The Catholic University of America

Restrictions and Limitations for Off-Campus Courses

There are a number of limitations on the types and quantities of courses that may be transferred. It is the student's responsibility to follow all of the required procedures in order to transfer courses to his or her CUA record.

Below are some individual items that are important to keep in mind as you explore off-campus courses. A complete overview of policies and procedures is available in the Academic Transfer of Credit policy.


Courses not eligible for transfer

  • Correspondence or distance learning courses
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Courses not providing credit toward graduation at the offering institution
  • Courses meeting long hours over a few days
  • Courses lasting less than 3 weeks
  • Courses that overlap a CUA session for which the student is enrolled
  • Study abroad courses emphasizing travel or tourism over academics
  • Courses of fewer than 3 semester credits (or 5 quarter credits)
  • "Life experience" credit
  • CLEP credit done after matriculation at any college or university
  • Courses not appropriate for a liberal arts degree
  • Courses taken at a college that is not accredited by a regional accreditation entity within the American Council on Education
Online courses must be approved by the student's School. Some Schools within CUA do not accent online courses for transfer.
Coursework may be acceptable for CUA credit even if no equivalent course is offered at CUA. However, courses in subject areas not granted credit at CUA (for example, "student success," physical education, recreation, or emergency medical training) may not be transferred.

Residency requirements

1. 10 of the last 12 courses must be taken at CUA.

Students who wish to take courses elsewhere between the junior and senior years should take note of this "10 of last 12" requirement.

2. At least half of courses for a degree must be taken at CUA.

New transfer students may bring in up to 20 courses total. At least half of the courses required for graduation must be taken at CUA.

3. Transferred courses after matriculation are limited to a total of two times years in residence at CUA. Summer transfer is limited to two courses per year.

First-year students may subsequently transfer to their degree program a maximum of eight courses from other colleges; a student who enters as a sophomore, six courses; a student who enters as a junior, four courses. (Courses transferred at the time of matriculation are not included in this limitation; however, as indicated above, total transfer courses are limited to half the number required for the CUA degree.)

Courses taken through CUA study abroad programs are not transfer courses; however,
study abroad courses through non-CUA programs require transfer.

Transfers from summer school sessions at other institutions are limited to two courses per year,
and are subject to the general limitations above.

Additional cautions

A matriculated student may not transfer courses taken elsewhere during a fall or spring semester when the student is enrolled at CUA.

No credit will be given for a transfer course whose CUA equivalent has also been taken by the student.

Transfer credit is not posted on the student's CUA record until an official transcript is received directly from the institution where the course was taken. It is the student's responsibility to request a transcript from the instituion. The address is noted on the Off-Campus Course Evaluation Form.

A minimum grade of C- is required for any transferred course.

Transfer courses do not affect CUA grade point average.

Evaluations will not be handled by telephone.

Evaluation of equivalency does not guarantee that credit will be given for the course. To receive credit, a course must meet all applicable University policies.