Transfer Credit Policy
An academic department may accept course work completed at another regionally-accredited university toward meeting its graduate degree requirements. Transfer credits earned at another institution may be accepted only if: 1) the student has been admitted to graduate degree status at Duquesne University; 2) the transfer credit is approved by the appropriate program director; 3) the courses taken are graduate courses applicable to the Duquesne graduate degree program; and 4) grades of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale were achieved. The program director of the program or department offering the course establishes the final determination of the acceptance or denial of transfer credits.
- A course that has an original credit value less than its Duquesne-program equivalent may be transferred with the approval of the program director but will be awarded credit based on the original credit value of the course. The transfer of this course may fulfill a program requirement but result in fewer credits applied toward the degree; it will not lower the minimum credits required to graduate.
- Although a course that has an original credit value greater than its Duquesne-program equivalent may be accepted as an equivalent DU course, only the number of credits awarded for the DU course may be applied toward the degree; any remaining credits for that course cannot be transferred as elective credits.
These requirements apply to any credits earned in another graduate program, including another graduate program at Duquesne. Official transcripts documenting the transfer credit must be on file prior to the granting of credit on the student’s Duquesne transcript. No grades of transferred courses from institutions other than Duquesne are included in the student’s grade point average. Generally, Duquesne does not accept more than six (6) semester credit hours as transfer credits for a master’s degree of 30 hours or no more than 25% of the total semester hours for a master’s degree requiring more than 30 hours. A program may accept up to 24 semester credit hours in transfer for a Ph.D. or other academic doctoral program. Professional graduate programs, at both the master’s and doctoral level, may accept transfer credit in accordance with commonly accepted practice for their academic discipline within higher education as promoted by their professional accrediting body or learned society.