2016-17 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs

Transfer Admission Requirements

Transfer students with less than 24 transferable semester hours of earned credit (remedial credit excluded)—follow First-Year (Freshmen) Admission Requirements listed in previous section.

To apply for admission, transfer students must submit:

  • A completed undergraduate Application for Admission
  • A $35 non-refundable application fee
  • Proof of two immunizations for measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Official college/university transcripts from all previous institutions

Transfer applicants must present a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale with 24 or more completed semester credits. Transfer applicants transferring in less than 24 completed semester credits will be required to submit his/her official final high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores. ACT/SAT scores are only required for students who are younger than 25 on the first day of class.

Upon receipt of all transcripts, the Registrar’s Office determines those credits that will transfer, as well as those credits that may be applied to the University’s General Education Requirements. Plus or minus grades are not recorded. Evaluation of credits as they apply specifically to the student’s major is done in consultation with the department/division chair at the time of the student’s registration for his/her first term at Minot State University. Students enrolling at Minot State University with the intention of transferring to another institution to complete their educational objectives are advised to work closely with the transfer campus as soon as possible to determine which courses will transfer most effectively. Faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. For more information visit www.minotstateu.edu/transfer.

Students who have attended other regionally-accredited colleges or universities will be admitted without restriction to Minot State University if they left the last transfer institution in good academic standing and if their college/university cumulative grade point average meets the Academic Progress standards outlined in this catalog. Courses from non-regionally accredited colleges or universities are reviewed on an individual basis. Failure to list all colleges, universities, and schools previously attended may result in denial of admission, dismissal, loss of credits, or other appropriate sanctions.

Academic Suspension

If a transfer average has resulted in the student’s academic suspension from another college or university, the student may be admitted on Academic Probation at Minot State but only if the student has not enrolled at any institution of higher education for a period of at least one term following a first suspension.

Academic Probation

If the transfer GPA is below the GPA average required for satisfactory academic progress, the student may be admitted on Academic Probation and conditions may be placed on his/her registration until the minimum cumulative grade point average requirement has been achieved.


New Minot State University students (freshman and transfer) are required to complete a new student orientation. To facilitate completion of this requirement the campus will hold CONNECT events during the summer and before the spring semester. These events will introduce students to the University through information sessions, a campus tour, academic advising, and will conclude with the student registering for classes. A virtual option is also available for distance students. Information about CONNECT events are sent electronically to all students who have been admitted to the University.

Regionally Accredited Agencies

  • MSCHE—Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • NCA-HLC—North Central Association of Colleges and Schools/Higher Learning Commission
  • NEASC-CIHE—New England Association of Schools and Colleges/Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • SACSCOC—Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  • WASC-ACCJC—Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
  • WSCUC—Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Senior College and University Commission

Minot State University accepts and transcribes all credits from regionally accredited institutions and credits on a course-by-course basis from non-regionally accredited institutions. To be transcribed, a course from a non-regionally accredited institution must be equated to an MSU course by the applicable department.

Limitations on Transfer Credit

Continuing Education Credit

Credits earned through continuing education opportunities on other campuses may be transferable. However, documentation must be provided to the Registrar’s Office prior to their acceptance.

Graduate Credit

A student may not apply transfer graduate credit toward requirements for an associates or baccalaureate degree at Minot State University.

Military Credit

Basic training courses are accepted in transfer and fulfill the Wellness category of General Education requirements at the University. All other military credit is evaluated using the most recent ACE Guide recommendations. Military work experience will not be accepted.

Religion Course Credit

No more than six semester credits in doctrinal religion will be accepted in transfer. Doctrinal religion courses that are accepted can be used as electives only.

Credit From Two-Year Institutions

Credit typically transfers from two-year institutions to Minot State University. Department chairs determine applicability of courses in transfer and the Registrar’s Office determines transferability of courses that fulfill General Education requirements. In order to be awarded a baccalaureate degree, a student must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours at a four-year institution, of which 30 semester hours must be earned through Minot State University.

Remedial Credit

Transfer credit earned at the remedial level will be transcribed. However, credit(s) will not count toward earned credit with Minot State University or be calculated in a student’s GPA.

Institutional Credit

Credit is evaluated on the basis by which the credit was initially awarded by the sending institution. MSU accepts credits earned via a nationally standardized examination as per NDUS policy. Credit by examination, credit awarded via placement, or life experience credit awarded by another institution is not accepted in transfer.