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Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College
MSC Southeast

215 - Course Credit Transfer

Responsible Office: Academic Affairs
Responsible Officer:  Vice President of Academic Affairs
Reference:  Minnesota State Board Policy 3.21 and 3.39, Procedure 3.21.1


It is the policy of the College to provide students the ability to transfer credits to and from other regionally and non-regionally accredited institutions to meet program major requirements.  The transfer of credit shall be accomplished in accordance with the policies of Minnesota State.


  • Application for admission is always the first step in transferring. The application should be completed as early as possible prior to the deadline. (See admissions procedure). 
  • The student should request every institution attended to submit an official transcript to MSC Southeast Registrar's office.  If the student is transferring from a Minnesota State college or university an electronic transcript will be received at MSC Southeast.
  • After notification of acceptance for admission, transcript credits will be evaluated for transfer.  Transfer credits will be entered into the student's Degree Audit (DARS).  Transfer of technical credits will only be granted for courses completed within five years of the request for transfer.  There is no transfer time limit for Liberal Arts & Sciences or technical elective courses.

Transfer credits being considered must have a grade of "A", "B", "C", "D", "M" (Mastery), "P" (Pass), or "S" (Satisfactory), and the coursework completed must match at least 75% of the content goals of the College's course syllabus for which the student is seeking transfer credit. The nursing department requires a minimum grade of "B" for nursing courses.  A "C" is acceptable if documentation is received from the sending college that a "C" is at least 80 percentage points out of 100 (80%). 

Approved transfer credits shall appear on the Degree Audit and transcript and will not be included when calculating the student's GPA. 

To be eligible for a certificate, degree or diploma, a student must earn one-third of the program major graduation requirements at MSC Southeast. Credits earned by examination (test out) do not fulfill residency requirements. 

Students with questions about the evaluation should contact the Registrar's office. Students can appeal decisions by requesting a transfer review in eServices.  The Department will review the provided information within ten (10) days from receipt of this request. When the request for review is complete, an email will be sent to the student with the decision. A student who is not satisfied with the transfer review decision can submit a transfer appeal in eServices. The Dean of Academics will review the transfer appeal within ten (10) days from receipt of the request.  When the request for appeal is complete, an email will be sent to the student with the decision.  A student who is not satisfied with the transfer appeal decision made by MSC Southeast has the right to a system-level transfer appeal to the Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs at Minnesota State via eServices.  

Approved: March 12, 1997
Reviewed: February 7, 2011, April 2021
Revised: February 15, 2000; June 30, 2004; October 8, 2008; December 28, 2010; October 23, 2013, April 2021 


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