Academic Credit Guidelines
Transfer of Credit
Notwithstanding other policies in the MUSC academic bulletin related to the number of credits a student may transfer from other institutions into MUSC degree programs, it is the policy of MUSC that appropriately qualified faculty, as determined by the dean of the college, are responsible for determining which earned coursework may be transferred in or otherwise be applied for credit toward a MUSC degree. This discretion includes determining limitations based on the age of prior coursework. Faculty in each academic program are encouraged to set an upper limit of the age of credits to be accepted. MUSC does not award academic credit for non-credited coursework. The MUSC transcript will show total units credited in transfer with mention of specific courses, and institution of origin but not grades. Regardless of the number of credits awarded, transfer students are expected to complete a core of courses at the Medical University.
At least 25 percent of semester credit hours applied toward a MUSC undergraduate degree, and at least 33 percent of semester credit hours applied toward a MUSC graduate degree must be earned through instruction by the University.
Credit used for Multiple Degrees
It is MUSC’s policy that academic credit used to successfully earn one degree cannot be re-used for a subsequent degree. The only exception to this policy is for combined degree programs where the curriculum is designed to lead to more than one degree. This policy covers credit earned while at MUSC as well as credit from other institutions where it was previously used to meet the requirements for an earned degree. Such coursework will not be transferred for MUSC-transcripted credit. Credit earned in excess of the minimum required for an earned degree may be applied towards another degree.
Waived Credit for a Second Degree at the Same Academic Level
No more than 50 percent of the credits required for a degree may be waived if a student seeks to earn a second degree at the same academic level. Credits may only be waived when the knowledge or skill set acquired in the first degree parallels competency in the second degree. A program may allow or require the student to retake coursework if the subject matter has evolved over time, or to take alternative relevant coursework. Decisions regarding waiving coursework are made on an individual student basis, following policies and procedures of the college that offers the degree. Waived coursework is not reflected in a student’s transcript.
Waived Credit for an Advanced Degree in the Same Field
A student enrolled in a doctoral program who has already earned a master’s degree from MUSC in the same field may have up to 50% of the doctoral curriculum waived if that coursework was previously earned as part of the master’s degree. Examples include MHA to DHA; MSN to DNP; MS Biomedical Sciences to Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences. A program may allow or require the student to retake coursework if the subject matter has evolved over time, or to take alternative relevant coursework. Decisions regarding waiving coursework are made on an individual student basis following policies and procedures of the college that offers the doctoral degree. Waived coursework is not reflected in a student's transcript.
Credit by Examination
Under rare and exceptional circumstances, a program may allow a student to sit for an examination/assessment in order to exempt participating in a course. Such exemptions are represented on the student’s transcript with a grade of XC, and do not contribute to the student’s full/part-time academic load or GPA.