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Transfer Credit

Policy regarding transfer credit.

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Students may apply for transfer credit upon acceptance at Teachers College.  Transfer credit is based on graduate coursework completed at another institution  prior to enrolling at Teachers College that is then applied toward a Teachers College degree. 

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


Maximum possible transfer credits

Certificate/Advanced Certificate


Master of Arts


Master of Science program requiring fewer than 60 credits


Master of Science program requiring 60 credits or more.


Master of Education 


Doctor of Philosophy

30; 45 for graduate work completed entirely 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,

(4) not applied toward a baccalaureate degree, and

(5) completed prior to enrollment at Teachers College. 


For educational institutions outside of the United States or Canada, a course-by course evaluation is required by World Education Services (WES) as per the policy on admission.

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


Updated:  June 2022

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