Graduate School Policies and Regulations

Graduate students are responsible for becoming familiar with the various requirements of graduate study that are applicable and to satisfy them accordingly. The University reserves the right to change the requirements regarding admission and to drop, add, or change the arrangement of courses, curricula, requirements for retention, graduation, degrees, and other regulations of the Graduate School. Such regulations shall be effective whenever determined by the appropriate faculty and administrative bodies. See website addenda at They may govern both current and new students. In addition, fees, expenses, and other items may change dependent upon departmental, University, or system regulations or policy. Contact the MSU Graduate School for the most current updates.

The following policies constitute minimum requirements of the Graduate School. Additional department or program requirements may apply.

The University is on a semester system. The semester hour is the unit of credit used at MSU. The credit hour definition is available in the Undergraduate Catalog. For graduate enrollment, full-time load is nine (9) semester hours in a 16 week session and five (5) semester hours in an 8 week session in fall and spring semesters and six (6) semester hours in summer semester.

Unofficial Transcript
Current students and students enrolled at MSU since fall 2005 can acquire unofficial transcripts online, at no charge, using Campus Connection.

Official Transcripts

Students can request an official transcript online, in writing by mail/fax, or in person. Transcripts cannot be released without the student’s written signature unless requested online through Campus Connection. Transcripts cannot be requested by email or telephone. Transcripts cost $8.00 per copy, unless special ordering options are chosen. For additional information, please visit

All transcripts contain a student’s entire academic record including undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education coursework.