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.
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.
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 that will be accepted for credit must possess two characteristics:
These certifications can be completed prior to enrolling in SPS or while you are currently enrolled.
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.
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.