Montana State University

Standard 2.F

Standard 2.F - Graduate Records and Academic Credit

Graduate admission and retention policies ensure that student qualifications and expectations a compatible with institutional mission and goals. Graduate program faculty are involved in specifyi admission criteria, transfer of graduate credit, and graduation requirements.

2.F.1 Graduate program admission policies and regulations are consistent with and supportive of the character of the graduate programs offered by the institution. These policies and regulations are published and made available to prospective and enrolled students.
2.F.2 Admission to all graduate programs is based on information submitted with the formal application such as undergraduate and graduate transcripts, official reports on nationally recognized tests, and evaluations by professionals in the field or other faculty-controlled evaluation procedures.
2.F.3 Faculty teaching in graduate programs are involved in establishing both general admission criteria for graduate study as well as admission criteria to specific graduate programs.
2.F.4 Graduation requirements for advanced degrees offered by the institution are determined by the faculty teaching in the applicable graduate programs. At minimum, the policies governing these graduation requirements include:
  • the specified time period in which the degree must be completed;

  • the number of credit hours that must be completed at the degree-granting institution, normally at least two-thirds of those required for the degree;

  • the minimum number of graduate-level credits, normally at least 50% of those required for the degree;

  • for the master's degree, a minimum of one academic year of full-time study or its equivalent with a minimum of 24 semester or 36 quarter hours;

  • the number of graded credit hours that must be earned for the degree;

  • the minimum standard of performance or acceptable grade point average, normally a B or its equivalent;

  • the types of qualifying and exit examinations which the candidate must pass;

  • the proficiency requirements the candidate must satisfy; and

  • the thesis, dissertation, writing, or research requirement which the candidate must satisfy.

2.F.5 Transfer of graduate credit is evaluated by faculty based on policies established by faculty whose responsibilities include a major commitment to graduate education, or by a representative body of such faculty who are responsible for the degree program at the receiving institution. The amount of transfer credit granted may be limited by the age of the credit, the institution from which the transfer is made, and the appropriateness of the credit earned to the degree being sought.
2.F.6 Graduate credit may be granted for internships, field experiences, and clinical practices that are an integral part of the graduate degree program. Consistent with Policy 2.3 - Credit for Prior Experiential Learning, Accreditation Handbook, page 39, credit may not be granted for experiential learning which occurred prior to the student's matriculation into the graduate degree program. Unless the graduate student's faculty advisor structures the current learning experience and monitors and assesses the learning and its outcomes, no graduate credit is granted.