The Catholic University of America

Current Student Transfer Credits

Under certain conditions the School of Philosophy will approve a limited number of courses taken by CUA philosophy majors at other duly accredited institutions for credit toward their CUA degree.  Philosophy majors interested in applying for transfer credit should, however, keep the following considerations in mind:

  1. All coursework for which transfer credit is sought must satisfy the University–wide policy for earning transfer credit.
  2. All philosophy courses for which transfer credit is sought are subject to evaluation in advance and require advance approval by the Associate Dean of the School of Philosophy.
  3. Courses in philosophy pursued at other institutions will be eligible for credit toward a CUA undergraduate degree in philosophy provided that the courses are equal in quality and content to those offered in the School of Philosophy, that they satisfy the major requirements, and that the student has earned high grades in those courses. 
  4. The maximal number of allowable transfer courses in philosophy is normally limited to half of those required for the major.
  5. The number of courses that may be transferred after matriculation is limited to two times the number of years the student is in residence at CUA.
  6. For advanced students, only 2 of the last 12 courses for the degree may be transfer courses.
  7. The number of courses transferred from summer sessions courses taken elsewhere is limited to two per year.


In order to seek evaluation of a course to be taken elsewhere for transfer credit, a student should:

  1. Complete the Off-Campus Course Evaluation Form, available from the School of Philosophy Undergraduate Office, 200 Aquinas Hall, or available for download here:
    Off-Campus Course Evaluation Form
  1. Submit an official course description as published in the institution’s course catalog, and, if possible, a syllabus for the course.

Note that coursework earning transfer credit does not affect a student’s CUA grade point average.   Although such courses are counted toward graduation requirements, the GPA reflects courses taken at CUA only.

Note also that credits earned in courses taken through The Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area are not subject to the University’s, and the School of Philosophy’s, transfer–credit policies.  CUA Philosophy majors interested in taking a course through the Consortium should first meet with, and obtain the approval of, your Academic Advisor.  Registration for a course in the Consortium must be done through the Office of Enrollment Services.

Note, finally, that although courses done in study–abroad programs approved by the University will generally earn transfer credit, philosophy majors should not assume that philosophy courses taken in a foreign institution will do so.  Philosophy majors interested in doing a semester abroad should be sure, in any case, to consult their academic advisors and the Associate Dean of the School of Philosophy, well in advance of their departure for study abroad.