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Online Bachelors Degrees Transfer Credits

Office of the Registrar

Online Bachelor’s Degree Transfer Alignments

The following statements describe Concordia University’s transfer credit policies:

  1. Concordia University will accept transfer units completed at undergraduate, degree granting, US institutions fully accredited by one of the regional accrediting bodies. CUI will also accept units from international institutions that are formally recognized by their county's ministry of education (requires course by course transcript evaluation by NACES member agency). 
  2. Concordia accepts the following General Education certifications to fulfill most of the university’s general education requirements:
    • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
    • California State University (CSU) General Education Breadth requirements
    • Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT)
    • Oregon and Washington’s Direct Transfer Associate degree (DTA).  Comparable transfer certifications from other states can be considered on a case by case basis.  
    • Associate of Arts (AA) and the Associate of Science (AS) degrees that meet the CSU General Education Breadth requirements
  3. Course requirements for the IGETC, CSU General Education Breadth, ADT, DTA, comparable transfer certifications and the AA and AS degrees must be completed prior to matriculating to Concordia.  Official certifications and degrees must be submitted upon completion of all required courses.  
  4. A total of ninety (90) semester units are allowed for transfer students, of which a maximum of seventy (70) semester units may be transferred from a regionally accredited community college.  Within the 90, up to fifteen (15) semester units of (P) Pass, (CR) Credit or (S) Satisfactory grades will be accepted if it is equivalent to C- or higher grade.
  5. Additionally, within the 90 and 70 semester units, only thirty (30) non-accredited, credit by exam (AP, CLEP, DSST), and/or military credit may be transferred. Military credits are accepted for elective credit only unless approval is obtained by the appropriate department chair or dean. Non-accredited transfer courses are only accepted if taken before a student matriculates to Concordia and may be applied to GE requirements and electives if approved by the appropriate department chair or dean. To receive credit for AP, CLEP and DSST, official scores must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar prior to the beginning of the student’s final semester at CUI.
  6. Only courses with a grade of C- or higher will apply towards the student’s general education, major, minor, or elective credit. Courses with grades below a C- are not accepted in transfer.  
  7. In general, courses presented for transfer from 2-year, regionally accredited institutions that are earned in a certificate or professional training capacity are not eligible for transfer credit. Examples of these programs include, but are not limited to: air conditioning, automotive technology, culinary arts, travel management, paralegal studies, fashion design, childcare, electronics, and medical office assistant. 
  8. Developmental courses (for example, pre-college level courses in math or writing, computer applications), whether from 2-year institutions or baccalaureate institutions will not be accepted for transfer credit.
  9. All transfer credit taken at another institution while concurrently enrolled as a CUI student are subject to approval by the appropriate Department Chair or Dean before transfer credit will be accepted. (See Substitution Request Form).

If you plan to complete CUI’s Online Bachelor's Degree general education program, please see the chart below to see which categories are considered similar. 

Use www.assist.org as a tool to find out which CSU/IGETC category a particular course fulfills.

Concordia GE CSU IGETC
Area A: Communication (9 units) Area A Area 1
A1 – Communication A1 Group C
A2 – Writing A2 Group A
A3 – Philosophy/Critical Thinking A3 Group B
Area B: Physical Universe and Life Forms (10 units) Area B Areas 2 & 5
B1 – Biological Science B2 5B
B2 – Physical Science B1 5A
B3 – Science Lab B3 5C
B4 – Mathematics B4 Any from 2
Area C: Humanities & Fine Arts (9 units) Area C Area 3
C1 – Fine Arts C1 Arts
C2 – Humanities C2 Humanities
C3 – Fine Arts or Humanities C1 or C2 Arts or Humanities
Area D: Social & Behavioral Sciences (9 units) Area D Area 4
D1 – Soc. Or Behavioral Science D0-D9 Any from 4
D2 – Soc. Or Behavioral Science D0-D9 Any from 4
D3 – Soc. Or Behavioral Science D0-D9 Any from 4
Area E: Life-long Understanding & Self Dev. (3 units) Area E No similar category
E1 – Health Any from E  
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