Transfer Credit Conversion
DePaul University’s academic calendar is based on the quarter system. College credit is accumulated on the basis of quarter hours. To convert credit hours from the semester system to the quarter system, multiply 1.5 (example: 3 semester hours x 1.5 = 4.5 quarter hours). The minimum number of hours required for graduation with a bachelor’s degree is 192 quarter hours.
Types of Transfer Credit Accepted by DePaul University
The following statements describe DePaul’s transfer credit policies:
- DePaul will accept for transfer credit baccalaureate-level courses completed at baccalaureate granting US institutions that are fully accredited by one of the regional accrediting organizations.
- DePaul will also accept transfer credit from tertiary level international institutions that are formally recognized by their country’s ministry of education or its equivalent.
- DePaul will accept for transfer credit college-level courses that are earned in Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree programs at 2-year institutions fully accredited by one of the regional accrediting organizations.
- Course credit earned at 2-year accredited institutions in other degree programs, such as the Associate of Applied Sciences or Associate of Fine Arts degrees, will be reviewed for transfer credit on a course-by-course basis. When necessary, students will be expected to provide bulletin descriptions and course syllabi to facilitate the review process.
- In general, courses presented for transfer from 2-year, regionally accredited institutions that are earned in a certificate or professional training capacity are not eligible for transfer credit. Examples of these programs include, but are not limited to: air conditioning, automotive technology, culinary arts, travel management, paralegal studies, fashion design, child care, electronics, and medical office assistant.
- Developmental courses (for example, pre-college level courses in math or writing), whether from 2-year institutions or baccalaureate granting institutions, are not accepted for transfer credit.
- Only courses with a grade of C- or higher will apply to the student’s major.
- Students transferring the equivalent of WRD 103 and/or WRD 104 must have received grades of C- or better in these courses in order to fulfill the Liberal Studies requirement.
- If a student has attempted a course more than once, only the most recent grade will be used for credit review. All other attempts will be considered “repeats” and will transfer no credit. Transfer courses will be identified as repeats if they meet the following criteria:
- The same course (as identified by course title and number) is taken more than once at the same institution;
- Two or more courses taken at different institutions are evaluated as meeting the same objectives.
- Credit by examination is acceptable, in some areas. See the Evaluation and Credit and Evaluation and Credit/Limitations sections for details.
- All credit taken at foreign institutions will be subject to review by the Office of International Admission for admission purposes. Students seeking to transfer undergraduate credit from a foreign university to DePaul are required to submit a course by-course evaluation from Educational Perspectives (EP) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). As an alternative, students may petition to submit a course by course evaluation from another organization approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). To further facilitate the process of determining what credit will transfer to DePaul, students are required to submit course descriptions and may be asked for syllabi (translated into English). Failure to indicate attendance at a foreign institution prior to enrolling at DePaul University may result in denial of admission, dismissal from the University or ineligibility for graduation or the conferral of a degree.
- Any credit earned as part of one’s military service through a regionally accredited institution will be reviewed on a course by course basis.
- Credit for military training and education provided by the armed services will be considered in accordance with the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE). Service members may qualify for a maximum of 12 semester or 18 quarter hours of military transfer credit and must submit an official copy of their military record for evaluation. Students in the School for New Learning may qualify to apply the military transfer credit for additional degree requirements; should they subsequently transfer to another college within DePaul, the 18-quarter-hour limit will apply.
- Transferable courses or test credit (AP, IB, CLEP) may be applied to the major or minor, to Liberal Studies, or to open electives. Due to rapid changes in some areas of major/minor study, along with various licensure standards, some courses or test credits otherwise applicable to the major or minor may be subject to a review to determine how current the content is. As a result of this review, the course or test equivalent in question may no longer be applicable to major or minor requirements. This review may be conducted by a faculty academic advisor or, when deemed appropriate, by a staff academic advisor in consult with faculty. If a transferable course or test credit is deemed no longer current, the student may be required to repeat the course or test credit course equivalent in order to complete the degree. Other transferable courses or test credits may be applied to the Liberal Studies Program, based on the most current articulations. Finally, transferable courses or test credits may be applied, at a minimum, towards open elective credit. If the student repeats a course, only the most recent attempt will apply toward the degree.
- All transfer credit taken at another institution while concurrently enrolled as a DePaul student are subject to approval by the student’s college/school before transfer credit will be accepted.
Students may appeal to a “Transfer Credit Review Board” for one additional review of particular courses not accepted for transfer credit. Students who make such a request must be prepared to supply official course descriptions and course syllabi. The review of all transfer credit is subject to limitations in accordance with the educational policies of DePaul University.
Please consult the Evaluation and Credit/Limitations section in this Handbook for additional information regarding limits to transfer credit.