Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer Credit Limits

Each course that a student seeks to transfer must be reported on an official transcript from an institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and in each course, the student must have earned a grade of "B" or higher. Although the student may request transfer credit into his/her Gallaudet graduate program, the program has the sole authority to accept transfer credits ranging from zero credits up to the maximum credit hours identified below.

  1. For graduate programs with credit hour requirements totaling 30 to 45 credits, a maximum of 9 credits may be considered for transfer credit.
  2. For graduate programs with credit hour requirements totaling 46 to 60 credit hours, a maximum of 12 credits may be considered for transfer.
  3. For graduate programs with credit hour requirements totaling 61 to 75 credit hours, a maximum of 15 credits may be considered for transfer.
  4. For graduate programs with credit hour requirements in excess of 75 credit hours, a maximum of 18 credits may be considered for transfer.
  5. For students entering a Gallaudet doctoral program with a Master's degree from a college or university, the doctoral program coordinator has the authority to accept all credits that were earned as part of the Master's degree for transfer.

Petition Required

Applicants must make a formal request for the transfer of specific courses from other colleges and universities into their Gallaudet program. The request to transfer credit must be made using the Student Action form by the end of the student's third semester in a graduate program. The transfer request must be approved by the program coordinator and the department chair. Any exception to the specified limits must be considered and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Transfer of Credits During Matriculation as a Gallaudet Student

Occasionally, students must take graduate-level courses at other institutions as part of their studies at Gallaudet University. These courses may be taken in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area or at another college or university. These credits will be transferred into a student's graduate program at Gallaudet and do not count against the transfer credit limits identified above. Courses taken at other colleges or universities that are not required by a Gallaudet graduate program may not be transferred into a Gallaudet program.

Concurrent enrollment for veteran students is when a student is enrolled at both the primary school and secondary institutions simultaneously. VA will pay for the combined credit, taking overlapping enrollment dates into account.

The School Certifying Official at the primary institution will provide a letter addressed to the Certifying Official at the secondary institution indicating courses that will be accepted as transfer credit that apply to the student’s degree requirements.

To request a “Parent School Letter” to be sent to the secondary School Certifying Official, submit the following information to your GU School Certifying Official via email at Registrar.Office@gallaudet.edu:

  • Course schedule from secondary school
  • Secondary School Certifying Official contact information (email address, fax, etc.)

Five-Year Limit

In order to transfer courses taken at another college or university into a Gallaudet graduate program, transfer credits must have been earned no later than five years prior to the student's start or entrance date into his/her respective Gallaudet graduate program.

Transfer Credits and GPA Calculations

With the exception of courses taken in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, grades for courses transferred for credit are neither recorded nor used in computing a student's grade-point average.