Simultaneous Degree


Office of Enrollment Services
Revised June 24, 2013

If you are in the Cooperative Engineering Program with Missouri University of Science and Technology
(S&T) and Missouri State University (MSU), then you are aware from the Cooperative Engineering Office
of the unique aspects of this program, including the fact that you will be simultaneously enrolled with
both institutions and that your degree will be from S&T and not MSU.

It is possible to pursue a major and degree with MSU at the same time. The following provides
information on steps you should take and things you will need to know to ensure progress toward both
degrees. We encourage you to meet with the Associate Dean of the College of Natural and Applied
Sciences to review your plans and the information contained in this document prior to declaring your
MSU major.

Declaring your major

To declare your MSU major, please contact the Associate Registrar in the Office
of the Registrar (Carrington Hall, room 320). You should also contact the department of your MSU
major to be assigned to an MSU advisor.

In our student information system, we have a “placeholder” code to identify students in the cooperative
engineering program. Because it is not an MSU degree program, it is not associated with degree
requirements at MSU. (Your engineering program degree audit is maintained by Missouri S&T.) When
you declare an MSU major, it will be listed as your “secondary” major in our student information system
and the code for the cooperative engineering program will be listed as your primary program to enable
us to track your participation in that program. As a result, your degree audit on MyMissouriState will
not show your MSU major and degree.

However, you will be able to monitor your progress toward your MSU major and degree utilizing the
“what-if” option provided by our degree audit system. (You will find instructions for running a “what if”
audit when you choose the degree audit function on MyMissouriState.) When you run a “what if” audit
you must enter your specific MSU program code and catalog year. The advisor for your MSU program
will be able to assist you with this. Please encourage your advisor to place a note in your Advising Notes
(also on MyMissouriState) regarding your program code and catalog year to serve as a reference to you
and to others in the future.

A “what if” degree audit can be generated for only one major. If you also choose to pursue a minor at
MSU, it will not appear on the “what-if” degree audit. You will need to keep track of this
independently. When you apply to graduate from MSU, we will manually compare your academic
record to your minor catalog year requirements.

You cannot pursue only a minor at MSU. Minors must be associated with an MSU major and degree.

General education requirements

By completing either your S&T degree or what is known as the
“Missouri 42 Hour Block” at S&T, you will be considered as having met MSU general education
requirements. When you notify the Associate Registrar of your intent to pursue an MSU major and
degree, that office will contact the Office of Admissions which in turn will make an entry on your
transfer evaluation indicating that your general education requirements are “in progress” through
Missouri S&T. Once we have received verification from S&T that you have completed your degree or
the 42 hour block, the Office of Admissions will change that entry from “in progress” to
complete. Thus, as long as you will complete your S&T degree before or at the same time that you
complete your MSU degree, you do not need to be concerned with the MSU general education
requirements (though you would need to complete any general education courses that may be
specifically required for your MSU major).

Posting of transfer credit

Through our agreement with S&T, we will receive your updated S&T
transcript at the end of each semester. We will award transfer credit accordingly which will become a
part of your MSU record (shown as transfer credit, not MSU credit). Most of your credit will appear as
electives, and all of your credit will be designated as either lower division or upper division. Elective
credit is applicable to the 125 hour requirement for graduation from MSU, and your upper division
transfer credit will apply toward the MSU 40 hour upper division requirement. Please be aware that it
may take some time at the end of each semester before your transfer credit is posted.

One component of the MSU residence requirement states that students must “Complete at least 20 out
of the last 30 hours in courses administered by the Springfield Campus.” If you are pursuing degrees
from both institutions simultaneously, it is possible that you will not meet this requirement. If so, it will
be waived as long as you meet other components of our residence requirement (i.e., at least 30 hours of
courses administered by the Springfield Campus and at least 12 hours of upper division credit in the
major in courses administered by the Springfield Campus). If you will require a waiver of the “20 of the
last 30” requirement, contact the Associate Dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences when
you apply to graduate from MSU.

Financial aid

As noted in the cooperative engineering program agreement, your financial aid will be
administered by MSU. If you are receiving an MSU scholarship, you may only receive it your first and
second years even if you are pursuing degrees from both institutions simultaneously. MSU scholarships
require that students enroll in and complete 30 hours of MSU credit each year. S&T courses are not
applicable to this requirement.

Once you have graduated from either institution, you will no longer be eligible for a Pell grant.
Depending on the sequence of events, it is possible that you would be awarded a Pell grant for a
semester following your graduation from the first institution that you would later need to return.

Simultaneous enrollment can also sometimes generate other issues with regard to financial aid. If you
have questions or experience problems, please be sure to contact the MSU Office of Student Financial

Verification of graduation

If you will complete both your S&T and MSU degrees during the same
semester, we will need to receive verification of your S&T degree prior to awarding your MSU degree in
order to waive your general education requirements (unless you provide verification of completing the
42 hour block as noted above). This may cause a slight delay in the awarding of your MSU degree.

To be eligible for scholastic honors upon graduation from MSU, you will need to meet established MSU
criteria. To qualify for honors, students must meet the GPA requirement based both on their MSU GPA
and their combined (MSU and transfer) GPA.

Your S&T degree will be recorded on your S&T transcript, not your MSU transcript. Your MSU degree
will be recorded on your MSU transcript. Thus, when verifying your degrees (e.g., for employers or
graduate schools), you will need to request your transcripts from both institutions.

In general, please just know that, because of the special circumstances associated with pursuing
simultaneous degrees from two institutions, you may sometimes experience difficulties with
enrollment-related functions (e.g., registration, degree audit, and financial aid) that a typical student
would not encounter. If you do encounter issues not listed above, please contact the Associate Dean of
the College of Natural and Applied Sciences.

Best wishes in your pursuit of both your S&T and MSU degrees!

For additional information:

Associate Dean
College of Natural and Applied Sciences
Temple 142

Office of Enrollment Services
Carrington 304

Office of the Registrar
Carrington 320

Office of Student Financial Aid
Carrington 101