Accounts, Usernames, and Passwords Guide

This article provides an overview of MSU accounts, usernames, and passwords. This includes password assistance, password requirements, account durations, and more.


Your Murray State username & password

Faculty, staff, and students will use one username and password for nearly every MSU system, including myGate, Canvas, RacerMail/MSU Google Account, network access, wireless networks, library resources, and more. 

  • New employees can find out their username and initial password by contacting the Service Desk at 270-809-2346 during University office hours.
  • Newly-admitted students will set up their username and password from their application portal. If you are trying to set up your MSU accounts and cannot access the application portal, contact the Service Desk at 270-809-2346 during University office hours.

Forgot your password, or need to set a new one? No problem!

We have provided details instructions with screenshots in our Password Support article to assist!

Password Requirements

Murray State has updated password requirements to help our users set easier-to-remember passwords while continuing to stay secure. There are fewer requirements, which allow you to use a passphrase (such as combining random words into a longer string) rather than a shorter, but harder-to-remember complex password. The complexity of the password is now up to you! The new requirements are:

  • 16-character minimum length
  • Cannot include part of your first name, last name, or username
  • Cannot use one of your last four passwords

Because of the new minimum character length, your Murray State password will never expire! However, it's always a good idea to update your password, especially if:

  • you feel your account has been recently compromised 
  • you have responded to a phishing email
  • you have lost your phone
  • you had a different account get hacked (bank account, email account, online shopping account, etc)


About my Murray State University accounts

Your Murray State username and password will provide you access to most MSU systems, including

  • myGate - Our employee and student information portal. Students can register for classes, pay bills, view important announcements, apply for scholarships, view balances, and much more. Employees can enter and approve leave/time, view W-2 information, view class rosters, view important announcements and more.
  • Canvas - Our learning management system. Students can view class information, submit assignments, syllabus, view grades, take online assessments, and communicate with your class and professor. Faculty can manage their online or hybrid (face-to-face and online) courses, including entering grades, contacting students, upload files and media, design assignments and assessments.
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