Transfer Credit Approval
A University of Arizona student may complete one or more degree requirements with courses from another institution. Advanced planning ensures that transfer courses will apply toward specific requirements in your major, minor, or General Education Program. Before enrolling for courses elsewhere, especially during your senior year, please be aware of the University Credit Requirement for graduation from the UA.
Preapproval of Future Coursework
A. If the transfer work will come printed on a domestic institution's transcript, then you should use the Domestic Institution Transfer Credit Preapproval Form. If the transfer work will come printed on an international institution's transcript, then you should use an International Institution Transfer Credit Preapproval Form. Students should accurately and completely fill out Part A of the relevant form, including personal information and the courses you plan to take at the other institution.
B. Domestic Institution Transfer Credit Preapproval Forms should be taken to the Registration and Transcripts Office, Administration Building, Room 210, where Part B will be filled out. An evaluator will determine whether the institution you are planning to attend is regionally accredited and whether the courses will transfer to the UA. Please allow 48 hours turn-around time. During busy times, processing may take longer.
International Institution Transfer Credit Preapproval Forms should be taken to the Office of International Admissions in Bear Down. You will need to provide documentation about the foreign institution and the courses you plan to take in order for the International team member to complete Part B of the form. The team member will determine if the institution is accredited and whether the courses will transfer to the UA. If you have questions, please call 520-621-3237. Please allow at least two weeks for processing.
C. Students will take the form to their advisor for consultation regarding how the transfer credit will apply toward a degree program. To complete Part C, you may need to meet with more than one advisor if the courses you want to transfer fulfill different kinds of requirements. Your major academic advisor will help you identify who must approve each course. Please provide course description(s), definition of the course numbering system, and any other documentation to assist the advisor in determining if the course work can be applied to your UA degree. This information is often available on-line.
The completed form should be submitted to your college or major department advising office.
For domestic institutions, after you complete the course(s) and receive grades, send an official transcript to the Registration and Transcripts office. For international institutions, after you complete the course(s) and recieve grades, send an official transcript to the Office of Admissions. Keep in mind that the applicability of these courses may be subject to change if you change your program of study. Also, please review these online policies relating to transfer evaluations:
- Reporting a Transfer Evaluation Problem
- Acceptability of Transfer Credit
- Transcript Evaluation Process
Use the following resources to determine course transferability to the University of Arizona:
Arizona Course Equivalency Guide (for students transferring from an institution in Arizona) - courses listed in this guide do not need preapproval to transfer to the UA.
Transfer Credit Guide (for students transferring from an institution out of state)
If your courses do not appear in the above guides, please read the following information in consultation with your UA Academic Advisor:
- Students seeking to preapprove a future Math course or approve a completed Math course should carefully read through the information and follow the evaluation instructions here.
- Excluding Math (see above), students seeking preapproval for a future course or approval for completed courses that do not appear in the Transfer Credit Guide should submit a Course Equivalency or Credit Request to have those courses evaluated for an equivalency. A syllabus is required for evaluation of these courses.