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, advanced standing credit policies can be found on the GenEd policies website.

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 courses at another institution and transfer these back for credit towards their CMU degree. Students must complete 180 units at CMU to graduate from Dietrich College.
  • 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.
  • It can take up to two weeks to review transfer credit pre-approval requests; we encourage students who are considering taking transferable courses to contact their primary advisor well in advance to ensure proper planning and guidance.
  • 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:
    • 99-101: Computing @ Carnegie Mellon
    • Grand Challenge Seminar
  • 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.