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Advising Handbook

Master's Degree at UR (Transfer Credit Policy)

The College allows no more than 10 credits taken prior to matriculation in a graduate program to be transferred in free of charge. If a student wishes to transfer in more than 10 credits for courses taken at the University of Rochester prior to matriculation in a graduate program, the student must pay for these credits. The cost is based on the per-credit tuition rate at the time the credit transfer is requested and will take into consideration any graduate tuition scholarship the student has.

Transfer credits cannot have been used as part of the undergraduate degree program and require approval of the program (either the director of graduate studies or the chair) and the Arts, Sciences and Engineering dean of graduate studies in order to be applied to a graduate program of study.

Programs have their own requirements beyond completion of credit hours, such as distribution requirements, teaching assistant (TA) requirements, and specific work toward the exit exam or essay that the student must complete in order to earn a master’s degree. Students are encouraged to meet early in their planning process with the program graduate administrator and/or director of graduate studies in order to create a program of study that will meet all the requirements for the degree.

Examples

Example One

A student takes two courses with graduate content during his/her senior year for eight credits. None of these courses were used to fulfill a requirement for the bachelor’s degree. With approval, the student can transfer in all eight credits for the master’s program of study without charge.

Example Two

A student takes four courses with graduate content during his/her senior year for 16 credits. None of these courses were used to fulfill a requirement for the bachelor’s degree. With approval, the student can transfer in 10 credits from these 16 credits for the master’s program of study without charge.

If the student wishes to transfer in the remaining six credits, he/she will be charged for six credits at the current tuition amount, minus any tuition scholarship provided to the student in the offer of admissions to the master’s program.

Example Three

A student takes eight courses with graduate content during his/her senior year for 32 credits. None of these courses were used to fulfill a requirement for the bachelor’s degree. With approval, the student can transfer in 10 credits from these 32 credits for the master’s program of study without charge.

If the student wishes to transfer in the remaining 22 credits, he/she will be charged for 22 credits at the current tuition amount, minus any tuition scholarship provided to the student in the offer of admissions to the master’s program.