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Transfer Credits

UMBC accepts academic coursework from regionally accredited colleges and universities.  For incoming students to UMBC, transfer credits will be evaluated in time for their Orientation session; for current students, the process can take four to six weeks from the time we received your transcripts.  All transfer credit can be viewed on the Transfer Credit Report (TCR), which is located on myUMBC under “Advising & Student Support.”

Transfer Credit Criteria

UMBC will apply a maximum of 90 transfer credits toward the undergraduate degree, which includes Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) scores. A maximum of 60 credits from community colleges can be used as part of the 90 credits limit.

UMBC will convert quarter system transfer credits into semester hours. A semester hour is equivalent to 2/3 of a quarter hour.

International Institutions

Students who have Advanced Level Examinations (GCE A-Levels) or attended a college or university outside the United States must submit both a copy of their official transcript and a course-by-course credentials evaluation through AACRAO:

AACRAO Foreign Credentials Evaluation Service One Dupont Circle, N.W., Suite 520 Washington, D.C. 20036-1135
AACRAO Website

Non-Transferable Coursework

UMBC does not accept coursework from pre-professional schools, or academic credit from non-accredited institutions. We will accept military credit from regionally-accredited military institutions only.

Transfer Credit Report

The Transfer Credit Report provides students with a comprehensive view of their transfer coursework, and how the coursework has been articulated to UMBC. Each student’s report is broken down into two sections:

  • Course Credits – Courses taken from another academic institution; each academic institution is listed separately
  • Test Credits – Credit received from AP, IB, or CLEP exams

Students can see how their transfer credit has been applied to their major, minor, certificate, general education, and graduation requirements via the Degree Audit advising tool, also located on myUMBC under “Advising & Student Support”.

Status on the Report

Next to each course on your transfer Credit Report, you will see one of three possible statuses:

  • Posted – The course has been articulated and applied to your academic record, and is reflected on your transcript.
  • Non Trans- The course is not transferrable to UMBC.
  • INFO NEEDED – In order for the course to be properly articulated, more information is needed such as the course syllabus or catalog description. Students must submit the needed information, along with a completed Course Description Review form to the Registrar’s Office.


Credits transfer to UMBC, not grades. Grades from coursework transferred in will not be included in your overall GPA calculation.

Students must have earned a grade of “C-” or better in their coursework in order for the course to transfer to UMBC. Grades of “D”, “F”, and “W” cannot transfer to UMBC. Any incomplete or in-progress coursework listed on a student’s transcript cannot be evaluated; students are expected to submit an updated copy of their transcript once they have earned letter grades for any incompleted or in-progress coursework.

Students who are transferring to UMBC from a Maryland Community College or a University System of Maryland institution are allowed to transfer in a grade of “D” provided the course was taken prior to their enrollment at UMBC. Coursework taken at a Maryland Community College or a University System of Maryland institution after enrollment at UMBC must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

UMBC will accept a grade of “P” or “Pass” provided the “P” or “Pass” is equivalent to a grade of “C” or better.

UMBC accepts physical education courses to satisfy the physical education requirement; however, the credits will not be calculated into the 120 Academic Credits graduation requirement and will not impact a student’s transfer credit limits.

Current Students Transferring Coursework to UMBC

Verification of Transferability

UMBC students who are considering taking courses elsewhere will need to complete a Verification of Transferability form prior to their enrollment in the course, and submit the form to the Registrar’s Office. A transfer evaluator will review the proposed off-campus course, and will indicate how the course will transfer to UMBC once the course is completed. If students plan on taking coursework off-campus for their academic major, they will need their advisor’s signature, as well. Students should allow one to two weeks from date of submission for processing. Forms will be returned to students once completed.

Once students have finished their coursework at another institution, they will need to submit official copies of their transcripts to the Office for Undergraduate Admissions.

Students seeking direct equivalencies for courses other than Maryland Community College coursework should submit course descriptions with their Verification of Transferability form, and allow an additional four to six weeks for review.

Maryland Community Colleges and ARTSYS

Students taking coursework at Maryland Community Colleges can do a preliminary review of how courses will transfer to UMBC ARTSYS. The online Articulation System for Maryland Colleges and Universities.

However, the Verification of Transferability form should still be submitted as ARTSYS is designed to only assist new transfer students to UMBC, not current UMBC students. ARTSYS cannot guarantee that current students will not have other issues such as being over the transfer credit maximum or whether a course will indeed satisfy a general education requirement.

Current and re-admitted students will not receive general education credit for Maryland Community College courses equated to UMBC courses that are not designated as satisfying the general education requirement. Please consult the University catalog for further information.

Course Articulation Database – Transfer Evaluation System (TES)

Course Articulation Database

The Transfer Evaluation System (TES) is an interactive tool that will allow you to compare course descriptions and view classes that have been previously evaluated by our academic departments. Courses not found in TES may still be acceptable for transfer; however, those courses will be assessed upon submission of a Course Description Review Request. Additional schools and courses will be added to the UMBC Transfer Evaluation System as they become available. Students must be admitted to UMBC before submitting a request.

Residency Requirement

Without exception, students must complete at least 30 credits of course work at UMBC (referred to as resident credit) to receive a UMBC degree. Of the 30 credits in residence, 15 must be upper-level (courses numbered at the 300-level or above).

Study Abroad

Students who are considering studying abroad should not complete the Verification of Transferability form. Instead, Study Abroad students will be provided with the appropriate transfer review forms when they obtain a pre-departure packet from the Study Abroad Coordinator in the Office of International Education Services.