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Transfer of Credit

Transfer courses must be from an accredited university or college and the student must have earned a minimum grade of "B" to receive credit.

The following information is posted in the University Graduate Catalog:

Transfer Credit
Credit for graduate courses taken at other regionally-accredited institutions of higher learning must be approved for transfer to Kutztown University by the student's academic advisor, the appropriate department chairperson, and the Graduate Dean and are subject to the restrictions cited below. (These policies also apply to matriculated Kutztown University graduate students who wish to take a graduate course at another institution for transfer into their Kutztown program).

KU Graduate Transfer of Credit Form


Acceptability

Graduate courses approved for transfer are those courses unquestionably identified as graduate-level courses. They must be equivalent to existing graduate courses at Kutztown University or must be allowed as approved electives in the field of study. Undergraduate courses are not acceptable for transfer to the College of Graduate Studies.


Limitation

A maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit may be approved as transfer credit.


Grade Restriction

No graduate course for which a grade of less than "B" or its equivalent was earned may be accepted as transfer credit in the College of Graduate Studies.


Credit Only Transfer

If approved, the credit hours transfer as neutral credits only. The course number and description of the transferred course are recorded on the student's transcript; however, the grade received is not recorded or used in the computation of the QPA.


Degree Credits

Credits earned as a part of a graduate degree may be accepted as transfer credit, subject to the above policies.


Application of credit from previously earned degree from Kutztown University

A graduate Student who wants to use academic credits from a previously earned graduate degree at Kutztown University may seek approval to apply up to nine semester hours toward a second master's degree program. These credits are defined as internal transfer credits. The approval of such credits is subject to the receipt of a signed recommendation from the chair of the recipient department indicating that the requested transfer credits are timely and appropriate to the second master's degree curriculum. The final approval for transfer of previously earned graduate credits into a second master's program is given by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Newly admitted graduate students who are enrolling for a second master's degree from Kutztown University should go to the Graduate Office and complete the form "Application of Credit from a Previously Earned Degree." The responsibility of obtaining the required signature for this form rests solely with the individual graduate student. The following policies apply to internal transfer credits.

  1. Internal transfer credits are available only to those graduate students who are fully enrolled and currently accepted into a second master's degree program at Kutztown University.

  2. Internal transfer credit from a previously earned master's degree is limited to not more than nine semester hours of graduate credit.

  3. Internal transfer credits shall be restricted to those graduate courses in which a grade of "B" or better was earned.

  4. Grades received on internal transfer credits shall not be used in the computation of the student's grade point average (GPA) of the second master's degree. This means that University internal transfer credits are treated in the same manner as external transfer credits (from other accredited institutions of higher learning) in a given program and are therefore mathematically neutral in the determination of the GPA of the second master's degree.

  5. The granting of academic credit from a previously earned master's degree at Kutztown University is a privilege, not a right, that may be granted only upon approval by the recipient academic department. The advisor, chair, or Graduate Dean may decline to approve the proposed internal transfer credits because the course or courses are not timely or the course or courses are deemed inappropriate to the curriculum of the second master's degree.

  6. The signatures of the student's advisor and the chair of the recipient department, therefore, attest their mutual convictions that the proposed transfer credits are reasonable, timely, and applicable to the second master's curriculum.

  7. The final authority for approval of internal transfer credits is the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.


Transfer Procedures
Graduate students seeking to transfer credits to the University may follow one of two procedures:

  1. Prior Review and Approval: Students who anticipate the need to enroll in a graduate class at another university should procure and complete the form "External Transfer Credit Approval," available from the Graduate Office. The student attaches a copy of thesyllabus or a copy of the catalogue description of the course being proposed as an external transfer credit. The student then secures the recommendation of the Chair of the appropriate academic department and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. It is the responsibility of the student to secure the necessary signatures. If recommended and approved, the student may then enroll for the course. Upon completion of the course, an unofficial transcript from the external university must be procured by the student. The graduate student may elect to have the transcript mailed directly to the College of Graduate Studies. Alternatively, the student may procure a copy of the transcript in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution and submit the item in person at the Graduate Office.

  2. Ex post facto Approval: Students who have already earned graduate credits at another university may seek ex post facto approval of their courses. In this procedure, the student procures and completes the form "Previously Taken External Credit Approval." The student attaches a copy of the syllabus or a copy of the catalogue description of the previously taken course being proposed as an external transfer credit. An official copy of the transcript in a sealed envelope is also attached to the form. Unofficial copies of transcripts, and transcripts stamped "student copy" are unacceptable for this procedure. The student then secures the recommendation of the Chair of the appropriate academic department and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. It is the responsibility of the student to secure the necessary signatures. If recommended and approved, the external transfer credit is then added to the students official record at Kutztown University.


Change of Program

Graduate students who have received approval to transfer credits into one degree program may not assume that those same transfer credits would be accepted in another program should the student make such a change. The Graduate Dean and the department chairperson of the new degree program would reevaluate the student's transcript to date.