Transferring Credits and Transfer Guides
How does the transfer credit process work at the U of M?
Receiving U of M credit and meeting liberal education requirements
After admission, the Office of Admissions reviews a student's transfer coursework to determine transferability into the U of M for credit as well as to meet liberal (general) education requirements.
You may also check to see if your credits will transfer by:
- Using the Transferology system to see how transfer courses from other schools may fulfill University of Minnesota liberal education requirements.
- Check the liberal education transfer guides posted on the University of Minnesota Admissions website.
If you have questions, call the Office of Admissions at 612-625-2008 or 1-800-752-1000 or read about how the transfer credit process works at the University of Minnesota.
Transfering courses to meet major requirements
For classes not listed in Transferology or on the regional transfer guides on this page, admitted students can submit course materials to be reviewed by faculty for transferability into a College of Design major. Note: It is rare that faculty approve courses to transfer into a College of Design major but students are still encouraged to submit work for review.
If you have been admitted and have questions about this process please contact a College of Design transfer admissions counselor.
Note: If you submit work for review by faculty, the work will be reviewed only if you submit a syllabus and fully representative coursework for each course you completed.
How long will it take to finish a College of Design major?
Pre-Apparel, Pre-Interior, Pre-Graphic, and Pre-Product Design
The major courses are strictly sequenced over four years regardless of how many or what types of major-related courses were completed prior to the term of admission. It is not common for a faculty to approve major-related transfer coursework for transferability from another school. Note: if you are admitted spring term, the four year sequence begins the following fall term, excepting Graphic Design, for which the studio sequence begins in both spring and fall terms.
Landscape Design and Planning and Architecture BS
The major courses in the Landscape Design and Planning major are sequenced over three years, and the studio courses in the Architecture BS program are sequenced over four years, regardless of how many or what types of major-related courses were completed prior to the term of admission. It is not common for a faculty to approve major-related transfer coursework for transferability from another school.
Retail Merchandising and Architecture BDA
The length of time it will take to complete these majors depends on what courses were completed prior to the term of admission. The courses in these majors are not as rigidly sequenced as the other College of Design majors.
Please contact a College of Design Transfer Admissions Counselor for questions.
Regional Transfer Guides
Alexandria Technical and Community College
Anoka Ramsey Community College
Century Community and Technical College
Dakota County Technical College
Inver Hills Community College
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Normandale Community College
North Hennepin Community College
Rochester Community and Technical College
St. Paul College