Transfer Credit

Scope:  Who is Covered by this Policy?

All undergraduates and prospective undergraduate students.



Evaluations of academic transfer credit are conducted by the Office of the University Registrar and the Regional Records and Registration Office based upon course equivalencies approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, Miami’s academic departments and the general guidelines articulated below.  Students are encouraged to confer with their academic advisor to determine whether the credit satisfies specific curriculum requirements within their plan(s) of study.

Most college level courses taken from institutions of higher education that are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) or other regional accrediting agency commissions that have been recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) will be accepted for transfer credit by Miami University. Credit earned from institutions not accredited by these commissions will not be accepted unless the institution was in candidacy status at the time the credits were earned and subsequently received full accreditation. A course which is not applicable for Global Miami Plan or degree requirements may transfer as elective credit but may not count towards the total credits required for the degree (e.g. duplicate credit would not count).

Miami University follows the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Policy established by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. All accepted coursework will be posted to the credit which will be accepted in transfer is posted on the student’s academic record Miami University transcript without grade, including credit for work taken at recognized degree granting institutions outside of the United States. Posted transfer work will not be removed from the academic record.

Students who earn credit at institutions outside the United States must provide (in addition to their academic records) course descriptions or course syllabi that include a list of required readings for the course, number of class hours required in each course, and the length of the academic term(s) when enrolled. Course descriptions or syllabi in the English language should be provided at least one month before the semester begins, if offered admission. Credit can be transferred only for studies completed at a degree-granting institution that is recognized by that country’s Ministry of Education or equivalent organization. These credits are evaluated by the University Registrar’s Office in consultation with the Academic Divisions.

A course which is not transferrable for Miami Plan or degree requirements  may transfer as elective credit but  may not count  towards the total credits required for the degree (e.g. duplicate credit would not count). If a student wishes to transfer credit from an institution that has not been accredited, he or she must wait until the institution receives full accreditation, and only those credits earned while the institution was in accreditation candidacy status will be accepted for transfer.

Upon the student’s request, graduate-level work can be reviewed for articulation toward an undergraduate degree.

Acceptance of nontraditional credit, such as credit by examination, correspondence credit, credit by portfolio, armed forces credit or Joint Services Transcript (JST) coursework:

  1. Nontraditional credit may not exceed 32 semester hours.
  2. Credit earned either by taking national standardized examinations, such as CLEP, International Baccalaureate, or Advanced Placement tests which are recognized by an academic department of Miami University as equivalent to one or more of its course offerings, or by taking proficiency examinations administered by an academic department of Miami, is traditional credit and will not be counted in the admissible 32 semester hours of nontraditional credit (see policy “Registration” section “Proficiency Examinations”).
  3. Credit earned through portfolio submission is traditional credit and will not be counted in the admissible 32 semester hours of nontraditional credit.
  4. Courses taken at U.S. military services schools will be accepted for transfer credit on the basis of the publication, “Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services,” prepared by the American Council on Education (ACE). Transfer credit will also be accepted for military training and experience in the Armed Services based on the evaluation by ACE for students entering the University fall 2012 or after.
  5. Credit earned through non-collegiate sponsored instruction that has been evaluated by ACE (listed in the “National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training”) will be accepted for transfer. The appropriate academic department may evaluate the course for equivalent Miami credit.

Students may learn more information about courses approved for specific Miami course equivalencies by consulting Transferology, an online course equivalency guide.

A transfer student is responsible for completing degree requirements as published in the Bulletin in effect at the time of matriculation.

Appeals for Transfer Credit

The student will submit an electronic request to the Office of the University Registrar using the Transfer Appeal Form (List of Forms, Transfer Appeal Form). This request will be forwarded to the appropriate academic division for evaluation and applicability of credit.  If needed, the course will be reviewed by the academic department where the course resides.  If the student is seeking to apply this transfer credit to the Miami Plan or to a specific requirement in the division or major, then he/she will be advised on the petition process by a divisional academic advisor.  Results of such appeals will be communicated to the Office of the University Registrar.

Related Form(s)

Additional Resources and Procedures



Not Applicable.

Policy Administration

Next Review Date


Responsible Officer

Senior Associate Registrar

Legal Authority

Not Applicable.

Compliance Policy


Revision History

Seperated from SH 1.1 July 2019

Reference ID

Student Handbook 1.1

Reviewing Bodies

  • University Senate
  • Administrative