Southern Polytechnic State University

Graduate Academic Catalog 2012-2013

Transfer Credit, Policy for Acceptance of

Transfer credit is awarded in accordance with the policies of the university system of Georgia, accrediting agencies, and SPSU. Courses under consideration for transfer credit are evaluated by the department chair whose department is primarily responsible for the course.

Transfer credit for graduate degree programs (credit earned in anyway except in a resident program course) is limited to a maximum of 9 hours

Transfer credit should not be confused with course substitutions. A course might not be equivalent to any course offered at SPSU, but still have enough content to be considered as a substitute for a course within a degree program. Transfer credit would be awarded for free elective hours and a course substitution petition would be initiated and processed through the curriculum committee.

To be considered for transfer credit, courses must normally:

  • Represent college or university-level work
  • Have been completed with a grade of "B" or better
  • Have been taken at institutions holding college-level accreditation by a United States regional accrediting authority
  • Be equivalent to courses at SPSU with regard to
    • Credit hours
    • Course content
    • Level of instruction
  • Not have been in a subject for which the student received a failing grade at SPSU

Evaluation of Courses for Transfer Credit

In order for SPSU to perform an evaluation of transfer credits, the student

  • must provide official transcripts containing all the courses being considered,
  • must be accepted for admission to SPSU,
  • must provide course descriptions, syllabi, or other documentation on course content if requested by SPSU

Students may be required to demonstrate proficiency by passing an examination in order to be awarded some credit.

The amount of transfer credit awarded can be limited by:

  • Residency requirements defined in Academic Regulations
  • The applicability of transferring courses to the chosen major
  • Performance of the student during proficiency evaluations.

Responsibility for transfer credit decisions at SPSU:

The Student has responsibility for providing complete and correct information (including course descriptions, syllabi, and other required documents).

The Chair of the department at SPSU in which the subject is taught has responsibility for determining whether transfer credit will be awarded.

The Chair of the student's major program of study has responsibility for determining whether transfer courses are applicable to that degree program.

The Registrar is responsible for determining restrictions and limits on amounts of transfer credit that can be granted.

The Registrar has final authority in checking compliance with university-wide academic standards and graduation requirements.

Transfer Credit for Courses Earned Outside the United States

Transfer credit for courses completed at institutions of higher learning outside the United States shall be subject to the same criteria as those courses earned in the United States, but outside the State of Georgia.

In addition, the following conditions must also be met by the institution where the credits were earned:

  • International course descriptions must have been translated by a recognized translation service and certified as a true and correct translation.

The institution at which the credit was earned:

  • Must have been evaluated and endorsed/certified/accredited by a nationally-known evaluation agency
  • Must be offering degrees and course work at the college or university level and
  • Must have a well-established international reputation for quality instruction