Matriculated SPD students interested in transferring external credits
to Stony Brook University must adhere to the following criteria:
1. All students seeking transfer credit may submit courses from regionally
accredited universities for evaluation. These courses must meet the
mandates for academic credit based upon the home institution’s
standards for awarding academic credit. SPD will accept three-credit
courses through specially formatted programs, provided these courses
meet the N.Y.S. Education Department mandated forty-five contact (Carnegie
Unit) hour requirement.
Transfer credits must carry the grade of B or better (B- grades are
not acceptable). Pass or Satisfactory grades are not transferable unless
these grades can be substantiated in writing by the former institution
as B or better quality.
2. Credits earned through correspondence or travel, or video courses,
or credits earned through examination may not be transferred.
3. No credits will be reviewed for transfer from another institution
until a student is officially matriculated in an SPD program and has
completed at least one graduate course as a matriculated student at
Stony Brook University toward that program.
4. A student may request to transfer a maximum of six (6) graduate
credits toward an SPD degree or post-master’s certificate; or
three (3) graduate credits toward an 18 or 21-credit advanced graduate
certificate. The credits must be from institutions authorized by recognized
accrediting agencies to grant graduate degrees, and must be applicable
to graduate degree or certificate programs offered by those institutions,
as well as those offered by Stony Brook University.
5. Transfer credits cannot be older than five years at the time of
a student’s admission or readmission to matriculated status in
6. Credits used to fulfill a requirement for either a baccalaureate
or another graduate diploma, certificate, or degree may not be transferred
toward an SPD program.
7. Transferred courses cannot be used to satisfy Liberal Studies Core
requirements in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MA/LS) degree
or the Core Curriculum requirement in the Master of Professional Studies
(MPS) degree. SPD’s transfer credit advisor will determine how
transferred credits may be applied toward other SPD requirements.
8. If a transferred course has been determined to have a Stony Brook
equivalent, the equivalent course may not be taken for credit toward
an SPD degree or advanced graduate certificate.
9. After matriculation in an SPD program, prior approval must be obtained
from the transfer credit advisor to take courses at another institution
for credit toward an SPD degree or certificate.
10. Student must submit a complete Transfer
Credit Request form, along with the following additional information:
complete syllabus, list of required texts and outside readings, complete
schedule of class meetings (including dates, times, and locations) and
the basis for student evaluation.
Students must also arrange to have an official transcript, which reflects
the completed course(s) and posted grade(s), sent to the SPD office.
(The transcript may be submitted to SPD by the student if the transcript
is in a sealed envelope from the external institution.)
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