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The Graduate College Handbook

for students, faculty and staff – August 2017

C. Transfer of Credit

There are two types of credit that a graduate student may wish to transfer. Graduate students may wish to transfer credit completed outside the Graduate College, or graduate students may wish to transfer credit from one graduate degree program to another graduate degree program within the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Different rules apply for each type of transfer of credit.

  1. Transferring Credit from Outside the Graduate College
  2. Transferring Credit between Programs within the Graduate College

  1. Transferring Credit from Outside the Graduate College:
    Graduate students may request transfer of credit from outside of the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to be counted toward a graduate degree, but it is generally limited to a maximum of 12 semester hours.

    Types of credit allowed to transfer. Course work completed outside the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate College that can be transferred includes these types:

    • graduate level work taken as an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    • graduate level work taken at another accredited institution

    • graduate level work completed while enrolled as a non-degree student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

For credit types allowed to transfer, only credit from outside the Graduate College that meets the conditions below will be considered for transfer:

  • that has not previously been applied toward a degree or other transcripted credential,

  • that is graded graduate level course work from an accredited institution, and

  • for which the student has achieved a grade of B or better.

When supporting requests for transfer credit, it is the program's responsibility to determine whether old course work is still relevant to the current degree.​

 

Applying transfer credit. Students utilizing transfer credit to count toward their degree need to be aware of residency requirements and how those limits effect the total number of hours applied toward doctoral or master’s level degrees.

Credit from outside the Graduate College may not be transferred to count toward Stage II or Stage III of a doctoral program (see chapter 6.A).
 
To request transfer of credit from outside the Graduate College, a student should submit the appropriate form, accompanied by official transcripts, and validation by specialists in the area of the course work in the student’s department that the course work is both applicable and of an appropriate level of difficulty.
 
Most transfer credit will be reflected on the transcript without course titles and grades. The exceptions are:

Students who have earned up to 12 hours of graduate credit while enrolled as a non-degree student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign may request those hours and up to 12 hours of graduate credit taken at another institution. These requests may be submitted after the student receives notice of admission.

  • graduate credit transferred from the University of Illinois at Chicago or from the University of Illinois at Springfield,

  • graduate credit earned through the BTAA  Traveling Scholar Program.

Transferring Credit between Programs within the Graduate College:
Graduate students may request transfer of credit within the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to be counted toward a graduate degree. For these requests, there is no limit on the number of hours that a student may request be transferred. 

Between graduate programs. Graduate students may request transfer of credit from one graduate program at this University to another graduate program at this University as long as:

  • ​it was not applied toward another degree, and

  • The Graduate College requires that both departments involved approve the transfer of work from one program to the other.

The Graduate College requires that both departments involved approve the transfer of work from one program to the other.

To request a transfer of credit from one program to another within the Graduate College, a student should submit the appropriate form clearly specifying the above requirements have been met.

Into graduate programs. Graduate students may request transfer of credit earned within the Graduate College into one of its graduate programs. Examples include: 

  • The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and credits earned through its Traveling Scholar Program are earned within the Graduate College.

  • Graduate level work completed while enrolled as a non-degree student admitted by the Graduate College are earned within the Graduate College.

The Graduate College requires that the transfer of such work into a graduate program be approved by the program’s department or governing unit.