Transfer Credits

School of Education Policy

In addition to courses taken prior to formal admission, candidates may also take courses at other accredited institutions as part of their degree program. By University policy, students pursuing summer coursework within the metropolitan Boston area must take such courses at Boston University unless a) the course is a program requirement and is not offered in the Boston University Summer Term, or b) the student receives pre-approval from the chair of the relevant Boston University department and their advisor.

Undergraduates must obtain written approval before registering at another institution by the academic department in which comparable course content is housed, and by their advisor. Courses with a grade of less than C- will not be considered for transfer. The sum of all semester courses accepted from other institutions cannot exceed a total of 80 semester credits. A maximum of 64 semester credits from a two-year institution, or 80 semester credits from a four-year institution, may be accepted. Grades of inter-university transfer courses are not computed in the Boston University grade point average. Additional approval is required for external credit taken internationally. Please see the Study Abroad office at 888 Commonwealth Avenue before submitting transfer credits to SED for pre-approval.

No more than two classes may be taken at an external institution and applied to an SED minor.

Courses submitted for transfer credit approval must have been completed within the following time limits: EdM, MAT, MMT, CAGS—six years; BS and EdD—seven years.

External grades from transferred courses will not be calculated into your BU GPA.

Undergraduate Policy

Incoming transfer students and incoming first-year students with college credit must submit official transcripts and syllabi to the Registrar’s office for review. This information should be sent to credeval@bu.edu. Transfer credits assigned BU class equivalents must be reviewed by the appropriate school (CAS, SED, etc.). The School of Education reviews transfer courses from accredited schools with a grade of C or higher for undergraduates. The School of Education limits the number of transfer credits to a maximum of 64 credits from a two-year accredited institution, and 80 credits from a four-year accredited institution. The School of Education does not give credit for College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams.

Incoming First-Year Students with Advanced Placement Credit

Advanced Placement is received, posted, and evaluated by Undergraduate Admissions.

Continuing Students with Summer Credit

Before a student can register for a summer course, the student should fill out the Transfer of External Credits form.

Submit the form to the SED Student Records Office, room 127. The BU department will review a course syllabus to approve the course. After completion of the class, the student will submit an official transcript from an accredited institution; the course grade must be a C or higher (for undergraduates) in order to be applied to the record.

Online & Hybrid Course Credit

School of Education students are allowed to transfer a maximum of two online education courses (8 total credits) from an accredited institution. These courses must be approved prior to registration by an academic advisor using the Transfer of External Credits form.

Study Abroad Credit

For students who are studying abroad through SED: Credits will show up on the transcript as a BU course. Students who are studying abroad through a BU-affiliated program should consult BU Study Abroad for more information and pre-approval for summer study abroad courses. Students studying through a non-BU study abroad program during the school year or over the summer must consult with the BU Study Abroad Program Manager for External Programs  prior to registering and submit a signed Transfer of External Credits form to the SED Student Records Office, Room 127, and an official transcript from the offering school when coursework is completed.

No more than two international summer courses intended to cover a full semester’s work in a single 6-week summer term will be considered for transfer credit.  No more than one course intended to cover a full semester’s work in a single 4-week summer term will be considered for transfer credit.  Normally, courses shorter than 4 weeks are not eligible for transfer credit. For more information regarding transfer credits from non-Boston University International Programs please refer to the University-wide policy.

IUT into SED with External Credit

The School of Education accepts external credits that have already been approved and equated by other schools and colleges. If a student would like a re-evaluation of external credits, they should submit the Transfer of External Credits form to the SED Student Records Office, Room 127, for review by an advisor.

Graduate Policy

With permission, 8 credits at the graduate level (not previously used toward a graduate degree or another degree) may be transferred into a master’s or CAGS program. With permission, 16 external or 20 internal credits (not previously used toward another degree) may be transferred into a doctoral program.

After matriculation, graduate candidates who wish to have credits accepted for transfer must submit a petition to the SED Student Records Office, Room 127. Faculty advisors have final approval over which credits will be accepted and applied to a particular degree program.

The course grade must be a B or higher (for graduate students) in order to be accepted for transfer.

Courses approved for transfer from external institutions will only receive the amount of credits awarded on the official transcript.

Online & Hybrid Course Credit

School of Education students are allowed to transfer a maximum of two online education courses (8 total credits) from an accredited institution. These courses must be approved prior to registration by an academic advisor using the Transfer of External Credits form.