Transfer of Credit

Transfer of graduate credit from other institutions is evaluated on an individual basis and may include courses using both traditional and alternative modes of delivery. With approval, students may transfer a maximum of the equivalent of 10 semester hours of graduate level credit to a master’s degree and 14 semester hours to the doctoral program in educational leadership. The amount of transfer credit accepted by individual programs may vary. Only graduate level credits earned in the five years prior to admission are considered for transfer credit. Courses requested for transfer into an applicant’s degree program at Lewis & Clark College must be from an institution that was regionally accredited at the time the courses were taken and have a minimum grade of B-, except when the issuing institution considers a grade of B- as not passing. In this case the transfer courses must have the minimum passing grade allowed for graduate credit for that institution. A grade of CR or “pass” may be accepted from an institution that provides documentation that a CR or “pass” grade represents a grade of B- or higher.

To have previous coursework evaluated for transfer credit, students must submit an official transcript or transcripts documenting the coursework. The Graduate School of Education and Counseling must receive any such transcripts within 30 days of formal admission to the College for the student to be considered for transfer credit. A student must be formally admitted and actively pursuing a program of study at the graduate school and complete a minimum of one course before transfer coursework is placed on a student’s Lewis & Clark transcript.

Credits transfer applied to Oregon’s Teacher Standards and Practices commission licensure concentrations (nondegree) may be exempt from the restrictions described above. However, students enrolled in licensure or endorsement only programs must earn at least six semester hours of credit through a program at Lewis & Clark in order to be recommended by Lewis & Clark to the licensing agency or organization. Students should consult the appropriate adviser. 

To petition for transfer credit a student should complete the Petition for Transfer Credit form and submit it to their Academic Advisor or Academic Department for consideration. When transfer credit is awarded the student will be sent an email with an attached Transfer Equivalency Report. The report will show the courses transferred and the equivalent courses granted at Lewis & Clark along with the number of hours awarded.

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Petition for Transfer Credit [PDF]