About Dual Credit

Missouri State Dual Credit

Get a head start with dual credit

Some basics about bachelor’s degrees.

A bachelor’s degree is a four-year undergraduate degree. A bachelor’s degree prepares you for a wide range of career opportunities. There are many different types of bachelor’s degrees, organized according to majors. A major describes what the majority of your classes study. Majors usually relate to the career field a student wants to enter.

After you graduate with a bachelor’s degree, you might consider attending graduate school. There, you will earn master’s or doctoral degrees. These degrees build off of the undergraduate bachelor’s degree. So, it is an important first step!

A bachelor’s degree has two parts: general education requirements and courses in the major. It takes 120 credit hours to earn a bachelor’s degree. General education courses make up about half of a bachelor’s degree. At Missouri State, that’s 44-49 credit hours. Most classes are three to five credit hours.

How dual credit courses help you get ahead.

Taking dual credit courses in high school helps you finish your bachelor’s degree earlier. You can complete your general education requirements while in high school. You can take general education courses at the same time as your regular high school classes. They count for credit at both schools. You may even be able to take some courses for your major as dual credit courses. But, this depends on what major you select and what courses your school offers.

Nearly 70% of students entering Missouri State have already earned some college credit. Dual credit is an affordable option for starting your bachelor’s degree.

Save money. Earn part of your degree through dual credit.

Courses are $70 per credit hour which is 60% less than the regular tuition rate and you will have no textbooks to buy or supplemental course fees to pay. You can take the same course you would take on campus, but at 30% of the cost. Plus, you will not have to buy textbooks, a parking pass, or pay student fees.

Free and Reduced Lunch Scholarship

High school students who receive free and reduced lunches are eligible for the Free and Reduced Lunch Scholarship. Qualifying students can take up to six credit hours of dual credit per semester at no charge.

Missouri State Advantage Scholarship

When you complete 9 hours of MSU dual credit, earning a cumulative MSU GPA of 3.25, you qualify for a $1,000 scholarship, called the Missouri State Advantage Scholarship, to apply toward your MSU degree when you register as a first-time student.

Ready to get started?

Find out if you’re eligible to save time and money earning college and high school credit, at the same time, through Missouri State’s Dual Credit Program.