Transfer Requirements and Policies
We define transfer students as students who have enrolled in a college or university after high school, but who have never attended UCM. As a transfer applicant, you should have a grade point average of 2.0 or better in 24 or more accepted, post-high school graduation credit hours. If you have fewer than 24 accepted, post-high school graduation credit hours, you must meet the freshman criteria as well.
Use our course equivalencies site to see how your courses transfer.
Students are required to provide UCM with official copies of transcripts from all prior colleges and universities attended. This includes any international transfer institutions (see International Transfer Credit section on following page). Failure to disclose a transcript may result in dismissal from UCM. In awarding transfer credit from Missouri institutions, Central Missouri follows the Credit Transfer Guidelines for Student Transfer and Articulation among MO College and Universities (Missouri CBHE, April 2013). Credit will be accepted from an institution which is a candidate for accreditation, through a regional accrediting commission, if credit was awarded during a term of the candidacy. Students who wish to appeal the decision of the University of Central Missouri in the articulation of transfer credit from another domestic, regionally accredited institution of higher education may contact the Office of Admissions (WDE 1400, 660-543-4290). Questions about international transfer credit should contact the Office of the Graduate School and International Admissions (WDE 1800, 660-543-4092) directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All undergraduate college-level coursework attempted at regionally accredited institutions (and appropriately accredited international institutions) and corresponding grades will be included on the UCM transcript of degree-seeking students. UCM does not transcribe “W” grades (withdrawals). UCM does not post credit for remedial or developmental work (typically noted as “0” level, e.g., MATH 0105 or ENGL 022) from transfer institutions. UCM does not post the credit or grades for this type of credit to the UCM transcript.
UCM does post and accept all college-level transfer grades (A-F). These grades are counted in a student’s cumulative GPA and are taken into consideration for academic standing calculations. UCM’s repeat policy, not the repeat policy of the transfer institution, will be applied to any course repeats. See details of the UCM Repeat Policy in this catalog.
Transfer credit will retain the leveling and credit hours total as designated by the original granting institution regardless of whether a UCM equivalent’s leveling or credit hour total is different. All courses taken at a two-year college and any 1000/2000 level courses taken at a four-year institution will not be applicable toward upperlevel hour (3000/4000 level) requirements, even if these courses are articulated as UCM upper-level courses or are used as substitutions for upper-level UCM courses. Quarter hour transfer courses will be converted to semester hours at the rate of 1 quarter hour = 2/3 semester hours.
Students who hold an Associate of Arts (A.A.), an Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.), a bachelor’s degree from an appropriately regionally accredited institution in Missouri (including postbaccalaureate UCM students), or who have met the Missouri 42-hour General Education Core requirements are considered to have met all 42 hours of Central Missouri’s requirements in General Education, including state law requirements, Section 170.011 RSMO Supp (1988) (the constitutions of Missouri and the United States).
Students who hold one of the degrees mentioned above from an appropriately regionally accredited institution outside of Missouri have met the Missouri 42-hour General Education Core requirements but must pass an exam on the constitutions of Missouri and the United States. This test is offered online, at no cost by the Department of History and Anthropology. Testing information can be obtained by calling 660-543-4404.
Transfer students who have completed an A.A., A.A.T, a bachelor’s degree from an appropriately regionally accredited institution in the United States (including post-baccalaureate UCM students), or the Missouri 42-hour General Education Core must also complete any major- or minor-specific General Education courses and Competency 10 of the UCM General Education which is fulfilled by a course designated in each major. The state of Missouri requires certain General Education courses for teacher certification. These requirements are outlined for each teacher education major in Section II of this catalog.
For students with an associate’s degree other than the A.A. or A.A.T. (such as the A.S.), the university reviews transcripts and accepts applicable credit on a course-by-course basis.
Courses already determined to have UCM equivalents will be applied on the UCM transcript upon receipt of an official transcript from the credit granting institution. Accepted transfer courses that have no UCM equivalents will be deemed elective courses and appear with an ELCT course prefix on the degree audit and transcript. Any ELCT course accepted for more than 0 credit hours (e.g., not remedial or developmental) do count towards the degree hours, but will require further evaluation to fulfill a particular major, minor, or general education course. To have an elective transfer course considered for articulation to one of UCM’s courses, students may submit the Articulation Request form at ucmo.edu/articulation.
Transfer Credit Articulation
Courses already determined to have UCM equivalents will be applied on the UCM transcript upon receipt of an official transcript from the credit granting institution. Accepted transfer courses that have no UCM equivalents will be deemed elective courses and appear with an ELCT course prefix on the degree audit and transcript. Any ELCT course accepted for more than 0 credit hours (e.g., not remedial or developmental) do count towards the degree hours, but will require further evaluation to fulfill a particular major, minor, or general education course. To have an elective transfer course considered for articulation to one of UCM’s courses, students may submit the Articulation Request form at ucmo.edu/ articulation.
For courses unable to be articulated, students may seek a course substitution. For substitutions in the General Education requirements, students should meet with their professional academic advisor. For major or minor requirements and General Education courses required by the major or minor, students should visit with the department chair of the major or minor to discuss possible substitutions.
Special Credit Assessments
The total credit earned by way of Advanced Placement Examinations (AP), College-Level Examinations Program (CLEP), official certification, military service, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) and similar assessments will not exceed 30 semester hours. Special credit can not be applied to any upper level hour requirements. A student must be currently enrolled at the University of Central Missouri and pursuing a defined program of study in order to be considered eligible for any special credit. Special credit is not posted to the student transcript until the student has completed one full semester of work at UCM. For clarification and/or information regarding special credit at UCM contact the Office of Testing Services, HUM 216, 660-543-4919, www.ucmo.edu/testingservices.
Advanced Placement Examinations
Credit may be granted for successful performance on Advanced Placement Examinations. These are available in a number of subject areas and of two types: (1) those given by the College Entrance Examination board which must be taken prior to or during a student’s first semester at UCM; and (2) those prepared and administered by departments of the University. Additional information may be obtained from the Office of Testing Services, HUM 216, 660-543-4919, www.ucmo.edu/testingservices.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
All CLEP examinations must be taken prior to the earning of college course credit in the course for which you wish to take the CLEP examination. Credit obtained based on taking the College Level Examination Program may be used to satisfy electives or general education requirements in some programs. To receive and apply such credit, it is necessary for scaled scores or scaled subscores to be at or above the level set by the respective department. Additional information may be obtained from the Office of Testing Services, HUM 216, 660-543-4919, www.ucmo.edu/testingservices.
Credit for Official Certifications
In certain instances, academic departments will evaluate official certifications, licenses, and diplomas granted by fully accredited national and state boards and officially recognized professional organizations to determine whether or not undergraduate credit may be assigned by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs toward the fulfillment of degree requirements in specific major or minor related areas. Appropriate departments of the University reserve the right to test competencies and performances in these areas and to determine the hours and the nature of the credit to be assigned, if any. All requirements as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog must be met before a degree is conferred.
Military Service Related Credit
Military service-related credit is posted as transfer credit and does not count towards upper-level hours requirements. This credit is denoted with a grade of CR (credit) on the Central Degree Audit and UCM transcript. Military service-related credits are not limited to a particular number of hours awarded and do not count towards the 30 hours of maximum CR credit from other credit types, such as Credit for Prior Learning (CPL), credit by exam, or nationall normed standardized exams.
Credit for Prior Learning
In certain circumstances, UCM will award credit for prior learning (CPL) based on recommendations from the National College Credit Recommendations Services (NCCRS) and the American Council on Education (ACE). Students must request a prior learning assessment (PLA) to determine if CPL is possible. Students must provide written documentation supporting their request for credit and maybe asked to supply additional records. Paperwork signed by the academic department chairperson, college dean, and Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Services will be submitted to Extended Studies for processing. This type of credit is denoted with an CR on the Central Degree Audit and transcript. Students interested in obtaining CPL should contact Extended Studies’ Director of Academic Outreach (HUM 410, 660-543-8926) for guidance and assistance.