Webster Undergraduate Transfer
Webster University evaluates coursework completed at accredited colleges/universities or postsecondary institutions for acceptance as transfer credit. In addition, students may have other previous learning experiences (such as corporate or military training) evaluated for credit. Official transcripts and other documentation of all previous study must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the time of application.
The University accepts a maximum of 98 credit hours of transfer work toward a bachelor’s degree unless that work includes significant lower-division work, in which case the following may apply.
The University accepts a maximum of 64 credit hours from any combination of the following:
- Community colleges, unless the credits are part of a successfully completed associate’s degree program from a regionally accredited institution.
- Credit hours completed in programs designated by Webster University as lower division.
- Credit hours included in the 32-credit-hour maximum awarded for first year (freshman) work earned through any combination of International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, CLEP General Exams, and other designated 13th year programs normally completed prior to enrollment at the University.
- Standardized tests designated as lower division.
Duplicate coursework does not transfer. Transfer credit hours do not count toward the University’s residency requirement. Webster University’s residency requirement is the completion of 30 credit hours of the last 36 credit hours prior to graduation.
Evaluation of Transfer Credit
The Office of the Registrar conducts the transfer-of-credit-hour evaluation. Transfer credit normally includes:
- College-level work completed at accredited institutions. The University accepts as transfer credit college-level work satisfactorily completed with a grade of C or better. Courses completed with a grade of D have severe transfer restrictions and generally are not applicable toward graduation requirements at Webster.
- Standardized tests conducted external to Webster. These include ACT-PEP; Excelsior College Ex-aminations; CLEP; DANTES; GED College Level; and USAFI. Because this credit is normally designated lower division, no more than 64 credit hours are transferable. Academic departments approve area exams, establish possible course equivalencies, determine acceptable test scores, and determine the amount and level of credit. These exams are used to assess prior college-level learning and should be completed in the early stages of enrollment at the University. Standardized exams are not approved for upper-class students.
- Extra-institutional credit. The University awards transfer credit for selected military and corporate training programs that have been reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE). For information, see this section below.
- Associate’s degrees. The University always attempts to provide full transfer of successfully completed associate’s degrees from regionally accredited institutions. When part of a completed associate’s degree, transfer credit may include pass/fail courses, advanced placement, credit by examination, dual credit, and experiential learning credits. The integrity of the associate’s degree will not be invalidated by these components, and transfer credit will be provided according to existing academic policies.
General Education Transfer
Webster University maintains policies and guidelines that promote and facilitate student transfer to the University, including transfer coursework applicable to general education requirements. Students who have completed an approved associate of arts degree will have satisfied Webster University’s general education requirement. Students who have completed an approved general education program in Missouri (the “CBHE Model general education program”), or the equivalent in other states where Webster University holds articulation agreements (IGETC in California), will have satisfied Webster University’s general education requirement. Completion of the general education program must be verified or documented on the sending institution’s official transcript. Students transferring to Webster University without completion of an associate of arts degree will have their previous college-level coursework evaluated on a course-by-course basis for equivalency with Webster University’s general education requirement.
Transfer of Associate of Arts Degree
The associate of arts degree is designed as a transfer degree into a four-year baccalaureate program. The University provides full transfer of all coursework successfully completed as part of an associate of arts degree awarded by a regionally accredited institution. While students with associate’s degrees typically transfer 64 credit hours–approximately the first two years of the baccalaureate educational experience–no limit exists on the maximum number of credit hours which may be transferred as part of the completed associate of arts degree. Transfer of additional lower-division credit beyond the associate’s degree is restricted. Transfer students must meet the University’s minimum residency programmatic and graduation requirements. For students with multiple associate’s degrees, the University will use the first degree received as the basis for transfer credit evaluation.
Transfer of Other Associate’s Degrees
The University provides full transfer credit for specialized associate’s degrees (associate of science, associate of fine arts, etc.) successfully completed at regionally accredited institutions. If completion of a required general education program is documented on the official transcript, the transfer student will have satisfied the University’s general education requirement.
Additionally, the University maintains many program-by-program articulation agreements to assist transfer students. Transfer without a degree is evaluated on a course-by-course basis subject to the University’s policies regarding lower-division programs.
Community College Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Nursing Programs
Through articulation agreements, Webster University accepts credit hours for all required courses for a completed A.A.S. program in nursing. This may include credit hours advanced by the community college for licensed practical nurse (L.P.N.) advanced placement.
Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree (AAT)
The University provides full transfer credit for all college-level coursework completed as part of the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT ) degree. Students successfully completing the A.A.T degree from a community college in the State of Missouri, or from another regionally accredited institution, will receive full transfer credit of their AAT program towards completion of a bachelors degree at Webster University in teacher education, and acceptance of their completion of an equivalent general education program. Students must complete the remaining degree requirements of the University, as well as the applicable teacher certification requirements for their chosen program(s).
Webster University maintains articulation agreements and policies for awarding undergraduate credit hours for selected categories of extra-institutional learning. These agreements, including special conditions or restrictions that apply, are outlined in the Webster University Direct Transfer Guideline book and include the following:
- U.S. military training or credits based on the recommendations of the American C
ouncil on Education (ACE). Students are encouraged to use the Army/ACE Registry Transcript System (AARTS) for documentation. Official documentation of training is required.
- In-service training programs as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). Official documentation of successful completion must be submitted when requesting credit hours. Credit hours for in-service programs can be applied only once in the pursuit of degrees offered by Webster University and cannot duplicate credit hours previously earned.
- Registered nurses who do not wish to enter the BSN program, and who have completed an accredited nursing program, may receive up to 30 transfer credit hours for each year of their diploma program. These students must petition for acceptance as a major in a major other than nursing or design an individualized area of concentration (IAOC).
- A successfully completed Casa Dia Montessori (National Center for Montessori Education member school) certificate program may be accepted for 30 transfer credit hours toward degree requirements only. Students interested in state teacher certification will have to be assessed through Webster University’s experiential and individualized learning program to have the Montessori learning counted for certification. Students are required to schedule an appointment with the coordinator of teacher certification at Webster to review state teacher certification requirements.