Transfer Evaluation Practices

We encourage students to seek academic advisement as soon as possible after acceptance and receipt of their offical transfer evaluation. Academic advisors will utilize DegreeWorks to map a plan of progress toward the most efficient path of degree completion.

Transfer credit is granted based on the following criteria for students pursuing or holding one of the following degrees at a transfer institution:

    • KSU does not accept courses which directly apply to an Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Applied Arts or Associate of Applied Technology degree, aside from approved general education courses and KSU articulation agreements.
    • Determine if an articulation agreement exists between KSU and your transfer institution.
    • KSU considers transfer credit for courses taken at the Associate level from schools that are deemed by KSU to be properly accredited.
    • Students who have previously earned an associate’s degree from a University System of Georgia (USG) institution should refer to the USG Core Curriculum Transfer Agreement, which does not waive prerequisite, legislative requirements or the physical education requirement.
    • Students who have previously earned an associate’s degree from an institution outside of the USG will receive a transfer evaluation in accordance with KSU transfer policies.
    • Determine if an articulation agreement exists between KSU and your transfer institution.
    • KSU considers transfer credit for courses taken at the bachelor level from schools that are deemed by KSU to be properly accredited.
    • Students who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning will be exempt from all general education requirements, including the physical education requirement. Exemption from general education requirements does not waive prerequisite or legislative requirements. See the University Catalog for more information regarding Second Degrees.
    • KSU does not accept courses which directly apply to a Bachelor of Applied Science or Bachelor of Applied Arts degree, aside from approved general education courses and KSU articulation agreements.
    • Determine if an articulation agreement exists between KSU and your transfer institution.
    • If you would like to seek credit for your experiential learning, please see Prior Learning Assessment.
    • KSU does not accept courses which directly apply to a certificate or occupational degree.
    • If you would like to seek credit for your experiential learning, please see Prior Learning Assessment


The following further explains KSU transfer evaluation practices

    • International transcripts must be evaluated and endorsed/certified/accredited by an evaluation agency. The evaluation agency must be a current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A course-by-course evaluation is required. Please see International Admissions Requirements for details.
    • The credentials evaluation must demonstrate the coursework is equivalent to undergraduate coursework taken in the United States at a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
    • International transfer credit is generally awarded as elective credit and further review by academic departments is often required to recommend either specific equivalencies or substitutions toward the degree program. Please note that courses taken at an international institution holding a U.S. regional accreditation will not require a credentials evaluation; e.g., American University of Bulgaria.
    • For transfer credit evaluations, international course descriptions are required. Course descriptions must have been translated by a recognized translation service and certified as a true and correct translation.
    • Transfer credit is not awarded for the following: internships, directed studies, practicums, workshops, seminars, work experience, graduate-level courses, lower-level Nursing courses, or remedial courses. If you would like to seek credit for your experiential learning, please see Prior Learning Assessment.
    • KSU requires a 2.0 transfer GPA. This GPA is made up only of courses that transfer to KSU. 
    • Transfer courses do not affect the KSU GPA or AGPA.
    • Grades of “D” will be accepted only if they do not cause the transfer GPA to fall below a 2.0.
    • English Composition courses will require a grade of “C” or higher in order to transfer.
    • Courses that transfer with a grade of “D” may not be used in the degree if a requirement specifies a “C” or higher.
    • KSU is on the semester system. Students who are transferring with courses taken under the quarter system will be granted equivalent semester hours. 1 semester hour = 1.5 quarter hours. KSU’s policy is to round to the nearest whole number.
    • Refer to DegreeWorks in Owl Express to determine how transfer credit is applied to a particular program of study.
    • Courses will be assigned KSU course numbers if they are determined to be equivalent.
    • Elective credit will be assigned if a course cannot be deemed an exact equivalent. See your academic advisor for possible course substitution.
    • Elective credit is identified with a KSU prefix, (Ex. MATH or ELEC) then the next number is the course level (1-4) followed by a T to symbolize transfer, and the last 2 numbers are a unique number assigned to each elective course (00-99).
    • All Education, Computer Science, Nursing, Music, Art, Theatre, Dance, Engineering, Engineering Technology, Architecture, and Construction Management courses will be assigned elective numbers (1T00-4T99). See your academic advisor for possible course substitution.
    • All students seeking a degree from a University System of Georgia institution must complete the State of Georgia legislative requirements. The legislative requirements are satisfied by completing coursework or passing a satisfactory examination on the history of the United States and the history of Georgia and the provisions and principles of the United States and the Constitution of Georgia.
    • Completion of these requirements is reviewed by the Registrar’s Office during the student’s initial transfer evaluation and notated in DegreeWorks under the University Requirements section. These requirements are satisfied as follows:
        • US History Requirement: Institutional or transfer credit for HIST 2112 or HIST 2111 with a grade of "D" or better provided an emphasis in US history content is evident.
        • GA History Requirement: Institutional or transfer credit for HIST 2112 or HIST 2111 with a grade of "D" or better provided an emphasis in GA history content is evident.
        • US Constitution Requirement: Institutional or transfer credit for POLS 1101 with a grade of "D" or better satisfied provided an emphasis in US government content is evident.
        • GA Constitution Requirement: Institutional or transfer credit for POLS 1101 with a grade of "D" or better satisfied provided an emphasis in US government content is evident.
        • Exemption Exam: An exemption exam is required for students with transfer credit or students who hold a second bachelor’s degree and do not meet the aforementioned standards. Completion of the exemption exam does not result in transfer credit for a KSU course.
    • Credit by Exam, credit from Out-of-State institutions, and credit from some Georgia private institutions do not meet the GA Constitution and GA History requirements.
    • Refer to the University Requirements section in DegreeWorks to view which examination(s) need to be completed at the testing center to meet graduation requirements.
        • US and Georgia History exam satisfies the US History and GA History requirement.
        • Georgia History exam satisfies the GA History requirement only.
        • US and Georgia Constitution exam satisfies the US Constitution and GA Constitution requirement.
        • Georgia Constitution exam satisfies the Georgia Constitution requirement only.


To review the complete policy, please refer to the Academic Policies Transfer Policies section in the 
catalog.

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