The Catholic University of America

Prospective Student Transfer Credits

If you are currently enrolled at another college or university, but interested in transferring to CUA to pursue an undergraduate degree in philosophy, please do contact us.
What about the coursework you have already completed? Will it count toward your degree here? There can be no single answer to that question, for it largely depends on the nature of your undergraduate education to date, and the amount of coursework you have done so far. And only after you have applied, been accepted, and provided us with all the relevant documentation will we be able to answer the question in a way that takes account of all the particulars relevant to your case .
Generally speaking, however, there is a very good chance that the majority of your coursework will count toward a CUA degree in philosophy, and quite possible that all of it will do so. Here are some general guidelines.
  1. All coursework for which transfer credit is sought must satisfy the University–wide policy for earning transfer credit.
  2. Undergraduate transfer students who become philosophy majors at CUA must fulfill all the requirements of the School of Philosophy for courses in the major.
  3. Subject to the approval by the Associate Dean, credits earned in courses in philosophy pursued at other institutions will be accepted for undergraduate degrees 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.

The process of evaluating your coursework for transfer credit involves the following steps:


  1. After you have submitted an application to the University, the Admissions Office will work with you to obtain all requisite documentation (college and high school transcripts, letters of reference, and so forth).
  2. If you are accepted into the University, the Admissions Office will forward your completed file to us. The School of Philosophy will oversee the evaluation of all transfer–credits for transfer students enrolled in the School. Students who wish to major in philosophy through the School of Arts & Sciences will have their courses evaluated through that School.
  3. Kindly provide us, or the School of Arts & Sciences, with both a course description and a syllabus for each course that you have taken and are currently taking.
Bear in mind that the entire academic credit–transfer process can take several weeks or longer. The School of Philosophy will notify you when the process is completed, at which time all approved transfer credits will be recorded on your CUA student record.