SCS College Credit Transfer Guidelines

For Current Undergraduates

You can transfer courses to Carnegie Mellon that you will take at another college or university, typically during the Summer Session. In general, CMU gives you credit as long as your final grade in the courses you are transferring is either an "A", "B", or "C" from a major college or university, or "A" or "B" from a smaller regional college or community college.

What You Need To Do BEFORE You Take External Classes

Before you register for and take a course at another university or college, you must get preapproval for this course. This applies to every course you may take outside of CMU for potential transfer credit. If you do not get preapproval, you may risk getting no credit for the courses you take elsewhere.

You need to submit the following two documents for each course you plan to transfer before you register and take the course(s). You must send both documents (or copies) to the Undergraduate Program Office.

The two documents are:

  • The undergraduate transfer credit request form.
  • A printed detailed syllabus for the course (including an outline, textbook, evaluation information, etc.)

For the syllabus, you will need to print it and then submit it. Most colleges have a web site where you can download this information. Do not send the URL; you must print the syllabus yourself and then submit it for review.

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT ONLINE COURSES: As a general rule, we do not accept courses taught online with online hand-in and exams. An exception may be made if the course has a means for verifying that students are doing the work themselves (e.g. Skype code reviews, testing at an official testing center).

You can send the syllabus (and the summer transfer request form) by:

  • FAX at 412-268-5573, Attention: Mary Widom
  • or Create a pdf file and then email it to marywidom@cs.cmu.edu

How the process works

Once we have received both documents (transfer credit request form and syllabus) for each course you plan to transfer, we will review them promptly for completeness. If we have any questions or if the materials are insufficient, we will contact you. Then the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education will review your materials and decide whether or not to grant transfer credit. Finally, we will send you email with the final decision as to whether you can take the course or not for possible transfer credit.

If you are approved to take a course for possible transfer credit, you may then register and take the course as proposed on your transfer credit request form. Once you complete the course, you must then submit to us an official transcript from the university or college for final review. You should send the official transcript to:

Catharine Fichtner, Undergraduate Program Administrator
School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Once we receive your official transcript, the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education will either approve or reject the course(s) for transfer credit. As a reminder, we will give you credit as long as your final grade in the courses you are transferring is either an "A", "B", or "C" from a major college or university, or "A" or "B" from a smaller regional college or community college.

How Transfer Credit Is Awarded

There are no grades recorded for transfer credit, so they are not used for computing your grade point average or class rank. The corresponding credits or units will be recorded and used to satisfy your course requirements as applicable, and they do count toward the total number of units needed for graduation.

Questions?

Contact the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education, Tom Cortina.

Required Form

Transfer Credit Form (pdf)