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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 for the Master’s degree program of study 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 shall be based on the per-credit tuition rate at the time the credit transfer is requested, and any graduate tuition scholarship that has been provided to the student shall be applied to this total tuition cost.

All transfer credits must not 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.

Note that programs have their own requirements beyond completion of credit hours, such as distribution requirements, TA requirements, and specific work towards 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 devise a program of study that will meet all the requirements for the degree.

Illustrative examples:

  1. Student takes 2 courses with graduate content during his/her senior year, for 8 credits. None of these courses were used to fulfill a requirement for the Bachelor’s degree. With approval, the student may transfer in all 8 credits for the Master’s program of study without charge.
  2. Student takes 4 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 may 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 6 credits, he/she will be charged for 6 credits at the current tuition amount, less any tuition scholarship provided to the student in the offer of admissions to the master’s program.
  3. Student takes 8 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 may 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, less any tuition scholarship provided to the student in the offer of admissions to the Master’s program. The student will need to matriculate in the Master’s program after completing the Bachelor’s degree and complete any program requirements, such as the exit exam, to obtain the Master’s degree.