Chatham University

Transfer of Credit Policies and Articulation Agreements


Prior to matriculation, students are expected to provide official transcripts and any other supporting documentation. Chatham University will review all official college transcripts for undergraduate transfer credit upon admission. The admission's counselor will facilitate the process and the transcripts will be evaluated by an academic affairs designee. Students will receive an official transfer credit evaluation indicating which credits will transfer into the intended degree program. A student will have no more than 14 days to appeal transfer of credit decision in writing to the admissions department.

Chatham University requires undergraduate students to complete a minimum of 40 credits of general education as specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Students transferring to the University who have completed 40 credits of general education at an accredited institution of higher learning will be considered to have completed their general education requirements. Students who transfer to the University without a complete general education curriculum may still be able to reduce their Chatham general education requirements. While the intention of the University is to make the transfer process as easy and as transparent as possible, in some instances it may be necessary for a student to demonstrate that a particular transfer course satisfies Chatham's general education learning outcomes.

All potential transfer credit in progress or completed prior to acceptance to Chatham must be submitted to the University before the student begins courses. This requirement includes all Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses. All official transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.

College-level courses that have reasonable equivalents in the identified program curriculum and in which the student earned a C or better are eligible for transfer. Courses taken as pass/fail will only be considered for credit if it can be verified that a pass grade corresponds with a grade of C or better. A maximum of 90 semester-hour transfer credits will be awarded. All transfer credit used towards a major or minor requirements must have been earned within 10 years of the matriculation date. No more than 50 percent of the credits required in the selected major or minor may be earned through transfer credit.


Graduate Degree-seeking Chatham University students may earn no more than 20% of their degree requirements through the use of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) or transfer courses. PLA credit may be awarded either through the development of a portfolio or by attaining a passing score on a challenge exam. All requests for PLA credit must be made in writing to the appropriate program director. Chatham University will not typically accept credits in transfer that were completed more than 5 years prior to admission to a graduate program at Chatham University. PLA or Transfer of Credit may only be awarded for learning acquired prior to matriculation. Per each program director, PLA may be unavailable or restricted. Please consult with each program director or the Director of Academic Support and PLA for a complete list of approved courses. Any PLA credit assessed will incur a fee in the amount of 50% of the graduate per-credit tuition rate plus college fee. Students will be billed at the time that credit is awarded. The awarding of credit for prior learning occurs upon review of a successful portfolio or other appropriate means and does not coincide with the scheduled offering of a course.


Chatham University offers a variety of articulation agreements.