2010-2012 Graduate Studies Catalog

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from Montana State University Billings with a graduate degree, a student must satisfy certain requirements.  The following list is a general guideline for graduation requirements.  Please see the individual program section for specific or additional degree requirements:

  1. A graduate student must have fulfilled all curricular requirements specified in the program of study or in the student’s approved plan of study as modified by any approved changes to the Plan, or the program requirements as stated in this catalog with electives approved by the advisor, department chairperson, college dean, and Director of Graduate Studies.
  2. The student must have a 3.00 GPA (3.25 GPA for Public Relations) for all courses included in the plan of study.  For graduate students in education, this includes both the Professional Core and Professional Specialization courses listed in the plan of study.  No student may have below a “C” (2.0) on any coursework on the approved plan of study.
  3. The student must have passed all written and oral comprehensive examinations required in the student’s program.
  4. Any student opting to write a Thesis must provide the Office of Graduate Studies with the final copies of the paper in acceptable format along with signed approval sheets for binding.
  5. The student must file a formal Application for Graduation with the Office of Admissions and Records by the deadlines set for each semester.  The application must be signed by the faculty advisor and be accompanied by a $50.00 graduation fee.  Applications forms are available from the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education as well as online.  On receipt of the application, the Office of Admissions and Records will circulate a Final Evaluation for Graduation that will be utilized to ensure that the student has met all degree requirements.

Once all requirements are completed and all required signatures on the Final Evaluation for Graduation are obtained, the student’s graduation date and degree will be posted on the student’s Official Academic Record (transcript).  The student will be sent a letter certifying the student’s graduation and providing a final transcript.

If all requirements are not satisfied by the end of the term for which the student applied to graduate, the date of graduation will be delayed until the end of the
semester or session in which all requirements are completed.  Students should be aware of the six-year limit within which all requirements must be met.


Commencement is held once each year at the end of the spring term.  Those students earning an undergraduate or graduate degree will be publicly recognized.  A student who intends to complete all requirements for a master’s degree by the end of the Summer Session will be permitted to participate in the preceding spring commencement ceremony so long as the student complies with the following procedures

  1. The student must file a formal Application for Graduation with the Office of Admissions and Records and must have paid the $50 graduation fee.
  2. The student must meet by the end of the Summer Session all of the requirements for graduation, demonstrating this intention by pre-registering for all remaining required courses in the Summer Session by April 1.

Please note that participating in the Commencement does not necessarily signify a student has graduated.  Diplomas will be issued and graduation recorded on the transcript only after all degree requirements are certified to have been met by the Director of Graduate Studies.


Montana Teacher of the Year Tuition Waiver Award

  1. 1.  The annual winner of the Montana Teacher of the Year Award qualifies for a tuition waiver for graduate study at Montana State University Billings as follows:
    1. The tuition waiver qualifies the recipient for a maximum of 24 credits to be applied toward a graduate degree in education.
    2. The tuition waiver is available to the recipient for a maximum time of three consecutive years, including summer enrollments.
    3. The tuition waiver may be used for non-degree graduate courses, but no more than nine graduate credit hours earned in non-degree status may be applied toward a graduate degree.
    4. Recipients holding a master’s degree may apply the 24 graduate credits toward a second master’s degree or non-degree graduate course.
    5. All requirements for admission to a graduate program must be met by the applicant.
  2. Recipients of the Montana Teacher of the Year Award should contact the Deputy Commissioner for Academic and Stud ent Affairs of the Montana University System for information about the tuition waiver award and processing of the tuition waiver.
  3. All other fees and expenses are the responsibility of the Montana Teacher of the Year Award winner.
  4. It is expected that while in residence, the Montana Teacher of the Year recipient will serve the program in some fashion at the request of the Department (e.g., speak in undergraduate education classes, work with faculty members in course revision or preparation).

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