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Associate of Arts to MSU-Billings

Associate of Arts Degree with Accounting and Business Coursework Transfer to MSU Billings

The Associate of Arts with articulated coursework in Accounting and Business is designed for students interested in a baccalaureate degree in Business 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 Fee $30
Lab Fees $105
Books/Supplies $2,046
Total $9,017

Many students need preliminary  math, science, and writing 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

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

Select one of the following:
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:4
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 Science/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 - General Business 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 - General Business 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
FIN 316Quantitative Methods in Business and Economics3
FIN 351Principles of Financial Management3
MGMT 321Principles of Management3
MGMT 322Operations Management3
BUS 347Integrated Business Cases and Simulation3
MKT 340Principles of Marketing3
MKT 341Consumer Behavior3
MIS 330Principles of Management Information Systems3
MIS 310Web Design, Development and Implementation3
MIS 352Microcomputer Database Design & Implementation3
BUS 440Business and the Environment3
BUS 485Capstone3
MGMT 439Entrepreneurship3
FIN 352Microcomputer Database Design & Implementation3
MGMT 422Microcomputer Database Design & Implementation3
Restrictive Electives6

Total Program Credits: 122*