Transfer of Graduate Credit


Master's students may request to transfer a maximum of 15 graduate credits into their master's degree program. A Request for Transfer of Graduate Credit form must be submitted no later than the end of the term prior to completion of the degree. In addition, the following conditions must be met:

  • The grade(s) earned must be A+, A, A-, B+, B, or P;

  • The course(s) must be relevant to the degree program as a whole; and

  • The student's home department and the Graduate School must approve the transfer.

  • All requirements for the master's degree must be completed within a seven-year time period. The beginning date of the seven-year time period will be adjusted to an earlier date to include any graduate credits, approved for transfer into the program, that were taken before the date of admission.  For example: a master's student admitted for Fall 2002 who has approved transfer credits taken at a previous university in Fall 2000 will have a completion deadline of Summer 2007.

  • For more information see our Master's Degree Requirements. Please review below as well for additional information, transfer credits do not count towards some of the master's degree requirements. 

Transferring Graduate Credit from the University of Oregon

A maximum of 15 graduate credits earned at the University of Oregon while classified as a postbaccalaureate graduate student, Pre-Master, or Post-Master, or taken through CEP or Summer Session may be considered for transfer, dependent upon school or department endorsement and Graduate School approval. This falls within the 15 credit maximum transfer. Transfer credit from the University of Oregon taken on a graded basis will be counted toward the requirement of 24 credits in UO graded graduate courses.

Transferring Graduate Credit from Another Institution

Graduate credit earned while enrolled in another accredited graduate school may be counted toward the master's degree, provided the courses meet the above described conditions and were not used to satisfy the requirements for an awarded degree. This falls within the 15 credit maximum transfer. Transfer credit from another institution WILL NOT count toward the requirement of 24 credits in UO graded graduate courses, nor will they be used in calculating the cumulative grade point average.

Transfer of Reserved U of O Graduate Credit

Undergraduates who completed graduate level courses at the University of Oregon under the Reservation of Graduate Credit petition process and who reserved the courses by choosing Option 2 on the petition form may apply up to 12 credits toward the master's degree. These fall within the 15-credit maximum transfer. The student must submit the above-mentioned Request for Transfer of Graduate Credit to the Graduate School within two terms of acceptance to the master's degree program and within two years of earning the bachelor's degree. These course credits will count toward the requirement of 24 credits in UO graded graduate courses.



There is no formal university transfer credit process for doctoral students. Each program sets its own policy regarding acceptance of transfer credits, and is responsible for tracking how transfer credits fit into departmental degree requirements. Transfer credits can only be used to meet departmental degree requirements; they cannot be used to waive or substitute for minimum Graduate School doctoral degree requirements. 

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