Transfer Credit Criteria

College credits completed are acceptable for transfer under the following conditions:

  • Transfer of credits requests are not granted until students have been accepted into a program of study.
  • The course must have been taken for equivalent or greater level credit at an accredited university. “Equivalent level credit” refers to both content and degree level of the course. Students must have earned a grade of “B” or better for any course submitted.

Transfer credit maximums are listed here by program:

Program Total number of Credits Amount of acceptable credits
Ph.D. 72 45
Master 120 70
Bachelor 180 90

Programs may determine that certain courses are not eligible for transfer of credit. KIU does not accept for graduate credit any credits earned as military credit, credit by examination, credit by correspondence, credit for life experience, or graduate credit from non-accredited schools unless offered in an approved program or under an arrangement approved by the dean of the appropriate college of KIU or otherwise provided for in this catalog. Official transcripts are required for transfer credit to be considered. Students may be required to provide a copy of the catalog description and/or the course syllabus from the institution where the credit was awarded to validate that the course satisfies the transfer credit criteria. Final decisions on accepting graduate-level continuing education coursework as transfer credit are made by the program in which the student is enrolled; therefore, students are not guaranteed that coursework will be accepted for transfer until they have applied for and received approval from the program chair of their program. For more information on credit transfer email

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