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Transfer Credit Policies

When a student brings credits from other institutions, these credits will be noted with a grade of “TC” (Transfer Credits). Transfer credits (“TC”) are included in the calculation of the maximum allowable credits and completion rate requirements as credits attempted and credits earned for SAP calculation. Since these courses will not carry grades, they will have no effect on GPA calculations. The student’s new normal program length will be shortened to reflect the transfer courses and the Maximum Time Frame will be recalculated.

A transfer student must complete at least 50% of the credit hours required by their program of study at VIU. For example, a transfer student in VIU’s graduate degree program would have to complete at least 18 of the required 36 or 39 credit hours at VIU. This means that prior to enrollment, a graduate degree student may bring up to 18 semester credits of graduate credits from other accredited institutions and apply them towards a graduate degree program at VIU, with the discretion of the institution. A graduate level certificate student may bring up to 9 semester credit hours of graduate credit hours from other accredited institutions and apply them towards a graduate level certificate program. A minimum of a 3.000 grade point average (“B”) out of 4.000 must have been earned on all graduate level transferrable credit hours. An undergraduate degree student may transfer up to 60 semester credit hours from other accredited institutions and apply them to their program. An undergraduate level certificate student may bring up to 12 semester credit hours and apply them towards an undergraduate level certificate program. A minimum of a 2.000 grade point average (“C”) out of 4.000 must have been earned on all undergraduate level transferable credit hours.

Transferable credit is considered upon the request of the student at the time of initial registration. Graduate students who want to apply courses taken at another college/university toward their VIU graduate degree must understand that the following criteria must be met in order to be considered for transfer of credit:

  1. Courses are from an accredited institution recognized by the US Department of Education, the Council on Higher Education Accreditation, or, for foreign institutions, the government or appropriately recognized organization accreditation;
  2. Courses are equivalent to VIU courses;
  3. Courses consist of at least 3 credit hours;
  4. Course grades are B or higher;
  5. Courses does not duplicate;
  6. Course descriptions, syllabi or course catalogs are submitted along with the transfer of credit request;
  7. Any student looking to obtain transfer credit from an institution located outside of the United States will need to obtain a course-by-course evaluation from an approved NACES member provided in the following link: www.naces.org; and
  8. The maximum number of transferable credits is 18 credits.

Undergraduate students who want to apply courses taken at another college/university toward their VIU undergraduate degree must understand that the following criteria must be met in order to transfer their credits:

  1. Courses are from an accredited institution recognized by the US Department of Education, the Council on Higher Education Accreditation, or, for foreign institutions, the government or appropriately recognized organization accreditation;
  2. Courses are equivalent to VIU courses;
  3. Courses consist of at least 3 credit hours;
  4. Course grades are C or higher;
  5. Courses does not duplicate;
  6. Course descriptions, syllabi or course catalogs are submitted along with the transfer of credit request;
  7. Any student looking to obtain transfer credit from an institution located outside of the United States will need to obtain a course-by-course evaluation from an approved NACES member provided in the following link: www.naces.org; and
  8. The maximum number of transferable credits is 60 credit hours.