teachers was uncommon in the past, technology now allows students to engage in class discussions via online forums or video conferencing; students are also often able to view class lectures online.
Montana's top two industries are agriculture and the arts. Agriculture is an industry that encompasses many careers, some of which are agriculture management, building construction management, and food science. Online students who hope to pursue such careers could seek degrees in agribusiness and agriculture business operations, project management, operations management, construction management, or food sciences. The arts industry is also prevalent in Montana, offering careers in such fields as writing, and the visual and musical arts. Online students who strive for careers in any of these subjects may complete degrees in, but not limited to, journalism, English, literary arts, musical arts, and design.