Effective spring 2018, the minimum credit requirement for an undergraduate degree
has been reduced from 125 to 120. This applies to all undergraduate students regardless
of degree or major catalog term.
NOTE: Some programs have specific requirements that total more than 120 credit hours.
This change will not impact students in those programs.
Op3.04-27 General Baccalaureate Degree Policies and Requirements
General degree policies
Majors and options
A major is an academic program of study. Some majors require completion of an option
which is a specialized area of study within the major. The option title will appear
on the student’s transcript but not on the diploma.
Multiple degrees and/or multiple majors
For students with two majors, the first will determine the students’ department and
dean for various administrative purposes.
Students who complete the requirements for two or more majors under the same degree
in the same semester will be awarded one diploma listing all majors. If either major
requires a minor, the other major will fulfill this requirement. An additional major
option or university certificate will not fulfill a minor requirement.
Students who complete the requirements for two or more different degrees in the same
semester will be awarded a diploma for each degree.
Multiple use of courses
Courses may be counted toward meeting the requirements in more than one area (major
and minor, two majors, major and general education requirements, etc.) unless specifically
prohibited by the academic departments and/or degree requirements and so stated in
Courses completed for graduate credit other than approved mixed credit courses cannot
be applied toward an undergraduate degree program, nor can courses taken for undergraduate
credit be applied toward a graduate degree program.
Additional undergraduate degree and/or major
Students who have previously earned a baccalaureate degree may return to pursue an
additional major or degree. A student may also pursue multiple majors and/or degrees
at the same time.
A student may not receive a second baccalaureate degree with the same major (even
if the option within the major is different) as a degree previously earned unless
one of the degrees is an education degree (e.g., Bachelor of Science in Education
or Bachelor of Music Education) and the other degree is not.
Students pursuing multiple options of the same major must graduate with the multiple
options during the same semester of graduation as the student may not return in a
later semester and be awarded the same major again.
Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a regional
accrediting association recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation
(CHEA) are considered to have fulfilled general education requirements for the subsequent
major/degree. Additionally, for students pursuing a subsequent degree that requires
a minor, the major on the previous degree will fulfill the requirement.
Minors may only be awarded as part of an earned degree and must be of the same degree
type as the degree. A minor cannot be in the same field of study as a current or previously
earned major. A minor cannot be awarded independently and students cannot complete
a minor post-graduation to add to a previously awarded degree.
A Bachelor of Science in Education or Bachelor of Music Education degree may be granted
without a recommendation for a teaching certificate if the graduate does not present
evidence of good moral character as determined by the Professional Education Committee.
Credit for courses completed in the major more than eight years before the student’s
date of graduation may be disallowed by the major department.
Bachelor’s degree requirements
Catalog of graduation
Students shall satisfy the General Education, General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements,
and Scholastic Honors requirements in effect upon first enrollment as a degree-seeking
student at Missouri State. Major and minor requirements and other specific degree
requirements in effect at the time the student is admitted to that program shall be
satisfied. Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Education and Bachelor of Music
Education degrees must meet all Missouri state teacher certification requirements
in effect at the time the certificate is granted.
If a student re-enrolls after an absence of one calendar year or more from Missouri
State, requirements in effect at the time of readmission as a degree-seeking student
must be satisfied. Any undergraduate student who re-enrolls at Missouri State within
one year of being released from military assignment shall be allowed to continue under
the same "catalog of graduation." Any undergraduate student who had been admitted
to a degree program or any graduate student with an approved program of study prior
to mobilization and who re-enrolls within one year of being released from military
assignment shall not be subject to any additional degree requirements enacted in the
Transfer students from Missouri public colleges and universities may follow the general
education and general baccalaureate degree requirements in effect at Missouri State
when they first enrolled (or re-enrolled after an absence of one calendar year or
more) as degree-seeking students at the institutions from which they transferred.
The general education catalog year for these students will be established at the point
of admission on the basis of this policy. Students who elect instead to follow the
general education and general baccalaureate degree requirements in effect during their
first semester may do so by notifying the Office of the Registrar.
Credits and grade point average requirements
All candidates for any baccalaureate degree must meet the following minimum credits
and grade point average requirements:
- Completed a total of at least 120 semester hours of credit. (Note: This requirement first applies to students applying to graduate in the spring 2018 semester.)
- Completed 40 hours of upper division credit (courses numbered 300 and above).
- Attained at least a 2.00 Missouri State cumulative GPA.
- Attained at least a 2.00 combined (MSU and transfer) GPA.
- Attained at least a 2.00 general education GPA on all courses used to meet the student's
General Education requirements.
- Attained at least a 2.00 GPA on all courses that are required in the major.
- Attained at least a 2.00 GPA on all courses that are required in the minor.
Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Education and Bachelor of Music Education
degrees are also required to meet the following additional grade point average requirements.
All GPA requirements include both Missouri State and transfer grades.
- Attain at least a 2.75 combined (MSU and transfer) cumulative GPA.
- Attain at least a 3.00 GPA in the certificate subject area (major field of study).
- Attain at least a 3.00 GPA in any additional certificate subject area.
- Attain at least a 3.00 GPA in the professional education courses.
- Have no grade lower than a “C” in all professional education courses.
Note: Many majors and minors require a GPA higher than the above stated minimums for
admission, graduation, or both. Such requirements are listed as a part of the major
or minor requirements.
Public Affairs Capstone Experience
All candidates for any baccalaureate degree must have completed a capstone experience
(the equivalent of at least three cumulative credit hours) related to the major. The
capstone experience allows a student to demonstrate the capacity to synthesize and
apply information, demonstrate analytical, practical, and interpretive skills and
promulgate ideas acquired from the major to bear on one significant summative experience,
project, or class intrinsic to two elements of the public affairs mission. The capstone
experiences/projects/classes will be designed and approved by individual departments
or programs. The course number and credit hours assigned to the capstone experience
will be determined by the department and specified within each major’s requirements.
University exit survey
All students admitted into a baccalaureate degree program must complete a University
Exit survey. Students must take this University Exit Survey prior to graduation and
upon the completion of 102 or more credit hours.
Students who complete more than one baccalaureate degree are only required to take
the survey one time. Requests for exceptions to the survey requirement due to extreme
hardship should be directed to the Office of Assessment, Exit Survey Administrator.
Information regarding the University Exit Survey may be obtained online.
Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination
In compliance with Mo. Rev. Stat. § 170.013, all undergraduate, degree-seeking students
with a general education catalog semester/year of fall 2019 or later must, prior to
graduation, pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics
(Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination) with a score of seventy
percent or greater.
A candidate for a degree who transfers credit from another college must meet the following
- Complete a minimum of at least 30 hours of courses administered by the Springfield
- Complete at least 12 hours of upper division credit in the major in courses administered
by the Springfield Campus.
- Complete at least 6 hours of upper or lower division credit in the minor in courses
administered by the Springfield Campus.
- Complete at least 20 out of the last 30 hours in courses administered by the Springfield
Campus. Students who have completed at least 90 hours in courses administered by the
Springfield Campus, may petition the department head of their major to take less than
20 out of the last 30 hours on the Springfield Campus. If this petition is granted,
written approval from the department head must be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar
prior to the semester of graduation.
Exceptions to 20 out of the last 30 hours requirement are made for the following:
a) Medical Technology majors when the last year is completed at an approved school
of Medical Technology, b) Radiography majors when the last two years are completed
at an approved school of Radiologic Technology, c) Animal Science majors when the
last two years are completed at the University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine,
d) Animal Science majors when the last year is completed at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville,
e) students who participate in a Missouri State education abroad or exchange program
approved by the Office of International Programs, and f) students in the West Plains
Campus completion degree programs.
Appeals for exceptions
Students who wish to appeal for exceptions to the general baccalaureate degree requirements
should submit an appeal to the Degrees Committee. The procedure for submitting an appeal is maintained by the Office of the Provost.