Students may, with the approval of their graduate degree program, transfer credits from any regionally accredited institution into their graduate degree program, as long as the majority of the credits are earned at the institution granting the degree. Credits obtained from USF System Institutions will be calculated into the GPA at USF Sarasota-Manatee and will be noted on the transcript as the grade earned. Credits from other regionally accredited universities are not calculated into the GPA at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

  • Only credits with a grade of B or better may be transferred.
  • Credit for coursework expires seven (7) years after receiving the credit.
  • There is no time limitation for courses from a completed master’s degree or professional degree applied toward a doctoral degree.
  • The graduate degree program / department will be responsible for evaluating, approving, and initiating the transfer as soon as possible at the time of admission.

Note – Students taking courses at USF System Institutions other than their home USF institution should seek the approval of their graduate program director prior to taking the courses to ensure that the courses are eligible for transfer.

Transfer of Credit Table

To Graduate Certificates

To Masters or Ed.S. Degree

Graduate Courses taken as an undergraduate but not applied to completed undergraduate degrees (undergraduate courses may be accepted if in compliance with graduate minimum hours policy) Discretion of the Graduate Degree Program, if taken at USF System. Up to one course if not taken at a USF System Institution. Discretion of the Program if taken at USF. Up to 12 credits if not taken at USF System institution.
Graduate Courses applied to undergraduate degrees None None (Discretion of the Program for approved Accelerated Degree Programs)
Non-degree-Seeking Status Up to one graduate course Up to 12 graduate hours*
Certificate Coursework (Graduate Degree-Seeking Students) Up to one graduate course (1 course may be applied to up to 2 certificates) Up to 12 graduate hours*
Uncompleted Master’s or Ed.S. Degree Discretion of the Graduate Degree Program, if taken at a USF System Institution. For transfers from non-USF Institutions, up to 49% of required credits may be transferred in at the discretion on the Graduate Degree of Certificate Program.
Completed Master’s or Ed.S.  Degree Specific course requirements in common across both degree programs may be waived with the substitution of other approved coursework at the discretion of the program.
Uncompleted Doctoral or completed Professional Degree Discretion of the Program Specific course requirements in common across both degree programs may be waived with the substitution of other approved coursework at the discretion of the program.
Completed Doctoral Degree Courses from a completed doctoral Degree may not be transferred to a Graduate Certificate or a Master’s Program. For USF and non-USF System specific course requirements in common across both degree programs may be waived with the substitution of other approved coursework at the discretion of the program.

*a maximum of twelve (12) credits can be transferred to a degree regardless of the source(s)

**Programs that wish to transfer credit from a completed doctoral program to a professional program must submit the proposal to the Graduate School for approval.