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Graduate - General Guidelines

Master's Degree

The maximum transfer credit award possible toward a master's degree is 15 semester hours, excluding all Master of Education programs, which have a limit of 12.

*Nontraditional transfer credit cannot exceed 25% of program requirements.

Dual Master's Degree

The maximum transfer credit award possible toward a dual master's degree is 9 semester hours.
 
 


No transfer credit can be awarded in the Core area.

Certificate

The maximum transfer credit award possible toward a certificate will vary based upon the program requirements.
 


*Nontraditional transfer credit cannot exceed 3 semester hours.

  • The University must adhere to the minimum residential credit requirements and corresponding transfer credit limits set forth by our accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
     
    • To complete a stand-alone certificate program, at least 9 semester hours of a student's certificate program requirements must be completed as residential credit.
       
  • APUS defines Traditional Transfer Credit as:
     
    • Academic - earned through an accredited institution of higher learning with Regional and/or National Accreditation.
       
    • Military Course - earned through a military school or sponsored program.
       
  • APUS defines *Nontraditional Transfer Credit as:
     
    • Non-Academic - earned based on assessment, competency testing, experience, and/or demonstration of knowledge.
       
    • Military Occupation - earned through experience.
       
    • Acceptable Sources of Nontraditional Transfer Credit:
       
      • American Council on Education (ACE)
             National Guide - corporate/agency training
             Military Guide - military occupations
      • Career Portfolios
      • Internal Credit Recommendations (IRs) not evaluated by ACE
      • Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) not evaluated by ACE
         
  • Time Limitations of Course Work: If your program requires any of the subjects listed below, your course for transfer must not exceed the age limitation. Should they exceed the age limitation, the courses will be considered for General Elective credit only.
     

    Age Restricted Subjects and Corresponding APUS Course Prefix

    Age Limitation

    Transfer Credit Award Policy

    Information System Security (ISSC)

    Information Technology Management (ITMG)

    5+ Years

    Courses for transfer in these subject areas that exceed 5 years in age may be transferred into graduate-level programs to fulfill General Elective area requirements only, and will not be considered equivalent to any APUS course offering.

    Enterprise Development (ENTD)

    Information Security Planning (INFO)

    Computer Information System Technology (ITCC)

    7+ Years

    Courses for transfer in these subject areas that exceed 7 years in age may be transferred into graduate-level programs to fulfill General Elective area requirements only, and will not be considered equivalent to any APUS course offering.

    Political Science (POLS)

    10+ Years

    APUS also has a course age limitation policy for Political Science courses, stating that courses that exceed 10 years in age are not considered equivalent to any APUS course offering. However, please recognize that we do not accept any academic coursework for transfer that exceeds 10 years in age toward any graduate-level programs.

 

  • Credit transfer depends on the student's declared program of study and whether the credit earned (traditional or nontraditional) meets the learning outcomes and objectives for his/her program with us.