Pre-approval for Coursework at Another College or University

Enrolled at IUP and wish to take coursework at another institution during the summer or regular semesters? Follow the steps below to apply for pre-approval to transfer your credits.

(If you are not a current IUP student and would like to know how courses from your current school will transfer, please see our Online Transfer Credit Equivalency System.)

Undergraduate students must complete an Application for Pre-Approval of Coursework at Another College or University prior to taking the course(s).

Graduate students must submit a request for Graduate Transfer Credit Review (application available on the SGSR website) to the Graduate School, for approval, along with a course description (syllabus or catalog description). Only credit for courses in which students receive B or better will transfer.

  • After completing off-campus coursework, students should have the institution at which they took the course(s) send a final transcript to the Graduate School. Graduate students may transfer a maximum of six credits.

For additional information about course equivalencies, visit Online Transfer Credit Equivalency System.

Guidelines for Which Courses Will Transfer

Only the credits from course(s) transfer, not the grade; therefore, students cannot use outside coursework for IUP's repeat policy.

Only the credits for which students receive the grade of A, B, or C will transfer. If P/F is the only grading option available, there must be a narrative evaluation from the faculty member certifying that the work was of C-level or better.

No more than 60 semester hours total may be earned at a junior or community college for application toward an IUP degree. If the courses are being taken within the student's last 30 credits, the course must be taken at IUP unless the student's residence requirements for awarding degrees is waived by the college dean. Courses without prior approval are taken at the risk of the student; there is no obligation on the part of any officer of this university to accept or transfer such credit.

How Does Transfer Credit Affect My IUP Transcript?

Only credits earned—not grades—transfer to IUP.

  • In order for course credits to transfer, you must earn a C- (C minus) or higher in those courses.
  • Transfer coursework does not affect your IUP grade point average. Only credits earned transfer to IUP.

Limitations

  • Students will not receive transfer credit for an IUP course in which a D grade at IUP was earned.
  • At least 30 credits must be earned at IUP to receive an IUP degree.
    • The final 30 credits must be earned in residence unless the requirement is waived by your college dean.

How Do I Request Pre-Approval for Coursework I Want to Take at Another College or University?

  1. Visit the Online Transfer Credit Equivalency System and determine which classes from the outside institution may transfer to IUP.
  2. Discuss your coursework plans with your academic advisor.
  3. Complete the electronic Application for Pre-Approval of Coursework.
    • Please be aware that any incomplete or missing information may cause the form to be rejected, and you will need to complete and submit a new form.

Application Routing Procedures

  1. After you submit your Application for Pre-Approval, the form will then be routed electronically for approvals, including IUP's Transfer Services office, your department chairperson, and an assistant dean for your college.
  2. You will receive notification from transfer-credit@iup.edu about coursework approval once signatures have been completed.
  3. If additional information is required, you will receive an email notification.
  4. When your request has been approved, the pre-approval for course work is valid for one calendar year.

You can log in to iforms at any time to view the status of your application review. For more information about how iforms works, visit About iforms.

Final Steps

Once you are finished with your course(s), please have the school you attended send an official transcript to IUP, so we can process your credit. You have two transcript submission options:

Graduate Students

Graduate students enrolled at IUP who wish to take coursework at another institution during the summer or regular semester must submit a request for Graduate Transfer Credit Review (application available on SGSR website) to the Graduate School, for approval, along with a course description (syllabus or catalog description). Only credit for courses in which students receive B or better will transfer.

After completing off-campus coursework, students should have the institution at which they took the course(s) send a final transcript to the Graduate School. Graduate students may transfer a maximum of six credits.

For additional information about course equivalencies, visit Online Transfer Credit Equivalency System.