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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017


Transfer Credit

Acceptability of Undergraduate Transfer Credits

Generally, college-level courses completed at regionally-accredited institutions will be acceptable and awarded transfer credit, provided the course is similar in level, scope, content and expected learning outcomes to courses offered at the University of Maryland and a grade of "C-" or higher is earned. Regional accrediting bodies include: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; New England Association of Schools and Colleges; North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The University of Maryland does not award transfer credit for internship, externship, practicum, or co-op work experiences that are not supervised by University of Maryland faculty. In addition, transfer credit is not awarded for these types of experiences completed through other institutions.

The Office of the Registrar at the University of Maryland posts all transfer courses to a student’s academic record from regionally-accredited institutions of higher education in the United States and international institutions recognized by the country’s Ministry of Education. Only transfer courses that are acceptable and awarded credit by the University of Maryland will be noted on the student’s official transcript. The notation will include the course title and number of credits awarded; the grade for a course is not included. Grades from transfer courses are not included in the University of Maryland grade point average calculation.

Transfer courses from non-regionally accredited institutions in the United States will be reviewed for acceptability on an individual basis at the request of the student. Only transfer courses that have been determined to be acceptable for transfer to the University of Maryland will be posted to the students’ academic record. For a course to be deemed acceptable for transfer, the course must be similar in level, scope, content and expected learning outcomes to courses offered at the University of Maryland. Transfer courses from international institutions that are not recognized by the country’s Ministry of Education are not accepted for transfer and will not be awarded credit by the University of Maryland.

Transfer courses completed at public institutions of higher education in the State of Maryland, in accordance to MHEC (Maryland Higher Education Commission) policy 13B.06.01.05 ( www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/subtitle_chapters/13B_Chapters.aspx ), are acceptable for transfer with a grade of “D-“ (as of Fall 2012) or higher. The transfer course must be similar in level, scope, content and expected learning outcomes to courses offered at the University of Maryland. In addition, the University of Maryland has direct articulation transfer programs ( www.artsys.usmd.edu/ ) with all Maryland public community colleges. An articulated transfer program is a list of courses that best prepares applicants for a particular program of study at the University of Maryland.  It is important to note that as per University of Maryland academic policies, the minimum grade required to satisfy a degree requirement may be higher than the minimum grade to be awarded transfer credit.

Transfer of General Education Requirements from Maryland Public Institutions

As directed by the MHEC Policy (13B.06.01.04), transferable courses taken in fulfillment of general education requirements at a Maryland public institution will be applied toward University of Maryland's general education requirements. Careful planning with an academic advisor will ensure that students take appropriate credit and maximize their credit transfer. The total number of general education credits for a Maryland public institution transfer or post baccalaureate credits will not exceed that required of native students.

  • A student transferring from a Maryland public community college with an earned associate’s degree has completed general education at the University of Maryland, except for any upper-level requirements and the number of credits required to complete general education (40 credits for GenEd or 43 credits for CORE). An official transcript from the transfer institution must be received by the University of Maryland with a notation the associate’s degree was awarded.
  • A student who has completed the general education program at a Maryland public community college has completed general education at the University of Maryland, except for any upper-level requirements and the number of credits required to complete general education (40 credits for GenEd or 43 credits for CORE). The transfer institution must provide documentation on or with the student’s official transcript stating the student has complete the general education program.
  • A student who earned a baccalaureate degree from the University of Maryland and is pursuing a second degree has completed all general education for the University of Maryland.
  • A student who has earned a baccalaureate degree at a Maryland public four-year institution has completed all general education at the University of Maryland. An official transcript from the transfer institution must be received by the University of Maryland with a notation the baccalaureate degree was awarded.
  • A student who has completed the general education program at a Maryland public four-year institution has completed all general education at the University of Maryland. The transfer institution must provide documentation on or with the student’s official transcript stating the student has complete the general education program.

Transfer of General Education Requirements from Non-Maryland Public Institutions

Students transferring from non-Maryland public institutions are required to complete all general education requirements at the University of Maryland with the following exceptions:

  • A student who has earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States has completed all general education at the University of Maryland. An official transcript from the transfer institution must be received by the University of Maryland with a notation the baccalaureate degree was awarded.
  • A student who has earned a baccalaureate degree from an international institution that is recognized by that country’s ministry of education and the degree has been determined to be equivalent to a baccalaureate degree in the United States has completed all general education at the University of Maryland. An official transcript from the transfer institution must be received by the University of Maryland with a notation the baccalaureate degree was awarded.

Transfer Credit Services

Transfer Credit Services (TCS) is a division of the Office of the Registrar at the University of Maryland. TCS oversees course subject matter to determine the acceptability and awarding of transfer credit for the University; and consults with the academic departments for course clarifications and guidance. This review is based on a comparison of the transfer course to courses offered for degree programs at the University of Maryland.

A course that is accepted for transfer to the University of Maryland will receive one of the following types of evaluations:

  • direct equivalency to a University of Maryland course (whether within or outside of the major),
  • no direct equivalency, but satisfies general education requirement, or
  • no direct equivalency, but is accepted as a general elective.

Students and advisors work together to decide how courses satisfy a student’s degree program, while TCS provides information to the campus advising community on transfer course evaluations, credit reports and articulation through an online course equivalency database at www.transfercredit.umd.edu/tclookup.html .

For additional information about Transfer Credit Services, visit www.transfercredit.umd.edu .

Transfer Course Preliminary Evaluation

Admitted students can obtain access to their preliminary transfer credit evaluation starting approximately two weeks after the receipt of their admission letter. The preliminary evaluation can be reviewed via their University of Maryland unofficial transcript ( www.testudo.umd.edu ). An official review of transfer courses completed at institutions in the United States will occur automatically upon admission to the University. For courses that have not previously been evaluated or state NS (Needs Syllabus) on the student’s unofficial transcript, the student needs to request the course be evaluated by following the steps for the Transfer Credit Evaluation Process ( www.transfercredit.umd.edu/tceval.html ). The student will need to provide a detailed syllabus to request a transfer course evaluation. Occasionally, additional information about a course may be required by the departmental evaluator to complete the evaluation. The evaluation of transfer credit is an ongoing process that may continue through the student’s first semester at the University of Maryland or as updated transcripts for the student are received.

Students are responsible for submitting all official final transcripts detailing their entire academic record prior to matriculation to the University of Maryland. Credit will post to a student’s University of Maryland record only from official transcripts received from the institution at which the credits were earned.

An academic advisor in the student’s advising college will review and determine the applicability of the already evaluated courses during orientation. It is important for admitted students to continually monitor their unofficial transcript for updates and to consult with their advisor when updates occur.

Transfer Credit Conversion to Semester System

The University of Maryland operates on a semester calendar system. Transfer courses taken at institutions on quarter, unit or other types of calendar systems will be converted to semester credit hours. For transfer courses taken on a quarter calendar system, the University awards .67 semester credits per quarter credit hour of study. For transfer courses taken on a unit or other type of credit system, the University bases the number of semester credit hours on the number of units required to earn a degree from the institution. It is important to note the University of Maryland does not round transfer credits up or down to the nearest whole number.

Applicability of Transfer Courses to Degree Requirements

Once a course has been approved as acceptable for transfer to the University of Maryland, the advising college in which the student is enrolled determines which transfer courses are applicable to the student's degree program. In cases when a student is majoring within more than one advising college, the primary advising college is responsible for determining applicability of transfer courses in collaboration with the secondary advising college.

It is imperative that the advising college makes note of the required semester hours for the degree the student is pursuing. In addition, students should be warned that changing their major could impact the number of transfer credits that may be applied to their degree requirements. If a student changes the degree they are pursuing, the advising college will need to reevaluate the applicability of the transfer credits and adjust accordingly to ensure the most appropriate transfer courses are being applied toward the degree requirements.

The University of Maryland requires a minimum of 120 semester hours have been earned to award a baccalaureate degree. In general, the maximum number of transfer credits applicable toward degree requirements at the University of Maryland is as follows:

  • No more than 60 transfer credits may be applied toward degree requirements from a 2-year institution.
  • No more than 90 transfer credits may be applied toward degree requirements from:

a)   a 4-year institution or any combination of 4-year institutions.

b)   a combination of 2-year institutions, 4-year institutions and prior learning credits.

Regardless of the total number of semester hours required for a degree program, all candidates for undergraduate degrees from the University of Maryland must complete a minimum of 30 credits in residence at the University.

Prior Learning Credit

For information about Prior Learning Credit, please see Chapter 4 – Prior Learning Credit – AP, IB, A-Level/AS-Level, CLEP, BMT, Credit-by-Exam.

Permission to Enroll at Another Institution

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