City University of Sioux Falls welcomes applications from transfer students from other higher education institutes. CUSF’s policy is to help each incoming student transfer the maximum number of applicable credits, minimizing course repetition and ensuring appropriate course selection.
The City University of Sioux Falls Transfer Policies are:
1. Minimal acceptable grades are: ‘B’ for Master’s programs.
2. City University of Sioux Falls does not discriminate credit transfer on the source of accreditation of the sending institution.
3. Types of course that will be considered, including any courses offered outside of an institutional setting, such as those offered by the military, in the workplace, through apprenticeship and/or training programs, or other such programs recognized by the American Council on Education’s Center for Adult Learning and Education Credentials programs.
4. City University of Sioux Falls accepts earning credit through examinations such as the ACT Proficiency Examination Program (PEP), the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) program and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Subject Standardized Testing (DSST), widely accepted industry certification, or institution-developed tests.
5. To be eligible for transfer credit, official transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by the end of the student's first quadmester of study. Student must submit all official college transcripts from each college attended prior to CUSF. Transcripts must be in English. The student is responsible for providing official translations from an appropriate, competent third party service; or are translated into English by a trained, qualified transcript evaluator fluent in the original language on the transcript.
6. City University of Sioux Falls will only accept credits within the most recent 7 years or fewer. The maximum numbers of credit transfer are:
A maximum of one-half of the credits required for master’s degrees may be given through transfer credit or a combination of transfer credit and experiential or equivalent credit (including challenge/test out credits). For no student, however, may the credit given for experiential or equivalent learning (including challenge/test out credits) exceed one-fourth of the credits required for a degree.
7. Transfer credit is evaluated in relationship to the desired degree program. Only credit which is applicable to the degree program requested will be accepted in transfer. Once enrolled in a CUSF degree program, a student may not take courses elsewhere and apply them for transfer credit, except in extenuating circumstances and when permission is granted by the Academic Dean’s office.
8. Documentation that is required, e.g., transcript, catalog, syllabi, or course outlines.
9. Student must submit all official college transcripts from each college attended prior to CUSF. Transcripts must be in English. The student is responsible for providing official translations from an appropriate, competent third party service; or are translated into English by a trained, qualified transcript evaluator fluent in the original language on the transcript. In either case, the evaluator or the service must have expertise in the educational practices of the country of origin. They must include an English translation, along with the original transcript. Both documents must be on file at the University. The transcript(s) should be received 30 days prior to the student's start date at the university.
10. If a student does not agree with CUSF’s decision on the granting of credit that he/she earned at a prior higher education institution, he/she has the right to submit an appeal to the Admissions Office. Once all of the required information is received, the expectation is that the Admissions Office will provide he/she with a written response within 15 business days. If the decision finds merit to change the course to meet a major requirement, the Admissions Office will notify the student, the Department Chair will see that the change is made to the student record. If the decision is unchanged, the student may take the appeal to the Academic Dean by submitting in writing along with requested materials. The Academic Dean will respond to the appeal within five business days from receipt of the completed appeal application. The decision made by the Academic Dean is final.
11. There is no fees for evaluation, or granting transfer of credit.