CMU Course CreditThe following policies govern H&SS undergraduates taking courses elsewhere and requesting that credits for these courses transfer to their Carnegie Mellon University student record. Courses taken elsewhere will be reviewed for transfer credit if the course and the institution offering them are of a level and rigor comparable to Carnegie Mellon University.
Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate/Cambridge A-Level
Cross-Registration through PCHE
External Transfer Students
Internal Transfer Students
Once a student enrolls in the university as a degree candidate, he or she may take a maximum of five (5) courses (or their rough unit equivalent) elsewhere and transfer these back for credit toward their CMU degree. No courses may be transferred for these courses in the H&SS General Education Program (GenEd):
- 76-101, Interpretation and Argument (GenEd Category: Communicating)
- 79-104, Global Histories (GenEd Category: Reflecting)
- 36-201, Statistical Reasoning (GenEd Category: Deciding)
- Freshman Seminar
- C@CM, Computing @ Carnegie Mellon
For all courses transferred from another institution to your CMU transcript, no more than two (2) courses may count toward the GenEd and a maximum of one (1) course may count toward a particular Category; this includes the courses that count toward the Plus, TWO Additional GenEd Category courses. If you transfer in to H&SS after the first year (as a sophomore), the AAC Academic Advisor will evaluate the limits of any previous work completed elsewhere at the time of application and interview.
Majors, Additional Majors, Minors
For courses to count toward your CMU degree/majors, see the following person and use the following form:
- H&SS General Education Program - H&SS AAC Advisor - Transfer Credit Request [.pdf]
- Major requirements - Major advisor - Transfer Credit Request [.pdf]
- Additional Major requirements - Additional Major advisor - Transfer Credit Request [.pdf]
- Minor requirements - Minor advisor - Transfer Credit Request [.pdf]
- Units toward graduation/does not count toward any requirement - H&SS AAC Advisor - Transfer Credit Request [.pdf]
- Studying Abroad for credit - all above, as related to each course - paper Study Abroad Transfer Credit (SATC)
- AP/IB [pdf] - credit will automatically be assigned upon receipt of electronic scores from the College Board
- Washington Semester
For information about studying abroad options and the process for applying and obtain college credit, visit the Study Abroad/Exchange website.
For "follow-up" college credit once you are studying abroad, complete the Dietrich College Study Abroad Credit form [.pdf].
Undergraduates from any course of study who would value first-hand policy experience are invited to apply to Carnegie Mellon University's Washington Semester Program, which is sponsored by the university's Center for International Relations and Politics. Through this semester-long program for credit, students live, work, and study in Washington, D.C., coming into direct contact with political, business, and community leaders and learning about the most pressing policy issues of the day.