Eval Process Prospective Domestic

Acceptability of Transfer Courses by UMD

Generally, college-level courses completed at regionally-accredited institutions will transfer, provided the course is similar in level, scope, content and expected learning outcomes to courses offered at UMD and a grade of "C-" or higher is earned. Grades of "D-" or higher are accepted for courses completed at Maryland public institutions. A course that is considered accepted for transfer to the University of Maryland will receive one of the following types of evaluations:

  • direct equivalency to a University of Maryland course (whether within or outside of the major),
  • no direct equivalency, but satisfies general education requirement, or
  • no direct equivalency, but is accepted as a general elective.

Acceptability vs. Applicability of Transfer Courses

Transfer Credit Services (TCS) oversees course subject matter to determine the acceptability and the awarding of transfer credit for the University; and, consults with the academic departments for course clarifications and guidance. It is the academic department (administering the course content) that completes the evaluation of the transfer courses for direct equivalencies to specific UMD courses. This review is based on comparison of the transfer course to courses offered for degree programs at the University of Maryland.

A transfer course must be acceptable by UMD before it can be applicable toward degree requirements (general education, specific major requirements, and total credits needed to graduate). A not acceptable transfer course is not applicable to degree requirements.

It is important to note a course may not be applied toward a student’s general education requirements if the course has not been approved for general education during the acceptability evaluation process. How a course applies (applicability of a course) to a student’s degree requirements is determined by a student’s advising college. A student will work with an academic advisor in their advising college in determining the applicability of the transfer courses toward their degree requirements once they are admitted to UMD.

TCS does not provide advising services. For assistance with planning to transfer to the University, assessing readiness to transfer and estimating time to degree completion, visit the Pre-Transfer Advising Program.

Database of Transfer Course Evaluations

The Database of Transfer Course Evaluations includes courses that have been evaluated for acceptability for transfer by UMD. When searching for a transfer course, make sure the course ID and title of the course you are searching for match what is in the database. Please note the database is constantly being updated and is subject to change.

For a quick tutorial on how to read the database, click here

Transfer courses that have already been evaluated will have a notation of the acceptability (a direct UMD equivalent course, general education code, and/or general elective code) next to the course. Some course evaluations are noted as term-sensitive with start and end terms listed to indicate a change in how the University accepts the course for transfer. Several of the courses have footnotes that could impact the equivalency by either restricting or expanding how the course is accepted by UMD or applied to a student's major. To know what a footnote stands for, hover over the footnote in the database or refer to the list of footnotes.

Transfer courses that are not acceptable by UMD will say “Not Accepted” next to the course and zero credits will be awarded for the course.

If a course is NOT listed in the database, the course has not been evaluated for acceptability by UMD. It does not mean the course is not accepted for transfer. Students can request the course be evaluated. If a course has an end date and no other entry with a new start date, students can request the course be re-evaluated.
For an example:

If a student took BIOL230 before Summer II of 2008, the student would receive BSCI230 at UMD. If a student took BIOL230 starting or after Fall 2008, the course has not been evaluated and requires a syllabus for evaluation (NS - Need Syllabus).

Transfer Course Evaluation Request

Prior to sending a transfer course evaluation request, please check to see if the course has already been evaluated for acceptability at UMD in the Database of Transfer Course Evaluations.

Submitting an Evaluation Request - Domestic Transfer Course