Carnegie Mellon University

Advanced Standing and Transfer Credit

Students matriculated at CMU have numerous 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 Baccalaureate, Cambridge A-Level & Edexcel:

Before 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/IB/Cambridge) for coursework completed before 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 undergraduate degree. You can find the most updated version of these lists* on the HUB’s website.

*These lists are reviewed each summer and thus subject to change.

For students entering in Fall 2021 and beyond, the only General Education course that may be fulfilled via advanced standing credit is the Foundations: Data Analysis requirement of 36-200: Reasoning with Data.

For students who entered prior to Fall 2021, a breakdown of how these courses and exams can count towards the general education requirements at Dietrich College is available.

General Guidelines for Transfer Credit

  • Once a student enrolls at Carnegie Mellon University as a degree candidate, they may take a maximum of five courses (approximately 45 CMU units) at another institution and transfer these back for credit towards their CMU degree. Prior to matriculation at CMU, students can transfer in up to 180 units.
  • Courses taken elsewhere must be taken for a letter grade and students must earn a C (2.00) or above. Note: Grade requirements vary depending on department policy. Please speak to your AAC Advisor about requirements for transferring in specific courses.
  • Students must receive permission from their advisor(s) before taking courses at another institution, with the exception of incoming students who may have taken courses prior to entering the university.
  • Transfer credit is not factored into a student's CMU QPA.
  • The following required courses must be taken at CMU and cannot be transferred in:
    • First-Year Writing Course
    • 99-101: Computing @ Carnegie Mellon
    • Grand Challenge Seminar
    • The Global Histories requirement (formerly 79-104, or newly numbered 79-145 or 79-189), only for students following the General Education program from prior to Fall 2021
  • Dietrich College's 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 permitted to take no more than three courses per semester at another institution, and no more than a total of five courses.
  • 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.