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Transfer of Undergraduate Credit

Effective: September 1, 2011
Last Updated: Approved by EPC March 30, 2011; approved by Campus Assembly April 12, 2011

Policy Owner: Academic Affairs


1. Institutions from which credit is transferred must have regional accreditation in order for their courses to be considered for transfer to the University. In addition, these factors will apply in evaluating such courses:

a. The mission of the institution from which credits would be transferred;

b. The comparability of content, outcomes and nature of the course with University courses; and

c. The appropriateness of the course work for meeting baccalaureate degree requirements at the University.

2. Decisions about course equivalences will be made by academic programs and be maintained in the Transfer Equivalency System (TES).

3. Courses that meet these factors for transfer may

a. Be deemed to be equivalent to an existing UMD course;

b.Transfer to UMD as an elective or non-articulated course DEPT NXXX (e.g. ECON 1XXX, BIOL 2XXX, etc.); or

c. Transfer to UMD as a category # liberal education elective course DEPT 000# (e.g. PSY 0006, MATH 0002, etc.).

4. The University will accept transfer courses with a D grade or higher.

5. Credits from technical schools may be considered for transfer when appropriate for a student’s degree program.  Credit is not normally transferred from specialized or proprietary institutions, military schools, or industry-based education programs.

6. Credit granted by another institution for non-traditional experiences (College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB)) will be re-evaluated for content and comparability.

7. Religious studies courses from public institutions transfer without special review.  Religious studies courses from all other institutions will be evaluated by appropriate college or departmental faculty and may transfer if they are not doctrinal, confessional, or sectarian in nature.

8. Students may initiate a Transfer Course Evaluation Request for any course not listed in the TES.

9. Students who transfer to the University with an Associate of Arts (AA) degree or who have completed the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MTC) will have fulfilled the University’s entire Liberal Education Program requirement.  Courses at the transfer institution used to complete the AA or MTC do not necessarily transfer as equivalent UMD courses.



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