CMU Course Credit-Academic Advisory Center (AAC) - Carnegie Mellon University


Students matriculated at CMU have numberous ways to earn units towards graduation.  We encourage students considering any of these options to contact their primary advisor to ensure proper planning and guidance.

Advanced Placement/International Baccaluareate, Cambridge A-Level & Edexcel:

Prior to arriving at Carnegie Mellon University many students take exams and courses that may be considered for college credit.  Students are responsible for submitting all transcripts and exam scores (AP/Cambridge/Edexcel) for coursework completed prior to matriculation at CMU by the end of the first semester.  The university maintains a comprehensive list of all approved scores/grades accepted for credit and how those credits count towards your undergraudate degree.

**This list is reviewed each summer and thus subject to change.

A breakdown of how these courses and exams can count towards the general education requirements at Dietrich College is also available.

General Guidelines for Transfer Credit:

  • Once a student enrolls at Carnegie Mellon University as a degree candidate, s/he may take a maximum of five courses (approximately 45 CMU units) at another institution and transfer these back for credit towards their CMU degree.
  • Courses taken elsewhere must be taken for a letter grade and students must earn a C (2.00) or above.
  • Students must receive permission from their advisor(s) before taking courses at another institution.
  • Transfer credit is not factored into a student's CMU QPA.
  • Only two courses taken at another institution can count towards the Dietrich College General Education requirements and both courses cannot count towards the same category.
  • The following courses must be taken at CMU and cannot be transferred in:
    • 76-101: Interpretation and Argument
    • 79-104: Global Histories
    • 36-201: Statistical Reasoning (AP credit only)
    • 99-101: Computing @ Carnegie Mellon
    • Freshman Seminar
  • Dietrich College academic departments may not exceed these limits, but may impose stricter limits regarding courses students propose to take elsewhere to fulfill major requirements.
  • Students currently on academic suspension from Dietrich College are premitted to take no more than three courses per semester at another institution, and no more than a total of five courses.
  • This policy applies retroactively to students who enter Dietrich College through internal transfer and have already taken courses elsewhere for transfer credit.
  • For students entering CMU/Dietrich College as external transfers, the same five course limit applies until and unless their transfer credits reach the 180 unit ceiling stipulated by university policy.

Cross-Registration through the Pittsburgh Council on Euducation (PCHE):

The Pittsburgh Council on Education is a consortium of 10 colleges and universities in the Pittsburgh area including:  Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Community College of Allegheny County, Duquesne University, La Roche College, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Point Park University, Robert Morris Univeristy and the University of Pittsburgh.  Students may consider taking a course at one of these institutions through the cross-registration process.  In order to be eligible to take a course through PCHE, students must be enrolled in at least 36 units at CMU.  Additionally, students cannot cross-register for a course their first term at CMU.

Prior to matriculation, a student's primary advisor must determine if the course can be applied towards CMU units, as well as evaluate the course to determine its applicability to a student's major or minor.  A student's AAC Advisor will review a course under consideration for general education category.  Courses taken through PCHE do not count against the five course limit pertaining to credit warned at another institution.  Please note that only 2 courses taken through PCHE can count towards the general education requirements, and only one per category.

Student Abroad/Exchange:

There are numberous opportunities for Dietrich students to study abroad for academic, work/internship or research experience.  To learn more, please visit the Office of International Education.  Courses taken through a study abroad program do not count against the five course limit policy pertaining to credit earned at another institution.

Washington Semester:

Undergraduates from any department who would value first-hand policy experience in Washington D.C. 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 student in Washington D.C. and are given the opportunity to come in direct contact with political, business, and community leaders to learn about the most pressing policy issues of the day.