Students from accredited institutions may be admitted to GMU provided that they meet the admissions requirement of the institution. Credit may be given for courses in which a grade of “C” or above for undergraduate courses (“B” or above for graduate courses) has been earned and which correlates with the courses required for the completion of the program to which the student was admitted. The maximum credits transferable is 64 semester units for the bachelor degree, 35 semester units for the M.A., and 52 semester units for the M. Div.
Academic work done at accredited institutions, or at schools in Korea that have recognition from the ministry of education, will be transferred into GMU programs if the work fits into our curriculum (e.g. there is not room for 55 credits of engineering classes in the electives and general education portions of our curriculum). The transfer policy for work done at unaccredited American schools or schools in Korea that have not achieved recognition by the Ministry of Education is as follows:
Full credit may be granted for each credit earned at a school that has achieved candidacy with an accrediting agency that is approved by the US Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (if the class fits into our curriculum).
It is the student’s responsibility to request that each institution attended send official transcripts directly to Grace Mission University Office of Admissions for evaluation. Coursework that fits into our curriculum and was earned from an accredited school is normally transferred into our program on an equal credit for credit basis. The procedure for determining whether transfer credit from unaccredited institutions is as follows:
1. The academic dean or registrar will research the institution in question (e.g., do internet or telephone research to determine faculty credentials, hours of coursework per credit, library resources, names of accredited schools accepting coursework from this institution…).
2. The student is expected to demonstrate the equivalence between the courses in question, e.g., by showing the syllabus of the course previously taken.
3. The Dean of Academic Affairs, in consultation with the GMU instructor who teaches the equivalent course, determines the transferability of the credit by reviewing the material presented by the student.
4. The grade for the course for which the credit transfer is sought must be at least “C” for undergraduate courses and “B” for graduate courses.
5. A faculty and academic staff committee will award credit for unaccredited coursework will be awarded as follows:
· 1/2 of a credit may be granted for each credit earned at an unaccredited American school that has achieved applicant status with the ABHE and TRACS (the class must fit our curriculum)
· 1/3 of a credit may be granted for each credit earned at an unaccredited American school that has achieved state approval (the class must fit our curriculum)
· 1/3 of a credit may be granted for each credit earned at an unaccredited American school that has not achieved state approval – with a limit of 20 credits accepted (for 60 or more credits work)
· 1/3 of a credit may be granted for each credit earned at a Korean school that has not achieved recognition by the Ministry of Education – with a limit of 20 credits accepted (for 60 or more credits work)
Students wishing to transfer credits into GMU should include a note in their application packet indicating which transcripts should be assessed for transferable credit. When receiving an acceptance letter into a GMU program, the letter should include the list of accepted transfer classes. If the list is not included, please contact the office of the academic dean.
In some cases, students take transferable courses while attending GMU (or did not ask for transfer credits when applying to GMU). It is important that students request transfer credits as soon as possible. In some cases, a student may take a GMU class that could have been transferred from a previous transcript. Since we cannot give credit for taking the same class twice, the student has wasted time and money. In other cases, a student may assume that a class would be transferred. By the time the student learns that the course was not accepted for transfer (or not accepted for full credit), he or she may have missed the chance to enroll in a class needed for graduation.