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Second Master's Degree

A student may earn a second master's degree from Montana State University Billings. A student seeking the second degree from Montana State University Billings must have earned the first master's degree at an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association.

Whether the first master's degree was earned at Montana State University Billings or at another accredited institution, students enrolling for a second master's degree may, where appropriate, count from the first master's degree a maximum of 10 semester (15 quarter) hour credits towards the Master of Education and Master of Science in Special Education degrees, and a maximum of 20 semester (30 quarter) hour credits towards the Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling Degree. A maximum of 6 semester hour credits may be transferred into the Master of Science in Information Processing and Communications.

In reviewing the plan-of-study for the second master's degree, the advisor, unit chairperson and dean will determine if these credits from the first master's degree are relevant to the program for the second master's degree.

If a student enrolls at Montana State University Billings for two master's degrees concurrently, the above paragraphs will be interpreted as follows:

A student enrolling for both the Master of Education Degree and the Master of Science in Special Education Degree will complete all requirements for both degrees, with the provision that up to 9 semester credits of professional core credits may be common to both degrees.

A student enrolling for either the Master of Education Degree or the Master of Science in Special Education Degree together with the Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling Degree will complete all requirements for both degrees, with the provision that up to 20 semester (30 quarter) credits may be common to both degrees.

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