Transferring Credit from Outside Sources

With our flexible transfer policy, we put you well on your way in accelerating your career growth and putting you one step closer in achieving your degree.

With our highly qualified instructors, dedicated support team, and a wide variety of academic programs (insert link for Programs of Study) for you to choose from, UMUC values your educational and career goals and is here for your every need.

UMUC accepts up to 90 credits from all sources combined through the bachelor's degree (45 credits for associate's degree). Sources include:

  • Approved two- and four-year colleges and universities
  • Other higher education institutions with whom UMUC has a memorandum of understanding for acceptance of credit and/or a joint program
  • Non-U.S. institutions based on UMUC review of an appropriate credit evaluation

UMUC may also award credit for

  • Professional (not technical) noncollegiate coursework
  • Military occupational specialties and experience
  • Vocational and technical coursework
  • Professional or technical coursework based on statewide agreements and alliances
  • Standard examinations

Criteria for each type of credit are detailed in the following sections.

Students should be sure to discuss all previous experience and training with an Academic Advisor to ensure that they receive any credit that applies.

We are regionally accredited, so our academic programs are highly regarded by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. UMUC is also one of the 11 degree-granting institutions in the renowned University System of Maryland.

You may be able to transfer credits from:

Transfer to Other Institutions

Credit Limits

Each type of credit is subject to maximum allowances, including (but not limited to)

  • 70 credits (45 credits for the associate's degree) from two-year institutions
  • 60 credits (30 credits for the associate's degree) for study completed in military service schools and professional credit, on the basis of American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations on credit
  • 60 credits (30 credits for the associate's degree) for innovative learning, including learning evaluated by approved standardized examinations and ACE-evaluated by professional training programs
  • 30 credits (15 credits for the associate's degree) for study completed in Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs), portfolio assessment, and/or course-challenge exams combined (with a maximum of 15 credits from portfolio assessment from a community college)
  • 21 credits (12 credits for the associate's degree) of coherently related vocational and technical coursework, applicable as elective credit only.
Transfer Credit

UMUC will not award credit for courses that repeat work done elsewhere. Students who have earned credit at other colleges or universities are responsible for determining whether courses they plan to take at UMUC would duplicate any previously earned credit and for submitting all official transcripts from colleges and universities attended, as well as documentation of military and professional learning and pertinent test scores (e.g. CLEP, AP, etc.) -- regardless of whether they appear on a previous college transcript or not.

Students may not pursue two degrees of the same type (associate's, bachelor's) at both UMUC and another institution using the same credits to meet both degrees.

Credit toward a UMUC degree may be assigned for work completed through the kinds of institutions described in the following sections. UMUC does not accept credits for remedial, pre-college, or sectarian religious courses in transfer. A student who wants to transfer credit from other institutions to UMUC should request a review of previous credit to determine the applicability of those credits to a degree from UMUC. No transfer credit is accepted without official transcripts.

Students who are in doubt about whether a UMUC course duplicates previous study should consult an Academic Advisor before registering.

Credit from Other Colleges and Universities

When the grade earned was at least C (2.0), transfer credits from approved two- and four-year colleges and universities may be accepted for courses that apply to the student's curriculum and do not duplicate other courses for which credit has been awarded. Transfer credit for another institution's course-challenge examinations and prior learning program may be accepted if it is listed on the transcript with a passing grade.

Approved institutions include those accredited by the following regional associations:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
  • Northwest Commission of Colleges and Schools
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Technical and Career Institutions
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

Other institutions may be approved based on agreements and/or joint programs with UMUC.

Credit from Junior Colleges or Community Colleges

A total of 70 credits from approved two-year institutions (junior colleges or community colleges) may be applied toward a bachelor's degree at UMUC. A student who has already completed 70 credits may not apply further credit from a junior college or a community college to a degree from UMUC.

A student who initially enrolled in any public community college of Maryland will be admitted to UMUC in conformance with the policy developed and approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Students participating in one of the community college alliances with UMUC should consult with their Academic Advisors at both institutions if they plan to enroll in courses at both institutions concurrently.

How to submit transcripts from schools you previously attended


Vocational and Technical Credit

Vocational and technical credit from approved organizations, when applicable, may be accepted as elective credit only. This credit may be applied toward a degree at UMUC, up to the following limits:

  • Associate's degree: a maximum of 12 credits
  • Bachelor's degree: a maximum of 21 credits of coherently related work

Noncollegiate Courses

UMUC will accept for credit professional (not technical) noncollegiate courses applicable to the student's curriculum that have been evaluated by either (1) ACE (if the courses are listed in the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs) or (2) the University of the State of New York National College Credit Recommendation Service (formerly Program on Non-Collegiate Sponsored Instruction).

Credit from Institutions Outside the United States

Study at institutions outside the United States must be evaluated by an approved international credit evaluation agency.

Transfer to Other Institutions

To have credits earned through UMUC transferred, each student must obtain authoritative guidance from the destination institution (including other institutions in the University System of Maryland). Only the destination institution can answer specific questions about its own residency and degree requirements or about the applicability of UMUC courses to its curricula.