Undergraduate Transfer Credits

Office of the Registrar

Types of Transfer Credit Accepted by Concordia University 


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

  • 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).
  • Concordia accepts the following General Education certifications to fulfill most of the university’s Q& I 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
  • 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. Deadlines to submit verification or a petition for verification to Concordia are October 15 for fall semester and March 15 for the spring semester of the academic year a student matriculates to Concordia. Upon verification, Concordia’s general education requirements are waived except for the required Enduring Questions & Ideas core courses and theology courses.
  • A total of ninety (90) semester units are allowed for 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.
  • Additionally, within the 90 and 70 semester units, only thirty (30) non-accredited, credit by exam (AP, CLEP, DSST, IB), and/or military credits 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, DSST and IB, official scores must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar prior to the beginning of the student’s final semester.
  • Only courses with a grade of C- or higher will apply towards the student’s Q&I general education, major, minor, or elective credit. Courses with grades below a C- are not accepted in transfer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Credit for military training and education provided by the armed services will be considered in accordance with the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE). Service members may qualify for a maximum of thirty (30) semester hours of military transfer credit and must submit an official copy of their military record for evaluation.
  • If a student has attempted a course more than once, only the most recent grade will be used for credit review. All other attempts will be considered “repeats” and will transfer no credit. Transfer courses will be identified as repeats if they meet the following criteria:
    • The same course (as identified by course title and number) is taken more than once at the same institution;
    • Two or more courses taken at different institutions are evaluated as meeting the same objectives.
  • CUI has Transfer Articulation Agreements with several California Community Colleges specifying how coursework taken will transfer and satisfy CUI major requirements. All transfer credit that is taken at another institution not listed on the transfer articulation agreements 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).
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