Transfer of Credit
Advanced Standing Credit for Previous Master's Degree
In general, doctoral candidates who have received a master's degree or its equivalent may receive 32 semester hours of credit toward the minimum 96 semester (some programs require more) hour requirement for the doctoral degree. The program must specify on the Admission Referral Form during the application process whether it recognizes the applicant's previous master's degree as advanced standing credit toward the PhD. A petition for transfer credit should not be used. Recognition of a previous master's degree does not mean that the program cannot require students to make up specific course deficiencies. In such cases students ultimately may take more than the required minimum 96 semester hours (including the 32 hours for the previous degree).
Alternatively, if the master's degree was awarded after the admission cycle, or if the decision to accept the degree was made late, a memo should be sent to the Graduate College requesting 32 semester hours of credit, along with a transcript showing the degree posted. Requests involving international degrees must also include the analysis done by the Admissions Office showing that the degree is equivalent to a master's awarded in the United States.
If the program so designates, the student's record will be adjusted to show 32 semester hours of general transfer credit. The student will be classified as a Grad II student, and will only be expected to earn an additional 64 semester hours (unless the program requires more) to complete the PhD, unless s/he has specific course deficiencies.
Transfer of Course Credit
Consideration is given to the transfer of graduate work completed in accredited institutions approved by one of the regional accreditation associations or by the agencies recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Education provided that it was not used in any other degree program (i.e., for credit towards any degree). Consideration is given to the transfer of credit in four categories:
Only transfer credit from another institution is shown as "Transfer Credit" in Banner. Approved credit from within UIC will appear in Banner under "Degree GPA" data for the relevant degree. For probation and graduation purposes, approved transfer credit is not computed in the degree GPA unless such credit was earned in courses taken at UIC.
The number of credit hours that may be transferred is determined on an individual basis. The following limitations apply:
A Graduate Petition for Transfer of Credit Toward an Advanced Degree form is required for all requests for transfer of course credit, including the transfer of credit earned as a nondegree student at UIC, or other UIC courses. (However, a petition should not be used for granting 32 hours Advanced Standing Credit for a previous master's degree - see above for procedure). The graduate program evaluates the student's petition and makes transfer recommendations to the Graduate College. The petition must include the following:
The following must be attached to the petition:
Petitions for transfer of credit should be submitted no earlier than the student's first term in the program, but as soon as possible, and well before the term of graduation.
See also Nondegree Students and Change of Status.
Transfer of UIC Extramural/Continuing Education Course Credit
Since 1988 the Office of Continuing Education and Public Service has been routing course review through the Graduate College for approval. The review includes verification that the course has been approved through the regular procedures, that the course requirements and contact hours meet the approved course outline, and that the instructor meets criteria for teaching of graduate-level courses.
In light of these safeguards the Graduate College will no longer require that students petition to transfer these courses to their graduate programs, if the courses were taken while in a the degree program as a level 2G graduate student. The credit and grades will be included in the student's Graduate Degree GPA.
Students who take these courses while classified as nondegree, or in a college besides the Graduate College, will need to transfer the course(s) into their degree program using the Graduate Petition for Transfer of Credit Toward an Advanced Degree.
See https://grad.uic.edu/cms/?pid=1000363 for a sample of the form.