Once students have matriculated at SMU, they may transfer no more than 30 hours to SMU from accredited colleges and universities. Students who complete more than 30 transferable hours after matriculating can designate which of their courses apply to the 30-hour limit. Students may change the designation of the courses. Students should make these transfer-credit designations in consultation with their records offices.

To ensure that a course taken at another college or university will transfer and that proper credit will be awarded, the student taking the course should obtain prior approval from the chair of the department and the academic dean of the school at SMU that normally offers the course, the adviser, and the student’s academic dean. Students who fail to get prior approval for transfer work may petition later for transfer credit, but they have no assurance that credit will be awarded. In either case, permission may be denied for educational reasons. Petitions for preapproval of transfer work are available in the schools’ records offices or complete the Undergraduate Petition for Advanced Approval of Transfer Credit - GEC or the Undergraduate Petition for Advanced Approval of Transfer Credit - UC.

Approval from the following people is required:

  • Academic Adviser
  • Chair of SMU department offering equivalent course
  • Course's Academic Dean/Director
  • Student's Academic Dean/Director

Note: SMU schools have differing policies regarding the transferability of courses from two-year institutions, and with very few exceptions, post-matriculation transfer work must be completed at accredited, four-year institutions.

Students who fail to get prior approval for transfer work may petition later for transfer credit, but they have no assurance that it will be awarded. Permission may be denied for educational reasons.

Students are responsible for making sure an official transcript of all transfer work attempted is sent to the University Registrar immediately following completion of the work.

Official college transcripts are required for all college-level work attempted, regardless of transferability. See the Standards for Official Transcripts page for transcript requirements. Military transcripts are also required for students receiving VA benefits; more information is available at smu.edu/veterans. Students are responsible for making sure a transcript of all transfer work attempted is sent to the Office of Admission immediately following completion of the work. To expedite the receipt of the work, transcripts may be sent from the transfer institution electronically to ugadmission@smu.edu.

Current SMU students should have their transcripts sent to:

    Office of Admission
    SMU
    P.O. Box 750181
    Dallas, TX 75275-0181

For transcripts sent overnight or expedited delivery, please send to:

    Office of Admission
    SMU
    6185 Airline Rd.
    Dallas, TX 75205

NOTE: Please be aware that graduate and professional programs have certain limits regarding the transferability of courses. You should consult with your specific school or department concerning transfer courses.