Transfer of Credit from Another Institution

New Students

  • Requests for transfer of credit for work completed prior to enrolling at Villanova must be made at the time of application. No requests will be reviewed after the first semester of enrollment.
  • Students accepted into a Master's degree program may receive transfer credit for up to a maximum of 6 credits (usually 2 courses) taken at another accredited higher education institution. However, approval is subject to approval by the Graduate Program Director and Graduate Dean.
  • Students accepted into PhD programs may have more than six credits reviewed for transfer of credit. Please refer to the department's handbook and contact your Program Director with questions.
  • The courses must be graduate-level, and must have been taken within the past six years. A graduate course used to complete an applicant’s undergraduate degree at another institution may not be transferred and used to complete a graduate degree at Villanova.
  • Only courses with grades of B or better will be considered.
  • Only applicants accepted as matriculated students may be approved for transfer of credits.
  • Transfer credits are not accepted for a non-degree certificate program.
  • Transfer credits will only be reviewed for one degree program at Villanova.

New Students - How To Request:

When requesting transfer credits, the applicant should submit the following materials to the graduate Program Director: 1). the relevant official transcripts (regardless of whether a degree was earned), and 2). course descriptions and syllabi. The faculty/staff at Villanova are responsible for reviewing the request and then completing the transfer of credit form found on this page (if necessary).

Enrolled Students

Students already enrolled in a Master's degree program at Villanova University who wish to take a graduate course at another institution for credit toward their Villanova graduate degree must obtain written approval from the Graduate Program Director and the Dean before the course is taken. No transfer of credit will be approved for requests received after the course has been taken. In order to have a course considered by your Program Director, please provide the course syllabus of the course you wish to take elsewhere for review.

Notes: 

  • This policy does not apply to graduate courses taken at Villanova University by Villanova undergraduates.
  • Students enrolling in PhD Programs should consult directly with their respective Program Director regarding Transfer of Credit Policies.