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Transfer Credit Policy

Discover credit transfer options from different types of college credit.

We will accept college-level credit from colleges/universities based on regional accreditation from one of these organizations:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC-CIHE)
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-COC)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC-ACSCU)

College credit earned through colleges, tests, degrees, military, or Institute of Religion can transfer in three ways:

  • Elective Credit – Counts toward the 120 hours needed for graduation.
  • General Education Requirement – Equivalent to a BYU course, counting towards a general education requirement.
  • Major Requirement – Equivalent to a BYU course, counting towards a major requirement.
    Note: Only courses with a grade of C- or higher will be given BYU equivalent credit.

Failure to disclose and submit all transcripts from each college or university (including concurrent or dual enrollment) in which the student has or is currently enrolled, or any falsification of information required for admission consideration, may result in immediate suspension and loss of all credit earned at BYU.

Explore the list below for more detailed information about how credit transfers to BYU.

Transfer Credit Details

  • Please visit our Exam Guides website for more detail.
  • Contact Transfer Evaluation Services if you have questions about how your credit transferred to fill general education requirements. Your major advisement center will evaluate transfer credit that might apply to major requirements.
  • When a student completes all of the general education requirements at their school (e.g. Associate Degree, Certificate of Completion, Letter of Completion, etc.), most of the BYU general education requirements will be waived, with the exception of :
    • American Heritage
    • Advanced Written and Oral Communication
    • Languages of Learning
    • BYU religion hours
    The general education requirements at the awarding school must include at least 30 semester credit hours (or 45 quarter credit hours) of a broad university education. If the courses within the degree are neither transferable nor general education courses, the degree may not be recognized and courses will be evaluated individually for transferability and equivalency.

    If a course within a waived requirement is a prerequisite to another course, the course must still be taken (the GE requirement is waived, but not the class).

    Note: If AP credit is used as part of an associate degree from another school, the degree may still be honored if it meets the criteria listed above, but AP scores will need to be submitted as well. Please refer to the Exam Guides page.
  • We do not accept CLEP Exams. If CLEP credit is used as part of an associate degree from another school, the degree may still be honored if it meets the criteria listed above, but the CLEP credit hours will not be recognized.
  • BYU accepts concurrent enrollment (college credit earned during high school) credit from accredited colleges and universities. The credit earned must show on an official college/university transcript.

    Note: College classes may be referred to as concurrent enrollment, dual credit, running start, etc.
  • For information on transferring your Institute of Religion credits, see Transferring Religion Credit for more details.
  • If you would like to transfer international credit, please see Evaluating International Credit.

    Cambridge AICE and GCE (A Level) exam scores are considered international credit. All secondary education and college work that is considered international must be evaluated by an international credential evaluation agency at the applicant’s expense. Once a student is admitted, credit will be awarded according to BYU faculty recommendation:
    A Level ExamBYU Equivalency
    AccountingNo Equivalency
    BiologyBIO 130 or PDBIO 120
    ChemistryCHEM 105
    EconomicsECON 110 (if grade of A is earned)
    English LanguageWRTG 150 (if grade of A or B is earned)
    Language and LiteratureWRTG 150 (if grade of A or B is earned)
    Literature in EnglishNo Equivalency
    MathSee department for challenge exam
    PhysicsPHSCS 105 and 106
    PsychologySocial Science GE area
    SociologySocial Science GE area
  • Transfer Evaluation Services evaluates military courses using ACE recommendation from the Joint Services transcript. Courses are determined by ACE to be either upper- or lower-division, and BYU only accepts courses recommended as upper-division if the credits earned align with the student's declared major.

    Once you’re admitted to BYU, contact Transfer Evaluation Services.
  • Credit earned more than eight years before admission or readmission (including transfer credit) may be used to complete general education and university graduation requirements, as well as major requirements at the discretion of the university.
  • Quarter credits/units convert to semester credits. (Ex: 36 quarter credits = 24.01 semester credits)
  • Only credit completed at an institution with regional accreditation will be accepted. All other types of vocational or technical credit or experiences are non-transferable.