Transfer & PBU Credits

Credit Acceptance Policy

Master’s Degrees

Upon approval by the graduate program and the Graduate Division, the following may be applied toward master’s degree requirements:

  1. credits earned for post-baccalaureate courses at an accredited institution of higher education,
  2. credits earned as a post-baccalaureate unclassified (PBU) student at UHM. A PBU student is one who holds a bachelor’s degree and who enrolls at the university as an unclassified student.

Doctorates

Transfer credits and UHM PBU credits are NOT applicable toward doctorate requirements.

Graduate Certificates

Transfer credits are NOT applicable toward graduate certificate requirements. However, up to six UHM PBU credits may be applied.

Credit Petition Procedure

To transfer credits or to apply UHM PBU credits, submit the appropriate petition form to the Office of Graduate Student Services. Note the policies below:

Deadline for Petition Submission

For new master’s students, submit the petition during the first semester of enrollment at UHM.

For current UHM master’s students who subsequently study at another institution and who plan to transfer the credits to UHM, obtain advance approval from the graduate program and the Graduate Division.

Required Supporting Documents

Attach the following to the petition:
  • an official transcript and transcript guide of the credits being transferred
  • a course syllabus (if transferring credits to substitute for a required course)
  • certification by the graduate program as to the equivalent course level of credits (if transferring credits from a non-U.S. institution)

Maximum Number of Transfer Credits

  • Regardless of the number of credits transferred, more than half of the total number of credits used to fulfill master’s degree requirements must be earned at UHM while enrolled as a classified graduate student. For example, if the master’s degree requires 30 credits total, 16 or more credits must be earned at UHM while enrolled as a classified graduate student.
  • For non-UHM credits earned after enrolling at UHM as a graduate student, up to nine credits may be transferred, with advance approval by the graduate program and the Graduate Division.
  • Regardless of the number of credits transferred, the minimum residence requirements must be met. See Degree Requirements > Residence.
Conversion of Credits Quarter credits are converted to semester credits by using the formula: 2/3 x quarter credits = semester credits, rounding off to the lower whole number. Conversion is made by the Office of Graduate Student Services.
Minimum Required Grade For transfer credits from another institution, only credits with a grade of B- or above are transferable. UHM PBU credits are subject to regular grading policies. See Grades & Regulations > Grading Policies.
Non-Transferable Credits
  • credits with grades of S, Cr, and P or any equivalent grade
  • credits earned for directed reading/research (x99) or thesis
  • credits more than seven years old
  • credits used to earn a previous degree
Course Substitution Restrictions Transfer credits may not be used to fulfill practicum, seminar or thesis requirements, or more than half of the required courses numbered 600 and above.