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Does this Course Transfer?

This is frequently the first and most urgent question students have regarding transfer courses. The best answer to this question is usually more complex than a "yes" or "no." In fact, a better question is "HOW do my courses transfer?"

The main principle is: Courses from other institutions need to be reviewed by UMD faculty to determine how/if they transfer to UMD.

COURSE REVIEW PROCESS:

Sending your official transcript from your previous institution starts that review process.

  1. Course Description review: If your course has never been reviewed at UMD, faculty will initially review it based on a "course description." This is typically a 2-3 sentence amount of information from a school's online catalog
  2. Syllabus review: If a course description decision is not what a student is hoping for AND if no other student has had it reviewed based on a full syllabus, you can submit one with a Transfer Course Evaluation form (available at the Advising & Academic Services office, Montague 107). This additional information in the syllabus CAN change the decision about how the course transfers to UMD.

3 WAYS OF TRANSFERRING:

  1. Direct Equivalent - faculty have determined the course is substantially similar to a UMD course. e.g. ECON 1150 “Macro Economics” (at Lake Superior College) = ECON 1022 “Macro Economics” at UMD
  2. Liberal Education Requirement WITHOUT direct equivalent - UMD does not have a substantially similar course, but it has been determined the course meets a liberal education requirement. e.g. BIO 100 "The Living World" (at Arizona State University) = Natural Science liberal education at UMD
  3. General Elective - the course is not substantially similar to any UMD courses and does not meet a liberal education requirement, but the course does transfer to UMD and count toward degree completion. e.g. ENG 3390 “Irish Literature" (at College of St. Scholastica) = ENGL 3999 at UMD

**Additional Information Regarding Transfer Credit can be found at UMD's One Stop Transfer Credit page.

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