Transferring Credit Before Matriculation to WPI
After a student has been accepted and final transcripts received, the Office of Admissions coordinates the formal evaluation of credit accepted towards a WPI degree. Courses must be taken at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution. More specifically, courses must be completed on a college campus taught by college instructors. Early college, early entrance programs, or coursework provided in partnership with a college or university but offered at the high school and taught by high school teachers are not eligible for credit at WPI (with the exception of Project Lead the Way (www.wpi.edu/+pltw). These high school to college partnership programs include Running Start, ECE, EEP, SUPA, SUNY UHS, and others. Additional courses that are not transferable include pre-calculus, non-calculus based physics, computer courses in BASIC. Online coursework is also typically not eligible. Also, non-credit CEU courses, adult enrichment or refresher course, and CLEP examinations are not recognized for transfer credit. Additional information on credit eligibility can be found on the Admissions website.
Transferring Credit After Matriculation to WPI
If you are currently a WPI student who wishes to take courses at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution, you must obtain a WPI Transfer Credit Authorization Form from the Registrar's Office. This form and the course description must be taken to the WPI department head and academic advisor for approval before the course is taken. On the form, the department head specifies a minimum grade for transfer. This minimum grade depends on the institution at which the course is taken and how critical the course is to the department. Courses that have not been pre-approved may not receive transfer credit. The completed form must be filed in the Registrar's Office before taking the course. After successful completion of the course, an official transcript should be sent to WPI. Students can check the web for posting of credit. Please note vocational, correspondence, pre-college or review courses are not transferable. Also, noncredit CEU courses, adult enrichment or refresher courses, and CLEP examinations are not recognized for transfer credit.
Transferring Consortium Courses
Courses taken through the consortium do not need to be transferred into WPI. Courses will automatically be part of the WPI transcript. However, if you are taking the course through the consortium to fulfill a WPI distribution requirement, you should check with the Registrar's Office to see if the course has been pre-approved to satisfy the requirement. If not, you will need approval from the relevant department head before taking the course. To apply for approval of a consortium course to satisfy a specific WPI distribution requirement, a student must obtain a WPI Transfer Credit Authorization form from the Registrar's Office. This form and the course description must be taken to the WPI department head for approval before the course is taken. The WPI department head decides whether the proposed course meets the department distribution requirement. If it does, the department head specifies on the form a minimum grade for satisfying the distribution requirement. This minimum grade depends on the institution at which the course is taken and how critical the course is to the department. Courses that have not been pre-approved may receive WPI elective credit. The complete form must be filed in the Registrar's Office before taking the course.
Transfers and Waivers
A student may petition for permission to use graduate courses taken at other accredited institutions to satisfy WPI graduate degree requirements by completing the Graduate Transfer Credit Authorization Form. A maximum of one-third of the credit requirements for a graduate degree may be satisfied by courses taken elsewhere. Petitions are subject to approval by the student’s academic department or program, and are then filed with the Registrar. To ensure that work constitutes current practice in the field, the program may set a latest date at which each course may be applied toward the degree. Such courses are recorded on the student’s WPI transcript with the grade of CR, and are not included in calculations of grade point averages. However, grades earned in Bio-medical Consortium courses are recorded on the transcript as if the courses were taken on campus.
Applicants may file transfer or waiver petitions with their application for admission. Notice of the approval may be included in the letter of admission to the student. This inclusion is known as admission with advanced standing.
A student with one or more WPI master’s degrees who is seeking an additional master’s degree from WPI may petition to apply up to 9 prior credits towards satisfying requirements for the subsequent degree.
A student who withdraws from a graduate program and is later readmitted may apply course and other credit taken before withdrawal toward the degree. The admitting program will determine at the time of readmission which courses taken by the student may be applied toward the degree and the latest date those courses may be applied. There is no limit, other than that imposed by the program, on how many credits a readmitted student may use from prior admission to the same degree program.
With the appropriate background, a student may ask permission to waive a required course and substitute a specified, more advanced course in the same discipline. Requests are subject to approval by the student’s program and must be filed with the Registrar within one year of the date of matriculation in the program. A program may waive (with specified substitutions) up to three required courses for a single student.
Acceptability of Credit Applicable to an Advanced Degree
Graduate level credit, obtained from courses, thesis and project work, may include:
- Coursework completed at the graduate level and successfully transferred to WPI from other accredited institutions (see Transfers and Waivers)
- Graduate coursework completed at the undergraduate level at WPI and not applied toward another degree.
- Up to 9 credit hours from a previous master’s degree may be used in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a second master’s degree at WPI.
- Coursework approved for the combined WPI Bachelor’s/Master’s Program.
- Project work done at the graduate level at WPI.
- Thesis work done at the graduate level at WPI.
Departments/programs may limit the use of credit in any of these areas depending upon their specific departmental requirements.
The School of Business has additional limits to transfer credits. Please visit the School of Business Graduate Transfer Credit page for more information.