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Transfer Credit

Owner: Vice Provost for Student Affairs

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Students may apply for transfer credit upon acceptance at Teachers College.  Transfer credit is based on coursework completed at another institution prior to enrolling at Teachers College that is then applied toward a Teachers College degree.  Previously completed Teachers College coursework is not eligible for transfer credit. Whether previously-completed Teachers College credits or transfer credits may be used towards a particular degree is an academic decision made by a student's advisor outside of the transfer credit process.

Eligibility for transfer credit depends on the student’s Teachers College program:


Maximum possible transfer credits

Master of Arts


Master of Science program requiring fewer than 60 credits


Master of Science program requiring 60 credits or more.


Doctor of Philosophy

30; 45 for graduate work completed at another Columbia University school.

Doctor of Education


Doctor of Education in the College Teaching of an Academic Subject


Transfer credit may be awarded only for graduate courses that have been

(1) completed with grades of B or higher,

(2) submitted on an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution,

(3) granted/assigned graduate credit on the transcript of that institution, and

(4) completed prior to enrollment at Teachers College. 


For educational institutions outside of the United States or Canada, a course-by course evaluation is required.  


Transfer credit is awarded at the discretion of the Transfer Credit Coordinator and the student's faculty advisor.

For more information please refer to the "Degree Requirements" section of the Catalog, visit the  transfer credit website , or e-mail the Transfer Credit Coordinator at

Responsible office:   Vice Provost for Student Affairs 

Updated:  September 2017