Are you a student with a bachelor’s degree who would like to extend your education? If pursuing a graduate degree isn’t quite the right choice for you, check out other options below:
If you have earned a bachelor’s degree from MSU or another institution, you may be interested in continuing your studies at MSU for reasons of professional or personal development.
If you are interested in entering the health professions but lack specific undergraduate coursework, MSU offers a generalized advising program and a certificate program designed specifically to assist you in preparing for and applying to medical or dental school. This program is administered by the office of Health Professions Advising (phone 406.994.1670 or email email@example.com).
Even though you hold a bachelor's degree, you may be interested in pursuing a second degree in another field. The requirements for a second degree acknowledge the significant learning you have done in achieving your first degree.
Those individuals who are not seeking advanced degrees may be admitted to MSU as non-degree graduate students in The Graduate School. This procedure is outlined below:
- Complete The Graduate School Application for Graduate Admission and select the appropriate non-degree category under "Enrollment Objectives."
- Submit your completed application to The Graduate School along with the $60 application fee.
- Request that an official transcript be sent from your degree granting institution to The Graduate School at the time you submit your application.
- Acceptance to MSU as a non-degree graduate student is automatic upon proof of a baccalaureate degree. Within a week, you will receive a letter of acceptance along with your course registration codes.
Non-degree graduate students are charged graduate tuition, regardless of the level of coursework in which they are enrolled. Also, non-degree graduate students are not eligible for financial aid unless enrolled as teacher certification students.
For more information, contact:
The Graduate School
For information contact the office of Health Professions Advising:
MSU has instituted an advising system in which students who have completed their bachelor’s level work (in a non-basic science department) at MSU or other four-year institutions may complete the science courses traditionally required for application to medical, dental, and other health professional schools. Post-baccalaureate students are advised in their curricular choices and health professional school applications by Dr. Sheila Nielsen-Preiss, director of health professions advising at MSU.
Pre-Medical Certificate Program
In the fall of 2005, the Montana Board of Regents approved a post-baccalaureate pre-medical certificate program, through which post-baccalaureate students completing 36 of the suggested 45 credits available will receive a certificate of completion. Students at other Montana public colleges will be able to transfer in as many as 12 credits in specific coursework toward the certificate.
Post-baccalaureate students who wish to complete pre-medical coursework and/or pursue a pre-medical certificate should apply to admission to MSU as non-degree graduate students in The Graduate School (see procedure above under Non-Degree Coursework). Please note the specific requirements for this program: 1) Choose "Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate" as the Educational Goal on the application drop-down menu; 2) Admission to thie program is NOT automatic and the competitive application process utilizes a rolling admission beginning in October; and 3) There is a single application deadline of February 28.
As non-degree graduate students, individuals who are enrolled in courses as participants of the pre-medical program are charged graduate tuition. Financial aid in the form of federal Stafford loans is available to qualified applicants accepted into the certificate program.
Students who have earned one bachelor's degree and who would like to pursue a second bachelor’s degree must meet the following requirements:
- Students seeking a second bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 30 additional credits, all course requirements of the second degree curriculum, and two semesters in residence at MSU. Nine of the total minimum number of credits required for the second degree must be upper division.
- All courses listed on the student's transcript at the time the first degree is granted are considered as required for and/or applied toward the first degree. A student may have completed more credits than the minimum required for the degree, but the completion of the first degree "closes the books," i.e., none of those extra credits will be counted as part of the 30 credits necessary for a second degree.
- A second degree student will not be required to complete University Core requirements, with the exception of students who have international degrees.
- All students working for a second bachelor's degree are required to earn a 2.0 grade point average or better in the 4.0 system, only on those courses taken after the first degree.
NEW STUDENTS (those who have not previously been admitted to MSU)
- Complete the MSU Undergraduate Application for Admission and indicate “Second bachelor degree” as your educational goal (Educational Information section).
- Submit your completed application to MSU Enrollment Services along with the $30 application fee. Students who submit their application and all required documents by the following dates will receive priority in admission processing:
Fall Semester July 1
Spring Semester Dec. 1
Summer Session May 1
- Request that official transcript(s) from each college or university attended be sent directly to MSU Enrollment Services at the time you submit your application.
For more information, contact:
Office of Admissions
FORMER STUDENTS OR GRADUATES OF MSU (those who have attended MSU but graduated elsewhere, or those who earned their first bachelor’s degree at MSU)
- Complete an Intent to Register and indicate you have earned a baccalaureate degree and expect to earn another baccalaureate degree.
- Submit the form to the Registrar’s Office at least 30 days prior to the first day of the academic term that you plan to attend.
- Request that official transcript(s) from each college or university attended after your enrollment at MSU be sent directly to the Registrar’s Office at the time you submit your Intent to Register.
For more information, contact:
Office of the Registrar
Second bachelor's degree students are charged post-baccalaureate tuition (equivalent to undergraduate tuition), regardless of the level of coursework in which they are enrolled.