How do I activate my employee UMontana alias?

In addition to obtaining an email account, employees obtain a University email address in the form of a UMontana alias. This alias will be used as the official means of electronic communication between employees and the University. Important University business is conducted via this account including UM business-related information and announcements from the President to employees of UM.  Any modifications made to your alias will be reflected the following morning. 

This alias is generated in the following form:

An email alias is simply a forwarding address for receiving email that is then directed to another address.


To initiate an official UMontana email alias, you need to indicate in CyberBear which email account you prefer to receive official email. A nightly process will activate the UMontana alias and point it to the email account you indicated.   Do NOT add your UMOntana address as the preferred email address in CyberBear, this will create a loop and stop delivery of email addressed to that alias.  

To activate your UMontana alias, log in to CyberBear:

  • Click on Personal Information.
  • In the Email section either
    • Click Add New in the right hand corner and add a Preferred email address
      • Email Type: Your work/personal e-mail accounts
      • Email Address:  enter your MSO address here (usually
      • Mark as Preferred:  Check the box 
      • Click Add
    • Edit (the pencil) an existing Preferred email address
      • Email Address:  Update to your MSO address (usually
      • Click Update

You can view, insert and update your email account(s) under Your work/personal Email Account(s). If you do not see your email account, you will need to enter this information. University employees may only list an official email account (e.g. If you have questions about your email account, please contact your departmental IT administrator or IT Central at 243-HELP.

A nightly process will activate or update the UMontana alias.

Related Services

UMontana email address modification request

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