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Transfer Students


A transfer student has graduated high school or its equivalent and completed 12 or more quarter or semester credits in college-level courses at a regionally accredited institution. Students who have previously been awarded a baccalaureate degree who wish to apply as a Second Bachelorís Degree student (Post-Baccalaureate) are also considered a transfer student. College-level work means those courses that are applicable towards at least an associate degree and does not include remedial or developmental courses. Students who previously attended Montana State University and who are returning after attending another institution should refer to the Former MSU Students section.

MSU Transfer Application Form - Complete this form if you are transferring from MSU-Billings, MSU-Northern, or MSU-Great Falls COT.

Academic Eligibility

Applicants will be considered for admission based on transferable credits from all regionally accredited colleges or universities previously attended. As determined by the Office of Admissions, a 2.0 (or C) cumulative transferable GPA (on a 4.0 scale) is required in order to be accepted for admission in good academic standing. Transfer students start with a new GPA upon enrolling at MSU.

Students who do not meet the 2.0 cumulative transferable GPA are still encouraged to apply for admissions and submit the necessary credentials. Montana State University will examine each studentís credentials on a case-by-case basis for admissibility. Some students who do not meet the requirements may be admitted on University Probation and will need to earn a 2.0 or higher GPA during the first term attended at MSU to be placed in good academic standing.

Application Procedure

Receipt of the following credentials in the Office of Admissions constitutes a complete application for admission. Requests to have final credentials sent to MSU must be initiated by the applicant. Requests should be made by contacting the registrarís office at the college/university, or agency previously attended. Credentials must be sent directly from each institution to the Office of Admissions. Credentials received from the student are considered unofficial working copies and will not be accepted as official documents.

Application materials and fees will be retained for one year from the original application term. To apply for a semester other than the one originally intended, notify the Office of Admissions as soon as possible.

Be sure to submit the following items (if applicable):

  1. Admissions Application: An application may be submitted on-line or printed out at: http://www.montana.edu/wwwcat.appopts.html. The application may also be obtained from the Office of Admissions.

  2. Application Fee (nonrefundable): $36 online application or $30 paper application. Checks should be made payable to Montana State University. The application fee will not be waived, deferred or refunded. The fee must be paid before the application for admission will be processed.

  3. Official college/university transcripts: An official transcript must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from each regionally accredited college or university attended. This academic information will be used to determine admission status as well as transfer credit. Applicants who are enrolled at a transfer school while applying to MSU will be considered for admission based on an incomplete official transcript showing all academic work completed and posted to date. A final official transcript must be received in the Office of Admissions by the 15th class day of the first term of attendance. Academic eligibility will be reviewed again upon receipt of that final transcript. For more information on how college/university courses will transfer to MSU, refer to the Evaluation of Transfer Credit section.

  4. Transfer students follow the Undergraduate Catalog in effect at the time of initial enrollment at MSU. Transfer students from feeder institutions such as the community colleges in Montana and Wyoming as well as the four year colleges in Montana may elect to follow the MSU 2012-2014 Catalog that was in effect when they began their freshman year at the feeder institution.

  5. Advanced Placement (AP: Applicants who have completed an Advanced Placement Examination should request that the official scores be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam will be granted college credit with a Pass grade for the equivalent courses. For more information on how AP courses will transfer to MSU, refer to the AP Course Equivalencies website.

  6. International Baccalaureate (IB): Applicants who have completed an International Baccalaureate Examination should request that the official scores be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. IB Exams with scores of 4 or higher (Higher Level only) will be granted college credit with a Pass grade for equivalent courses. For more information on how IB courses will transfer to MSU, refer to the IB Course Equivalencies IB Course Equivalencies website.

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