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Associate of Arts to MSU-Billings

Associate of Arts Degree with Accounting Coursework Transfer to MSU Billings

The Associate of Arts with articulated coursework in Accounting is designed for students interested in a baccalaureate degree in Accounting at Montana State University Billings.

The Associate of Arts (AA) includes education across academic disciplines. Focusing on integration of information while increasing a student’s employability, the AA is designed for transferability to a baccalaureate program.

To receive the AA degree, the following requirements must be completed:

Montana University System Core Requirements31
Computer Skills/Usage requirement3
Coursework in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences9
Final cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0

Courses taken to fulfill one specific requirement, including courses in the Concentration or Elective blocks, may not be used to fulfill another specific requirement; thus, a course taken to fulfill the Cultural Diversity requirement in the Montana University System Core may not be used as an Elective.

Graduates are Prepared to:

  • Demonstrate the outcomes achievable by completing the Montana University System Core.
  • Select and use the appropriate technologies for personal, academic, or career tasks.
  • Think critically about theories and applications from multiple disciplines when evaluating information, solving problems, and making decisions.

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

Estimated costs are for the Great Falls College portion of this curriculum. Please contact the partnering school for information on the estimated cost of classes there.

Tuition and Fees $6,835
Application and Fee $30
Lab Fees $105
Books/Supplies $2,046
Total $9,017

Many students need preliminary math, writing, and biology courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

I. GFC MSU Additional Graduation Requirement

COLS 103Becoming a Successful Student +1

II. Montana University System Core Courses - 32 Semester Hours

Communication - 6 Credits (3 credits written, 3 credits verbal)

WRIT 101College Writing I **,+3
COMX 111Intro to Public Speaking +3

Mathematics - 3 Credits

M 105Contemporary Mathematics **, +3
M 171Calculus I **,+4

Humanities/Fine Arts - 6 Credits

Fine Arts
Select one of the following:
ARTZ 101Art Fundamentals +3
ARTZ 105Visual Language-Drawing +3
MUSI 101Enjoyment of Music +3
Select one of the following:
LIT 110Intro to Lit +3
PHL 110Introduction to Ethics +3

Natural Science - 8 Credits (Must include 1 lab course)

Select one of the following:
BIOB 101Discover Biology/Lab **,+4
BIOB 160Princpls of Living Systems/Lab **,+4
Select one of the following:
CHMY 121Intro to General Chem w/Lab **,+4
CHMY 141College Chemistry I w/Lab **,+4
GEO 101Intro to Physical Geologyw/Lab +4
PHSX 105Fund of Physical Science w/Lab +4

Social Sciences/History - 6 Credits

ECNS 201Principles of Microeconomics +3
Select one of the following:
HSTA 101American History I (N) +3
HSTA 102American History II (N) +3
HSTR 101Western Civilization I +3
HSTR 102Western Civilization II +3

Cultural Diversity - 3 Credits

Select one of the following:
ANTY 101Anthro & the Human Experience +3
LSH 244American Cultural Values +3
NASX 204Intro to NA Beliefs & Philsphy (N) +3
NASX 232MT Ind Cltrs/Hstry/Iss (=332) (N) +3
NASX 240Native American Lit (=to 340) (N) +3

Cultural Heritage of American Indians - 3 Credits

Courses with an “N” behind the course title will fulfill the Cultural Heritage of American Indians requirement as well as a designated core area requirement. +

III. Computer Skills/Usage - 3 credits

CAPP 131Basic MS Office +3
OR a satisfactory Computer Skills test score.

IV . Concentration in Accounting, Arts, Business, Humanities, and Social Sciences - 9 Credits

ACTG 101Accounting Procedures I **,+3
ACTG 102Accounting Procedures II **,+3
BGEN 105Introduction to Business +3

V. Articulated Coursework - 17 Credits

Select from the following:
ACTG 201Principles of Fin Acct *,+3
ACTG 202Principles of Mang Acct *,+3
BGEN 235Business Law *,+3
ECNS 202Principles of Macroeconomics +3
STAT 216Introduction to Statistics **,+4
WRIT 122Intro to Business Writing **,+3


Outline for Completion of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting Option from MSU Billings

The Associate of Arts with Articulated coursework in Business is designed for students interested in a baccalaureate degree in Business Administration - Accounting Option at MSU Billings. The following courses would be taken at MSU Billings after transfer with the Associate of Arts coursework completed at GFC MSU.

COB Productivity Application Software Proficiency Exam
BUS 315 Applied Business Decisions 3
MGMT 321 Principles of Management 3
MIS 330 Principles of Management Information Systems 3
MKT 340 Principles of Marketing 3
FIN 351 Principles of Financial Management 3
MGMT 322 Operations Management 3
MGMT 488 Business Strategy 3
ACTG 301 Internediate Accounting I 3
ACTG 302 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACTG 303 Intermediate Accounting III and Theory 3
ACTG 410 Cost/Management Accounting I 3
ACTG 415 Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting I 3
BUS 405 Business Law II 3
ACTG 321 Accounting Information Systems I 3
ACTG 401 Principles of Fed Tax - Individuals 3
ACTG 411 Auditing I 3
ACTG 436 Advanced Accounting 3
Restricted Electives 6
Electives 7

Total Program Credits: 120