Graduate Students

Students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering may apply for transfer credit for graduate-level courses taken at Tufts or at other institutions. (Certificate students and students in the public policy program may not transfer in courses taken outside of Tufts.) It is recommended that you apply for transfer credit at the beginning of your graduate program. You can request transfer of credit in SIS.

You may transfer a maximum of two courses* (one for M.F.A. candidates) to fulfill requirements for a graduate degree, subject to the following conditions:

  • You must have a grade of B- or better (you cannot transfer courses taken as pass/fail)
  • The course must not have been counted toward another degree.
  • ​It must be a graduate-level course at a properly accredited institution.
  • You must have taken the course within the past five years

These are minimum requirements for credits transferred. Departments have the right to impose additional criteria.

*Students previously enrolled in a Tufts certificate program may petition to transfer all courses required for the certificate. Courses taken as a Tufts undergraduate are not subject to the two-credit limitation provided the courses were formally reserved for graduate credit.

In all cases, courses to be transferred must be approved by your academic department. Approved courses that meet all eligibility requirements will be posted on your graduate transcript.

Doctoral candidates may not transfer courses counted toward a master’s degree to your doctoral program. However, individual departments may, at their discretion, accept these courses in order to reduce the number of courses required for your doctoral degree.

You will not be allowed to graduate until your transfer credits have been formally approved. It is your responsibility to get approval of credit transfers before submitting your application for graduation.