Transfer of Credits

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Policy

Graduate-level courses in other accredited graduate schools or in other schools or colleges of Boston University not used toward the awarding of any other degree may be transferred on recommendation of the major advisor and the chair or program director with the approval of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Credit for work to be taken concurrently with studies in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences must be approved before registration for such courses; all such courses must have been taken for a letter grade (not pass/fail). No transfer of credit for courses taken before the senior year of college or from correspondence or distance learning will be accepted. Petitions for credits for transfer are available on the GRS website.

Master’s Degree Program

No more than two courses (a maximum of 8 credits) may be transferred from other universities unless a department requires more than eight semester courses. A student may transfer additional courses corresponding to that number required in excess of the eight.

Post-Bachelor’s PhD Program

No more than four courses (a maximum of 16 credits)  may be transferred from other universities. Of these, only two may be credited toward a master’s degree. If a department requires more than the minimum of 16 semester courses, a student may transfer an additional number of courses corresponding to that number required in excess of the 16.

Post-Master’s PhD Program

No courses may be transferred from other universities unless a department requires more than the minimum of eight semester courses. A student may transfer the number of courses corresponding to that number required in excess of the eight.