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Transfer Credit Evaluation

Academics and Research

PDF Version: AA Transfer Credit Policy


  1. Introduction
  2. Roles and Responsibilities
  3. Policy Statement
  4. Policy History

I. Introduction

  1. Authority: C.R.S. § 23-54-102, et seq. (2019) authorizes the Trustees of Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) to establish rules and regulations to govern and operate the University and its programs. The Trustees authorize the President of MSU Denver, who subsequently authorizes the Provost, to approve, administer, and interpret policies pertaining to the academic functions of the University.

  2. Purpose: This policy provides guidance on awarding academic credit for transfer coursework.

  3. Scope: This policy applies to MSU Denver undergraduate students.

II. Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Responsible Executive: Chief Academic Officer

  2. Responsible Administrator: Registrar

  3. Responsible Office: Registrar's Office

  4. Policy Contact: Registrar, 303-556-3991

III. Policy Statement

Transfer credits are accepted under the following guidelines:

  • Credit must have been earned at an institution of higher education holding full, regional accreditation.
  • MSU Denver accepts up to 64 semester hours from two-year institutions and up to 90 semester hours from four-year institutions or a combination of two-year and four-year institutions. For students in the RN to BSN program, MSU Denver accepts up to 80 semester hours from two-year institutions (see Department of Nursing advisor).
  • Grades earned must be a “C-” or better. Courses with “D,” “F” or similar grades are not transferable. Also, courses graded with C.E.U.s (Continuing Education Units) will not be accepted. A summary of transfer credit from each institution is indicated on the MSU Denver academic record. Neither transfer course grades nor previous grade point averages are indicated or affect the MSU Denver grade point average.
  • Course content must be similar to that of MSU Denver courses.
  • No preparatory, remedial, or developmental courses are applicable toward an MSU Denver degree.
  • Students who have earned an A.A. or A.S. degree from a Colorado community college will receive junior standing at MSU Denver, provided all courses included in the degree carry a grade of “C-” or better and, based on the course-by-course evaluation, otherwise meet minimum MSU Denver transfer credit standards. Students may need to complete additional MSU Denver lower-division requirements.
  • Applicants having completed the Colorado community college core curriculum, as certified on their community college transcripts, are considered to have satisfied MSU Denver’s minimum General Studies requirements. However, additional specific lower-division courses may be required for certain degree programs.
  • MSU Denver will accept all applicable credits earned within ten years of transfer.  Credits earned more than ten years earlier will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.
  • Once transfer credits are evaluated, the total number of these credits applicable to a degree will not be reduced unless the student repeats already-awarded transfer credit at MSU Denver or interrupts MSU Denver enrollment for three or more consecutive semesters and readmits to the University under more restrictive transfer credit evaluation policies. 
  • If a student repeats a course, including transferred courses, the credit for only one of the course attempts counts towards degree requirements, with the exception of repeatable courses.
  • In accordance with policies established by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education regarding students transferring between Colorado public institutions, MSU Denver has instituted procedures for resolving transfer credit disputes. Questions regarding these procedures may be directed to the Registrar’s Office at 303-556-3991.

IV. Policy History

  1. Approved by: Provost

  2. Effective: July 1, 2019

  3. Review: This policy will be reviewed every three years or as deemed necessary by University leadership.

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