MSU LIFE Scholars identify a career path through a person-centered planning process and select classes offered at either MSU or Gallatin College to gain knowledge in their area of interest. Students audit between 1-4 classes per semester, but may take classes for credit, if appropriate. The majority of LIFE Scholars audit 100 and 200 level classes and are instructed by college faculty, just like traditional college students. 

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The MSU LIFE Scholars non-degree Certificate is awarded to students upon successful completion of the requirements in academics, campus engagement and career development. Students are expected to demonstrate satisfactory progress, which is assessed using a LIFE Scholars proficiency scoring scale.

Length of program: 3 years 

Minimum Academic Credit Requirements: 20  (14 academic  + 6 internship credits )

Minimum Campus Engagement Hours: 60 hours

Career Development Requirement: 6 credits and successful completion of 2 internship rotations

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Supports and Accommodations

LIFE Scholars staff work closely with faculty and the MSU Office of Disability Services to identify and provide individualized supports to ensure a successful experience.  

Students must register with the MSU Office of Disability Services and provide the required disability documentation to receive their accommodations, which includesnote taking, nonstandard testing conditions, accessible texts, interpreting services, and the SmartyCats tutoring offered through the Office of Student Success.  Additional supports, such as individualized course modifications, assistive technology, and peer partner support are provided through the LIFE Scholars program.