Multi-Factor Enrollment Self Enroll

How do I enroll in Multi-Factor Authentication?

MNSU Multi-Factor Enrollment

The following instructions are for customers who enroll in multi-factor authentication voluntarily prior to the University enrolling them.


Multi-factor enrollment requires a customer to switch back and forth between a computer and their mobile device. Sections labeled Computer need to be performed on a laptop or desktop computer (Windows or macOS).  Sections labeled Mobile Device need to be performed on the mobile device (phone or tablet).


Faculty and Staff:

  • This app DOES NOT transfer any data to Microsoft, Minnesota State, or Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • This app DOES NOT give control of your device or data to Microsoft, Minnesota State, or Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Installing this app DOES NOT constitute government data under Minnesota State System Procedure 5.22.2 Cellular and Other Mobile Computing Devices


For a better understanding of this type of enrollment, please view the Video Tutorial.


Mobile Device

  1. Open the App Store (Apple iPhone / iPad) or Play Store (Android).
  2. Search for and install Microsoft Authenticator.


  1. Open a web browser to
  2. Login with username and password.
    1. (Students, Alumni, Emeriti).
    2. (Faculty, Staff).
  1. Click Step 1: Setup MFA Verification Options.

    1. A new tab will open up
  1. In the new tab, under Step 1: How should we contact you?
    1. Change the dropdown from Authentication phone to Mobile app.
    2. Click the radio button that says Receive notifications for verifications.

  1. Click the Set up button.
    1. A QR code will be displayed.

Mobile Device

  1. Open the Microsoft Authenticator app.
  2. Tap the three dots in the upper right corner.
  3. Tap Add Account and choose Work or School Account.

  1. Tap Scan a QR code.
  2. Tap Scan a QR code.
    1. Allow the app to use the camera if asked for permission.
  1. Hold the phone up to the computer screen to scan the QR code displayed.
  2. Close the Microsoft Authenticator app on the mobile device.


  1.  Click Next.
  2. Click Next.
    1. An approve/deny message will be sent to the mobile device configured above.

Mobile Device

  1. Tap Approve.


  1. On the computer, under Step 3.
    1. Select the correct country code for your phone under the Select your country or region drop down.
    2. Type in or verify the phone number to receive a phone call or text message as a backup in case the authenticator app is not functioning.

  1. Click Done.
  2. Close the current tab to return to the previous one.
  3. Click Step 2: Enable MFA for your name.

  1. Click Enable Multi Factor Authentication for your name


  1. When you see the blue checkmark, Multi Factor Authentication is enabled for your account


  1. Click your initials in the circle in the upper right corner of the window and click Sign out.
  2. Close the browser.


All future logins for Office 365 will now be required to use Multi-Factor authentication.  You will need your mobile device any time you are asked to login to Office 365 services to approve the login.  


If you see the Approve / Deny message on your mobile device, but were not logging in, click DENY.


If you lose your mobile device or change mobile devices, please call the IT Solutions Center at 507-389-6654 for instructions on how to regain access to your Office 365 account.




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