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The Graduate College Handbook of Policy and Requirements
for Students, Faculty and Staff - 2013

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.
    1. 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 four types:
      • graduate level work taken as an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, but not used toward a degree or transcripted certificate,
      • graduate level work taken through Guided Individual Study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
      • graduate level work taken at another accredited institution, but not used toward a degree or transcripted certificate,
      • graduate level work completed while enrolled as a non-degree student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

      Furthermore, 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 a transcripted certificate,
      • that is graded graduate level course work from an accredited institution,
      • for which the student has achieved a grade of B or better, and
      • that would not be more than the time allowed to complete the degree at the time of degree conferral see chapter VI.A.4. for master's time limits and chapter VII.E. for doctoral time limits.
         
    2. 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 VII.A).
       
      A student must have successfully completed at least 8 semester hours of graded graduate work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before submitting a request for transfer of credit, except when the request is for graduate course work taken at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign while enrolled as a non-degree graduate student.
       
      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:
      • graduate credit transferred from the University of Illinois at Chicago or from the University of Illinois at Springfield,
      • graduate credit earned through the CIC Traveling Scholar Program
      • credit earned in the Illinois College of Medicine that is approved for application to the student’s graduate program for students in the Medical Scholars Program, 
      • graduate credit earned through an Urbana-Champaign off-campus course or program.

      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 their notice of admission.

    3. Credit earned as a CIC Traveling Scholar. Credit taken while in the CIC Traveling Scholar Program is considered to be within the Graduate College.
       
  2. Transferring Credit between Programs within the Graduate College:
    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
    • it would not be more than the time allowed to complete the degree at the time of degree conferral see chapter VI.A.4. for master's time limits and chapter VII.E. for doctoral time limits.

    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 a Curriculum Change/Transfer of Credit  form clearly specifying the above requirements have been met.

    For these requests, there is no limit on the number of hours that a student may request be transferred.