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Transferring Credit

Test Credit

Students can receive credit through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International A Level examinations. Strong scores may allow for a course waiver or course credit.

  • Advanced Placement (AP) and SAT II Tests: UMass Amherst grants advanced standing and/or credit for the College Board AP exams, but these credits will vary depending upon scores and subject matter. You may also receive credit for your SAT II Foreign Language scores. Official copies of your AP and/or SAT Subject Test scores should be sent electronically to UMass Amherst. Our CEEB # is 3917.
  • AP Test Scores/Credit Chart
  • SAT II Subject Test Scores/Credit Chart
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program: Students can receive credit through IB Diploma Program. Diplomas should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency. Student may earn transfer credit for HL level exams in which they score between 4-7.  Depending on the subject, student may earn between 6-8 credits per exam.  Admissions will need a copy of the exam certificate which shows the exam scores.
  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP): Credit earned through CLEP will be awarded based on the following guidelines: CLEP Information (PDF)

Military Credit

 UMass Amherst adheres to the VALOR Act Academic Credit Evaluation Policy.  We use the American Council on Education (ACE), CLEP, and DSST guidelines and apply the same standards to credits for military education as those applied to coursework from accredited colleges and universities. The JST military transcript is available in electronic format only and may be requested via the Joint Services Transcript (JST) website. For more information about transferring military credits, please contact Eric Lewison, Transfer Credit Evaluator, in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at or (413) 545-0222.

College Course Credit

Transfer credit is generally awarded if your previous coursework is comparable in content and scope to courses offered by UMass Amherst and you earned a grade of C- (1.7) or higher in the course. Internships, co-ops, and technical, vocational, or highly specialized courses are generally not accepted for transfer credit. In the case of a non-traditional grading system, faculty evaluations must be submitted as part of your official transcript. Specific letter grades earned outside UMass Amherst do not transfer.

The Undergraduate Admissions Office evaluates credits within the context of university and department policy.  It determines (1) whether or not a course will transfer, (2) if the transfer course has a lower-division UMass Amherst course equivalent, and (3) whether the course fulfills a UMass Amherst General Education requirement.  Courses without equivalents may be used for General Education, major electives, or general elective credit towards the bachelor’s degree.

How Transfer Credit May Be Used

Up to 75 transfer or test credits may be applied to UMass Amherst graduation requirements.  However, students are required to earn at least 45 semester credits in residence at UMass Amherst.  In order to graduate, all students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.  However, completing a bachelor’s degree may require more than 120 credits if students are engineering majors, if they change majors late in their academic careers, or if they do not adequately prepare for their major in the first two years of college study.

Transfer credit may be applied towards the following components of a UMass Amherst degree: 

General Education requirements  (Note:  Students who have earned the MassTransfer Block will have completed all General Education requirements except for Diversity and Integrative Experience.)

College requirements – Some colleges require students to complete additional requirements, such as a language.

Major requirements – Students are advised to begin preparing for their UMass Amherst major while attending their current college in order to assure a smooth transition.

Elective credits – The number of elective credits varies based on the extent of major requirements.

How to Learn About Transfer Credit and Progress toward Graduation

Admitted transfer students receive a preliminary transfer credit evaluation with their admit package.  A more detailed transfer credit evaluation will be posted on student records after they have paid their enrollment fee and matriculated.  Students will then be able to view their own transfer credit evaluation on the SPIRE student information system.  Detailed discussion of course and major evaluation will take place at the Transfer Advising and Registration sessions prior to enrollment.

Admitted freshmen who have supplied the relevant official transcripts will receive a transfer credit evaluation in the summer preceding their first semester.  They will also be able to view their own transfer credit evaluations on the SPIRE student information system after the credits have been posted.

Students may also track their progress towards graduation using the Academic Requirements Report (ARR) on SPIRE.  However, courses without equivalents to be used towards the major will not be determined until after students meet with their advisors.