International Baccalaureate

Missouri State recognizes the rigor of the international baccalaureate program and is pleased to reward you for your hard work and dedication in achieving academic excellence.

With your IB diploma, you will be eligible for the following:

Admission to Missouri State

You will automatically qualify for admission to MSU just by receiving your IB diploma.

Scholarships

Your participation in the international baccalaureate program qualifies you for scholarships based on your outstanding academic records. View the current list of scholarships on our financial aid website.

Board of Governors Scholarship

Apply for admission by January 15 and you will qualify for the Board of Governors Scholarship. This scholarship is $5,000 per year, with a total potential value over four years of $20,000. For non-residents, the scholarship also includes a waiver of out-of-state fees.

The scholarship will be awarded upon receipt of your IB transcript showing that you have earned an IB diploma.

  • If you hold an IB diploma prior to your initial enrollment, you will qualify for the scholarship full eight semesters.
  • If you do not qualify initially but qualify after retaking IB exams in accordance with IB policy, you will qualify for the eight semesters minus the number of MSU semesters (fall and spring) that you have already completed.

Admission to the Honors College

You will qualify for admission into the Honors College if you have an IB diploma and an ACT score of 27 or higher. Our Honors College provides you with intellectual opportunities beyond those generally found in more traditional programs, including smaller and enriched classes, direct contact with outstanding faculty members and the option to pursue your own research and creative interests.

Earn college credit

You may earn credit by achieving certain scores in subject areas that have been reviewed by academic programs at Missouri State.

Subject AreaExam TypeScore RequiredMissouri State Course Awarded
Anthropology SL 5-7 ANT 100 (3 hrs)
Anthropology HL 4 ANT 100 (3 hrs)
Anthropology HL 5-7 ANT 100 (3 hrs) and 226 (6hrs)
Biology SL 4-7 GEP 10 (4 hrs)[2]
Biology HL 4 BIO 102 (4 hrs)
Biology HL 5-7 BIO 121 (4 hrs)
Chemistry SL 4-7 GEP 12 (4 hrs)[2]
Chemistry HL 4-5 CHM 160 (4 hrs)
Chemistry HL 6 CHM 160 and 170 (7 hrs)
Chemistry HL 7 CHM 160, 170 and 175 (9 hrs)
Computer Science HL 4-7 CSC 131 and 232 (8 hrs)
Economics HL 4-7 ECO 155 and 165 (6 hrs
English SL 4-6 ENG 110 (3 hrs)[3]
English SL 7 ENG 110 and 287 (6 hrs)[4]
English HL 4-5 ENG 287 (3 hrs)
English HL 6 ENG 110 and 287 (6 hrs)[5]
English HL 7 ENG 110, 230 and 287 (9 hrs)[6]
Environmental Systems SL 6-7 GRY 108 (3 hrs)
French SL 5 FRN 101, and 102 (6 hrs)
French SL 6-7 FRN 101, 102 and 201 (9 hrs)[1]
French HL 5 FRN 101, 102 and 201 (9 hrs)
French HL 6 FRN 101, 102, 201 and 202 (12 hrs)
French HL 7 FRN 101, 102, 201, 202 and 297 (15 hrs)
Geography SL 6-7 GRY 100 (3 hrs)
Geography HL 4-7 GRY 100 (3 hrs)
History (Americas) HL 4-7 HST 121 (3 hrs)
History (European) HL 4-7 HST 103 (3 hrs)
Mathematics SL 5-7 MTH 135 (3 hrs)
Mathematics HL 4-5 MTH 261 (5 hrs)
Mathematics HL 6-7 MTH 261 and 280 (10 hrs)
Math Studies SL 6-7 MTH 130 (3 hrs)
Philosophy HL 4-7 PHI 110 (3 hrs)
Physics SL 4-7 GEP 8 (4 hrs)[2]
Physics HL 4 PHY 123 (4 hrs)
Physics HL 5-7 PHY 123 and 124 (8hrs)
Psychology SL 5-7 PSY 121 (3 hrs)
Psychology HL 4 PSY 121 (3 hrs)
Psychology HL 5-7 PSY 121 and 3 hrs of lower division electives (6 hrs)
Spanish SL 5 SPN 101 and 102 (6 hrs)
Spanish SL 6-7 SPN 101, 102 and 201 (9 hrs)[1]
Spanish HL 5 SPN 101, 102 and 201 (9 hrs)
Spanish HL 6 SPN 101, 102, 201 and 202 (12 hrs)
Spanish HL 7 SPN 101, 102, 201, 202 and 205 (15 hrs)
Theatre Arts HL 4-7 THE 101 (3 hrs)
Visual Arts SL/HL 5-7 General Studio Credit (3 hrs)
  1. Students with a score of 7 on a language Standard Level exam may contact the Department of Modern & Classical Languages to complete an assessment exam to be tested out of FRN 202 or SPN 202 and receive 12 hours of credit.
  2. A GEP designation means the course does not have a specific equivalent but is applicable toward Missouri State's general education program.
  3. Students with a 4-6 on the Standard-Level English exam receive credit for ENG 110; if they have dual credit, CLEP, or AP credit for ENG 110, they receive credit for ENG 287.
  4. Students with a 7 on the Standard-Level English exam receive credit for ENG 110 and ENG 287; if they have dual credit, CLEP, or AP credit for ENG 110, they receive credit for ENG 210 and ENG 287.
  5. Students with a 6 on the Higher-Level English exam receive credit for ENG 110 and ENG 287; if they have dual credit, CLEP, or AP credit for ENG 110, they receive credit for ENG 210 and ENG 287.
  6. Students with a score of 7 on the Higher-Level English exam receive credit for ENG 110, ENG 230, and ENG 287; if they have dual credit, CLEP, or AP credit for ENG 110, they receive credit for ENG 210, ENG 230, and ENG 287.