Transfer credit and test credit
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UMKC accepts credit in transfer from regionally accredited institutions of recognized standing, both public and private. There are six regional associations, each named after the region in which it operates (Middle States, New England, North Central, Northwest, Southern, Western). Your GPA does not transfer to UMKC unless you are transferring from another University of Missouri school. Transfer work will not be posted to your UMKC academic record until we have received official transcripts directly from the transferring school or in a sealed envelope. Transfer work is only posted for students working toward their first bachelor's degree.
Transfer Credit FAQ
- All undergraduate college coursework attempted at accredited institutions will be recorded on the UMKC transcript of students seeking an undergraduate degree, regardless of whether or not it is applicable to a UMKC degree. Credit accepted from another institution may or may not be applicable to specific degree programs. The University reserves the right to make the decision regarding applicability.
- Courses that are remedial, preparatory or non-college-level will not be added to the total hours or used to satisfy degree requirements. The Registrar's Office will refer to the transcript key or catalog of the sending institution in making a determination as to the level or purpose of the course in question.
- Transferred courses will be considered upper-division (junior-senior level) and count toward the total number of upper-division hours required if they are earned at a four-year institution and designated by that institution's course numbering system as upper-division courses.
- A transferred course will retain the original number of credit hours for which it was taken at the previous institution, even if the equivalent UMKC course is worth a different number of hours.
- Courses transferred from institutions that award quarter hours will be converted into semester hours at the rate of 1/4 hour = 2/3 semester hour.
- In general, courses with a grade of D or higher will receive full credit in transfer. For some degree programs, a course with a grade of D may not be used to satisfy specific requirements. A transfer student would be required to repeat a specified course on the same basis as a "native" UMKC student who earned a D in the equivalent course.
- Coursework of any age will be accepted in transfer to satisfy general education requirements and electives. If transfer credit is more than 15 years old, or of a specific technical or scientific nature, students may be required to repeat courses that are part of a major or field concentration. Individual UMKC academic units may impose more restrictive coursework age requirements.
- Non-University of Missouri System grades and grade points do not transfer, although the grades earned in transfer courses are printed on the transcript. An admission grade point average that considers all attempted coursework is computed at the time of application, and an overall GPA will be computed at any time a student applies for admission to a more selective program within the University. The UMKC transcript reflects the total number of accepted hours earned from all sources, but only calculates the UMKC/UM grade point average. Students transferring into UMKC with a certified core should see the appropriate School or College section of this catalog for requirements beyond the core to complete a specific baccalaureate degree.
In order for your transfer credit to be posted to your UMKC academic record, we must receive an official transcript from each institution you have previously attended.
Official transcripts are those sent directly to an employer or another institution of higher education or to any third party on behalf of the student. If the student receives the transcript before the third party, it is no longer considered by us to be official.
Transcripts sent to UMKC are considered official if they are received in a sealed envelope by the Office of Admissions or sent electronically to the Office of Admissions through either Docufide or eScrip-Safe.
Credit by Examination
Test credit will not be posted to your UMKC academic record until official scores are received directly from the testing agency. Test scores should be sent to the UMKC Admissions Office at 5100 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO, 64110. Only 30 hours of test credit can be applied towards your degree.
Students may gain credit for specific UMKC courses by earning the appropriate score on the one of these exams:
- The Advanced Placement Program of the College Board is accepted by UMKC.
- UMKC awards credit for specific scores (noted below) on certain Advanced Placement exams.
|Test name||Required score||UMKC course||UMKC hours|
|Art History||3||Fine Arts Elective||3|
|Art/Studio-General||3||Studio Art Elective||3|
|Art/Studio-Drawing Portfolio||3||Studio Art Elective||3|
|Calculus AB||3||Mathematics 210||4|
|Calculus BC||3||Mathematics 210 and 220||8|
Prior to May 2012:
Chemistry 211, 211L, 212R, 212LR
After May 2012:
Chemistry 115, 115L
Chemistry 211, 211L
Chemistry 211, 211L, 212R, 212LR
|Comparative Govt. Politics||3||Political Science 220||3|
|Econ Macro||4||Econ 201||3|
|Econ Micro||4||Econ 202||3|
|English Language and Composition||4||English 110||3|
|English Literature and Composition||4||English 204||3|
|European History||3||History 201 and 202||6|
|French Language||3||French 110 and 120||10|
|French Literature||3||French Elective||3|
|German Language||3||German 110 and 120||10|
|Latin/Literature||3||Latin 110, 120, and 211||13|
|Latin/Virgil||3||Latin 110 and 120||10|
|Music Theory*||4||Cons 121||3|
|Music Theory*||5||Cons 121 and 122||6|
|Physics B||3||Physics 210 and 220||8|
|Physics C -- Mechanics||3||Physics 240||5|
|Physics C -- E and M||3||Physics 250||5|
|Spanish Language||3||Spanish 110 and 120||10|
|Spanish Literature||3||Spanish Elective||3|
|US Govt. Politics||3||Political Science 210||3|
|US History||3||History 101 and 102||6|
|World History||3||History 208||3|
*A total of six hours is given for the higher score
- The CLEP examinations are acceptable for credit in certain areas of study.
- UMKC awards credit for specific scores (noted below) on the following CLEP subject exams.
- Credit is not given for any of the five CLEP general exams.
- No CLEP subject exam may be taken in the final 30 hours of coursework leading to a degree.
- Students should consult their academic adviser to determine the acceptability of CLEP credit in meeting specific degree requirements.
|Test name||Required Score||UMKC course||UMKC hours|
|American Government||50||Political Science 210||3|
|History of the US I||50||History 101||3|
|History of the US II||50||History 102||3|
|Western Civilization I||50||History 201||3|
|Western Civilization II||50||History 202||3|
|Principles of Macroeconomics||50||Econ 201||3|
|Principles of Microeconomics||50||Econ 202||3|
|Introductory Psychology||50||Psych 210||3|
|College Algebra||50||Math 110||3|
|College Algebra/Trig||50||Math 120||3|
|French Language||50||French 110 and 120||10|
|German Language||50||German 110 and 120||10|
|Spanish Language||50||Spanish 110 and 120||10|
- International Baccalaureate Examinations are tests taken as the culmination of a special high school study program.
- UMKC will grant credit to students who have passed the higher level exams with the required score(s) shown below.
|Test name||Score required||UMKC course||UMKC hours|
|Chemistry||5||Chemistry 211, 211L, 212R and 212LR||10|
|Economics||5||Economics 201 and 202||6|
|English A1||5||English Lit Elective||3|
|French B||5||French 110 and 120||10|
|German B||5||German 110 and 120||10|
|History of Americas||5||History 208||3|
|Latin||5||Latin 110 and 120||10|
|Physics||5||Physics 210 and 220||8|
|Social Anthro||5||Sociology 103||3|
|Spanish B||5||Spanish 110 and 120||10|
Credit by departmental examination may be earned if a student has previous knowledge or proficiency in an area of study and arranges to take a departmentally administered examination. The department involved must be willing to offer a test that measures the same level of proficiency as is required to earn credit for enrollment in the course. Before taking a departmental examination, students must register in the UMKC Registration and Records office and obtain a Credit by Departmental Examination Form. The charge for attempting credit by departmental exam is equal to one credit hour.
Eligibility for credit by departmental examination requires:
- Enrolling as a degree-seeking student at UMKC in the same semester in which the student wishes to take the examination;
- Taking the departmental examination by the end of that same term;
- Not having audited or attempted the course for credit in the last three terms, and earning at least a grade of C on the exam.
- A maximum of 30 hours from these programs may be used toward completing undergraduate degree requirements. Eligibility to receive credit by examination does not guarantee its applicability to degree programs. The official credit by examination policy of each school and college is available from the appropriate advising office.
- Credit can only be awarded based upon official score reports sent to UMKC. Credit will not be awarded based upon scores reported on previous college or university transcripts, nor from student copies of score reports. Official score reports may be sent to the following address:
Registration and Records Office
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Rd. Kansas City, MO 64110
How do I sign up for the tests?
- The International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement Programs (AP) are administered through high schools. For information about these programs, students should consult their counselor or principal or contact AP by e-mail at email@example.com or at their Web site by visiting www.collegeboard.com, or call 888-CALL-4-AP.
- The College Level Examination Program is administered through testing centers. For information about CLEP, write:
P.O. Box 6601
Princeton, NJ 08541-6601
Or contact CLEP by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at their Web site by visiting www.collegeboard.com, or call 609-771-7865. You may contact the UMKC Testing Center at 206 SSB, 5100 Rockhill Rd. Kansas City, MO 64110-2499 or call them at 816-235-1635.
How do I transfer the test credit?
- When official score reports are received, the credit will automatically be added to individual student records. Test credit will not be posted to your UMKC academic record until official scores are received directly from the testing agency. Test scores should be sent to the UMKC Admissions Office at 5100 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO, 64110.
- The equivalencies on this page are what is currently accepted at UMKC. Students who have credit for prior terms may have slightly different course equivalencies.
- Students should consult the advising office of the UMKC school or college in which they are enrolled or plan to enroll to determine the applicability of credit by examination to their degree program. Only 30 hours of test credit can be applied towards your degree.