Last updated on September 2nd, 2021

Students must complete a minimum of 60 credits at St. George’s University to earn an undergraduate degree from the University. Of these 60 credits, the number of credits required in the major field of study, is determined by each department. The total number of credits students may accrue via transfer or other types of awarded credit is 60. Once students reach this maximum, no further transfer credit will be accepted.

TRANSFER AND AWARD OF ACADEMIC CREDIT

The transfer or award of credit for learning achieved outside of St. George’s University (SGU) comes in several forms. The evaluation of such credit involves comparability of the nature, content, and level of credit offered at SGU, prior learning, and the appropriateness and applicability of the credit earned.

AWARD OF CREDIT

Students may receive specific course credit (for example, ACCT 204: Financial Accounting – 3 credits) or general electives for prior coursework performed at a tertiary educational level, such as Advanced Levels/CAPE, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate, or other coursework performed at a previously-attended post-secondary institution.

A notation of the advanced standing/transfer credit, the course or category, denoted
by “T,” and the credit hours received, will appear on the SGU transcript. The credit hours may be utilized to fulfill graduation requirements; however, no grade is earned. Thus, such credit does not impact the SGU Grade Point Average (GPA). Students should direct questions relating to transfer credits to the Office of the University Registrar.

ADVANCED STANDING/TRANSFER CREDIT

Advanced standing/transfer credit will be evaluated on an individual basis in accordance with the advanced standing/transfer credit policy. Only courses with a grade of a “C” or better will be considered for transfer credit. Advanced Level or CAPE courses may also be considered for transfer credit as determined by the Office of the University Registrar. Transfer credit is not awarded for 300 and 400 level courses in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that all related documentation, including official transcripts, grading policy, and official course descriptions, are sent directly to the Office of the University Registrar. If these documents are not in English, they must be accompanied by a certified English translation.  Required documentation should be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar prior to the start of the semester and no later than two weeks into the semester.

Following receipt of the official documentation and course descriptions from a secondary institution, the credit will be evaluated by the Office of the University Registrar.

Transfer credit from our academic partner, T. A. Marryshow Community College, will follow a similar albeit streamlined process due to the inter-institutional collaboration.

EXEMPTION

Under rare circumstances, students who have significant prior learning acquired through academic or nonacademic experience, may wish to be considered for Exemptions/Waivers.  Following consultation and approval of the Faculty Advisor and Department Chair of the degree program, students may be granted Exemptions/Waivers for the semester.  A maximum of 18 credit hours may be received via exemption.

CHALLENGE EXAMINATIONS

Students with prior knowledge equivalent to an SGU course may apply to sit a challenge examination. Challenge exams are not available for all courses.

The Challenge Exam application, must be submitted by the student and approved by the Course Instructor/Director, the Department Chair and the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, in the semester prior to taking the Challenge Exam.

The Challenge Examination is prepared by the Course Instructor/Director, and is equivalent to a comprehensive examination for that course.

Students will not be allowed to take more than three Challenge Examinations in a semester.  Challenge Exams are to be sat ONLY within the first week of the semester. A non-refundable $100.00 USD administrative fee, will be charged for each Challenge Examination.

The grade earned for a Challenge Examination, is recorded on the transcript; both credit hours and grades are awarded. Students are only allowed to take a challenge examination once for each course.  Students cannot take a Challenge Exam after failing the course.

In the event that students fail a Challenge Examination, they will be allowed to register for the course in the current (or subsequent) semester. Taking a challenge examination counts as one attempt at a course.

WAIVER OF COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Students with prior knowledge equivalent to an SGU course, may request that a waiver be granted. Generally, this applies to courses for which no challenge examination is offered. The Course instructor/Director, with consultation of the Department Chair, performs this evaluation on a case- by-case basis, using evaluative tools which may include examinations or other diagnostics.

Waiver of course forms must be approved by the Faculty Advisor/Department Chair and the Dean of the the School of Arts and Sciences. Forms must then be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar. A notation will appear on the transcript; however, neither credit hours nor a grade is awarded. A waiver fulfills a prerequisite or a degree requirement.

Waiver of Course Forms must be submitted by the student and approved by the Instructor, by the 2nd week of classes.

COURSE SUBSTITUTION

In exceptional circumstances, a student may be granted approval for a course to be substituted with another course.  Approval for course substitution, must be granted by the student’s Faculty Advisor, the relevant Department Chair, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Associate Registrar, using the Waiver and Substitution Form.

TRANSIENT CREDIT

In exceptional circumstances, following matriculation, students may request approval to take coursework at another university.   Approval must be received prior to registration or attendance at another university. Students must submit a completed Transient Credit Approval Form accompanied by the course description(s) of the course(s) they wish to take to the Office of the University Registrar. Evaluation of the request will include not only credibility and equivalency of course content, but also justification for taking the course(s) at another university.

Students must have an official transcript sent from the host university to the SGU Office of the University Registrar. Students must receive a grade of “C” (or equivalent score) or better in the course(s). A transient course, denoted by “T,” and the credit hours received, will appear on the SGU transcript. The credit hours may be utilized to fulfill SGU graduation requirements; however, no grade is earned. Thus, such credit does not impact the SGU GPA. Students may not receive more than 18 credit hours of transient credit.