Troy University
SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation
3.6.3 The majority of credits toward a graduate or a post-baccalaureate professional degree are earned through instruction offered by the institution awarding the degree. In the case of graduate and post-baccalaureate professional degree programs offered through joint, cooperative, or consortia arrangements, the student earns a majority of credits through instruction offered by the participating institutions. (See Commission policy “The Transfer or Transcripting of Academic Credit.”) (Institutional credits for a degree)
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Troy University is in compliance with this requirement.

The majority of credits required to award a graduate degree at Troy University are earned by taking courses at the University. The minimum degree completion requirement for any graduate program is 30 semester hours. The maximum number of graduate credit hours allowed in transfer, from another regionally accredited institution, may not exceed 12 semester hours. The least number of semester hours taken at the University when accepting the maximum of 12 semester hours in transfer, into a 30 semester hour program is 24 semester hours, or 60 percent must be taken in residence at the University. While Troy recognizes the quality of other educational institutions and programs, there are departmental standards that further limit the amount of credit acceptable in transfer.

Chart 1: Percentage of Graduate Transfer Credits Accepted provides a complete list of the degree programs offered, semester hour requirements for each degree, and the maximum semester hours accepted in transfer for each program.

Transfer courses must be comparable in catalog description and/or course syllabus and must be approved by the appropriate full-time graduate faculty teaching in the discipline, the department chair, dean of the college, and Dean of the Graduate School. If the Troy University program holds specialized accreditation, all courses taken at another institution will be reviewed to ensure that they also comply with specialized accreditation requirements.

To further ensure comparability, only transfer credit hours in which grades of A or B are earned will be considered. To ensure that the earned degree represents current knowledge, all credits used to satisfy the requirement of a master’s degree must be earned within eight years, except for graduate nursing courses, which may not exceed five years.

Troy’s policies to ensure the quality and integrity of graduate degrees and certificate programs require that any credits earned at other accredited institutions cannot be applied without the review of the faculty from the discipline, dean of the program and Dean of the Graduate School to ensure their equivalence. A limit of six semester hours from a previously earned master’s degree may be applied to a second master’s degree with departmental approval. Students may only petition for the transfer of credits from other accredited universities after they have achieved unconditional admission to the program of study and have completed at least six semester hours with Troy. In addition to accepting transfer credit from accredited universities, Troy University awards transfer credit for specific Professional Military Education (PME) courses completed at select military service schools for which credit is recommended by the American Council on Education and approved by each appropriate college’s dean and discipline faculty.

Reporting Transfer Credit on Troy Transcripts

Troy University identifies approved transfer credit on the Troy transcripts by posting the words “Transfer Credit" and the name of the institution at which the transfer credit was earned on the student's academic transcript.

This allows all transfer credit to be identified in the degree audit system (also known as the Trojan Web Express academic evaluation) as well as on the student’s transcript as transfer credit, rather than institutional credit.

Only courses approved by the appropriate academic unit are accepted for transfer. Transfer credit at the graduate level must be approved by the dean of the college and the Dean of the Graduate School in addition to full-time graduate faculty within the respective disciplines.

The University Registrar ensures all members of the registrar and records office staff at all campuses are updated and trained regularly on the approval of transfer credit to Troy University. Selected members of the records office staff are tasked with a primary purpose of processing transfer credit. This group of evaluators staffs the Academic Evaluation Center. The University Registrar regularly meets with all members of the staff and conducts formal meetings as well as part of the Registration Management Committee.

Joint, Cooperative, or Consortia Arrangements

Troy University is not engaged in any joint, cooperative or consortia arrangements for delivery of graduate programs. The Master of Science in Nursing program, however, is engaged in a collaborative agreement with two universities for delivery of specifically identified graduate level nursing courses. These arrangements have been directed by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. The Jacksonville State University Memorandum of Understanding and the Auburn University/Auburn University at Montgomery Memorandum of Understanding are provided.

Jacksonville State University has students who take three online courses, and Auburn University at Montgomery has students who take two online courses.

Collaborative Agreements Held
Program Agreement Institution
Master of Science in Nursing Collaborative – 3 courses provided by Troy University Jacksonville State University
Master of Science in Nursing Collaborative – 2 courses provided by Troy University Auburn University / Auburn University at Montgomery


Administrative structures ensure that at least 60 percent of credits that contribute to a graduate degree awarded by Troy University are earned at Troy University. While there is some accommodation to accept prior equivalent learning at other accredited institutions, current knowledge and equivalence to required courses are ensured before credit transfer is allowed. The University engages in no consortia arrangements for delivery of any graduate programs. All transfer credits are clearly marked on the student’s transcript and do not contribute to the student’s Troy University institutional grade point average.

Troy University is in compliance with this Comprehensive Standard.


Supporting Documentation Location
Academic Regulations, Graduate Catalog, 2008-2009, pp. 11-12
Auburn University at Montgomery Memorandum of Understanding
Jacksonville State University Memorandum of Understanding
Percentage of Graduate Transfer Credits Accepted Chart
Registration Management Committee
Sample Academic Transcript
Trojan Web Express


Last Updated: 08/18/2008