Credits taken prior to the admission into a graduate program are considered transfer credits. Transfer credit should be finalized early in the student’s graduate career. Only a limited number of tranfer credits may be used to satisfy program specific rquirements and it is important that students know what can or cannot be transferred as soon as possible after they have been admitted into their degree program. Included are the guidelines and deadlines by when students must complete the process to transfer credits into their Plan of Study.
Internal transfer work is defined as those courses taken at UCF prior to enrolling in the program for which the degree is sought. For external transfer requests of credits from another institution first check the records for conflicts with the university limitation for external transfer hours. If there is no conflict and the student is currently enrolled, please send transfer requests to the College of Graduate Studies through the eform process.
Courses with a grade of "B-" (2.75) or higher may be transferred to a graduate program.
Please refer to the Transfer Credit policy for a full description of the rules that govern transfer credits:
The College of Graduate Studies would be happy to address any questions you might have at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-823-2766.
Program-specific Guidelines and Deadlines
Certificate students may only request to transfer internal credit hours into a certificate program. Students must have courses approved for transfer into a certificate only if they are part of the certificate’s official course listing in the graduate catalog. Credit hours taken at other institutions may not be applied to a graduate certificate program at UCF.
Graduate credit hours taken at UCF from a prior baccalaureate, master's, specialist, or doctoral degree may be applied toward a certificate, with the consent of the program, provided they are no more than three years old in the expected completion term and that they are part of the certificate’s official course listing in the graduate catalog.
Master's and Specialist students should finalize transfer credit by the end of the second major term of enrollment – no later than the term prior to the term of graduation. This should precede or coincide with submission of the finalized Plan of Study.
In master's programs, students can transfer up to 9 hours of external transfer credits and up to as many 50 percent of the program requirements consisting of 9 hours of external transfer credits and the remainder as internal transfer credits.
Courses completed in the last seven years are normally accepted.
A petition, approved by the program director must be submitted for any courses older than 7 years.
Doctoral students must finalize transfer credit by the end of the second major term of enrollment – no later than the change to candidacy status. Again, this should precede or coincide with submission of the finalized Plan of Study.
For students without an earned master's degree in doctoral programs that require a master's degree for admission:
- Transfer up to 9 hours of external credits; the total transfer hours cannot exceed 15 credits with no more than 9 hours of external transfer credits and the remainder consisting of internal transfer credits.
For students who have an earned master's degree in doctoral programs that do not require a master's degree:
- Up to 30 hours of waived or transfer credits from an earned degree in the same discipline
- Up to 9 hours of external transfer credits
- Total (external and internal transfer credits up to but not exceeding 50% of the program requirements
A course-by-course transfer request of the earned master's degree is required if the degree is not in the same discipline.
All transfer work should be finalized by the dates given above. These deadlines apply to all students starting in 2010-2011, regardless of their catalog year, and are not appealable. Please submit Plans of Study, including transfer credits to the College of Graduate Studies within these timeframes.
Finalizing students' Plans of Study early will pave the way for increased retention of your students. Students are more likely to successfully complete their degree if they are aware of what is required and have an understanding of expectations early on.
Advisers may choose to transfer up to 9 external graduate credit hours of graduate coursework OR an earned UCF graduate certificate. If the graduate certificate course work exceeds 50% of the program requirements, all credits in the certificate program will be transferred as the sole transfer work. Therefore, no other internal credits and no external credits will be transferred.
For those programs that award a master's along the way as a student is working on a doctoral program, the credits used in the master's along the way are not considered to be transfer work and are dealt with separately. If you have questions about this, please call the College of Graduate Studies for more information.
Courses may be no older than seven years in the term of graduation. If courses are part of an earned graduate degree, the 7 year rule does not apply.
A petition, approved by the program director must be submitted for any courses older than 7 years that are not part of an earned graduate degree.