Submitting a Course for Review

The instructions to submit your course for review are different depending on your current status at the University. Please select the option that best aligns with your relationship to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. You can expect to hear an outcome of the review within four weeks for domestic courses or 45 days for international courses.

Curious how your transfer credits may count toward your degree?

If you are planning to transfer in course credits from another institution, it's a good idea to check and see how your courses will transfer. You can use Transferology to check to see if a course has already been reviewed for transfer. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities uses Transferology as our public Transfer Course database. New courses are added weekly as they are reviewed. See user guides for Transferology.

If you have a course that has not been evaluated, you may submit that course for review. You should receive an email response within four weeks. If you have questions about the results or you have unique circumstances please contact your transfer counselor.

A syllabus or detailed course outline is required to submit a course for evaluation. You must attach the syllabus in PDF format when you submit your course for review. The syllabus should include a week-by-week outline of assignments and readings as well as textbook information. Please note that you may need to include multiple original documents to supply this information

  • Scan a paper syllabus as a PDF OR
  • Locate the syllabus on a course website and use the "print to PDF" feature OR
  • Email the instructor to request a PDF of the syllabus

Submit a course for review

Curious how your transfer credits will count toward your degree?

If you are planning to transfer in course credits from another institution, it's a good idea to check and see how your courses will transfer. You can use Transferology to check to see if a course has already been reviewed for transfer. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities uses Transferology as our public Transfer Course database. New courses are added weekly as they are reviewed. View user guides for Transferology.

If you have a course that has not been evaluated, you may submit that course for review. You should receive an email response within four weeks. If you have questions about the results or you have unique circumstances please contact your transfer counselor.

A syllabus or detailed course outline is required to submit a course for evaluation. You must attach the syllabus in PDF format when you submit your course for review. The syllabus should include a week-by-week outline of assignments and readings as well as textbook information. Please note that you may need to include multiple original documents to supply this information.

  • Scan a paper syllabus as a PDF OR
  • Locate the syllabus on a course website and use the "print to PDF" feature OR
  • Email the instructor to request a PDF of the syllabus

Submit a course for review: This requires your UMNTC login.

Faculty/Staff Submit a course for review: This requires your UMNTC login.

University of Minnesota Twin Cities resident credit study abroad courses are evaluated through the Learning Abroad Center. If you are unsure about the type of credit your course offers, contact lacacadsrv@umn.edu.

If you are transferring credit to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities that isn’t from a study abroad program, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Submit a transcript
Submit your official transcript to the Office of Admissions. The Office of Admissions International unit evaluates coursework of institutions outside of the United States to determine if the institution and coursework are transferable to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and if any courses fulfill Liberal Education (LE) requirements.

If the institution and coursework are transferable, Admissions will post transfer credits on your Transfer Credit Report. This evaluation contains courses that have transferred to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and whether or not any Liberal Education (LE) requirements have been met.

Step 2: Submit a syllabus
Submit your syllabus (with English translation, if appropriate) to determine if your approved transfer course can be used to meet major requirements at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. The syllabus should include a week-by-week outline of assignments and readings as well as textbook information. You may need to include multiple documents to supply this information.

  • Scan a paper syllabus as a PDF OR
  • Locate the syllabus on a course website and use the "print to PDF" feature OR
  • Email the instructor to request a PDF of the syllabus

A department will review your course and determine if your transfer course is equivalent to a University of Minnesota Twin Cities course.

Step 3: Receive an evaluation decision
Once the department has completed your evaluation, you will be notified of the decision via the email address you entered on the submission form. Your academic record will be updated with equivalency information. This process can take up to 45 business days.

Submit a Course for Review

If you have questions about the process, please contact the Office of Admissions at 612-625-2008 or admissions@umn.edu.

How Courses Are Evaluated

The Office of Admissions
Evaluates your transfer courses to determine:

If you have questions about a course that is denied transfer or doesn't appear to count toward a Liberal Education (LE) requirement, use the Office of Admissions Transfer Course Petition Guide.

Academic Departments
Evaluate transfer courses to determine:

  • If your course is a direct course match with a University of Minnesota Twin Cities course; often called an equivalent course.
  • If your course fits into a major or minor even though it does not have an equivalent course at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, often called a major elective course.
  • If a Religious Studies course will transfer.

Use this process to request departmental review of an individual course from an institution within the United States.

Notes:

International courses:
At this time, international courses are only reviewed after a student confirms their enrollment and should NOT be submitted using this process. Please contact the Office of Admissions if you have questions.

Please submit University of Minnesota System Campus courses through the Current Student tab. You can now use Transferology to check to see if a course has already been reviewed for transfer.

Transfer Credit Evaluation

Transfer coursework is evaluated by different University offices. The following information is meant to help you determine whether you need to submit a course to be reviewed by the Office of Admissions or an academic department.

Transferology 101

Why does understanding this help me?
Understanding how your transfer courses or standardized exams apply to your University of Minnesota degree can help you plan your path to graduation.

Transferable credit:
Courses that count toward your overall graduation, a minimum of 120 credits required. The Transferology website provides a list of transferable courses, and if they are a match for U of M transfer.

Liberal education:
Core requirements for all students, regardless of major.

Major, Minor, or Prerequisite Requirements:
Courses that fulfill a requirement for your declared major or minor.

Equivalent course:
A course from another institution that has been approved as a direct match to a course at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Transfer courses that are equivalent to a course required for your major or minor are applied to your degree upon review of an official transcript.

This information is provided for basic understanding only. You should always consult with your academic advisor to determine your final transfer plan.

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