Undergraduate Transfer Credit

An evaluation of all previous, university-level coursework will be completed by the Office of Enrollment Services after formal admission to MSU is granted. Official results for national or international exams such as A-levels, the Abitur, and the STPM will also be evaluated for possible transfer credit. The evaluation serves to convert international coursework to the U.S. equivalent in terms of credit hours and grades earned.

All credit for previous coursework will be reviewed to determine the number of credits to be accepted. If coursework was completed at a regionally accredited (recognized) institution of higher education and is at university level, transfer credit will be awarded. Transfer credit accepted by the University, however, will not necessarily apply directly to the degree program that the student plans to pursue. Applicability of transfer courses to specific degree requirements will be determined by the student's academic adviser.

Students should bring college bulletins, course descriptions and syllabi, and textbook titles for work they have completed to assist faculty in evaluating courses for equivalency.  Evaluations based only on a course title will often be unsatisfactory and incomplete; the more detail provided, the better the evaluation.

An UNOFFICIAL self-evaluation of course work can be accessed through our Transfer Course Equivalency Guide. This information is for reference only. The equivalencies listed are the most current and subject to change. If a course or institution is not listed it does not necessarily mean that the course will not transfer, just that the information is not yet in our database system.

Evaluation of Foreign Credentials

Montana State University will provide in-house credential evaluation for students applying to MSU. However, MSU reserves the right to require a professional evaluation of non-U.S. academic credentials from applicants who have attended colleges/universities outside the United States and Canada (where English is not the language of instruction).

Any GCE A&AS Level and International Baccalaureate official examination results must be sent to the Office of Admissions and will be considered for transfer credits.

  • For high school students who are enrolled in a high school that utilizes the British System:
    • IGCSE/O-Level:Montana State University recognizes 5 Cambridge  IGCSE or O-Level exam passes as the equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma. The subjects must include natural science, social studies, foreign language, English, and math with a total GPA above 2.5.
    • IGCSE English: Montana State University accepts an IGCSE/O-Level English result of C and above in lieu of a TOEFL score and IELTS band.
    • AS/A-Level/AICE (reflects current policy): Montana State University recognizes Cambridge AS and A-Levels for admissions and matriculation, as well as credit and placement.  Certain subjects fulfil MSU Core requirements.  AS and A-Level passes of E and above are awarded credit by examination. Chemistry is awarded credit at D and above. Economics is awarded credit at C and above. For more information on how A & AS Levels transfer to MSU, refer to the A & AS Levels equivalency chart.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
    • 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 transfer to MSU, refer to the IB Course Equivalencies website.