Transfer Credit Policies

We encourage you to take advantage of our generous transfer policies. Review our transfer credit policies below as you consider starting the transfer credit process.

  • The minimum course grade acceptable for transfer credit is C, or 2.000 on a 4.000 scale

  • Credits earned in science and technology are valid for a period of 7 years (credit earned more than 7 years ago will be applied as open electives)

  • We reserve the right to revise transfer credit for reasons deemed necessary by the College (such as course duplication or Change in students' program of study)

  • There is a 50% residency requirement at the College for all degree programs*

  • Certificate programs allow up to 6 semester hours of transfer credit

  • Credit earned from any college within Northeastern University other than the College of Professional Studies are granted under the following guidelines:

    • Minimum grad of a C-, or 1.777 on a 4.000 scale

    • Complete a residency of 24 semester hours for bachelor's degree candidates

    • Transfer credit does not affect a student's grade point average

    • There is no additional cost from the College associated with receiving a transfer credit award

    • Assessment of Prior Learning (APL)
      Students may be eligible for APL credit if they have accrued a foundation of knowledge and skills equivalent to the content of courses in the following areas:

      • Liberal arts (ANT, ART, CMN, ECH, ENG, HST, MUS, PHL, POL, PSY, SOC, and TCC)
      • Health professions and sciences (BIO, BTC, CHM, HMG, and HSC)
      • Information technology (ITC)
      • Business

Interested students should contact their academic advisor for more information.


Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies (CPS) is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and College (NEASC). It is up to the individual institution to determine whether credit from CPS will be accepted in fulfillment of specific program and/or degree requirements. Students should inquire with the specific institution to determine whether particular credits will be accepted as transfer credit.

*Active-duty Military Personnel: Active-duty service members are required to complete 25% of their program at the College of Professional Studies


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