Transfer of Credit Policy

Will my credits transfer to Morningside?

Yes—credits that you have earned at a regionally accredited college or university may be transferred to Morningside.

However, only courses for which you received the grade of "C-" (1.7) or better will be accepted as part of the general studies, major, minor, or cluster requirements.

(Please note that some state and national accreditation agencies require some departments to have higher minimum standards, e.g., nursing).

Courses which you completed and received a grade of less than "C-" may be used as elective credits only.

What about failing grades?

Failing grades will be calculated to determine financial aid status, but no failing grades will be transcribed.

Will my transferred credits affect my Morningside GPA?

Courses and corresponding grades which are eligible for transfer will be listed on the Morningside transcript, but will not be included in any grade point calculations.

What about quarter-hour (0.25-hour) credits?

Quarter hours (0.25 hours) do not transfer to exact semester credits. Equivalency in those cases will be determined by the Registrar with consultation, if necessary, with the Dean of the College and the relevant academic department chair.

What if my institution isn't accredited?

Credits earned at non-accredited institutions may be considered for transfer on a case-by-case basis, and the student will be expected to provide documentation (e.g., syllabus, texts, instructor qualifications).

For the most part, credits earned at proprietary schools (e.g. business, technical, vocational, and trade schools) will not transfer to Morningside.

How many credits can I transfer to Morningside?

A maximum of 94 semester credits in transfer will be accepted toward an undergraduate degree.

A maximum of 62 semester credits will be accepted from an accredited two-year community or junior college.

No more than 16 semester credits (24 quarter hours) of technical or vocational courses will be accepted toward a baccalaureate degree.

Once a student reaches junior standing, only courses at 200 level or above from a four-year accredited college or university will be accepted for transfer credit.

How will I know which courses will count toward my degree?

Courses that satisfy general studies or major/minor requirements in each Morningside degree program must be equivalent in methodology, subject matter, level of instruction, and requirements to the same, or similar, courses at Morningside.

The registrar will determine equivalency by consulting with the dean of the college and the chairs of academic departments within which the courses are offered for credit.

What about my electives?

Courses submitted as transfer credit for open electives are not subject to the "equivalency test." They are, however, subject to approval by the dean of the college and the registrar.

How many credits will I need to get my degree from Morningside?

When all is said and done, you must meet the minimum of 124 semester credits required for a baccalaureate degree from Morningside College.


If you have any questions that aren’t covered here, please contact us or call our transfer counselor at 800-831-0806, x5190.

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