Transfer Credit

Transfer credit is not an option for MA, LLM, MIB, MATA and PhD candidates. The only exception is for MIB candidates enrolled in exchange or joint degree programs.

MALD students may petition the Committee on Student Academic Programs (CSAP) for transfer credit and if approved will be eligible to reduce their course enrollment at Fletcher. GBA students may petition for up to nine credits of transfer credit, which may be applied to elective courses only. It is expected that students will petition for transfer credit at least three months prior to the semester when they plan to reduce their enrollment so the Registrar’s Office can accurately manage the student’s future enrollment and tuition charges. Students who reduce their enrollment after the start of the term will be subject to the University Refund Policy.

Transfer credit approved by CSAP will not be entered on the Fletcher transcript until 50% of the Fletcher program has been completed and an official transcript is received.

Petitions for transfer credit will be reviewed providing:

  • The course was taken at an accredited graduate school and is comparable to course offerings at Fletcher
  • The student was registered as a graduate student at the time the coursework was completed
  • The grade received is a B- or better and an official transcript is submitted
  • A course description, reading list, or bibliography are submitted
  • The course is evaluated and approved by a Fletcher faculty member who offers coursework in this area
  • The student presents a strong justification as to the relevance of the proposed transfer credit to their academic program at Fletcher
  • The courses were not offered toward a prior degree
  • If transferring multiple courses, all courses and supporting material are presented as a complete package at one time
  • Online courses are allowed for transfer credit with the approval of a Fletcher faculty member

Dual-degree candidates

Students may transfer no more than the equivalent of four courses (including cross-registered courses taken while enrolled at Fletcher) for MALD degree requirements. The only exception to the four-course limit applies to official participants in Fletcher’s degree programs with the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and the University of St. Gallen.

Dual degree candidates are cautioned that courses they plan to offer for transfer credit should not be taken during the same semester that they intend to graduate from Fletcher. Due to differences in academic calendars, the final grades and official transcripts for these courses may not reach the Registrar’s Office in time for degree approval that semester. Dual degree students are also cautioned that transferred courses may not be offered to meet breadth requirements.