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Transfer Credit and Credit by Examination for Graduate Students

A limited number of graduate course credits acquired elsewhere, at UVM prior to admission to a graduate program, or by credit by examination may be included as part of a studentís program of study, with approval of the program faculty and the Dean of the Graduate College. Credit by examination is earned by arranging through a program faculty member to take an examination that tests the studentís skills and knowledge in a particular UVM course appropriate for inclusion in the studentís degree program.

If credit is transferred, only the credit is transferred, not the grade.

Graduate Credit earned at UVM after completion of the bachelor's degree but prior to admission to a graduate program is transfer credit and is subject to the requirements and limits that follow.

Approval of credit: Approval of credit is granted by the graduate program based on the specific program requirements described in the Graduate College Catalogue, as well as (1) the number of credits requested, (2) the appropriateness of credit for inclusion in the degree program, and (3) the currency of the credit. These criteria are described below. Any exceptions must be approved by the program faculty and the Dean of the Graduate College.

Number of credits: Masterís degree and Doctor of Education students are allowed a maximum total of nine hours of transfer credit, and/or credit by examination; Doctor of Philosophy students are allowed a maximum total of 24 credits. This means that all Masterís students take at least 21 credits at The University of Vermont after admission; Doctor of Philosophy at least 51 credits; and Doctor of Education at least 47 credits. For Masterís programs that require more than 40 credits, program faculty may, in individual cases, allow more than nine transfer credits. In all cases, students must take at least one half of their degree credits at The University of Vermont after admission and adhere to all requirements stipulated by the graduate program.

If an applicant is enrolled as a UVM nondegree student in appropriate graduate courses under the advisement of the program during the semester in which the application is approved for admission, up to six hours of credit from that semester may be applied to the degree program. This credit will not reduce the number of transfer credit hours available.

Appropriateness of credit: Transfer credit and credit by examination must be approved by the program faculty as appropriate for inclusion as part of the studentís degree requirements. Credit cannot be awarded for (1) courses taken prior to completion of an undergraduate degree program, (2) courses that would not receive graduate credit if taken at The University of Vermont, (3) courses with a grade lower than B (3.00), (4) thesis or dissertation research credits received at another institution, and (5) credit by examination given by another institution.

Currency of credit: Transfer credit and credit by examination must be taken within seven years of completion of the masterís degree and within nine years of completion of the doctoral degree. Students wishing to apply for readmission to a program after deactivation must demonstrate currency of knowledge in the field of study to which they are applying. Currency of knowledge must be formally evaluated by the program faculty. In addition, the returning student must complete a program of study including at least two courses in the current program.

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