One of the questions that comes up every now and again is whether or not students, both those who are newly matriculated and those who are not, can transfer credits from other institutions. The answer is it depends.
Applicants who have completed graduate course work at other accredited institutions may transfer toward the completion of a UMass Boston graduate degree up to 6 credits from such courses in which the applicant received a grade of B or higher. Applicants who have completed graduate course work at UMass Boston as a non-degree student may transfer toward the completion of a UMass Boston graduate degree up to 6 credits from such courses in which the applicant received a grade of B or higher. These courses may be accepted for transfer provided that they:
- Have not been used to fulfill requirements for another degree or certificate;
- Were earned no more than seven (7) years before matriculation in the program into which the student wishes to transfer credit.
- All grade must be a B or higher ; a P (pass) is not an acceptable grade.
- Transferred courses cannot be used to substitute core courses, they can count only as electives.
- Prior coursework must be equivalent and relevant to coursework offered in the program for transfer credit to be awarded
The combined total of courses transferred from other institutions and from UMass Boston courses taken as a non-degree student may not exceed 12 credits.
Accepted students who wish to take non-degree courses in the semester between acceptance and matriculation that will take them over the 6-credit transfer limit may petition their program director to grant them a Pre-Matriculation Transfer Waiver. Students should consult with their advisors about transferring credits. Transfer credit is subject to the final approval of the graduate program director and the Registrar.
If you believe that the courses you would want to transfer please email syllabi for the courses, along with a rationale for transfer (a few paragraphs should do) to email@example.com
Degree-seeking students should consult with their advisor before enrolling into courses in other institutions to ensure that these courses are transferable.
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