Transfer Credit Policy

Columbia Southern University (CSU) evaluates transfer credit where applicable any time a student submits official post-secondary transcripts, military and employer courses that have been reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE), credit by examination score sheets, professional training certificates, and other non-academic credit.  Courses accepted for transfer credit must be relevant to the program of study and equivalent in both content and degree level.   

Maximum Allowable Transfer Limits

Undergraduate Degrees

CSU may award a maximum of 75 percent of the credits required for a degree program for prior academic credits, training, and relevant professional licenses and certifications, which is 90 semester hours for a bachelor’s degree and 45 semester hours for an associate’s degree. Credit awarded for experiential or equivalent credit cannot exceed 25 percent of the credits required for the degree.

Master’s Degrees

CSU may award a maximum of 50 percent of the credits required for a master’s degree program through transfer credit, which is 18 semester hours.  Credit for experiential or equivalent credit cannot exceed 25 percent of the credits required for the degree.

Doctoral Degrees (DBA)

CSU may award a maximum of 15 percent of the credits required for the DBA program through transfer credit, which is 9 semester hours.  No credit for experiential or equivalent credit may be considered.

Note:  Certificate programs are not eligible to receive transfer credit.  Transfer credit may be limited in order to satisfy the 36 upper division semester hour requirements in the bachelor’s degree program.

Sources of Transfer Credit

Academic Credit

CSU accepts transfer academic credit from institutions accredited by agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). For prior undergraduate academic credit to be eligible for transfer grades earned must be a “C” or higher. However, a maximum of three courses in which a “D” was earned may be considered during the admission process. “D’s” are not accepted as transfer credit for English Composition I, II or their equivalent. For prior academic credit to be eligible for transfer at the master’s degree level, grades earned must be a “B” or higher. However, a maximum of one course in which a “C” was earned may be considered for acceptance.

Transcripts that are not in English must be evaluated by an appropriate third party and translated into English or evaluated by a trained transcript evaluator fluent in the language on the transcript.  Evaluators possess expertise in the educational practices of the country or origin and must include an English translation of the review.  All translated materials must be official.

Professional Licenses, Certificates, and Training Programs

CSU uses guidelines established by the American Council on Education (ACE) to determine if certain training programs, certificates, professional licenses, and/or military training warrant awarding academic credit. The following ACE publications are used:

Credit by Examination

CSU accepts credit by examination from the following provided minimum passing scores are met:

Transfer Credit Decision Appeal

Transfer credit decisions are not denied based solely on the source of accreditation of the credit-granting institution.  Student may appeal transfer credit decisions by submitting the Transfer Credit Decision Appeal Form to the Office of the Registrar, which will be escalated to the appropriate Academic Program Director for consideration.  Appeals may be submitted to Registrar@columbiasouthern.edu.

Almost all institutions of higher learning, including CSU, restrict the acceptance of credits from other colleges and universities. This is also true of many agencies, companies and organizations. It is, therefore, recommended that you seek prior approval of your CSU credits if you want to transfer them at a later date, or if you anticipate using your CSU credits for credentialing, reimbursement or similar reasons.