Montana State University

Second Majors and Degrees


Second Major

A student who completes all the degree requirements for a first major may earn a second major by fulfilling the degree requirements for the second major. The student is not required to complete additional core requirements for the second major since these requirements will have been fulfilled in the major area for which the student's undergraduate degree is being awarded.

A student who wishes to earn a second major must so inform, in writing, both the department and college in which he or she is earning the degree from the department of the second major. The department of the second major will assign an adviser for the student and will furnish the appropriate form, titled Second Major/Second Degree Declaration form. The catalog in effect at the time a student files the Declaration for a Second Major in the Registrar's Office is the one that governs the requirements for a second major.

The second major will be posted on the student's transcript at the time of graduation upon verification by the Registrar of completion of the courses listed on the Application for a Second Major, which must be submitted with the student's Application for Baccalaureate Degree. Both forms must be submitted to the Registrar's Office by the end of the semester one year prior to the semester the student plans to graduate. Former returning students may do this during the first week of classes.

Second Bachelor's Degree

There are two distinct methods for obtaining more than one bachelor's degree:

  1. A student who has already completed requirements for one bachelor's degree must complete a minimum of thirty additional credits, all course requirements of the second degree curriculum, and two semesters in residence at Montana State University after completing the requirements for the first degree. 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 thirty 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.

  2. A student may work concurrently toward receipt of two bachelor's degrees. These degrees may be awarded at the same time. In this case, the student must complete the courses required in both curricula and at least 30 credits beyond the larger number of credits required for the two degrees he or she is seeking. Fifty-one credits (forty-two credits for the first degree; nine for the second) of the total minimum number of credits required for both degrees must be upper division. A student working under this option must notify, in writing, the deans of the colleges in which the curricula are offered, the department heads involved, and the Registrar, by submitting the Second Major/Second Degree Declaration form. The application for baccalaureate degree for the second degree must be submitted to the Registrar's Office by the end of the semester one year prior to the semester the student plans to graduate.

A student may not work concurrently toward the receipt of an undergraduate and a graduate degree. A graduate student may not work toward an undergraduate degree.

All students working for a second bachelor's degree are required to earn a 2.0 average or better on the 4.0 system, only on those courses taken after the first degree. Students working on two bachelor's degrees concurrently must have a total cumulative average of 2.0.


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