2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    May 10, 2021  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Transfer of Credit - Graduate Programs

Official Documentation of Credit from Other Institutions or Programs

All official transcripts, presented to Asbury University for admissions and awarding of credit, must be sent directly from the other institution to Asbury University. Student delivered transcripts and scores may be used for advising; however, they are NOT acceptable as final, official transcripts the transfer of credit.

General Polices for Transfer Credit

  • No more than 35% of required graduate hours may come from work outside the Asbury University graduate program. At least 65% of the credit for the graduate degree must be completed as a graduate student at Asbury University.
  • Each individual graduate program may have stricter limits on the use of transfer credit from other institutions and outside sources.
  • Graduate transfer credit is processed at the time of enrollment based on the recommendation of the specific graduate program director who will evaluate the official transcripts from the incoming student’s prior institutions. The graduate program director forwards the recommendation to the Registrar for approval and processing by the end of the student’s first semester.

Transfer of Courses from Another Graduate Program

  1. Only credits completed at a regionally-accredited graduate school may be transferred to the graduate program.
  2. Outside credit can only be transferred from official transcripts mailed by the other institution or sent by official electronic transfer directly to Asbury University. Credit will not be accepted from faxed, copied, emailed or hand delivered transcripts.
  3. Transfer courses must be equivalent to Asbury University courses and meet all accreditation requirements for the respective program.
  4. Only graduate courses with a grade of ‘B’ or better may be transferred.
  5. Any graduate level course older than 10 years at the time of program admission is ineligible for transfer and use towards any degree above the Bachelor’s level.
  6. No graduate courses may be pre-approved to take elsewhere for transfer after matriculation to the Asbury University graduate program.
  7. A graduate level course recorded on the academic transcript in one program (at Asbury or at another institution) may be transferred and used only in one additional program, provided the course meets all other transfer conditions and degree requirements.

Graduate course work completed as an undergraduate at Asbury University

  1. A limited number of graduate level courses may be completed while an undergraduate student at Asbury University that then may be considered to meet the requirements in a graduate program with certain stipulations.
  2. Graduate courses used to satisfy the major requirements for another Asbury degree or credential may not be applied to a graduate program unless specifically indicated and approved by the Vice Provost. [The Dean of the School of Education approves all prior coursework for the education licensure credential.]
  3. Limit of 9 graduate level credits for use in one graduate program may be completed prior to earning the bachelor’s degree.
  4. A graduate level course recorded on the academic transcript in the Asbury undergraduate program may be transferred and used only in one graduate program, provided the course meets all other transfer conditions and degree requirements.
  5. The graduate course must have a minimum posted grade of ‘B’ to be used in one graduate program.
  6. Graduate courses taken as an undergraduate will count only in the undergraduate GPA and will not factor into the graduate GPA.

Credit for Prior Learning - Specific Graduate Programs Only

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is not accepted in all graduate program offerings. Please refer to specific program advisors for details and eligibility.

Credit is potentially awarded for knowledge gained through employment, training, and life experiences as self-assessed and documented in a portfolio. Students write about what they learned in the work environment at a level that evidences graduate credit. Any credit awarded is academic recognition of graduate-level learning done outside the formal classrooms of Asbury University. There will be a cost to apply for CPL credit. The cost will vary by program area, faculty time required, and number of faculty involved in the learning assessment. A typical review takes 3 hours and is completed by 2 faculty members.

  1. Consideration to award CPL is contingent upon applicant showing what learning occurred through the experience. The experience itself does not warrant credit. Faculty reviewers look for academic proficiencies (what was learned) and not for AU course equivalency:
    • Evaluators will look for acquired skills and competencies (what has been learned);
    • Evaluators will make recommendations to the respective school or college dean to award credit for competencies demonstrated by the student in the self-assessment and documentation.
  2. Candidates can only use experiences which occurred within the previous seven years prior to starting in the graduate program, and after the completion date of their latest undergraduate degree.
  3. No more than 25% of the degree (9 credits for a 36 hour program) - rounded to the lower credit amount - can be counted towards a master’s degree through a combination of transfer credit and CPL. Specific graduate programs may have stricter limits on CPL usage.
  4. Credit is awarded only for documented student achievement corresponding to academic proficiencies for specific courses within the Asbury’s graduate curricular offerings. The award letter identifies the specific competencies awarded, the credit hours for that competency, and the graduate level of the award.
  5. CPL is granted by the school or college dean only upon the recommendation of appropriately qualified teaching faculty for the course. Persons whose responsibility is primarily recruitment are excluded from portfolio reviews intended for graduate CPL.
  6. Credit granted for prior experiential learning appears on students’ transcripts and may not duplicate other credit awarded to the student in fulfillment of degree requirements.
  7. The institution makes no assurances regarding the number of credits to be awarded prior to the completion of the institution’s full review process.