Graduate Credit


To describe the terms in which Graduate credit will be applied to a degree plan.

Applies to: 

All Lawrence/Edwards Campus Graduate students

Policy Statement: 

Graduate Credit

Three conditions must be met for a student to receive graduate credit for work satisfactorily completed at KU:

  1. The student must have gained graduate admission.
  2. The course must be numbered 500 level or above and have been approved for graduate credit by the appropriate school/College.
  3. The instructor must hold a current appointment to the Graduate Faculty.

Graduate courses may count toward both a graduate degree and graduate certificate as long as the student is admitted and enrolled in the intended program prior to completion of the last required course.

Graduate credit earned while certificate-seeking may also be applied toward a master’s program with the approval of the master’s program, provided the student is enrolled as degree-seeking in the master’s program prior to the last semester of coursework in the program.

At the discretion of the certificate-granting or degree-granting program and the Graduate Division, up to nine (9) credit hours of graduate credit earned as a non-degree-seeking student may be allowed to count toward a certificate or degree program. In the case of a 9-hour graduate certificate, a maximum of six (6) credit hours is allowed.

Grades of C- and below do not count toward fulfilling degree requirements and cannot be counted toward degree. Course credit by examination is not accepted toward graduate degrees.

Transfer Credit

At the discretion of the major department and the Graduate Division, up to nine (9) hours of graduate credit taken at a regionally-accredited graduate school may be transferred and applied to a KU master’s degree plan if the credits were taken prior to the final semester of enrollment at KU.

Only work graded B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher may be transferred. KU does not accept transfer credit for courses that have been graded B- or below. KU also does not accept transfer for institutes, workshops, or for life/work experience. Credit will not transfer for courses that were previously counted toward the completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree.

A minimum of 15 credits toward a master’s degree must be earned in KU coursework. As described in the M.A. & M.S. Degrees policy, a 30-hour master’s degree may be reduced to as few as 24 hours for students who are “exceptionally well-prepared.” If coursework is transferred to KU, the same coursework cannot also be utilized to establish a student as “exceptionally well-prepared.”

No graduate credit may be transferred toward a doctoral degree, but departments may take relevant prior graduate work into consideration in setting up programs of study.

Graduate credit from another institution may not be transferred to a KU graduate certificate program.

The department/program and Graduate Division retain the discretion to deny a student’s request to have transfer credit and/or non-degree seeking credit count toward a degree or certificate.


Graduate Studies

Approved by: 
Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Approved on: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Effective on: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)

This policy reflects the practices that have been in place at the University of Kansas for a number of years.

Graduate credit, Graduate coursework, Graduate transfer credit, Graduate degree requirements
Review, Approval & Change History: 

05/11/2015: Revisions recommended by Graduate Studies and the Executive Council of Graduate Faculty were approved by the senior Vice Provost.

Revisions to this policy were reviewed and endorsed by the academic Deans, Associate Deans, Department Chairs, Directors of Graduate Study, all department and school staff, the University Registrar, Financial Aid and Scholarships, and International Student Services.

05/01/2012: Initially approved.

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