Graduate Course Substitution Form

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  • Transfer of Credit Policy

  • With the approval of the advisor and the dean of the School of Graduate Studies, up to nine semester hours of approved coursework from regionally accredited institutions for which the student earned a grade of B or higher may be applied toward a master’s degree. All transfer hours submitted for program credit must have been completed no more than five years before enrollment in the SAU graduate program.

    A student wishing to transfer credits from other institutions must first provide the School of Graduate Studies with an official transcript from the transferring institution if the transcript is not on file with the registrar. Transfer credits will be accepted only from institutions that have accredited programs similar to those of SAU. Transfer credits will be posted on the SAU transcript; however, grades earned at other institutions will not be used to calculate a student’s cumulative grade point average. Students should be aware of the difference in quarter hours and semester hours. Quarter hours do not equate to semester hours.

    Faculty of a particular graduate program may restrict the number of transfer hours permitted to a lower maximum than permitted by the general graduate school policy. Decisions regarding transfer of credit for programs of study are made when the degree audit is submitted.

    Department of Counseling and Professional Studies programs will accept up to nine hours of credit from American Council of Education (ACE).

    If, after admission to an SAU program of study, a student wishes to take a course at another institution to count toward program requirements at SAU, the student must secure, in advance of enrollment, advisor approval and submit an off-campus approval form to the School of Graduate Studies.

    To be admitted to SAU, transfer students must be eligible to re-enter the institution they last attended.