Transfer Credits

At the Saint Louis University School for Professional Studies, we believe you should earn credit for what you've already learned.

During your admissions meeting, you will receive a copy of your official academic plan so you will know before starting classes exactly what credits can transfer in to save you time and money towards earning your degree from SLU.

We welcome up to 64 transfer credit hours from community colleges and up to 90 transfer credit hours from accredited four-year institutions. You may also transfer up to 30 credit hours earned through the the American Council on Education or the DSST prior learning assessment. Previous college coursework and transfer credits will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for optimum credit transfer.

Call our admissions counselors with specific transfer questions at 314-977-2330. You may also download our transcript request form to use when requesting transcripts from previously attended institutions.

The number of total transfer credit hours (across all forms of prior learning) cannot exceed those permitted by Saint Louis University, SPS or the specific program to which the credit will be counted.

Transfer Credit Policy

  • Only college-level transfer courses with a grade C or above will be considered for acceptance and application toward a Saint Louis University degree.
  • The cumulative GPA for transfer courses is calculated on all grades from college-level courses of all colleges attended.
  • In the case of repeated transfer courses, grades will be calculated according to the policy of the institution from which the two courses were taken.
  • Only transfer credits from regionally accredited institutions will be considered for transfer to Saint Louis University.
  • The maximum number of transferable community college hours is 64. The maximum number of transferable credit hours from an accredited four-year institution is 90.
  • Developmental, secretarial and highly technical courses of an applied nature may not transfer.
  • Due to Saint Louis University School of Business AACSB accreditation standards, School for Professional Studies students may not apply more than 30 credit hours of business-related courses toward their degree.
  • Transfer course work will be evaluated and accepted in relationship to the specific degree sought in SPS. In order for transfer credits to apply to courses within the major or minor fields, the transferring coursework must have been completed within ten years. Classes that meet core curriculum and elective requirements will be accepted, regardless of age, unless the course is required for your major or minor. Special considerations for specific classes will be examined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Pending English placement tests, English credits may transfer in as general electives but all students must take ENGL 2005 at Saint Louis University.
  • Official course evaluations will be performed after all official transcripts and supporting documents have been received. An official academic plan will then be completed to identify courses accepted toward your degree.

Students with Associate's Degrees

The Associate's to Bachelor's program allows you to transfer most of the coursework taken at an accredited community college or junior college into a bachelor's program at SPS.

Provided that grades are "C" or better, a balanced associate’s degree may be accepted in lieu of SPS's core requirements with the exception of the philosophy and theology courses, which must be completed in their entirety with six credit hours in each.

A balanced A.A. or A.S. consists of at least one approved three-credit hour college level course from each of the core curriculum areas of the school. Applicants who meet this criteria may be admitted with junior status.

Coursework taken at the two-year institution that may be applied toward your intended major will be evaluated by the appropriate program director for transferable credit. A maximum of 64 credit hours will be accepted in transfer with an A.A. or A.S. degree.

This policy is not applicable for the social work program, which has a preset core.

Credit for Prior Learning at SLU

CLEP Testing
You may choose to take tests through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) to receive college credit for what you already know, for a fraction of the cost of a course. CLEP exams must be taken prior to the course for which the exam is going to be asked to count. Exams can be taken through SLU’s ERM Testing Center or any other approved CLEP testing provider.
DSST Testing

If you participated in the off-duty, voluntary education programs of the Department of Defense, you may receive credit for coursework taken while active military or in reserves.

Nationally recognized, the DSST program offers college credits for learning acquired outside of the traditional classroom. DSST allows military personnel and veterans to test and get credit for past experience and training.

DSST exams must be taken prior to the course for which the exam is going to be asked to count.

DSST exams can be taken through the SPS Workforce Center or any other approved DSST testing provider.

Industry Certifications

Industry certifications that will be accepted for credit must possess two characteristics:

  • An agency or organization must accredit and recognize the certification
  • A test must be included as a prerequisite for receiving the certification

These certifications can be completed prior to enrolling in SPS or while you are currently enrolled.

ACE Credit

You may receive credit for courses evaluated and approved for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE).

The maximum number of credit hours you may obtain from all sources, including internal (e.g., placement) and external examinations is 30 — or up to 10 courses. This includes courses taken in Saint Louis University's 1818 Advanced College Credit Program and other dual credit programs from accredited institutions.

ACE evaluates credit for education and training obtained outside of the classroom including courses, exams, apprenticeships and other types of nontraditional forms of training.

Listings of ACE approved courses and credit recommendations are contained in two publications: A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces and The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs.

Transcripts are reviewed and credit recommendations are made based on the content of the class or training. SLU program chairs and directors make the final approval of which ACE-approved courses will be transferable.

 

Prior Learning Assessment

A student who has knowledge of a subject but cannot present adequate official certification may, with approval, request a special examination to establish mastery. An examination fee is assessed. Credit is awarded based upon the exam score. The maximum credit hours that can be earned from external (e.g., CLEP) or internal examination is 30 or up to 10 courses.