Graduate Student Transfer Credit Guide

Transfer of graduate credit varies by college and program and must be approved by the Registrar's Office 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 Registrar's Office

>> The Registrar's Office must also have an official transcript reflecting the credit to be transferred on file.

Graduate Transfer Credit Policy [+]

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 Professional Studies and Advancement must be admitted before submitting a request for transfer credit.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).

College Specific Requirements

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 Graduate Transfer Credit Policy [+]

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.), 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.
  • 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.
Transfer Credit from Institutions Outside the United States [+]

Students whose academic work was not performed in the United States must submit it 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 Registrar's Office for processing.

College of Professional Studies and Advancement Graduate Transfer Credit Policy [+]

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

  • 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. 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).
  • Students in the College of Professional Studies and Advancement must be admitted before submitting a request for transfer credit.
  • Specific graduate programs may have additional transfer credit requirements. See programs for details.
  • Exceptions to these rules may be appealed to the Admissions and Academic Standards Council of the CPSA. Petitions must be presented to the Council by the student's advisor.

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For more information about transferring to NLU, connect with an Enrollment Specialist today.

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