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Get ahead with transfer credits

You’ve already put a lot of hard work into your studies. Learn how you can potentially save time and money on your Capella degree by transferring credits from an accredited university.

The transfer credit process

To find out if your previous university credits will apply to your Capella program, there are three steps to the process:

Step One | Obtain your official transcripts

As part of your application, you have the option to give Capella permission to request your official transcripts from other schools on your behalf.*

*Capella will not be able to obtain your transcript if there is a hold on your record from another university.

Step Two | Capella evaluation

Your previous coursework will be evaluated based on applicability to degree requirements, grade earned, and how closely it matches our courses per department, title, level, credits, and description of course content. Courses without a direct Capella match may be evaluated as electives in programs that include electives.*

*Note: Degree levels and programs have maximum transfer credit limits. See Transfer Credit and Prior Learning Assessment Policy for details.

Step Three | Summary of evaluation

You’ll receive an email with a summary of the courses that have been accepted for transfer, each time we receive a new official transcript.

Work with your enrollment counselor if you have questions about your evaluation or if you wish to explore options for any non-accepted credits.

Looking for another way to save time and money?

We offer the opportunity to earn credit for knowledge gained outside of a standard college course through our prior learning assessments.

Will my credits transfer?

Eligible transfer credit:

  • Credit awarded from an academic institution or program that was accredited prior to the applicant’s withdrawal from the institution
  • Undergraduate coursework completed with a grade of "C-" or better
  • Graduate coursework completed with a grade of "B-" or better

Not eligible for transfer credit:

  • Credit awarded by another institution’s petition for credit, portfolio assessments, or institution-specific credit by examination
  • Graduate-level courses applied toward a previous undergraduate degree

Credit that will be considered:

  • Credit awarded by an institution or program with provisional accreditation at the time the applicant withdrew from the institution
  • Credit awarded by other institutions through processes such as transfer, credit by a standardized exam such as CLEP or DSST
  • Vocational courses from technical colleges and programs
  • Courses completed outside of the U.S


Credit toward your bachelor’s program

Capella lets you transfer previous college credit to cover up to 75% of your bachelor’s degree, saving you significant time and money.

Some nationally recognized programs may also be applied for credit toward a Capella bachelor’s degree program. Minimum scores may be required.

Recognized programs:

  • Advanced Placement examinations
  • International Baccalaureate examinations
  • College-Level Examination Program
  • DANTES Subject Standardized Tests
  • ACE-recommended learning experiences including those earned through the military, Sophia for College Credit, StraighterLine, and many more

Take the next step

Your questions are unique—like you. Talk with someone who gets it. Our team of counselors, coaches, advisors, and faculty are here to provide the support you need throughout your journey.