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 U of M 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.

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 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 U of M; 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.

University of Minnesota System Campus courses:
At this time, courses from other U of M campuses are reviewed as part of the Intra-University Transfer (IUT) process, and should NOT be submitted using this process. Please contact your prospective college advising office if you have questions about transfer credit or refer to One Stop's Guide for Changing your U of M Campus for general information about changing campuses.

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 U of M Twin Cities campus. You can expect to hear an outcome of the review within four weeks.

Curious how your transfer credits may count toward your degree?

If you plan to transfer in course credits from another institution it's 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 uses Transferology as our public Transfer Course database. New courses are added weekly as they are reviewed.

If you find 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.

Step 1: Check in Transferology to find out if your courses have been evaluated.

For detailed Transferology instructions see our student user guide:
How to use Transferology at the University of Minnesota
Otherwise, continue with Step 2.

Step 2: Decide if you want to submit courses for review. Enter your courses, search, and select the University of Minnesota Twin Cities "Matches" page.

Reasons to submit a course for review:

  • IF the course displays in the "MAYBE" tab.
    • It has not been evaluated for transfer before.
    • Go to Step 3
  • IF the course displays in the "MATCHES" tab.
    • AND it has an abbreviated or incomplete course number.
    • AND the Info Circle icon notes only mention LE requirements
    • Go to Step 3
  • IF a course displays in the "MISS" tab:
    • The course has been evaluated and does NOT transfer into the University.
    • Contact your transfer counselor about next steps.
  • IF the course is a Theology or Religious Studies course
    • Go to Step 3

Transferology Match Key

Codes or graphics Example Meaning
Complete course number 1ARTS1701 Transfers as course to course equivalent, in this case Arts 1701
Abbreviated course number with "T" 1ECON1T*** Transferable as an elective, in this case 1000-level Economics (1T = 1000-level, 2T = 2000-level, 3T = 3000-level)
Info Circle info_outline Notes about how a course meets requirements
LE = Liberal Education

Step 3: Get a PDF of the course syllabus or detailed course outline from the quarter or semester you took the course. You must attach the syllabus in PDF format when you submit your course for review.

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

Attach the syllabus to your request in Step 4.

Step 4: Submit a Course for Review

Alternate submission format for students using screen readers: Google form. If you have problems with the form, email TES@umn.edu.

If you have questions about the outcome or you have unique circumstances, contact your transfer counselor.

Note for students transferring from the Minnesota State University System: Transferology will not show the completion of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MNTC) on any program audit. Completion will only show in an APAS degree audit report once an official transcript noting completion has been submitted to the Office of Admissions at the University of Minnesota.

Curious how your transfer credits will count toward your degree?

If you are transferring in course credits from another institution it's good idea to check and see how your courses will transfer. Your APAS report will show you how the Office of Admissions has evaluated courses from your transcript. Use Transferology to check to see if a course has already been evaluated by an academic department as a direct equivalent or major elective course. The University of Minnesota uses Transferology as our public Transfer Course database. New courses are added weekly as they are reviewed.

If it has not been evaluated, and you decide to submit a 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 or your academic advisor.

Step 1: Review your APAS report.

  1. Log in to APAS
  2. Generate a "What if" APAS report
  3. Enter your College of Admission
  4. Select the Transfer Record of Articulated Courses (TRAC report.) You can also run an APAS for your intended major.
  • If the APAS lists an exact course number, an equivalency has been established. Do NOT submit that course for review.
  • IF the APAS does not use an exact course number, but you feel a course is a good match to a U of M course ("equivalent course") or might serve as a prerequisite or elective for your major or minor, continue to Step 2.
  • Religion courses listed must be evaluated. Go to Step 4.

Notes:

  • Collegiate approval: Do not submit courses listed on the APAS as needing a petition or requiring Collegiate approval. Please contact your college advisor to discuss these courses.
  • Missing or Unknown courses: If you don't find transfer courses or have courses listed as "1UNKNOWN" on your APAS report, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Step 2: Check in Transferology to find out how courses without a direct course match have been evaluated.

For detailed Transferology instructions, see our student user guide:
How to use Transferology at the University of Minnesota
Otherwise, continue with the steps below:

Step 3: Decide if you want to submit courses for review. Enter your courses, search, and select the University of Minnesota Twin Cities "Matches" page.

  • IF the course displays in the "MAYBE" tab:
    • It has not been evaluated for transfer before, or your transcripts have not been evaluated yet.
    • Go to Step 4
  • IF the course displays in the "Matches" tab.
    • AND it has an abbreviated or incomplete course number.
    • AND the Info Circle only notes LE requirements and does not provide info about major or elective credits.
    • Go to Step 4.
  • IF a course displays in the "MISS" tab:
    • The course has been evaluated and does NOT transfer into the University.
    • Contact your transfer specialist about next steps.

Transferology Match Key

Codes or graphics Example Meaning
Complete course number 1ARTS1701 Transfers as course to course equivalent, in this case Arts 1701
Abbreviated course number with "T" 1ECON1T*** Transferable as an elective, in this case 1000-level Economics (1T = 1000-level, 2T = 2000-level, 3T = 3000-level)
Info Circle info_outline Notes about how a course meets requirements
LE = Liberal Education

Step 4: Get a PDF of the course syllabus or detailed course outline from the quarter or semester you took the course. You must attach the syllabus in PDF format when you submit your course for review.

  • 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

Attach the syllabus to your request in Step 5.

Step 5: Submit a Course for Review

Alternate submission format for students using screen readers: Google form. If you have problems with the form, email TES@umn.edu.

If you have questions about the outcome or you have unique circumstances, contact your transfer counselor or academic advisor.

Planning to take a course at another institution

If you are a current U of M student planning to take a course at another institution, it's a good idea to check and see if that course will transfer back to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. You can use Transferology to check to see if a course has already been reviewed for transfer.

If you decide to submit a 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 academic advisor.

NOTE:

  • International coursework is not currently displayed in Transferology or reviewed using this form.
  • Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Academic Planning webpage to use the U Credit Abroad Search tool to help you identify international coursework that will transfer.

Step 1: Check to see if a course from the institution you want to attend has been evaluated for transfer to the U of M. This is called "finding a replacement course."

For detailed instructions, see our student user guide:
How to look up a Replacement Course on Transferology.
Otherwise, follow the quick steps below:

  1. Click "Find a replacement course" in Transferology
  2. Enter "University of Minnesota-Twin Cities" as the School you currently attend
  3. Identify a course or requirement category that you want to fulfill.
    • Use the course tab when you know exactly what UMTC course you want to fulfill.
    • Use the Requirement Categories to look for courses that fulfill Liberal Education (LE) requirements.

Search for matches, get results, and then filter the results or use the name search to find the best institutional fit for you.

Step 2: Understand your Transferology search results.

  • Course Matches & Requirement Category (LE) matches show established equivalencies.
  • No Match lists courses that have not been evaluated. You can submit these courses for review!

Step 3: Get a PDF of the course syllabus or detailed course outline from the quarter or semester you took the course. You must attach the syllabus in PDF format when you submit your course for review.

  • 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

Attach the syllabus to your request in Step 4.

Note: If you have questions about how to obtain a syllabus from another institution, ask your academic advisor.

Step 4: Submit a course for review

Alternate submission format for students using screen readers: Google form. If you have problems with the form, email TES@umn.edu.

You should receive an email response to your request within four weeks of submission. If you have questions about the outcome or you have unique circumstances, contact your academic advisor.

Already completed a course at another institution?

If you are a current U of M Twin Cities student and have completed a course at another institution, you should start by submitting an official transcript. Once the transcript is evaluated by the Office of Admissions, you may want to submit the course for Departmental review to see if it is a direct course equivalent, or whether it might count as an elective within your major department.

If you decide to submit a 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 academic advisor.

Note:

Step 1: Submit transcripts of your completed coursework to the Office of Admissions.

  • It usually takes 7-10 days for a transcript to be processed

Step 2: Once the transcript is processed, review your APAS report.

  • IF the APAS lists an exact course number, an equivalency has been established. Do NOT submit that course for review.
  • IF the APAS does not use an exact course number, but you feel a course is a good match to a U of M course ("equivalent course") or could serve as a prerequisite or elective for your major or minor, continue to Step 3.

Step 3: Get a PDF of the course syllabus or detailed course outline from the quarter or semester you took the course. You must attach the syllabus in PDF format when you submit your course for review.

  • 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

Attach the syllabus to your request in Step 4.

Step 4: Submit a Course for Review

Alternate submission format for students using screen readers: Google form. If you have problems with the form, email TES@umn.edu.

You should receive an email response to your request within four weeks of submission. If you have questions about the outcome or you have unique circumstances, contact your academic advisor.

Are you an Advisor or a Course Evaluator?

Advisors:

Submit a course for evaluation

Step 1: Look in Transferology Lab to see if the course has been evaluated or is in the process of being evaluated.

Step 2: Get a PDF of the course syllabus or detailed course outline for the quarter or semester when the student took the course. Syllabi are required for a course evaluation review.

  1. Scan a paper syllabus OR
  2. Locate the syllabus online and use the "print to PDF" feature

Step 3: Submit a Course for Review

Alternate submission format for people using screen readers: Google form. If you have problems with the form, email TES@umn.edu.

You should receive an email response to your request within four weeks of submission. If you have questions please contact TES@umn.edu

Bulk or proactive equivalency projects

Do you have multiple courses you wish to submit for evaluation? Working on a project to set up transfer guides or other proactive articulation projects? The TES team would be happy to work with you. You don't have to submit each course individually. Contact TES@umn.edu to talk about the best way to proceed in your situation.

Course Evaluators:

Thank you for evaluating transfer courses in a timely and equitable manner.

Completing an evaluation in TES

Step 1: Access TES.

Log in to TES with the username and password emailed to you from Collegesource. If you need the username or password resent, please send your request to tes@umn.edu

Step 2: Find your evaluations.

Your assigned evaluations are found under the Track menu at the top of the page. Select My Evaluations using the drop down arrow.

Step 3: Find your assigned courses and evaluation requests.

Click on the button next to the school name to display your assigned courses. Next, click on the button next to the course name. This will display the evaluation request.

Step 4: Review the information using the evaluation form.

Information includes the sending course description, department sequencing, course description history and any supplemental documentation that was provided.

Step 5: Select Approve or Deny and add support information.

Use only the approve or deny with reason options. Follow guidelines below when considering your response.

  • Approve: The course equivalency as submitted is approved for all students. Include the starting and end dates (5 year maximum).
  • Deny with reason: The course equivalency as submitted is denied for all students. Include the reason and notations indicating if the course can be a departmental elective, or if the course should be reassigned to another department for review. Please indicate which department.

Additional information:

  • Direct equivalency = Approved. Enter the starting and ending dates (5 year maximum). Please note if there is a credit discrepancy such as a 2 credit course approved for a 4 credit UMTC course.
  • Elective equivalency = Denied. Add note giving reason. An example may be "Counts as a 3000 level elective."
  • Direct Equivalency to a different UMTC course = Denied. Add note identifying the alternative course number. An example may be "Make Equivalent to ANTH 3306W instead of the listed course."
  • Belongs to a different department = Denied. Add note giving reason. An example may be: "Not a direct equivalency or elective for Journalism. Route to Comm Studies"
  • Not an equivalency or elective = Denied. Add note giving reason. An example may be "Not a direct equivalency or elective for Journalism"
  • Change the selected UMTC course = Deny - Other. Include the course designator of the new UMTC course and the effective dates. An example might be "Equivalency not granted for BIOC 3022. Equivalency granted for BIOC 2011, Biochem for Health Sciences. Valid from Fall 2017 to Fall 2022."

Get help:

Email the TES coordinator: TES@umn.edu (expect a response within 2 business days).

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