Transfer Credit

Undergraduate Students

All bona fide college level courses, appropriate to the program to be pursued, may be applied toward National Louis University’s undergraduate degree programs if the coursework meets the following criteria:

  • The courses are normally applicable to a baccalaureate program
  • The courses were taken at an institution with CHEA-recognized accreditation (note: NCE accepts only credit from regionally accredited institutions)
  • The student received a “C” grade (GPA of 2.0/4.0) or better
  • Note: The way in which credit is applied toward the degree is at the discretion of the University

Evaluation of transfer coursework toward specific degree program requirements is completed by the Office of Admissions and Records in consultation with the academic departments at the time of admission. Admitted students should work with their academic advisor in completing their degree plan. All credit considered of appropriate level, content and applicability to the degree program being pursued may be accepted for transfer according to established admissions standards.

The following restrictions apply:

  • Only up to three quarter hours of physical education credit may be accepted
  • Up to 60 quarter hours of technical credit may be accepted by the Applied Behavioral Science, Health Care LeadershipManagement and Management Information Systems programs only
  • Students planning to take a mathematics course at another institution must receive written approval from their academic advisor before enrolling to ensure the course will be accepted for transfer credit
  • There may be additional limits to the acceptance of different kinds of credit according to the specific degree program

Students whose academic work was not in the United States are asked to provide official transcripts or an appropriate equivalent documentation of their work. Certified English translations of such documents may be required. In addition, students may be required to submit their foreign credentials to one of several approved foreign credentials evaluation services. Credit will be awarded only after official documents have been received and appropriately evaluated.

Examples of academic work that must be submitted to one of the approved foreign credentials evaluation services include:

  • Credit taken at any institution that is not located in the United States
  • Study Abroad credit that is not through an institution located in the United States

Credit may also be granted for credit recommendations made by the American Council on Education. This includes the council’s military evaluations program and the National College Credit Recommendation Service.

Community college students who plan to complete their bachelor’s degrees at NLU can use our updated Transfer Articulation Guide to learn how their credit will transfer to NLU programs. Community college students matriculating from colleges that are not available on the drop-down menu should contact their enrollment representatives for transfer credit information.

Per the University Undergraduate Residency Policy Requirement, a minimum of 45 QH must be taken at NLU, including the last 12 QH (minimum of three courses) taken for the degree.

Graduate Students

Transfer of graduate credit varies by college and program and must be approved by the Office of Admissions and Records and the program director or faculty. For transfer credit to be considered, students must contact their academic advisor and submit a completed Student Adjustment Form (signed by the appropriate faculty) to the Office of Admissions and Records. The Office of Admissions and Records must also have an official transcript reflecting the credit to be transferred on file.

Although additional requirements may apply, the following criteria must be met for graduate transfer credit:

  • Students in the National College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences must be admitted before submitting a request for transfer credit. In the College of Management and Business, the request for transfer credit must be submitted at the time application for admission is made.
  • Credit must be bona fide graduate credit that would have fulfilled graduate degree requirements at the institution where the course was offered
  • Credit must be from a regionally accredited institution
  • The course must not have been used toward another degree
  • The student must have received a grade of “B” or better in the course. If the student has received any type of grade other than a traditional letter grade, a letter is required from the Registrar of the institution where the course was taken verifying that the grade is equivalent to at least a “B” (3.0 on a scale of 4.0)
  • Transfer credit from institutions outside the United States must be submitted to an approved outside agency for evaluation. These agencies translate and interpret the transcript according to American university standards. The official foreign transcript evaluation must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records for processing.
  • The number of credit hours that may be transferred is determined on an individual basis
  • No transfer is automatic
  • Transfer credit may be prohibited or limited in certain academic programs

In addition to the above requirements, each of the colleges has its own transfer credit restrictions and some programs may further restrict or prohibit transfer credit.

National College of Education

In addition to the university-wide requirements, the following criteria apply to graduate transfer credit in the National College of Education:

  • Transferred credits are included in the number of maximum credits allowed for off-campus work
  • Transferred credit may not be substituted for core courses
  • Courses can be transferred at any time after admission until finalization of the degree
  • For graduate degrees, there is a six-year limit between the first course and the last course used for the degree, including any transfer credit. (Graduate degrees include the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), Master of Education (M.Ed.), Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) and Educational Specialist (Ed.S.).
  • Transfer credit is limited to six semester hours of graduate credit for those pursuing the M.Ed. or M.A.T degrees
  • Those who are pursuing an Ed.S. degree may transfer a maximum of six semester hours of post-master’s degree coursework
  • Up to a third of the C.A.S. degree candidate’s required hours can be post-master's degree transfer credit
  • Doctoral students (Ed.D.) can bring up to 12 hours of post-master’s degree courses taken before admission into the program, including courses taken at NLU
  • Students must work with their academic advisor to petition the Academic Policies Committee for approval of transfer credit beyond the number of hours allowed by their programi

College of Arts & Sciences

In addition to the university-wide requirements, the following criteria apply to graduate transfer credit in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • The credit may be for graduate work completed at another institution after admission to NLU
  • The maximum number of hours that can be transferred is either nine semester hours or 25% of the credit hours for the degree, whichever is greater
  • Department rules may further limit the transfer of graduate credit
  • Credit earned more than six calendar years before admission is not accepted
  • Exceptions to these rules may be appealed to the Academic Standards Council of the College of Arts and Sciences. Petitions must be presented to the Council by the student’s advisor.

College of Management and Business

In addition to the university-wide requirements, the following criteria apply to graduate transfer credit in the College of Management and Business:

  • A maximum of nine semester hours may be transferred
  • Credit earned more than six calendar years before graduate admission is not transferable
  • A “Pass” grade for a completed pass/fail graduate course is acceptable
  • Students must petition for transfer of credit at the time of application for admission. This petition must include a transcript showing satisfactory completion of the course and such supportive evidence as may be needed to establish relevance of content to the student’s degree program.

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