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Transfer Credit Evaluation

The Office of the Registrar will complete an evaluation of credit after an offer of admission has been made and the transfer credit evaluation will be available through the MyMadison Applicant Center.

  • Credits are accepted from institutions recognized by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and accredited by a regional accrediting body.
  • Each course taken at another institution will be evaluated individually, and credit will be allowed only for equivalent college courses offered at JMU in which a grade of “C” or better has been earned. A “C-“ will not transfer.
  • Courses are evaluated by reviewing the course content regardless of the mode of instruction.
  • Transfer credit will be earned for courses in which you have earned a grade of "C" or better, but your grade point average for those courses does not transfer to your JMU record. 

You may review the courses that will usually count toward JMU's General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

JMU requires a minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation.  If you are offered admission to JMU, you must complete all prerequisite, major, program and degree requirements to graduate and you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have earned a minimum of 25% of credit hours (30 credits for degree programs of 120 credits) at JMU.
  • Have earned at least 50% of credit hours (60 credits for degree programs of 120 credits) accepted by JMU from accredited four-year institutions of higher education, including JMU.
  • Meet course prerequisites for the major regardless of where general education requirements are completed.

Elective Credit

When reviewing your transfer credit evaluation, you may see generic departmental elective credit.  The courses are designated with “OOO”, “OO1”, “OO2”, or “OO3” such as ENG OOO or MATH OO1.  JMU considers this course to be good academic work but the transfer credit team is unable to identify the exact JMU equivalent. 

Transfer Credit Appeals

You may make an appeal for specific JMU course credit if you received elective credit for a course taken at your previous institution.  Courses on your transfer credit report designated with 000, 001, 002, or 003 have been accepted as electives.  It is important to keep in mind that an appeal is not automatically approved and is at the discretion of the specific academic program unit head.

To assist with making a successful appeal for all courses except general education, you should:

  1. Complete research on the possible course equivalencies at JMU for the course you are appealing.
  2. Collect the course description and course syllabi to submit to the department from which you are seeking credit.
  3. Complete a Permission to Take Courses for Transfer Credit  form and submit to the department you are seeking credit.

To assist with making a successful appeal for general education courses, you should:

  1. Complete research on the possible course equivalencies at JMU for the course you are appealing.
  2. Collect the course description and course syllabi to submit to the department from which you are seeking credit.
  3. Complete the general education transfer credit appeal through MyMadison and upload the course description and course syllabi.

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