Graduate Transfer Credit Policy

Winthrop may credit toward a graduate degree 9 semester hours of graduate work, or up to 30% of the program, from another accredited graduate institution upon approval of the appropriate advisor and academic dean. (An additional 3 semester hours or up to 10% of the program may be transferred, at the discretion of the advisor and academic dean.) Transfer of credit must be approved in writing by the student’s advisor and academic dean for inclusion in the student’s official program of study; and the course level is verified by the Graduate School. After a student has entered a graduate program at Winthrop, permission from the student’s advisor and academic dean is required prior to enrolling in the transfer course(s). Approval to Transfer Graduate Credit forms are available online at the Graduate School Online Forms page.

Official copies of transcripts must be submitted and evaluated before any transfer credit may be officially accepted. Certain courses submitted for transfer may not be considered equivalent to specified requirements although course titles may be the same.Students in a Winthrop combined bachelor’s/master’s program may apply a maximum of 9 graduate credit hours taken while an undergraduate to the graduate degree. All classes taken for graduate credit while an undergraduate at Winthrop will apply towards the graduate GPA, but may or may not apply toward the graduate program of study.A graduate student may not transfer credit taken at another institution while he or she is on academic probation at Winthrop or is ineligible to return to Winthrop. Credit earned at another institution by a graduate student in good standing may be transferred if

  • A grade of B or better has been earned OR 
  • A grade of S is earned, the granting institution is accredited, and the institution would allow the course to be used in one of its graduate degrees.

Transfer credits are not used in computing the student’s cumulative grade-point average. Transfer credits will not appear in the degree audit until the graduate student has achieved Graduate Degree (G) status in a specific degree program.

Extension courses offered by accredited graduate institutions are subject to the approval of the student’s adviser and academic dean. Correspondence courses are not acceptable for graduate credit. Transfer credit is subject to all catalog regulations pertaining to graduate degree courses, including the 6-year time limit.

It is the student’s responsibility to have an official transcript of the transfer credits forwarded to the Graduate School, 211 Tillman Hall, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC 29733, no later than four days prior to the expected graduation date. Transfer credits taken during the final semester of a program may delay graduation and certification approval until official transcripts have been received in the Graduate School. Transcripts of all work taken when a student is absent from Winthrop must be submitted when the student reapplies to Winthrop.

Approval to Transfer Credit for Graduate Level Coursework form. (pdf - 115 KB)