- Students register for an additional class after initial registration. Check the Academic
Calendar for registration deadlines and possible fees.
- Students who wish to earn a vocational certificate or a degree must apply and be formally
admitted to a program. Students admitted to MSC have submitted an Application for
Admission, paid the appropriate fee ($40 for undergraduate applications, $45 for graduate
applications), met all admission requirements and received a Certificate of Admission.
Basic University admission requirements must be met; some departments may have additional
requirements. See the MSC Bulletin for specific admission and degree information.
Students may select "undeclared" as a degree program. Complete admission is required
in order to receive most types of financial aid.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM:
- UAA awards credit for satisfactory performance (a score of 3 or higher) on the College
Board Advanced Placement Examinations. These exams are normally completed by students
during their senior year in high school. A student may receive credit for more than
one Advanced Placement Exam.
- Associate degrees are programs of 60 credits or more that combine focused coursework
in a major field with broad studies in the general education areas of written communication,
oral communication, humanities, math and natural sciences, and social sciences.
- Students register, pay for, and attend a class without receiving credit. Within certain
timeframes, a class can be changed from audit to credit grading.
- (Bachelor Degree) Baccalaureate, or bachelor, degrees are organized programs or study
that consist of 120 credits or more. In addition to providing extensive preparation
in specific knowledge areas, the content and activities found in the baccalaureate
degree promote in students the abilities to reason, research, and analyze, and to
form, support and communicate their ideas and opinions. Typically it takes 4-5 years
of full time attendance to earn a bachelor’s degree.
- A book printed annually which defines every degree program being offered at that campus
during one academic year (fall, spring and summer). It is the student's responsibility
to become familiar with the policies, regulations and graduation requirements in the
catalog. It is important that students get the catalog that corresponds with their
- See Bulletin
- The academic year that a student is admitted into a degree program. The catalog year
begins with the fall semester and ends with the following summer semester. To earn
a certificate or degree, students need to meet the requirements in that year's catalog
or from the catalog of the year in which they graduate.
- Classification, based on the total credits a student has earned and does not necessarily
reflect the progress a student has made toward the completion of a degree. Students
are classified as follows:
Senior: 90+ creditsCODE OF CONDUCT:
- The University requires students to conduct themselves honestly and responsibly and
respect the rights of others. Violations of the Code of Conduct are subject to University
judicial review and disciplinary action. Please read the Student Code of Conduct in
the Student Life chapter of the MSC Bulletin.
- A booklet printed every semester detailing classes being offered. The beginning of
this book contains essential information that applies to every student. This is how
MSC informs everyone of the guidelines that apply to University attendance.
- An academic title conferred by universities and colleges indicating the completion
of a course of study. Here are just a few examples:
Bachelor of Science (BS)
- For a complete list of degrees offered by MSC, please visit the
- Students who have been fully admitted to a degree program and are attending the classes
required to complete their degree.
- You can earn multiple degrees simultaneously by following the guidelines in the MSC
- Baccalaureate degree-seeking students may apply to graduate (during the same semester)
with two majors, provided the degree program is the same for each major. For example,
a student may select two of the approved majors, such as History and Justice, within
the Bachelor of Arts degree program.
- Students who register for a class and decide not to attend must drop the class by
the deadline published in the course schedule. If the class is not dropped before
the deadline, tuition and fees will still apply. Students who don’t formally withdraw
will receive an "F" grade. (Also see withdrawal.) Use UA On-Line (web) system or go
to the registration office in person. See the course schedule for drop deadlines and
possible fees. Dropped courses do not appear on the student's transcript.
- Students registered for classes at MSC are enrolled. Many students mistakenly assume
they are admitted to the University because they are enrolled in classes.
- Some courses include "Permission of Faculty" as a registration restriction. Students
must obtain the signature of the faculty member instructing the course section, or
that faculty member's designee, prior to registration.
- Students taking courses for academic credit pay student fees that support a variety
of programs and services. All students registering in three or more credits held on
the Anchorage campus must pay the mandatory student fees. The course schedule outlines
the benefits associated with these fees.
- The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, was designated
to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to
inspect and review their education records, and to provide guidelines for the correction
of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings.
- Most types of assistance students receive in order to pay for tuition (for example,
work study, scholarships, grants and loans). Students must be admitted to a degree-seeking
program and maintain satisfactory academic progress (see the MSC Bulletin for more
detail) to be eligible for financial aid.
- A student enrolled at MSC in at least 12 credit hours during a semester is considered
a full-time student. The MSC Bulletin describes additional rules for calculating full-time
and part-time status for undergraduate and graduate students. (Also see study load.)
GPA (GRADE POINT AVERAGE):
- MSC uses the 4-point system as a measure of scholastic success. To learn how to calculate
a GPA, read the Academic Policies in chapter 6 of the MSC Bulletin.
- A student who has previously earned a baccalaureate degree and is seeking an advanced
degree: for example, master degree, doctoral degree, or graduate certification in
- A student’s Social Security Number is used as an identification number for University
records. Students are also issued a generated ID Number, used on student ID cards,
when registering for classes, and paying accounts. Students who receive financial
aid and/or are employed by the University must provide their Social Security Numbers.
- There are special admission requirements that apply to international students.
- A subject or discipline in which a student concentrates a large share of efforts.
For a list of majors available in MSC's degrees, please see the Majors page of this
- Graduate degrees at the master level require that students complete a systematic program
of studies consisting of at least 30 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree. Programs
are individualized and approved by a committee of graduate faculty for each student.
- A student enrolled at MSC in fewer than 12 credit hours during a semester is considered
a part-time student. Nine credits is considered ¾ time, six credits is considered
½ time. The MSC Bulletin describes additional rules for calculating full-time and
part-time status for undergraduate and graduate students. (Also see study load.)
- This is the last possible date students can pay tuition and fees. Students who wait
until the deadline to pay should expect to wait in a long line. There are many ways
to pay for classes, as outlined in the course schedule section on payment options
- Students applying to certain programs that have limited space and/or highly selective
admission criteria may be initially admitted to a pre-major status in that program.
Admission to pre-major status does not guarantee subsequent admission to the major
but does allow a student to be advised within the department and receive financial
- Registration is the process of signing up to attend a class. Registration can take
place by phone, web, or in person at Student Services (FSM 101).
- Students should consider their graduation timeline when planning their study loads.
To complete an associate degree in two years or a baccalaureate degree in four years
(excluding summers), a full-time student should plan to take at least 15 credits each
semester. Many degrees require more than the minimum number of required credits and
may take longer than four years to complete. Remember, the greatest amount of college
study time is spent outside the classroom. For each hour of in-class time, a student
may spend two to four hours of study time outside the class. Students may wish to
start college slowly, establish their study time needs and then adjust their schedules
accordingly. When planning study loads students should keep in mind non-school demands
such as employment and family responsibilities.
- An official transcript is received by the university in a sealed envelope from the
issuing school. Hand-carried documents are only considered official if they remain
in an envelope sealed by the issuing institution.
TRANSCRIPT (FINAL HIGH SCHOOL):
- A final high school transcript shows the student’s graduation date. A student still
in high school should send "in-progress" transcripts at the time of application for
admission and a final transcript upon graduation. A final transcript is required to
complete the admission process for financial aid disbursement.
- Classes removed from a student’s schedule after the drop deadline. The course will
appear with a status of "W" on the student’s transcript. Students should see an advisor
for options if they get to a point where they cannot pass a class (try to avoid taking
an F in a class). Withdrawals must be done in person at Admissions & Records. Deadlines
to withdraw from classes less than semester length are prorated. Course withdrawal
begins the day following the drop deadline. Withdrawal is not allowed after the course