Credit Transfwer

Transfer of credits
Central State University recognizes that new students from all walks of life – the military, public service, the business community, as well as other schools – may qualify for transfer credits towards their intended degree or certificate programs.

To help our students advance faster, Central State conducts a comprehensive review of prior academic and experiential learning that would potentially qualify for credit, taking life experience into account, too.

We established the Transfer Credit policies and procedures with our unique student population in mind. We make every effort to provide students the maximum amount of credit they deserve. We adhere to the standards of good practice set forth by our accrediting bodies, while maintaining the overall integrity for which our degree and certificate programs are known.

Central State University accepts credits earned from accredited/approved academic institutions when the course content is deemed equivalent to Central State’s. The number of transfer credits granted for each course depends on the other college’s definition of its credit system.

credit system
Credits from schools on a quarter system will transfer in a ratio of 2/3 semester credit for each quarter credit on a course-by-course basis, rounded to the nearest whole credit. Previously earned credit will be assessed during the admission process.

international students
Applicants wishing to transfer in credits earned at institutions outside the United States must have their academic transcripts evaluated by an appropriate evaluation agency. A course-by-course evaluation report must be requested. Applicants will be assessed a fee by the certifying organization and should request the report be sent directly to Central State University. Please email to admissions@csu.ac for more detailed information.
applying for credit
Central State University students who wish to apply for transfer credits must submit the following with their admission package:

· Credit evaluation fee;

· Official transcripts for all potential transfer credits;

· Course descriptions for all potential transfer credits.

transfer credit qualifications:
UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE AND COMPLETION PROGRAMS
· Central State University’s undergraduate degree requirement is the equivalent of 120 credit hours. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for transfer credits at the undergraduate level. Subject to evaluation and confirmation, students may be awarded a maximum of 90 credits toward the 120-credit undergraduate degree programs.

MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMS
· Central State University’s graduate degree requirement is the equivalent of 36 credit hours. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for transfer credits at the graduate degree level. Subject to evaluation and confirmation, students may transfer a maximum of 18 credits toward the 36-credit graduate degree programs.

Exception: The Master of Science in Nursing program accepts a maximum of 12 transfer credits. The Master of Arts in Psychology and Addiction Counseling accepts a maximum of 24 credits.

DOCTORATE DEGREE PROGRAM
· Central State University’s Doctorate Degree program requirement is the equivalent to 60 credit hours exceeding the master’s level. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for transfer credits at the graduate level. Subject to evaluation and confirmation, students may transfer a maximum of 9 credits toward the 60- credit doctorate program.

PORTFOLIO CREDIT
· Prior Experiential Learning (Portfolio Credit) is any learning experience that took place outside a college or university course and did not earn academic degree credit. Up to 25% of credits towards a degree program can be a combination of Portfolio or Life Experience Credit. Learning can take place in a variety of settings including, but not limited to:

o Military training

o Continuing education courses

o Seminars and workshops

o Training programs or in-service courses

o On the Job Training (OJT)

Academic Standards for Award of Prior Experiential Credit are as follows:

o Credit can be awarded for documented learning

o Credit must be appropriate to the academic context in which it is accepted

NOTE: No credit will be awarded for work that duplicates course work previously completed or transferred in. Letter grades are not assigned to experiential learning credits. Experiential learning credit will appear on college transcript marked as portfolio credit (“PC”).

LIFE EXPERIENCE CREDIT
· Applicants who believe their work/life experience should count toward meeting the academic requirements of an intended degree can apply for possible transfer credits. If the University accepts the application for transfer credit, each year of life experience will count as one credit hour in the undergraduate program. At the graduate level, two years of relevant experience will equal to one credit hour.

To apply for life experience credit, applicants must submit one or a combination of the following documentation along with the admissions package:

o Detailed job description relating to the area requesting credit

o Detailed résumé highlighting functions or accomplishments that are directly related to coursework required for any specific credit

o Signed performance reviews from employers or annual reports, tax returns, Business Plans/Marketing Collateral, Dunn and Bradstreet Reports if self-employed displaying expertise in the areas requesting credit.

o For additional options, please contact the University to discuss.

Acquired skills must be equivalent to a college-level course of instruction and must be applicable to a specific course in the degree program the applicant is pursuing.

NOTE: No credit will be awarded for work that duplicates course work previously completed or transferred in. Portfolio Credit may not exceed one-fourth of the credits toward a degree program. Letter grades are not assigned to life experience credits. Life experience credits will appear on college transcript marked as portfolio credit (“PC”).

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