The Registrar's Office is responsible for USI's transfer credit evaluation service. Official transcripts from other institutions will be reviewed to determine what academic credits will transfer to USI, and their equivalent USI courses. The Registrar's Office is also responsible for awarding credit approved through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) policy.
Course credits earned from regionally accredited colleges and universities* will be accepted as transfer credit subject to the following guidelines:
Graduate Studies may accept transfer credit for coursework completed at other colleges and universities accredited for master's-level study or higher by the Higher Learning Commission or a comparable regional accrediting agency*. The total average in such study must be B (3.0) or above and no grade lower than B will be accepted. Correspondence study will not count toward a graduate degree at USI, and such credit cannot be transferred from another institution. All transfer work must be approved in advance by the student's graduate program director or chair and by the Director of Graduate Studies.
- For master's-level programs, Graduate Studies may accept for transfer credit up to 12 credit hours of master's-level coursework.
- For doctoral-level programs, Graduate Studies may accept for transfer credit up to 40% of the total credit hours required to complete the program, depending upon specific program policy. Certain programs may accept additional transfer credit beyond 40% with the approval of the program director, college dean, and the Director of Graduate Studies.
The Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) policy allows for the granting of credit for previous experiential learning through a portfolio review. Not all graduate programs are approved to award PLA credit, and portfolio review credit can only be applied toward the student's graduate program with approval from the program director and the Director of Graduate Studies.
The combined maximum that can be awarded between transfer credit and portfolio review credit cannot exceed:
- 12 credit hours for master's-level programs requiring 36 or fewer total hours, or
- one third of the total hours required for the program for master's-level programs requiring greater than 36 total hours.
Within the limits noted above, each graduate program determines the number of transfer and PLA hours that can be awarded. Graduate Studies will approve no more than those determined acceptable by the respective graduate program. The student must consult the appropriate graduate program director for such information. All transfer and PLA credit must be appropriate to the particular program in which the student is enrolled.
* Acceptable regional accrediting agencies: