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Transfer Credit

General Information

  • Transfer courses are evaluated by looking at course content regardless of mode of instruction.
  • Credit will be awarded for those courses in which the student has earned a grade of "C" or better if they are equivalent to courses offered at JMU.
  • After the student has been approved for admission, the Office of the Registrar will evaluate the transcript(s) of each transfer student to show the credits accepted by the University. The director or head of the department or school in which the student is majoring will determine the department/school credits required for graduation.
  • With the exception of some General Studies degrees, general education requirements will be waived for those students who have completed either the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or the Associate in Arts and Sciences degree. They will also be granted junior-level status. Please consult the JMU Virginia Community College Transfer Guide for details.
  • For current JMU students wishing to transfer General Education credits back to JMU from the Virginia Community College System, please note that certain restrictions apply.  The following link provides acceptable VCCS General Education equivalents if you are a current JMU student.
  • Students will not receive transfer credit for courses that are equivalent to courses completed at JMU with passing grade(D- or higher).  Transfer courses may not be used to repeat/forgive courses previously taken at JMU.
  • Current students wishing to transfer courses must complete a permission form prior to taking the class.


Note: To receive transfer credit, JMU students must have an official transcript sent to:

Office of the Registrar
738 South Mason Street, MSC 3528
Student Success Center, Room 5300
Harrisonburg, VA 22807




How do I transfer credit from other institutions?

Permission to Take Courses for Transfer Credit

A student wishing to earn credits at another institution, either during the summer or during a regular session, must obtain permission in advance of registration elsewhere. Multiple approvals may be required. For permission to transfer credit into a major or minor program, secure permission and an approving signature from the department head or coordinator for that area. For permission to transfer credit into the General Education Program, secure permission and an approving signature from the appropriate General Education program administrator. Approvals for General Education will be based on an evaluation of the extent to which the course meets the objectives of the relevant cluster and whether or not the student has already transferred the maximum allowed. Course descriptions and/or syllabi must accompany all transfer requests for courses taken outside the Virginia Community College System. To complete final hours away from JMU, students must have the approval of the dean of their major. When all necessary approvals have been secured, submit the completed permission form to the Office of the Registrar for final approval. The Permission to Take Courses for Transfer Credit form is available in the Office of the Registrar or by clicking on the link above.


How do I take classes at a Virginia Community College and transfer them to JMU?

Check the JMU VCCS equivalency guide before signing up for the course. If you are currently attending JMU you must still complete a "Permission to Take Courses for Transfer Credit" (download Adobe Acrobat Reader here to view this file) form and submit to the Registrar's Office. There are some exceptions to course equivalencies listed if used for General Education by current JMU students. Please click on the following link for acceptable VCCS equivalents for current JMU students:  http://www.jmu.edu/gened/VCCSCourseEquivalents.pdf

Can I transfer the college credit I earned in high school?

Courses taken in this manner are referred to as dual enrollment courses. Upon approval, dual enrollment credit will be awarded for academic courses completed at regionally accredited institutions of higher education. You must receive a grade of "C" or better in order to be awarded credit.

Do the grades I earned at other institutions count toward my JMU GPA?

No, the letter grades earned for dual enrollment or other transfer course work will not appear on the JMU transcript nor will they be included in the JMU cumulative grade point average. Please review your undergraduate catalog for the year in which you first enrolled at JMU to see how transfer credit and corresponding grades apply to JMU graduation honors.

Has JMU received my transfer credit?

If an official transcript has been sent to the Office of the Registrar, students may check their unofficial transcript on MyMadison to see if the transfer credit has been awarded.

May I repeat at JMU a course for which I have already received transfer or test credit?

Test Credit and Transfer Credit from an outside institution

1)           Students who present to JMU a transcript from another institution where a class has been repeated at that institution will only receive transferable credit for the class one time.

2)           Students who have received credit via test, or who have transferred credit to JMU, and wish to repeat that class at JMU may do so for grade with the following stipulations:

  • The test or transfer credit will remain on the JMU record until the end of the term in which the class is being repeated.  If the student earns a grade of “D-“ or higher, the test or transfer credit will be removed permanently from the JMU record once that grade is posted.

  • The test or transfer credit will remain on the JMU record until the end of the term in which the class is being repeated.  If the student earns a grade of “F“, “W”, “WP”, or “WF”, the test or transfer credit will remain on the academic record.

3)           Students will not need to select a repeat code for a repeat attempt of a class or classes for which credit has been received via test or transfer.  Repeat Credit or Repeat/Forgiveness options are to be used when a student chooses to repeat a class that the student enrolled in and completed on the undergraduate career at JMU.

Transfer Credit from a non-undergraduate JMU Career 

1)      Students who present credit on a JMU Continuing Education transcript where a class has been repeated will receive transferable credit to a UG career for the class attempt with the most favorable grade.  Classes with grades of “W”, “WP”, or “WF” will not transfer to the UG record as the student was not charged with an attempt of that class.

2)      Students who have transferred credit from a non-undergraduate JMU career (i.e. CE) to an undergraduate JMU career, and wish to repeat that class in the undergraduate career at JMU, may do so for grade with the following stipulations:

  • The graded transfer credit will remain on the JMU undergraduate record until the end of the term in which the class is being repeated.  If the student earns a grade of “D-“ or higher for the repeat attempt, the graded transfer credit will be removed permanently from the undergraduate JMU record once the repeat grade is posted.

  • The graded transfer credit will remain on the JMU undergraduate record until the end of the term in which the class is being repeated.  If the student earns a grade of “F“, “W”, “WP”, or “WF”, the graded transfer credit will remain on the undergraduate JMU academic record.

3)      Students will not need to select a repeat code for a repeat attempt of a class or classes for which credit has been received via test or transfer.  Repeat Credit or Repeat/Forgiveness options are to be used when a student chooses to repeat a class that the student enrolled in and completed on the undergraduate career at JMU.