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Transfer of Credit

Transfer courses must be from an accredited university or college and the student must have earned a minimum grade of "B" to receive credit. The courses must be equivalent to one of the MBA program requirements or electives.

The following information is posted in the University Graduate Catalog: 

TRANSFER CREDIT:
Credit for graduate courses taken at other regionally-accredited institutions of higher learning must be approved for transfer to Kutztown University by the student’s academic advisor, the appropriate department chairperson, and the Graduate Dean and are subject to the restrictions cited below. (These policies also apply to matriculated Kutztown University graduate students who wish to take a graduate course at another institution for transfer into their Kutztown program).

ACCEPTABILITY:
Graduate courses approved for transfer are those courses unquestionablyidentified as graduate-level courses. They must be equivalent to existing graduate courses at Kutztown University or must be allowed as approved electives in the field of study. Undergraduate courses are not acceptable for transfer to the College of Graduate Studies.

LIMITATION:
A maximum of nine semester housr of graduate credit may be approved as transfer credit. There are two exceptions to this policy: 1.) the M.B.A. program allows transfer of up to twelve semester hours of graduate credit; 2.) a maximum of six semester hours may be approved as transfer credit in the counseling programs.

GRADE RESTRICTION:
No graduate course for which a grade of less than "B" or its equivalent was earned may be accepted as transfer credit in the College of Graduate Studies.

CREDIT ONLY TRANSFER:
If approved, the credit hours transfer as neutral credits only.  The course number and description of the transferred course are recorded on the student’s transcript; however, the grade received is not recorded or used in the computation of the QPA.

DEGREE CREDITS:
Credits earned as a part of a graduate degree may be accepted as transfer credit, subject to the above policies.

APPLICATION OF CREDIT FROM PREVIOUSLY EARNED DEGREE AT KUTZTOWN: 
A graduate Student who wants to use academic credits from a previously earned graduate degree at Kutztown University may seek approval to apply up to nine semester hours toward a second master’s degree program. These credits are defined as internal transfer credits. The approval of such credits is subject to the receipt of a signed recommendation from the chair of the recipient department indicating that the requested transfer credits are timely and appropriate to the second master’s degree curriculum. The final approval for transfer of previously earned graduate credits into a second master’s program is given by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Newly admitted graduate students who are enrolling for a second master’s degree from Kutztown University should go to the Graduate Office and complete the form “Application of Credit from a Previously Earned Degree.” The responsibility of obtaining the required signature for this form rests solely with the individual graduate student. The following policies apply to internal transfer credits.

1) Internal transfer credits are available only to those graduate students who are fully
    enrolled and currently accepted into a second master’s degree program at Kutztown
    University.
2) Internal transfer credit from a previously earned master’s degree is limited to not more 
    than nine semester hours of graduate credit.
3) Internal transfer credits shall be restricted to those graduate courses in which a grade of
    “B” or better was earned.
4) Grades received on internal transfer credits shall not be used in the computation of the 
    student’s grade point average (GPA) of the second master’s degree. This means that 
    University internal transfer credits are treated in the same manner as external transfer 
    credits (from other accredited institutions of higher learning) in a given program and are
    therefore mathematically neutral in the determination of the GPA of the second master’s
    degree.
5) The granting of academic credit from a previously earned master’s degree at Kutztown 
    University is a privilege, not a right, that may be granted only upon approval by the
    recipient academic department. The advisor, chair, or Graduate Dean may decline to
    approve the proposed internal transfer credits because the course or courses are not
    timely or the course or courses are deemed inappropriate to the curriculum of the second
    master’s degree.
6) The signatures of the student’s advisor and the chair of the recipient department, 
    therefore, attest their mutual convictions that the proposed transfer credits are
    reasonable, timely, and applicable to the second master’s curriculum.
7) The final authority for approval of internal transfer credits is the Dean of the College of
    Graduate Studies.

TRANSFER PROCEDURES:

Graduate students seeking to transfer credits to the University may follow one of two procedures:

1) Prior Review and Approval: Students who anticipate the need to enroll in a graduate class
    at another university should procure and complete the form “External Transfer Credit 
    Approval,” available from the Graduate Office. The student attaches a copy of the
    syllabus or a copy of the catalogue description of the course being proposed as an
    external transfer credit. The student then secures the recommendation of the Chair of the
    appropriate academic department and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. It is 
    the responsibility of the student to secure the necessary signatures.  If recommended 
    and approved, the student may then enroll for the course.  Upon completion of 
    the course, an unofficial transcript from the external university must be procured by the
    student. The graduate student may elect to have the transcript mailed directly to
    the College of Graduate Studies. Alternatively, the student may procure a copy of the
    transcript in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution and submit the item in person
    at the Graduate Office.

2)  Ex post facto Approval:  Students who have already earned graduate credits at another
     university may seek ex post facto approval of their courses.  In this procedure, the
     student procures and completes the form “Previously Taken External Credit Approval.”
     The student attaches a copy of the syllabus or a copy of the catalogue description of the
     previously taken course being proposed as an external transfer credit. An official copy
     of the transcript in a sealed envelope is also attached to the form. Unofficial copies of
     transcripts, and transcripts stamped “student copy” are unacceptable for this procedure.
     The student then secures the recommendation of the Chair of the appropriate academic
     department and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.  It is the responsibility of
     the student to secure the necessary signatures. If recommended and approved, the
     external transfer credit is then added to the students official record at Kutztown
     University.

CHANGE OF PROGRAM: 
Graduate students who have received approval to transfer credits into one degree program
may not assume that those same transfer credits would be accepted in another program
should the student make such a change. The Graduate Dean and the department chairperson of the new degree program would reevaluate the student’s transcript to date.