Transfer Credit

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For master’s degree programs, a maximum of nine credit hours taken elsewhere and not applied toward any earned degree, which were passed with grades of ”B” or better, may be transferred, subject to the approval of the academic unit and the Office of Graduate Academic Affairs. Students who have completed their baccalaureate degree, master's degree, or have a master's degree in progress without an articulated dual degree admission, at Illinois Institute of Technology, with course credits in excess of the number of hours required for that degree, which were not applied toward the degree in question, may also be allowed to transfer up to nine of those excess hours. Course credits being pursued at the university in excess of the nine credit hours may be used for a degree program provided the credits were not applied toward a prior degree and the student has received the permission of the adviser, the academic unit head, and the Office of Graduate Academic Affairs prior to registering for any of the additional courses. Doctoral degree candidates may transfer previously completed graduate work not applied toward a prior earned degree up to a maximum of 42 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree (which may include up to 32 credit hours from a completed master’s degree) or 50 percent of their total Ph.D. program credit hour requirements, whichever is smaller. The work must be judged to be relevant to the current doctoral program, must have been completed with grades of ”B” or better, and must be acceptable for graduate credit at the institution where taken. The master’s degree must have been granted within the previous six years. Grades for transferred credits will not be included in the student’s GPA.

Consistent with its past practice, research credit may not be submitted for transfer credit consideration. Research credit requirements imply work that has been completed while enrolled in an Illinois Institute of Technology research course numbered 594 (master’s project research), 591 (master of science research) or 691 (doctoral research).

Graduate students who have earned credit following the university's graduate transfer credit guidelines as stated earlier in this section will seek and gain initial academic approval by using the transfer credit review process in the online eForms for Graduate Degree Works system, to be reviewed by the graduate academic adviser and graduate academic department. This will require that the student submit to the adviser a copy of the course description, course syllabus, and grade report with earned credit hours (or a student copy of the transcript). The preliminary academic approval is not final without formal official transcript evaluation and approval by the Office of Graduate Academic Affairs as noted below.

U.S. Transcripts

Submission of the official certified transcript for each earned degree and/or individual course credit for consideration will be mailed or emailed directly from the institution conferring the degree to Illinois Institute of Technology.

Foreign Transcripts

Submission of the official required documents for each earned degree and/or individual course credit for consideration, as described on the World Education Services (WES) website  (, is required from the institution conferring the degree (with English translation, as required, from University Language Services) to WES. WES will submit the credential evaluation results directly to Illinois Institute of Technology.

Document Submission

Illinois Institute of Technology
Office of Graduate Academic Affairs
Attention:  Final Documents
10 W. 35th Street, Suite 7D7-1
Chicago, Illinois 60616

Additional Information

Illinois Institute of Technology credential evaluation requirement: WES basic course-by-course evaluation ( )

University language translation services (transcripts not written in English) ( )

WES FAQs (frequently asked questions) ( )

Required documents by country ( )

Note: Illinois Institute of Technology accepts domestic transfer credit from institutions that have obtained regional and national accreditation from agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as reliable authorities concerning the quality of education or training offered by the institutions of higher education or higher education programs they accredit. All graduate transfer credit may only be conveyed for equivalent graduate academic courses that meet the rigor and standards of graduate education as defined by university academic standards and policies. This policy and the university’s evaluation of requests for transfer credit is and is intended to be consistent with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, and any law or regulation adopted or modified after promulgation of this policy will automatically adjust this policy to the extent required for compliance with the same.