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Graduate Degree Programs


Subject to the limitations given below, a maximum of 10 credits of high-quality graduate work (credits must be equivalent to 400-level or higher at Penn State) transferred from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a recognized degree-granting international institution may be applied toward the requirements for a graduate degree. However, credits earned to complete a previous degree, whether at Penn State or elsewhere, may not be applied to a graduate degree program at Penn State, except for those students who are approved to double-count credits as part of an approved concurrent or integrated undergraduate-graduate degree or those students approved by the Graduate School to receive a master's degree along the way to a doctorate.

The student should distinguish carefully between the transferability of credit and its applicability in a particular degree program. Approval to apply any transferred credits toward a degree program must be granted by the student's academic adviser, the program head or graduate officer, and the Graduate School. Transferred academic work must have been completed within five years prior to the date of first degree registration at the Graduate School of Penn State, must be of at least B quality (grades of B- are not transferable), and must appear on an official transcript of a regionally accredited U.S. institution or recognized degree-granting international institution.

Pass-fail grades are not transferable to a graduate degree program unless the "Pass" can be substantiated by the former institution as having at least B quality.

Forms for transfer of credit can be obtained from each graduate program. (See for graduate program contact information.)





Updated: 7/8/14


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