Office 365 and Outlook email for students

Office 365 Applications, MFA and Outlook Email for Students
Student email accounts are created in Outlook within 24 hours after a student enrolls in classes. 
To access your M State student Outlook email: 
  1. Log in to SpartanNet with your StarID and password. 
  2. Select "Email and Office 365." 
  3. Log in with The password is your StarID password. 
To update your StarID password, visit
To access Office 365 applications (OneDrive, Word, Excel, SharePoint):
The first two minutes of this video will walk you through the Office install. Click Here, otherwise follow step-by-step instructions below.
  1. Go to
  2. Log in with The password is your StarID password. 
  3. Once logged in, click on Install Office Apps and run. This will walk you through the process of downloading all of the applications to your laptop or PC. 
The format of your Outlook student email account will be: firstname.lastname@go.minnesota.eduAll M State correspondence will be sent to this email address once you are enrolled in classes.

Multi-factor authentication in Office 365

What is it?

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a method of authentication that requires the use of more than one verification method and adds a second layer of security to user sign-ins and transactions. It works by requiring you to login and then use one of these verification methods:

  • A randomly generated pass code or use of an authenticator app
  • A phone call and press of the # key needed to verify

For the best experience – make sure you have Office 365 Pro Plus installed on your computer.

How do I get it set up?

Just visit and follow the instructions to setup and activate Multi-Factor Authentication for yourself.

This 4 minute video will walk you through the process:


What if I don’t have my phone/device available?

Alternatively, when you are logging into Office 365, if you can’t receive the 6 digit code or use the authenticator app because you don’t have your device with you, just select “Sign in another way” and choose to have Microsoft call your office phone.  Just answer the phone and press the # key to login!

How do I change my MFA settings?

You can always change your MFA settings at any time.

Please NOTE:

Using your personal device for Multi-Factor Authentication is not tracked in any way and does not put your device at risk of being requested/taken by anyone.  It is simply a tool being used to prove that it is you logging in and not someone else.