Advising and Degree Requirements

Admittance to Midwestern State University 

Midwestern State University reserves the right to change admission criteria in keeping with actions of the Texas State Legislature or the University Board of Regents. It is to the prospective student's advantage to contact MSU Admissions. Students seeking admission and Texas residency classification under HB 1403 or SB 1528 should contact MSU Admissions. An affidavit is required.

Mode of Admission:

 Transfer Students (students who have attended another college or university)

 Returning Students (students who have attended MSU previously)

Students are not admitted to the University until they have received an admittance/acceptance letter from the Admissions Office. The Admissions Office must have official transcripts mailed directly from the schools attended to the MSU Admissions Office.

Student must provide proof that the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) has been met.

♦ Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Requirement

      •Link to entire text of Texas Senate Bill 1107

      •Submit documentation to Magnus Health:

BAAS Program Admittance

Before acceptance into the Bachelor’s of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) Program a student must have a degree plan. 

To be eligible for the BAAS program a student must have 24 hours of credit in the occupational specialty area of the degree plan. This could include work experience credit, accredited college/university hours, vocational/technical hours from American Council on Education (ACE) accredited programs, or academic hours that are not part of the core requirements.

Evaluation of the transcript (Student Transfer Credit Evaluation) by the Midwestern State University Registrar may indicate that credit is not accepted for a technical course. A notation of “not accepted” on the Evaluation does not necessarily mean these courses will not be credited to the BAAS Program.  Such credit, when it is from an accredited program or college, will be evaluated by the BAAS staff.  Remedial or developmental credit is not included in college hours earned toward a degree.

A student who is a veteran should supply a copy of their DD214 and any other military records of education. Veterans can access information regarding transcripts for their military training electronically. 

Degree Plan

Degree plans are tentative until all official transcripts have been evaluated by the Registrar’s office. When evaluated and updated a final degree plan will be sent to the student for signature. The original will be part of the student’s official records in the Registrar’s office. All seniors must have a signed degree plan on file before applying for a graduation audit.

The degree plan is divided into 3 main areas, all of which must be completed to reach the 120 minimum hours needed to graduate:

  • Occupational Specialty area requires 39 hours;
  • Core Curriculum requires 42 hours to complete;
  • Professional Development area requires 36 advanced (3000-4000) hours to complete
  • 3 hours Computer Science requirement.

Work experience credit may be applied to the Occupational Specialty area and limited to 6 hours:  To qualify for work experience credit, a student must have three consecutive years of full-time employment within the last six years. Students may be awarded 2 hours credit for each qualifying year of job experience related to the student’s occupational specialty up to a maximum of 6 hours.

Work experience and vocational/technical credit, if applicable, will be credited to the transcript when the student has completed nine hours at MSU.

The BAAS degree plan is limited to 15 hours from the Midwestern State University College of Business.  Thirty (30) hours is the maximum business hours that can be on the degree plan. This includes courses transferred to Midwestern State University that are the equivalent to courses taught at Midwestern State University.  An exception to this rule is the Business Minor.  

A student may take a business minor under the BAAS program. The business minor is limited to those courses stated in the Midwestern State University catalog.

No more than 69 hours of transfer credit will be accepted from a community (2 year) college. This “69-hour limit of community college hours” rule does not include ACE-accredited course work or course work from other 4-year colleges or universities. The student is responsible for keeping the degree plan current by marking courses completed and updating any applicable changes.

Contact information on the degree plan must also be current. Address and phone number changes can be made through the student services link

Students should also contact the BAAS Office with address and phone number changes since these changes are not automatically received by the BAAS Office when made through student services.

Student Advising

During each registration period students have an advising hold on their records to prevent them from registering without first talking with an advisor.  BAAS students must first contact an advisor to discuss enrollment. The advising hold will then be lifted allowing the student to register for the upcoming semester at .

Advising for distance education students is usually conducted by telephone or email.  When contacting the advisor by email, the student’s full name, Mustang ID number, and daytime phone number should be included in the correspondence to help with advisor follow up.

When talking with an advisor the student should have the degree plan available. During the registration and advising period, it is helpful if the student has viewed and printed the schedule of classes at the BAAS homepage.

Students desiring to participate in the optional BAAS Internship must have an approved internship site, and have a junior classification (60 hours) before enrolling.  Only one (1) Internship is permitted and no more than three (3) hours of Internship may be applied to the BAAS  degree. The hours received from the Internship are credited in the Professional Development area of the degree plan.  

Registering and Withdrawing from Courses

Links to instructions for registering on-line can be found on the BAAS homepage.

Students are responsible for understanding that there is only a limited time in which to drop a course or withdraw from the university without incurring a financial penalty. Each term there are set dates to drop a course or to withdraw from the university.

D2L technical questions or problems should be directed to the Distance Education Office.

General questions regarding the courses may be found in the university catalog .  Questions related to the course content may be discussed with the course instructor. Email addresses for instructors are available at the BAAS homepage

Information regarding tuition, fees, and financial aid can be located at the University Business Office homepage

There is a “Links” area on the BAAS homepage which provides information for ordering textbooks, paying tuition and fees, contacting university support personnel, and other helpful information.

Graduation and other Requirements

Students are advised to file for graduation at least two full semesters prior to the anticipated graduation date. The graduation audit supersedes the degree plan. Midwestern State University has three graduation months: May, August, and December, though commencement ceremonies are held in May and December months only.  

All undergraduate students at Midwestern State University must meet the Writing Proficiency Requirement (WPR) by either passing the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE) or completing ENGL 2113, Composition Skills. The exam should be taken when the student has between 60 and 90 credit hours and has completed ENGL 1113 and 1123 (or the transfer equivalent of English Composition I and II) 

Midwestern State University’s residency requirement is 31 credit hours.  The 31 hour requirement may be fulfilled by taking courses at any level (1000-4000). The credit hours awarded for work experience, CLEP, proficiency tests, challenged courses, and courses not taken at  Midwestern State University do not count towards the 31 residency hours required.

All students are responsible for reading and understanding the university catalog and the degree plan. The catalog and the Registrar’s evaluation of requirements supersede the degree plan.

For distance education students the B.A.A.S. homepage is the “link” to the university. Save the site in your list of favorites for quick and easy access.