Transfer Credits – Graduate Students

Approved by President/Provost
May 9, 2022

Latest Revision
May 2024

Policy Contact
School of Graduate Studies

Policy Statement

A maximum of one half of the credits required for a degree or certificate may be transferred with the program faculty’s approval. To be considered for transfer, a course must:

  • Be completed at a regionally accredited institution of higher education, an institution accredited by the New York State Board of Regents, or through an approved external program.
  • Have been completed with a grade of B (3.0) or better. In the event a course is graded on a pass/fail basis, the P grade may be accepted at the discretion of the graduate program.
  • Have been completed within seven years of acceptance to the program to which it will be applied.
  • Be similar in quality, scope, and nature to corresponding courses at SUNY Oneonta.
  • Form a logical, relevant, and coherent part of the student’s total graduate program.
  • Be needed to meet degree requirements.


Transfer credits allow students to apply coursework completed at one institution toward their degree requirements at another institution. Transfer credits offer students greater flexibility, cost savings, and access to a broader range of educational opportunities. They can potentially reduce the time it takes to complete a degree, enabling students to graduate sooner and enter the workforce or pursue further education. For students who need to relocate or change institutions for personal or professional reasons, transfer credits provide a way to maintain continuity in their education.

Applicability of the Policy

This policy applies to graduate students at SUNY Oneonta.

Policy Elaboration





  • Students who are applying or are matriculated may petition to transfer courses completed at another accredited institution.
  • Students who are applying should submit their request for transfer credit with their application to the Admissions Office and must submit their request by the time of deposit. Requests must include an official transcript and course syllabus.
  • Students who are matriculated should use the Prior Approval for Transfer Credit form to submit their request to their program coordinator. A syllabus is required.
  • Approval of transfer credit is the responsibility of the faculty of the graduate program.
  • The registrar’s office will add the course information and SUNY Oneonta equivalent to the credit equivalency database.
  • It is the responsibility of the matriculated student to have an official transcript forwarded to the registrar’s office following completion of the course.
  • The registrar’s office enters the transfer credit on the student’s transcript.
  • Transfer courses are not part of the SUNY Oneonta GPA calculation and do not affect the SUNY Oneonta GPA.


Prior Approval for Transfer Credit form


Questions related to the daily operational interpretation of this policy should be directed to:

Dean of Graduate Studies


Related Documents/Policies

Residence Requirement - Graduate

Prior Learning Credit (Policy Page in Progress)

Effective Dates

Approved by President/Provost: May 9, 2022

Latest Revision Approved by the President on 5/22/2024

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