Transfer of Undergraduate Credit

Transfer of Undergraduate Credit

Effective: September 1, 2011
Last Updated: Approved by EPC March 30, 2011; approved by Campus Assembly April 12, 2011; revision by Teaching & Learning committee; approved by EVCAA 12-15-14; revised by Teaching & Learning committee, approved by EVCAA 4-8-20
Policy Owner: Academic Affairs

1. Institutions from which credit is transferred must have regional accreditation in order for their courses to be considered for transfer to UMD. Credit for course work taken at other institutions will be transferred subject to the following considerations:

  • the comparability of the course work with UMD course work; and
  • the appropriateness of the course work for meeting baccalaureate degree requirements at UMD.

2. Courses that are eligible for acceptance in transfer to UMD may transfer as direct course equivalent credit (e.g., Hist 1304), elective credit (e.g., Hist 1xxx), or undesignated elective credit (e.g., Tran 1xxx). Transferred college-level credits that do not have direct course equivalents at UMD may count toward liberal education requirements or toward total credits.

3. UMD does not accept remedial or non-credit-bearing courses for transfer.

4. Academic departments may determine whether transfer electives satisfy specific program curricular requirements. The applicability of transfer credit toward the Liberal Education Program is determined by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

5. UMD will accept transfer courses with a D grade or higher.

6. Students may initiate a Transfer Course Evaluation (TCE) request for any course not currently articulated.

7. The minimum grade for transfer is D. The college or program determines how the course may be used to meet degree requirements.

8. Religious studies courses may transfer if they are not doctrinal or confessional in nature. Religious studies courses from public institutions transfer without special review; religious studies courses from all other institutions will be evaluated by appropriate departmental faculty and/or an Associate Vice Chancellor.

9. Students who transfer to UMD with an Associate of Arts (AA) degree, a completed U.S. Bachelor's degree, or who have completed the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) will have fulfilled UMD's entire Liberal Education Program requirement.  Courses at the transfer institution used to complete the AA, MnTC, or U.S. Bachelor's degree do not necessarily transfer as equivalent UMD courses.