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 Types of MSU Degrees

   
Associate Degree -

Associate degree candidates need the following minimums toward degree and can be completed in two years or less, except for the AAS in Radiologic Technology and the AAS in Veterinology Technology which require a minimum of three years to complete.

  • If your catalog year is before 2010, you need 64 hours.
  • If your catalog year is 2010 or later, you need 60 hours.
 
Bachelor's or Baccalaureate Degree -

Bachelors degree candidates need the following minimums toward degree:

  • If your catalog year is before 2010, you need 128 hours, 43 of which is upper division (300+ level courses).
  • If your catalog year is 2010 or later, you need 120 hours, 42 of which is upper division.
 
Area (or Area of Concentration) -
A field of specialization requiring not less than 48 semester hours of credit, which can be completed in place of a major-minor combination.
 
Major -
A principal field of specialized study in which a student plans to obtain a degree.  A major requires no fewer than 30 semester hours of designated course work and must be accompanied by a minor or second major.
 
Minor -
A secondary field of study of no fewer than 21 semester hours of designated course work.
 
Program of Study -
The major-minor combination or Area of Concentration which the student elects to pursue.
 
Teacher Certification Program -
A state approved course of study that leads to certification as a public school teacher.