Transfer Credit Policy

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Transfer of Credit from Other Institutions

Course credit earned at other institutions of higher education may be transferable. Credit transfer is made by the admission evaluators while conducting the admission evaluation. The transfer of credit is done at the program-of-study level, on a case-by-case basis dependent on relevancy match of related course content. The following statements apply to all transfer credits:

  • The NPU Admissions Office must receive all official transcripts prior to the student’s joining a degree program. Without preapproval, transcripts received after the student joins NPU cannot be used in transferring credits, except for records from the term immediately preceding the student’s starting trimester at NPU. Up to 75 units of courses that have been reviewed and currently approved as part of a formal NPU articulation/transfer agreement are guaranteed to transfer.
  • The student was officially enrolled in the course.
  • Courses eligible for transfer will be evaluated based on the comparability in content, quality and rigor of NPU’s courses. The transfer evaluation will include, but is not limited to, course descriptions, course syllabi, and/or general public information. Students may be asked to provide course catalogs or syllabi if needed. Up to 75 units of courses that have been reviewed and currently approved as part of a formal NPU articulation/transfer agreement are guaranteed to transfer.
  • When evaluating any foreign transcript, the admission evaluators may accept or transfer credit based on their knowledge of the course contents in comparison with similar courses offered in the U.S.
  • Without prior approval courses for transfer to NPU may not be completed concurrently at another institution while a student is matriculated in an NPU degree program.
  • College English courses taken at an institution where English is not an official language cannot be transferred for general education credit.
  • The credits under consideration for transfer must be earned at (1) institutions approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, (2) public or private institutions of higher learning accredited by an accrediting association recognized by the U. S. Department of Education, or (3) foreign institutions of higher learning. Credits earned at a foreign institution degree must be evaluated by a member of National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE), or American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)’s International Education Services.
  • Professional Development Units (PDUs) offered by professional/industry organizations cannot be transferred to NPU for academic credit.
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) offered on a non-academic basis by other academic institutions cannot be transferred to NPU for academic credit.
  • The total credits transferred from other institutions to meet the student’s undergraduate program requirements are limited to 75 trimester units. Students must take at least 45 units at NPU.
  • Credits transferred at the time of admission evaluation will reduce program length. Credit transferred from any outside institution has no effect on the calculation of the student’s GPA or CGPA.
  • Credits transferred from any outside institution are excluded from the maximum attempted units for the program.

Credits are transferred by the following conversion:

  • Definition of a Trimester Unit:

    One trimester credit hour equals, at a minimum, 15 contact classroom hours of lecture, 30 contact hours of laboratory, or 45 contact hours of practicum.

  • Conversion Factor:

    1 quarter unit = 0.66 trimester unit

Grades Required for Transfer Credit

In the bachelor's degree programs, applicable courses completed with an equivalency of a letter grade of "C" or better are transferable. ​Courses completed with Pass/No Pass are not transferable unless the transcript states that the general grading policy is not based on letter grades. This policy must be in writing from the institution (transcript key or a letter of verification).

Other Types of Undergraduate Transfer Credit

The following other types of credit may be transferable:

  • AP/IB course credit earned which is considered to be equivalent to college credit.
  • Credit by Examination - CLEP

    NPU grants credit to those students who pass examinations in English, natural sciences, humanities, and social science subjects offered by the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Only General Education credits will be granted. Students should consult with the Admissions Office for information on acceptable CLEP scores and units. The CLEP Institution Code for NPU is 7569.

  • Transfer of Credit from Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) and Military Services

    Credits will be allowed for DANTES Subject Standardized Tests and professional military education evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE). The maximum transferable credits follow the same policies as specified above. NPU’s evaluation of an application is made prior to the student’s admission to a program unless otherwise approved by the authorizing VA office. The DANTES Institution Code for NPU is 9670.


Graduate course credit earned at other accredited higher education institutions may be transferable to meet the student’s graduation requirements if the courses are closely related to student’s intended program of study and the grade earned meets the requirement stated below. Such course credits are considered qualified transfer credits. Credit transfer is made by the admission evaluators while conducting the admission evaluation.

The following statements apply to qualified transfer credits:

  • The NPU Admissions Office must receive all official transcripts prior to the student’s joining a degree program. Without preapproval, transcripts received after the student joins NPU cannot be used in transferring credits, except for records from the term immediately preceding the student’s starting trimester at NPU. Up to 12 units of courses that have been reviewed and currently approved as part of a formal NPU articulation/transfer agreement are guaranteed to transfer.
  • The student was officially enrolled in the course.
  • Courses eligible for transfer will be evaluated based on the comparability in content, quality and rigor of NPU’s courses. The transfer evaluation will include, but is not limited to, course descriptions, course syllabi, and/or general public information. Students may be asked to provide course catalogs or syllabi if needed. Up to 12 units of courses that have been reviewed and currently approved as part of a formal NPU articulation/transfer agreement are guaranteed to transfer.
  • No more than 12 units of qualified graduate-level course credits may be transferred. Students must take at least 24 units at NPU degree program.
  • Without prior approval, courses for transfer to NPU may not be completed concurrently at another institution while a student is matriculated in an NPU.
  • The credits contemplated for transfer must be earned at (1) institutions approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, (2) public or private institutions of higher learning accredited by an accrediting association recognized by the U. S. Department of Education, or (3) foreign institutions of higher learning. Credits earned at a foreign institution degree must be evaluated by a member of National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE), or American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)’s International Education Services.
  • Professional Development Units (PDUs) offered by professional/industry organizations cannot be transferred to NPU for academic credit.
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) offered on a non-academic basis by other academic institutions cannot be transferred to NPU for academic credit.
  • Credits transferred, performed at the time of admission evaluation will reduce program length. Credit transferred from any outside institution has no effect on the calculation of the student’s GPA or CGPA.
  • Credits transferred from any outside institution are excluded from the maximum attempted units for the program.

Credits are transferred by the following conversion:

  • Definition of a Trimester Unit:

    One trimester credit hour equals, at a minimum, 15 contact classroom hours of lecture, 30 contact hours of laboratory, or 45 contact hours of practicum.

  • Conversion Factor:

    1 quarter unit = 0.66 trimester unit

Grades Required for Transfer Credit

In the master’s degree programs, qualified courses completed with an equivalency of a letter grade of "B" or better are transferable. Courses completed with Pass/No Pass are not transferable unless the transcript states that the general grading policy is not based on letter grades. This policy must be in writing from the institution (transcript key or a letter of verification).