Transfer Credit Policy

Guidelines for Transfer of Credits to Professional Degree Program:

Upon request of the Admissions Office, the Registrar will initiate the transfer credit assessment process for applicants whose files are complete. Currently enrolled students should contact the Registrar directly. Academic credits completed within the past eight years at regionally accredited institutions in the United States or in schools with equivalent standing overseas may be eligible for transfer. The ceiling for credits transferred into the M.A.C.E. program is 10. The ceiling for credits transferred into the M.Div. program is 16.

Course work must have been completed at an institution regionally accredited to offer degrees at the level into which the credit is transferred. Course work considered for transfer from such an institution must have been master’s level work for which academic credit was received at a level at or above a 2.3 grade-point value. Course work to be transferred must be in the subject area of divinity or Christian education or in a field considered parallel to the disciplines represented in the UPSem curriculum (e.g., philosophy, anthropology, psychology, education). Such parallel areas of study must be approved by the appropriate UPSem dean of faculty.

Transfer credit for required ("core") courses is evaluated and approved by the appropriate dean of faculty, in consultation with the chair of the department in which credit is requested and the registrar. Transfer credit for elective courses is evaluated by the Registrar and approved by the appropriate dean of faculty. If transfer credit is approved equivalent to all required courses in any given department, the student must take at least one elective at UPSem in that department. All transfer work is listed on the UPSem transcript with the grade designation "credit." Transfer work will not be considered in calculation of student grade point averages reported for degree work at UPSem. Course work completed by UPSem students at the Richmond Theological Consortium is not considered transfer credit. Registration for these courses is completed and tuition paid on the student’s home campus. Grades received appear on the transcript as they are reported to the Registrar and are included when student grade point averages are calculated.

No credits may be accepted from a conferred degree. Individuals who have completed the Master of Arts in Christian Education at a regionally accredited institution in the United States or who hold an equivalent educational credential from another country may be granted prior credit equivalent to 36 credit hours (12 credits) upon admission to the M.Div. program. Individuals who meet these same requirements and who have completed the Master of Divinity may be granted prior credit equivalent to 30 credit hours (10 credits) upon admission to the M.A.C.E. program. Degree requirements for prior credit students are specified in the UPSem academic catalog.