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Transferring Credits Saves Time & Money

Save time and money on your Capella degree when you transfer credits from regionally accredited or internationally recognized institutions.

Capella students enjoy a shorter and more affordable route to graduation through credit transfer. Approximately 75 percent of bachelor's students receive transfer credit toward their program, with half of them bringing in more than 50 credits. Similarly, 70 percent of doctoral students use credit transfer to save time and money on their program. Except in the case of a combined degree, your master’s program is unable to accept transfer credits from your bachelor’s.

A More Direct Path to Graduation


Capella Students that Received Transfer Credits Toward Their Program

+ Will My Credits Transfer?

Nearly all Capella programs accept transfer credits, with each program specifying the maximum number of transfer credits allowed. Courses will be evaluated against Capella course descriptions and your degree requirements and those courses with significant shared content from regionally accredited or internationally recognized institutions will be applied toward your program.

Capella operates on a 10-week, quarter-based term, making 1 semester credit equal to 1.5 quarter credits in transfer. Transfer credits will be considered regardless of how long ago they were earned, except courses for psychology programs within the Harold Abel School of Psychology — these must have been completed no more than 10 years prior to the date of application to Capella.

Courses must meet Capella's Transfer Credit and Prior Learning Assessment Policy and your program's specific criteria. Below is a basic overview of some factors that will be considered during the credit transfer evaluation. Contact your enrollment counselor at 866.796.6651 or via email for more information.

The Credit Transfer Process

Step 1

As part of your application, you have the option to give permission for Capella to automatically request—and pay for—your official transcripts to evaluate your transfer credits.*

Step 2

Your transcript will be evaluated against Capella's transfer credit and prior learning assessment policy [PDF] and based on factors such as applicability to degree requirements; grade earned; and match to Capella courses per department, title, level, and description of course content.

Step 3

You will receive a transfer credit evaluation, including a summary of the courses that have been accepted for transfer; transfer credit is awarded for those courses.

Step 4

You can appeal your transfer credit evaluation by submitting additional information, including an extended course description and syllabus.

Step 5

You will receive a final appeal determination within 90 calendar days.

Evaluation Factors Yes No Will be Considered
Credit awarded from an academic institution or program that was accredited prior to the applicant’s withdrawal from the institution.
Credit awarded by an institution or program with provisional accreditation at the time the applicant withdrew from the institution.
Credit awarded by another institution’s petition for credit, portfolio assessments, or institution-specific credit by examination.
Credit awarded by other institutions through processes such as transfer, credit by a standardized exam such as CLEP or DSST.
Undergraduate coursework completed with a grade of "C-" or better.
Graduate coursework completed with a grade of "B-" or better.
Graduate-level courses applied toward a previous undergraduate degree.
Vocational courses from technical colleges and programs.
Courses completed outside of the U.S.

*Applicant is responsible for transcript request fee at school(s) that do not allow 3rd party transcript requests.

+ Community College Transfer Agreements

Articulation Agreements: A Simplified Transfer Process

Experience a simplified transfer process and streamlined transition from a two-year to a four-year degree program thanks to articulation agreements. You might also benefit from Capella's alliance partnerships, which include exclusive tuition discounts and grants to save you money as well as time on your program. Email or call an enrollment counselor at 866.796.6651 to learn more.

  • Alamo Colleges, TX
  • Lower Columbia College, WA
  • Madison Area Technical College, WI
  • Normandale Community College (Associate in Nursing), MN
  • St. Clair County Community College, MI
  • Valencia College, FL

+ National Test & ACE Credits

Apply More Credits to Your Bachelor's Program

The following nationally recognized programs may provide additional credit toward a Capella bachelor's degree program. Minimum scores may be required.

  • Advanced Placement examinations
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations
  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
  • ACE-recommended learning experiences including those earned through the military, Sophia Learning for college credit, StraighterLine, and many more

+ Credit for Prior Learning & Experience

To recognize what you’ve previously accomplished, Capella offers multiple opportunities to earn credit from prior learning and knowledge as well as professional certifications. To learn more about earning credit for your prior knowledge or industry-recognized certification, contact an enrollment counselor at 866.796.6651, or email us for more information.