Policy and Procedures

Transfer Credit Policy for Undergraduate Students

Currently enrolled UM students interested in taking courses at other institutions must complete the Transfer Credit Evaluation Process for transfer credit to be awarded by the University of Miami.*

  • This process will:
    • ensure that a uniform process is followed for awarding outside work credit toward a UM degree.
    • ensure that the student is aware of and following all residency rules.
    • confirm that courses taken at the outside institution will transfer back to UM correctly. The Transfer Credit Evaluation Form must be submitted before taking the course. Courses taken outside of UM without preapproval are at risk of not being accepted for transfer credit.
    • ensure that decisions to award credit for transfer work are made only by qualified faculty.

Transfer credits fall into two categories: those which serve as equivalents for a numbered course at UM ("equivalencies"), and those which do not ("elective credit"). Both sorts of approved transfer courses count toward completion of the credits required for graduation. Equivalencies may also count toward completion of specific courses in majors, minors, and cognates, or which serve to fulfill other degree or General Education proficiency requirements. All courses that have been accepted from another institution as either an equivalency or for elective credit are considered transfer credits.

  • Equivalencies must be approved by the appropriate UM department. 
  • Only credit bearing courses from Regionally Accredited Institutions will be awarded transfer credits.
  • All transfer credits must be earned in academic terms that are at least 6 weeks in length.
  • Transfer credit will not be granted for coursework taken at another institution during the same term the student is enrolled at UM. Summer intersessions and sessions A, B, and C constitute a single term.  Therefore, for example, a student enrolled at UM in any summer term will not receive transfer credit from another institution completed during the same summer.
  • International credits and/or half or quarter semester credits from any institution, including domestic universities and colleges, may not be awarded full units of UM transfer credit. For example, a course earning 5 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits, if approved, is awarded 2.5 transfer credits at UM. Similarly, a four-credit course taken at a domestic institution on a "quarter" system may only be approved for 2.67 hours of UM transfer credit. 

Specific Department Rules

Visit our current students page to learn more about specific departmental policies and how they can affect transfer of credits

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GPA Calculations for Students with Transfer Credit

  • Grades associated with transfer credit are not calculated into UM grade point average (GPA).
  • The transfer credit GPA will be combined with the UM GPA for purposes of determining eligibility to graduate with certain degrees, majors, or minors, and for  University and Latin honors.
  • Transfer credits count toward the total required credits for graduation.

Academic coursework taken at four-year accredited colleges and universities will be awarded transfer credit, subject to pre-approval requirements, provided a grade of "C" or higher is achieved. Transfer credit will not be awarded for courses in physical education, technical and vocational courses, and remedial or college preparatory work.

Coursework Not Accepted For Credit

The following  coursework from 2-year colleges will not be awarded transfer credit.

  • ACCOUNTING LABS
  • BASIC CHEMISTRY INSTRUMENT
  • BUSINESS STATISTICS LAB
  • COLLEGE PREPARTORY
  • CO-OP CLASSES
  • CRIMINAL LAW, PROCEDURES
  • ELEMENTARY MATH
  • FOOD SERVICE OR HOSPITALITY
  • HEALTH i.e. FIRST AID, CPR, FITNESS FOR LIFE
  • INTENSIVE ENGLISH
  • INTERNSHIPS AND WORK EXPERIENCE
  • NURSING
  • PARALEGAL
  • PHYSICAL EDUCATION
  • PRACTICUM
  • PRE-APPLIED MUSIC
  • REMEDIAL COURSES
  • SECRETARIAL /OFFICE SYSTEMS CLASSES
  • SEMINARS and WORKSHOPS
  • SKILLS COURSES
  • STUDENT SUCCESS, SUPPORT COURSES
  • STUDY ABROAD courses  study abroad on transcript
  • TECHNICAL CLASSES e.g.  NETWORKING COMPUTER CLASSES (CET PREFIX), RESPIRATORY THERAPY (most classes that lead to an Associate degree in technical and vocational areas are not awarded transfer credit)
  • VOCATIONAL COURSES

Continuing UM students and Transfer Credit from Institutions Abroad

All transcripts from institutions outside of the United States must be evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) accredited evaluation service for a course-by-course evaluation and grade point average that is sent directly to the University of Miami. Documents received from students or their proxies will not be considered for transfer credit.

Courses taken for transfer credit at study abroad programs, or other non-U.S. colleges or universities, which have an accredited U.S. institution as their "institution of record" are treated as U.S. institutions, assuming the transcript is issued by the domestic U.S. "institution of record" and are evaluated accordingly.

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