Graduate Transfers

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Graduate transfers at the College of Design—whether you are transferring from another college or university, a program within our college, a track, or degree—are handled on a case-by-base basis by each individual program. Please reach out to the coordinator for your desired program to determine if a transfer is possible and discuss your options.

Graduate Transfer Information

Graduate Program Coordinators

Please reach out to the coordinator of your desired program.

Design Graduate Program and Human Factors & Ergonomics: Karen McCray

Landscape Architecture: Steve Yang

Architecture: Terence Rafferty

Transfer Coursework Policies

University of Minnesota Policy Statement

Graduate course credits earned at other accredited institutions may be transferred to master’s or doctoral degree plans subject to approval by the University graduate program to which you are applying. In the case of a transfer from a non-United States institution, graduate course credits to be transferred must have been earned in a program judged by your University graduate program to be comparable to a graduate degree program of a regionally accredited institution in the United States. The transfer of thesis credits is not allowed.

For masters degrees

At least 12 University graduate credits for Plan A and at least 20 University graduate credits for Plan B and Plan C must be taken while enrolled as a degree-seeking graduate student. The transfer of thesis credits is not allowed. 

For doctoral degrees

Individual programs may determine, on a case-by-case basis, how many transfer course credits doctoral students may apply toward their degree requirements. However, doctoral students must take a minimum of 12-course credits at the University. Transferred credits can include a maximum of 12 graduate course credits taken as non-degree seeking or non-admitted status. The transfer of thesis credits is not allowed.