International Baccalaureate (IB)

International Baccalaureate Policy

The University of Montana recognizes IB achievement and awards credit for each Higher Level exam passed with an examination score of four or higher. The University grants credit for Standard Level exams for some IB languages or if they are taken as a component of the full Diploma.

The University of Montana will offer a maximum of 30 credits (sophomore equivalent standing) to all incoming students who have received a Diploma with a score of 30 or better, with no individual exam scores lower than four. These credits will normally be distributed as electives, although students who desire credit for specific UM courses, may petition the Admissions Office.

All incoming students who have completed the IB Diploma will be given priority consideration for admission to the UM Davidson Honors College.

General Education and course equivalency credit is granted for the exams listed below as indicated. These credits cannot be used toward upper-division coursework. Enrollment Services-Admissions will provide students with an evaluation of their credits upon receipt of official scores. 

If you do not see a specific IB exam on our list and would like it evaluated for credit, please email Admissions with the following information: exam title and level.


IB EXAMINATION LEVEL SCORE UM COURSE UM GEN ED* UM CREDITS
Art/Design HL 4 ARTZ TR1LARTZ TR1X LX 33
Biology HL 4 BIOB 160/161NBIOB 170/171N NN 44
Biology SL 4 BIOB 101N N 3
Business & Management HL 4 BMGT TR1S S 3
Business & Management SL 5 BMGT TR1S S 3
Chemistry HL 4 CHMY 121N N 3
Chemistry SL 5 CHMY 121N N 3
Computer Science HL 4 CSCI TR1 - 3
Dance HL 4 DANC TR1ADANC TR1L AL 22
Design Technology HL 4 BGEN TR1 - 3
Economics HL 4 ECNS 101SECNS 202S SS 33
Environmental Systems and Societies SL 4 ENSC 105N N 3
Film HL 4 FILM TR1L L 2
Further Mathematics HL 4 M TR1M M* 8
Geography HL 4 GEOG TR1X X 3
Global Politics HL 4 PSCI 230X X 3
Global Politics SL 4 PSCI TR1SX SX 3
History: Africa & Middle East HL 4 HSTR TR1HX HX 4
History: Americas HL 4 HSTR TR1HY HY 4
History: Asia & Oceania HL 4 HSTR TR1HX HX 4
History: Europe HL 4 HSTR TR1HY HY 4
History: Islamic HL 4 HSTR TR1HX HX 4
History: World HL 4 HSTR TR1HX HX 4
Language A: English- Language & Literature HL 4 LIT 110LWRIT 101 L & IWRCOMP 33
Language A: English- Literature HL 4 LIT 110LWRIT 101 L & IWRCOMP 33
Language A: French HL 4 FRCH 101FRCH 102FRCH 201FRCH 202 -FLFLFL 3333
Language A: German HL 4 GRMN 101GRMN 102GRMN 201GRMN 202 -FLFLFL 3333
Language A: Japanese HL 4 JPNS 101JPNS 102JPNS 201JPNS 202 -FLFLFL 3333
Language A: Spanish HL 4 SPNS 101SPNS 102SPNS 201SPNS 202 -FLFLFL 3333
Language B: French SL 4-5 FRCH 101 - 3
Language B: French SL 6-7 FRCH 101FRCH 102 -FL 33
Language B: French HL 4-5 FRCH 101FRCH 102FRCH 201 -FLFL 333
Language B: French HL 6-7 FRCH 101FRCH 102FRCH 201FRCH 202 -FLFLFL 3333
Language B: German SL 4-5 GRMN 101 - 3
Language B: German SL 6-7 GRMN 101GRMN 102 -FL 33
Language B: German HL 4-5 GRMN 101GRMN 102GRMN 201 -FLFL 333
Language B: German HL 6-7 GRMN 101GRMN 102GRMN 201GRMN 202 -FLFLFL 3333
Language B: Japanese SL 4-5 JPNS 101 - 3
Language B: Japanese SL 6-7 JPNS 101JPNS 102 -FL 33
Language B: Japanese HL 4-5 JPNS 101JPNS 102JPNS 201 -FLFL 333
Language B: Japanese HL 6-7 JPNS 101JPNS 102JPNS 201JPNS 202 -FLFLFL 3333
Language B: Latin SL 4-5 LATN 101 - 3
Language B: Latin SL 6-7 LATN 101LATN 102 -FL 33
Language B: Latin HL 4-5 LATN 101LATN 102LATN 201 -FLFL 333
Language B: Latin HL 6-7 LATN 101LATN 102LATN 201LATN 202 -FLFLFL 3333
Language B: Spanish SL 4-5 SPNS 101 - 3
Language B: Spanish SL 6-7 SPNS 101SPNS 102 -FL 33
Language B: Spanish HL 4-5 SPNS 101SPNS 102SPNS 201 -FLFL 333
Language B: Spanish HL 6-7 SPNS 101SPNS 102SPNS 201SPNS 202 -FLFLFL 3333
Mathematical Studies SL 5 M 105 M 3
Mathematics SL 4 M 151 M 4
Mathematics HL 4 M 171M TR1M MM* 44
Mathematics: Analysis and approaches SL 4 M 162 (also satisfies the prerequisite for courses requiring Precalculus (M 151)) M 4
Mathematics: Analysis and approaches HL 4 M 171M TR1M MM* 44
Mathematics: Applications and interpretation SL 4 M 105 M 3
Mathematics: Applications and interpretation HL 4 M 162STAT 216 MM 44
Music HL 4 MUSI TR1AMUSI TR1L AL 33
Philosophy HL 4 PHL TR1Y Y 3
Physics HL 4 PHSX 205NPHSX 207N NN 44
Psychology SL 4 PSYX TR1S S 3
Social & Cultural Anthropology HL 4 ANTY TR1SX SX 3
Theatre Arts HL 4 THTR TR1A A 3
Visual Arts HL 4 ARTZ TR1L L 4

Key to General Education Symbols

A – Expressive Arts
E – Ethical and Human Values
FL – Modern & Classical Languages
H – Historical and Cultural Studies
L – Literary and Artistic Studies
M – Math
M* – Student should meet Mathematics Associate Chair for placement in courses
N- Natural Science
S- Social Sciences
X- Cultural & International Diversity
Y- Democracy and Citizenship
COMP- Introductory Writing Requirement
IWR- Intermediate Writing Requirement
Double Dippers- Courses that satisfy more than one Gen Ed