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Credits For Degree Completion
No more than thirty semester credits earned by correspondence, extension, or continuing education from accredited colleges or universities may be counted toward graduation. Normally, correspondence, extension, and continuing education courses are not accepted toward degrees in the College of Engineering. However, special circumstances may warrant consideration, and approval of such courses is on a case-by-case basis.
No more than twelve credits of Special Topics 280 or 480 combined in each rubric will
count toward graduation. No more than six credits of 470 Individual Problems in each rubric
will count toward graduation. Some departments have established lower
limits than these, and students are responsible for checking course
listings to ensure that they do not exceed the allowable number of
credits in each category.
A candidate for the bachelor's degree must complete the minimum
number of credits required for the degree selected. The minimum number
of credits must be composed of credits earned for
graduation. The required number of credits varies among the
four-year curricula leading to the bachelor's degree.
Credits earned for graduation shall
mean the total number of credits for which passing grades (A
through C-, and P) have been received in courses numbered
100 or above. If students repeat courses in which they have passing
grades, the most recent grade will be the effective grade for
A course taken by an undergraduate or a non-degree
student may not later be repeated and applied toward requirements for a
For further credit-use restrictions, see Special Topics and Individual Problems, or refer to
the Course Descriptions for maximum allowable credit limits placed on certain courses.
A minimum of forty-two credits for the first degree and at least nine additional credits for the second degree must be earned in courses numbered 300 and above (upper-division courses). As required by the Minimum Competency Requirements, a grade of C- or better is required in all courses that will be counted toward the upper-division credits required in all degrees.
To graduate from Montana State University, transfer students must
complete two full-time semesters of fifteen weeks or more in residence at Montana State University and earn not less than thirty MSU credits and a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, as well as meet the curriculum requirements for a degree.
All deficiencies, make-up grades, transfer work, advanced standing, and challenge examinations must be completed and transcripts filed
in the Registrar's Office at least one month before the end of the
semester of expected graduation.
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