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MSUB Partnership with Tribal Colleges Eases Student Transfer Process

November 23, 2022

by Kelly McCandless

Montana State University Billings established partnerships with Fort Peck Community College and Chief Dull Knife College last month that allow their graduates, with certain associate degrees, to seamlessly transfer to MSU Billings to complete a bachelor’s degree. 

Fort Peck Community College graduates with an Associate of Arts in Business Administration can seamlessly transfer to MSU Billings to complete a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a general business, accounting, finance, management, or marketing option. Likewise, Chief Dull Knife College graduates with an Associate of Arts Elementary Education degree can easily transfer to MSUB to complete their Bachelor of Science in Education degree. 

This means that these graduates have already satisfied the MSUB general education requirements and can continue their education with MSUB. MSUB has many programs available online, making it more convenient for students to complete their degree.  

“Family input and support are so important to student success, whether they are fresh out of high school or returning after a hiatus. Maintaining that close connection through distance learning is what is so awesome about this articulation. FPCC and MSU Billings have a shared mission to support Fort Peck student success,” said Fort Peck Community College President Haven Gourneau.  

Bill Briggs, dean of Academic Affairs at Chief Dull Knife College expressed his excitement to partner with MSUB once again, as articulation agreements in business and biology currently exist between the two institutions. “We are excited to once again be partnering with MSUB to provide opportunities for our students in education. The chance for our students to complete a degree in education while remaining close to home and community is invaluable. We, at Chief Dull Knife College, believe in the importance of building a well-educated cadre of home-grown teachers for the children of our community and this partnership will help bring that vision to fruition.” 

Last year, MSU Billings and Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, established a transfer partnership, allowing NWC graduates with an Associate of Science degree the opportunity to seamlessly transition to a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with general business, accounting, finance, marketing, or marketing degree option at MSU Billings. Additional partnerships established last year were with Miles Community College, Great Falls College Montana State University, Casper College, and Western Wyoming College. 

“These agreements will allow students to obtain their business degree at MSU Billings while receiving full credit for the classes they have already taken at their community college,” said College of Business Interim Dean Ed Garding. “Once they are enrolled here, they can decide which of the five business options are best for them. Our recent graduates are in high demand, with the proof of that being nearly 100 percent job placement last year. “ 

MSU Billings has partnerships with additional institutions in the U.S. and internationally. Find more details here.  

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