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Transfer Credit Policy

How to know which credits transfer from a variety of types of college credit.

Transfer Credit Policy

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.
  • 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, and the 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.
  • 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 Exam BYU Equivalency
    Accounting No Equivalency
    Biology BIO 130 or PDBIO 120
    Chemistry CHEM 105
    Economics ECON 110 (if grade of A is earned)
    English Language WRTG 150 (if grade of A or B is earned)
    Language and Literature WRTG 150 (if grade of A or B is earned)
    Literature in English No Equivalency
    Math See department for challenge exam
    Physics PHSCS 105 and 106
    Psychology Social Science GE area
    Sociology Social Science GE area
  • 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.
  • 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 that have been recommended as upper-division, if the credit applies to a student's 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.
  • 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.