Transferring Credits

Transferring credits is the first step in starting your new educational journey at Cambridge College.

Transfer credit evaluations require official transcripts and a completed admissions application packet, including course descriptions/syllabi.

How to Transfer Credits

  1. Request official transcripts from previously attended institutions.
    • If you have any grades not on the ABC scale, ask the course instructor to state the equivalent in a letter on official college letterhead addressed directly to the Cambridge College Transfer Credit Office.
    • If requesting transfer of required courses into a graduate degree program, fill out the transfer credit request form and attach course descriptions or syllabi. Photocopies must clearly show the course number, title and description, name of the college, your name and date of birth.
    • Have international transcripts translated and evaluated by an evaluation service recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Important Dates

Submit required documents by priority dates for timely transfer credit evaluation. Late submissions may lead to delayed credit awards.

  • By April 1 for the summer term
  • By July 15 for the fall term
  • By December 1 for the spring term

Evaluation Process

The Transfer Credit Office reviews official transcripts, identifies courses meeting general criteria and considers transfer eligibility.

  • The Transfer Credit Office creates initial academic plans, incorporating eligible transfer credits that fulfill Cambridge College undergraduate degree/program distribution requirements. Credits constituting an earned associate degree are accepted up to 69 credits. The Transfer Credit Office will assess credits exceeding an associate degree for eligibility for additional credits.
  • For licensure programs, specialized concentrations, CAGS and doctoral programs, the program chair reviews and approves courses that meet program-specific criteria.
  • The final determination for credit transfer and program distribution lies with the academic dean of the appropriate school.

In Your First Term

Graduate students should refrain from enrolling in courses overlapping with those submitted for assessment. Wait for the transfer credit evaluation.

Re-Evaluation of Transfer Credit

  • A new transfer credit evaluation is required when changing concentration or program.
  • Returning after an absence of one term or more results in revising prior transfer credits according to current policies.

Transferring Credits

Undergraduate students must be accepted into a specific degree and concentration for transfer credit to be evaluated. The following general criteria will guide the evaluation process.

General Criteria for Course Credits

  • Course credits must be earned at a regionally or nationally accredited degree-granting institution of higher learning.
  • For courses not included as part of an earned associate degree, only grades of C (2.0) or better are considered, and such courses must meet program distribution requirements.
  • Professional development courses (PD) and continuing education units (CEU) are not eligible for transfer.
  • Associate degrees from regionally or nationally accredited institutions are accepted at 60-69 semester hours, including only the courses required for the degree.
  • A maximum of 90 semester hours from a regionally or nationally accredited degree-granting institution of higher learning may be accepted, provided the coursework meets Cambridge College degree/program distribution requirements.
  • Students must complete at least one-fourth of their undergraduate credits (30 semester hours), including substantial advanced work in the major or concentration, at Cambridge College.

Standardized Examination Credits 

  • Credits earned through standardized examinations (DANTES, DSST, CLEP and AP) may be accepted and will be recorded as transfer credits.
  • Credits earned through school-specific testing are not eligible for transfer.
  • Credits earned through standardized exams may replace major requirements only at the discretion of the program chair or academic dean.
  • Students already matriculated into a Cambridge College program must consult their academic advisor for written approval before taking standardized exams. Without prior approval, acceptance of credits is not guaranteed.

ACE Evaluated Transcript Credits

Credits recognized through the American Council on Education (ACE) evaluated transcripts will be accepted at their full credit value as follows:

  • Up to 60 lower-level credits may be accepted, provided the coursework meets Cambridge College's general education or elective distribution requirements.
  • An additional 30 upper-level credits may be accepted, provided the coursework meets Cambridge College degree/program distribution requirements.
  • No “V” or vocational credits will be accepted for college transfer credits.

Additional Guidelines 

  • Prior written approval by the school's academic dean is required before taking courses at other institutions.
  • ACE evaluated and standardized exam credits may not duplicate a course at Cambridge College or another institution.
  • Electronic transcripts will be accepted from military branches that only provide electronic transcripts.

Graduate students must be accepted into a specific degree and concentration for transfer credit to be accepted.

General Criteria for Course Credits

All courses must meet the following criteria:

  • Only graduate courses designed for graduate degree credit may be accepted.
  • Courses completed at regionally accredited institutions authorized to grant graduate/post-graduate degrees may be accepted.
  • Only grades of B (3.0) or better are considered.
  • Other grades must be confirmed as equivalent to B or better.
  • Courses must be degree credit-bearing graduate courses that are not professional development or continuing education unit courses.
  • Courses must meet current program requirements.

School of Education & Counseling: CAGS and EdD

CAGS and EdD transfer courses must be at the advanced graduate level; courses open to undergraduate students are not accepted.

Courses NOT Acceptable for Credit

Courses not acceptable for master’s, CAGS or doctoral transfer credit:

  • Coursework taken at other institutions after enrollment in a Cambridge College graduate degree program or during an absence from that program
  • Field experiences, practica and internships
  • Independent learning, research and applied action projects (final projects cannot be replaced by transfer credit)
  • Professional development courses, including school collaborative courses and other courses taken for continuing education units
  • Courses/credits included in another degree (anticipated or completed)

Licensure Course Transfer

To safeguard your licensure application, a course is accepted for transfer into a licensure program only if:

  • The content matches a corresponding Cambridge College required course, meeting the high standards of our programs and
  • It is judged to match the requirements and expectations of the licensing authorities.

Counseling Licensure Courses: Final approval of other institutions’ coursework for your licensure application is solely within the discretion of the licensing authorities; please seek their advice.

Educator Licensure Programs: All credit transfer into educator licensure programs is defined by the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) as a “waiver.” Records of all waivers are kept in student files, and are subject to audit at any time by the ESE. These records will be required when you apply for licensure.

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Nine credits may be accepted from an approved master of education program and 12 credits from an approved CAGS program, a total of 21 credits.

Graduate Transfer Credit Limits


School/Degree ProgramCredit LimitTime Limit
School of Education and Counseling, Counseling Division programs9 credits5 years
School of Education and Counseling, Education Division programs (MEd, CAGS)MEd licensure programs, CAGS (except as listed below) *Time limit varies with subject and licensure area, as determined by program chair.9 credits5-7 years*
Instructional technology, law, and finance courses for licensure 3 years
MEd programs without licensure (except as noted on program charts)12 creditsNo time limit
School of Business & Technology programs9 credits7 years
Any one specific Cambridge College management certificate12-16 credits5 years

Veterans and Military Service Members

The Transfer Credit Office adheres to the regulations and requirements outlined in the DoD Military Tuition Assistance Program. It recognizes, accepts and awards credit where appropriate, specifically credits earned through standardized examinations and from American Council on Education evaluated transcripts.

Review Military Financial Aid Options

Transferring to Another College

Acceptance of Cambridge College credits by other institutions depends on their policies, regardless of accreditation.

Notice: Transferability of Credits and Credentials Earned at Cambridge College

The transferability of credits earned at Cambridge College is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Likewise, acceptance of your degree, diploma or certificate is subject to the discretion of the transferring institution. If your credits or credentials aren't accepted at your chosen transfer institution, you may need to redo some or all coursework there. Ensure your attendance aligns with your educational goals. Consider contacting potential transfer institutions after attending Cambridge College to verify credit transferability.

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