The University recognizes that there are times when students need to complete courses elsewhere. To increase the likelihood that students will succeed in subsequent courses at SMU and to ensure the quality of SMU degrees, the university has established the following transfer course policies:
- Transfer credit is only granted for coursework taken at a regionally accredited institution.
- Equivalent courses are determined based upon a review of the following course characteristics: course description, textbook, course objectives, assignments, number of credit hours, course prerequisites, and program quality. Current SMU students must submit an Petition for Advanced Approval of Transfer Credits prior to enrolling in courses at other institutions.
- Coursework completed at another college or university is evaluated for equivalent transfer credits, not necessarily for degree requirements. Students are responsible for working in conjunction with their advisors to determine if equivalent courses satisfy specific degree requirements.
- In addition to working with an advisor, students should refer to the SMU Undergraduate Catalog and/or the academic dean within the appropriate college or school for additional information on degree requirements.
- 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.
SMU students considering taking courses at another institution after matriculating at SMU should:
- select courses as similar as possible to what they would experience at SMU.
- not defer basic required courses in the expectation of taking courses elsewhere.
- best ensure that they will be prepared for subsequent courses at SMU by completing foundational courses at SMU.