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Swanson School of Engineering Transfer Policies


  1. All courses that have equivalent counterparts at Pitt in terms of content and credits in the Swanson School of Engineering curriculum are eligible for transfer.
  2. No transfer credits can be part of the final 30 required for a degree. These must be earned in residence. In interpreting this regulation, credits earned on regional campuses are considered as transferable.
  3. Transfer credits need to be earned within 12 years of the date when the Swanson School of Engineering degree requirements will be completed.
  4. In accordance with University policy, re-evaluation of credits will be done by the admitting school, when necessary, according to applicable University policy and procedure. The policy applies to all previous credits earned, no matter if they were earned at the University of Pittsburgh or another institution.
  5. No more than 60 credits may be transferred from a two-year college. No more than 90 may be transferred from a four-year college.  If 60 or more credits have been earned at a four-year college or university, no transfer credit will be granted for credits earned subsequently at a two-year school.
  6. If a course for which advanced standing credit has been granted is repeated, the advanced standing credit is canceled.
  7. Course work earned in approved foreign study programs may not constitute more than 15 of the final 30 credits. These credits are awarded on a Satisfactory/Audit basis. In addition, 30 of the last 60 credits must be earned in residence; students can request a waiver of the 30 credit policy from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
  8. One credit taken at a quarter system school is equal to two-thirds a credit at the University of Pittsburgh.  This may affect the ability of a course to transfer.  See #1.
  9. Engineering courses must be completed at an ABET certified institution with the exception of approved study abroad courses.
  10. Once a student is enrolled in the Swanson School of Engineering, he or she is no longer permitted to take courses at a two-year or community college for transfer credit.
  11. The Swanson School of Engineering does not accept CLEP credit for course credits.