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Graduation Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees
A student must be registered at Montana State University the semester
of his or her graduation. If the student is not required to take any
courses at Montana State University during the final semester, he or she
must process an "in absentia" registration and pay a registration fee of
$30 before the end of the third week of the semester he or she expects
to earn a degree. Arrangements for this registration must be made by the
student with the Registrar. Registration in Extended Studies courses does not fulfill this requirement. Graduate students must have the written
permission of the Graduate Dean to register in absentia.
Except for certain pre-professional curricula (e.g., pre-medicine), twenty-three of the last thirty credits earned to meet the graduation requirement must be MSU credits. Specific majors may have program-specific requirements for courses that must be taken from MSU to meet graduation requirements. Such requirements are clearly identified in the curriculum description for that department.
Students are expected to submit an Application for Baccalaureate Degree form no later than
one year prior to the semester they plan to graduate.
A $30 degree application fee is assessed at the time the Application for Degree form is filed.
Returning former students must file the application during the first
week of university instruction of the semester of completion.
Application for Degree forms can be moved from one semester to the
next within the academic year only. If, however, it is necessary to
delay graduation beyond the originally scheduled academic year, one must
file a new Application for Degree form.
All candidates for degrees must fully satisfy their financial
obligations to the University (or make arrangements with Montana State
University for doing so) as a condition for completing their degree
programs. Candidates failing to comply with this requirement shall not
be eligible for graduation, diplomas, degrees, or any transcripts of
In order to graduate, students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.00. Further restrictions and graduation requirements may be imposed by the various curricula.
To receive a graduate degree from MSU-Bozeman, students must earn a 3.00 grade point average required in the major and minor for the degree. Students must also earn 3.00 grade point average taken at MSU-Bozeman which are required in the major and minor.
Graduation with honors or highest honors applies only to
To receive honors, a student must earn a cumulative grade-point
average of 3.25 through 3.69. To receive highest honors, a student must
earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.70. Cumulative
grade point averages are computed at the end of the semester of
All MSU credits attempted and grades received will be used in computing
graduation with honors or highest honors.
Transfer students must meet the cumulative grade-point average
requirements stated above and complete a minimum of sixty semester credits
at MSU. The credits earned at MSU must compute to
minimum grade point averages of 3.25 or 3.70 for graduating with honors
or highest honors respectively.
For second degree or subsequent baccalaureate candidates, the
grade-point average of the first or subsequent degrees and any transfer
work will be included in the determination of honors or highest honors.
Transfer credit and grade-point average requirements apply.
Students must notify the Registrar's Office of their current mailing address.
Students will not receive their diplomas during the commencement ceremonies, they will be mailed as follows:
- Summer graduates will receive their diplomas by the following December.
- Fall graduates will receive their diplomas by the following May.
- Spring graduates will receive their diplomas by the following July.
Diplomas are dated the last day of the semester in which the
requirements for the degree are completed. Degrees are conferred once a
year at May commencement.
The Admission and Graduation Requirements Board (GARC) is composed of
the Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (chairperson), the assistant dean of the
college concerned, and the Registrar. This board considers
appeals and/or petitions from undergraduate and non-degree students
seeking waivers of established requirements in special situations.
Instructions for submitting appeals and petitions are available through the Registrar's Office.
These submissions should be forwarded by letter to the
Registrar and should originate with the student in conjunction with the
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