Transfer Student Policies

Transfer CreditsCalifornia Intercontinental University’s Transfer Credit policy is consistent with the transfer credit policies of the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) and the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).


Transfer Students and Credits

California Intercontinental University may award up to 90 semester units of transferable college level credit for the bachelor’s degree, up to 22 graduate credit units for the master degree and up to 9 graduate credit units for the doctorate degree.

Transfer Credits at Online Colleges

Transfer students must meet the admission requirements in effect at the time of matriculation and must comply with the same admission procedures for each degree program as mentioned above. Upon admission, academic credits documented on official transcripts and earned at other approved or accredited educational institutions will be evaluated by the Registrar and be given transfer credit (TC) only upon a course-by-course evaluation for similar topic and content and for courses closely approximating the units or instructional hours as those offered by California Intercontinental University. Credits earned at the undergraduate level cannot be transferred to graduate courses. Similarly, credits earned in master courses cannot be transferred to doctoral courses.

  • Evaluation and award of Transfer Credit (TC) may be allowed for courses taken at approved or accredited institutions that are recognized by the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Education and/or an institutional member of CHEA. TC cannot be granted for courses with a “D” grade (on a 4.00 scale) or lower toward California Intercontinental University undergraduate courses. TC for graduate courses requires a minimal grade of “B” or higher. All courses must have been completed within ten years to be considered for TC.
  • Applicable courses taken for credit at international or foreign institutions must be evaluated by an approved Credential Evaluation Agency before TC award can be considered. The official evaluation must be received by California Intercontinental University before transfer credits to be considered.
  • California Intercontinental University reserves the right to award or deny TC earned at another institution.
  • Previously earned doctoral academic credits may be transferred to California Intercontinental University to meet existing course and graduation requirements. A maximum of 9 credit Units may be granted as transfer credits.
  • Transfer Credit will not count in the Grade Point Average.


Transfer CreditsThe transferability of credits earned at California Intercontinental University is at the complete discretion of an institution to which students may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree earned from California Intercontinental University is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which students may seek to transfer. If the degree earned at California Intercontinental University is not accepted by an institution, transferring students may be required to repeat some or all of their coursework at that institution. For this reason students should ascertain that their attendance at this institution will meet their educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which they may seek to transfer after attending California Intercontinental University to evaluate transfer options.


A maximum of 30 semester units of a prospective student’s coursework may be earned by credits based on Prior Learning (Experiential) or by:

  1. CLEP (College Level Examination Program) tests
  2. DANTES (Defense Activity for Non Education Support) tests
  3. American College Testing (PEP) (Proficiency Examination Program) exams
  4. American Council of Education
  5. Military Training (AARTS/SMART transcripts)

College units earned through these tests or exams must be evidenced in official transcripts of the college or university administering them, or by any other official documents reflecting the units and grades received. Students must submit a “Request for Experiential Credit Form” for a specific course upon enrollment and provide a more succinct and detailed explanation of a particular occupational experience or documentation related to the nature of the training (educational seminars or lectures, company sponsored programs, military schools, etc.) that are relevant to the course identified for possible experiential credit award. Students will be required to write an essay to document the learning experience. Upon review of the relevant information or documents submitted, the Office will determine whether to award full or partial credit for the course. A non-refundable submission fee of $100 is payable for assessing credits for prior learning experience. A per-credit unit fee is payable upon award of the credit.

California Intercontinental University uses guidelines and reference materials published by The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs, The Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, and The Guidelines of the Council for the Advancement of Experiential Learning to award academic credit for relevant prior learning or Experiential Learning.

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