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Transfer Credit

Credit is evaluated for transfer based on the following criteria:

  • Courses were completed at a regionally accredited higher education institution
  • Earned a C- or better (Nursing prerequisites typically need to be a C or C+ depending on your program; see our nursing webpage for more specific prerequisite criteria)
  • Course content is comparable to those offered by UMass Boston, as determined by faculty
  • Internships, practicums, college success, and vocational courses are generally not accepted for transfer credit
  • Courses taken Pass/Fail are not acceptable for transfer
  • A maximum of 90 credits can be transferred from four-year schools and 70 credits from community colleges
  • Some specific transfer credit policies apply by college
  • Credits earned outside the U.S. may require evaluation by an independent credential evaluation service. Click here for more information.

Test Credits

  • Students can earn college credit by demonstrating proficiency through Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams.
  • Students are eligible to transfer in up to 90 test credits.
  • The AP Credit Policy Chart and the CLEP Credit Policy Chart both show the AP and CLEP scores required to receive college credit. To receive credit for AP and CLEP, have The College Board send official copies of your scores to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. UMass Boston's CEEB # is 3924.

Military Credits

  • Your military education and experiences are eligible to transfer in for college-level credit. 
  • In order to have your credits evaluated, please make sure to submit official copies of your military transcripts:

How Your Transfer Credits Apply

  • Between 70-90 transfer or test credits are eligible to apply toward your bachelor’s degree at UMass Boston. Students must complete 30 credits at UMass Boston in order to earn a UMass Boston degree. 
  • Transfer credits can apply to the following: 

Transfer Course Database

  • Create a free account with Transferology and get access to our course database. 
  • Search to see what classes are eligible to transfer from your current institution to UMass Boston. 
  • Run a degree audit to see what courses are required for your major of choice. 
  • Note: these results are unofficial. Admitted students will be provided an official transfer credit evaluation upon admission. 

Questions about your transfer credit? Email or schedule an individual appointment with one of our transfer counselors.