Undergraduate degree candidates may satisfy up to one-half of their graduation requirements with coursework completed at other institutions. Transfer credit is awarded for courses taken at an accredited institution, passed with a grade of C (2.0) or better and similar in focus and classroom hours to courses at Northwestern.
Composition courses taken at other institutions cannot be counted towards the SPS requirement, but they can be transferred in as elective credit.
SPS does not accept military or lifelong learning, data processing or Microsoft applications training for credit. It does not evaluate graduate or professional coursework for credit. Approval of independent studies, field experience, externships, seminars, and the like needs to be requested by petition.
Upper-level courses are more rigorous than lower-level courses. Therefore, lower-level classes taken at other institutions may not count as upper-level courses even if the content and title appear similar.
All previously completed courses are evaluated, regardless of when they were completed. All transcripts from previous institutions must be submitted with the undergraduate application. Once admitted, students must petition to obtain pre-approval to transfer coursework toward an SPS degree. Students offered performance-based or transfer admission will receive an evaluation of their transfer credit upon admission.
Transfer Credit Policy for Preclinical Psychology, Prenursing, Prephysical Therapy & Prephysician Assistant
Students in the Preclinical Psychology, Prenursing, Prephysical Therapy, and Prephysician Assistant post-baccalaureate certificate programs may transfer up to six semester hours, or nine quarter hours of academic credit. A transcript and grade of B or better are required for transferred courses in the program. Courses audited or taken with the pass/no credit option cannot be applied toward a certificate program. Courses earned for a bachelor's degree at SPS may not be applied retroactively toward certificate requirements. Required courses that have been completed in the past two years by students-at-large may be applied toward the completion of a certificate, subject to the approval of the admissions committee, and provided admission requirements for the program are met. All transfer credit must be approved before a student begins his or her course work at SPS.
Transfer Credit Policy for Premedicine
Students in the Premedicine post-baccalaureate certificate program may transfer up to eight semester hours or twelve quarter hours of academic credit. A transcript and grade of B or better are required to transfer courses for this program. Courses audited or taken with the pass/no credit option cannot be applied toward the program requirements. Courses earned for a bachelor's degree at SPS may not be applied retroactively toward certificate requirements. Students who have completed up to two courses as a student-at-large may apply for a certificate and ask that those courses be included in the certificate. If students complete additional courses (beyond two) as a student-at-large, a petition to the Student Affairs Committee requesting an exception to policy should be submitted. All transfer credit must be approved before a student begins their course work at SPS.
Transfer Credit for the CPA Accounting Certificate Program
Students in the CPA Accounting Certificate program may transfer up to three comparable credit courses that have been completed at other schools prior to admission to SPS. The courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited institution and must have carried academic credit. The courses should be introductory in nature, such as Introduction to Financial Accounting, Introduction to Managerial Accounting, or Income Tax. Transferring courses should be considered only if the courses were completed recently and the student feels adequately prepared for advanced courses. SPS recommends that students admitted to the CPA Accounting Certificate program consult with their SPS academic adviser before transferring previous courses.
Please note that SPS requires an official transcript showing the grade for the course in order to transfer the credit. If the course was not taken at the institution where the student earned an undergraduate degree, those transcripts should be sent to the SPS Registrar. If the course appears on a transcript submitted as part of the application for admission, no additional transcripts are needed. Courses previously applied toward a Northwestern University bachelor’s degree may not be transferred into the certificate program.