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Transfer Credit Policy

Up to 6 credits of graduate work taken as a graduate student at another institution may, with written approval, be incorporated as part of the graduate student’s program at IUP. These courses must be taken from a regionally accredited institution, within the past five years, and the grade earned must be a “B” or its equivalent or better. The time limitation rule and residency requirements pertain without modification to transfer credits.

Up to twelve graduate credits originally earned in one graduate program at IUP may be applied toward a different graduate program if: 1) the receiving department and 2) the School of Graduate Studies and Research both approve the credits as meeting degree requirements. These courses must have been completed within the past five years, and the grade earned must be a “B” or its equivalent or better. The combination of transfer credits earned at another institution and those earned at IUP may not exceed 12 credits.

To request transfer credits, the student must complete the Request for Graduate Transfer Credit Review form and follow the instructions listed on the form. A catalog course description or course syllabus must accompany the request. An official graduate transcript showing the earned credits must be provided by the school at which the credits were taken. To be considered official, the transcript must arrive in a sealed envelope bearing the official seal of the issuing institution. The request is reviewed in the School of Graduate Studies and Research and the academic department. After review, the student’s department and the student are notified of the transfer decision.

It is strongly recommended that students seeking to transfer credits from another institution while enrolled at IUP receive advance written authorization for credit acceptance from the School of Graduate Studies and Research and the academic department prior to enrolling in that course. 

If credits earned at another institution are approved for transfer, only the credit, not the grade or accompanying quality points, will appear on the student’s IUP transcript.

Credits earned at IUP that are approved for transfer to a second program will not be posted to the transcript a second time. 

Transfer Credits for Certificates of Recognition

All credits may be transferred between a COR and a graduate degree program at the recommendation of the program and approval of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, and these transfer credits must otherwise adhere to existing SGSR transfer credit policy. Transfer credits from other institutions are not permitted, unless the COR is part of an interinstitutional cooperative program.

  • School of Graduate Studies and Research
  • Stright Hall, Room 101
    210 South Tenth Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1048
  • Phone: 724-357-2222
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