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Transfer Credit - 1J6

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville awards transfer credit for course credit earned at regionally-accredited institutions of higher education or those in candidacy status. Credit earned at any off-campus site where a complete degree program is offered by SIUE is considered residence credit and students need not request transfer of such credit. Transfer credit awarded for work at another institution will not be included in the SIUE grade point average.

Time limits for degree completion as outlined in Policy 1F1 apply to transfer credit.

Baccalaureate Degree

Transfer credit is granted for baccalaureate-oriented courses for which a passing grade was awarded. No transfer credit will be awarded for remedial or developmental courses.

Master's Degree and Post-Baccalaureate and Post-Master's Certificate

The Graduate School accepts as transfer credit a maximum of one-third of the total number of hours required for a master's degree or a certificate program. Some programs may have more restrictive policies limiting transfer credit to less than one-third of the total hours required in their programs; in such cases, the Graduate School conforms to program limitations. Credit can be added to a graduate student's official record only upon approval by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Credit presented for transfer may have been earned for work at another university or in unclassified status at SIUE.

An evaluation of transfer credit is made in every case and might result in the transfer of less credit than was requested. Credit earned in the thesis or any other concluding components at another university is not accepted for transfer.

Credit is granted only for courses bearing a grade of B or better. Requests to transfer credit for courses bearing a grade such as P (Pass) or CR (Credit) must be supported by verification from the institution that the student's work was of at least B quality on an A to F scale.

Ordinarily, course work completed for one degree cannot be used to satisfy requirements for another degree at the same level. However, if a student is pursuing a degree at the master's level that is recognized by the Graduate School as a terminal master's degree and that requires completion of 60 or more graduate hours, one-third of the credits required for the degree may be transferred from a prior master's program of traditional scope and duration. In no case is transfer approved for credit earned in the thesis component or any other concluding components completed for the prior degree. Courses used for a prior degree that may be considered for transfer must be of a kind that encompasses or teaches a standard segment of the content normal to the terminal degree program to which the student is admitted, repetition of which would be unnecessary or of no additional benefit to the student. Before recommending such courses for transfer, the department determines that the student has mastered and retained the substance of the courses.

Recommendation of representatives of the student's graduate adviser and of the program director are required in support of requests for transfer of credit. An official transcript showing completion of the courses requested must be on file in the Graduate Records Office. Requests to transfer credit for some types of courses are to be accompanied by syllabi or other descriptive materials that help to define their nature or content, as well as by documentation showing satisfactory completion of course requirements. Examples of courses requiring such descriptive materials include those which have no published description, which are identified by titles such as "Independent Study," "Special Topics," "Readings," or which were completed at institutions that do not issue a graduate catalog or are not listed in the indexes of standard accrediting agencies.

Specialist Degree

The Graduate School accepts as transfer credit a maximum of one-third of the total number of hours required for a specialist degree. Some programs may have more restrictive policies limiting transfer credit to less than one-third of the total hours required in their programs; in such cases, the Graduate School conforms to departmental limitations. All such work must be approved by the student's advisory committee and the Dean of the Graduate School. An evaluation of credit presented for transfer is made in every case and might result in a reduction of the credit accepted. No credit used in attaining another degree or certificate may be counted. Credit is granted only for courses bearing a grade of B or better. Requests to transfer credit for courses bearing a grade such as P (Pass) or CR (Credit) must be supported by verification from the institution that the student's work was of at least B quality on an A to F scale.

Doctoral Degree and Cooperative Doctoral Degree Programs Between SIUE and SIUC

The Graduate School accepts as transfer credit a maximum of one-third of the total number of hours required for a doctoral degree. Some programs may have more restrictive policies limiting transfer credit to less than one-third of the total hours required in their programs; in such cases, the Graduate School conforms to program limitations. All such work must be approved by the student's advisory committee, the relevant Graduate Program Director(s), and the relevant Dean(s) of the Graduate School(s). An evaluation of credit presented for transfer is made in every case and might result in a reduction of the credit accepted. No credit used in attaining another degree or certificate may be counted. Credit is granted only for courses bearing a grade of B or better. Requests to transfer credit for courses bearing a grade such as P (Pass) or CR (Credit) must be supported by verification from the institution that the student's work was of at least B quality on an A to F scale.

Approved by Chancellor effective 2/8/17
This policy was issued on February 15, 2017, replacing the January 11, 2001 version.
Document Reference: 1J6
Origin: CC 2-83/84; CC 17-00/01; GR 15/16-05

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