Transfer Issues

Definition of "Transfer Students"

Transfer students are students who have transferable credit hours at other colleges and/or universities subsequent to high school graduation.

Catalog of Graduation

Transfer students from Missouri public colleges and universities may follow the general education and general baccalaureate degree requirements in effect at Missouri State University when they first enrolled (or re-enrolled after an absence of one calendar year or more) as degree-seeking students at the institutions from which they transferred. The general education catalog year for these students will be established at the point of admission on the basis of this policy. Students who elect instead to follow the general education and general baccalaureate degree requirements in effect during the first semester at Missouri State University may do so by notifying the Degree Check Office.

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Transfer Students with an Associate of Arts Degree

Students who transfer to Missouri State University from an accredited college or university with an Associate of Arts degree will be considered to have met all the general education requirements of Missouri State University.

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Transfer Students who Have Completed a Designated 42 Hour General Education Block

During the summer of 2000, the Coordinating Board for the Higher Education in Missouri approved a new general education transfer policy. This policy requires all participating institutions (public and private) in the state to designate a general education block consisting of at least 42 semester hours of credit which addresses 8 state-defined general education goals. When this new system is fully operational, students who complete the 42 hour general education block at one institution may transfer to another participating institution and have their block treated as equivalent to the general education block of the receiving institution. Any general education classes outside the 42 hour block that are required of all students at the receiving institution may also be required of incoming transfer students.

The Missouri State University 42 hour transfer block consists of all the courses comprising the on-campus general education program (See the General Education Worksheet) EXCEPT: GEP 101 and HST121-122.  In the later instance, students without an appropriate American history class on their transfer transcript will be required to complete such a class at Missouri State University.

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Course-by-course Evaluation of Transfer Credits

Students who transfer to Missouri State University without either an Associate of Arts degree or a completed 42 hour general education block from a participating Missouri institution have their transcripts evaluated on a course-by-course basis. The results of this evaluation are available on the my.missouristate.edu portal once they have been admitted to the university. Questions regarding these evaluations should be referred to the Office of Admissions.

Transfer equivalences from many Missouri colleges and universities are available on the Missouri State University web site at www.missouristate.edu/transfercredit.

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General Education Transfer Appeals

If the student wishes to have the course re-evaluated to see if it might be the direct equivalent of a specific Missouri State University class, they should contact their academic advisor to discuss the reevaluation process then access the process through the academics tab on my.missourstate.edu.

NOTE: This is the only option a student has if they want to have the class reevaluated as a direct equivalent of one of our classes. This would be an important consideration if the class in question might be needed as a prerequisite for another class they need or want to take. The same is true if they hope to apply the course to their major, minor, etc.

If, on the other hand, the student wishes to have the course re-evaluated to see if it may be used to fulfill a Missouri State University general education requirement, and is NOT concerned about achieving a direct course equivalent, they should contact their academic advisor to discuss the reevaluation. Log in to my.missouristate.edu, go to the "Academic" tab to make your request. If the request is approved, to satisfy the "spirit" of the chosen category, a GEP code (see below) will be assigned. A syllabus must be provided.

Catalog Year Appeal

A second category of appeal involves those who were degree-seeking students at Missouri State University prior to Fall, 97 (and thus, were once under the old general education program) but because they subsequently stepped out of the university for a year or more before returning, are now under the new general education program.

*Many of these students would like to remain under the old program. Contact Jessica Silvey at studentdevelopment@missouristate.edu to make an appoint with Dr. Darabi, who will consider your appeal, but ONLY if the student had completed (or were within ONE class of completing) the old general education program prior to stepping out.


*If the student had more than one class left in their general education program when they stepped out, they must fulfill the requirements of the new program.

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GEP Codes

The GEP codes are listed below along with their applicability to both the old and new general education programs. If a student's transfer evaluation form or audit shows a GEP code it means the course may be used to satisfy that category of our general education program.

CourseNew General EducationOld General Education
GEP 1 First-Year Foundations Intro to University Life
GEP 2 Computers for Learning Not Applicable
GEP 3 Public Speaking Com 105, 115
GEP 4 Writing I ENG 11
GEP 5 Writing II ENG 120, 150
GEP 6 MTH 130 or higher MTH 135 or higher
GEP 7 KIN100 KIN 100
GEP 8 AST/PHY (LAB) AST/PHY (LAB)
GEP 9 AST/PHY (NO LAB) AST/PHY (NO LAB)
GEP 10 BIO/BMS (LAB) BIO/BMS (LAB)
GEP 11 BIO/BMS (NO LAB) BIO/BMS (NO LAB)
GEP 12 CHM (LAB) CHM (LAB)
GEP 13 CHM (NO LAB) CHM (NO LAB)
GEP 14 GRY/GLG (LAB) GRY/GLG (LAB)
GEP 15 GRY/GLG (NO LAB) GRY/GLG (NO LAB)
GEP 16 CS-HUMANITIES PER. GRY/GLG (NO LAB)
GEP 17 CS-SOCIAL SCIENCES PER. SOCIAL SCIENCES
GEP 18 SU-SOCIAL/BEHAVIORIAL PER. SOCIAL SCIENCES
GEP 19 SU-HUMANITIES PER. HUMANITIES
GEP 20 SU-CREATIVITY & VISION PER. HUMANITIES
GEP 21 AMERICAN STUDIES-HST AMERICAN STUDIES-HST
GEP 22 AMERICAN STUDIES-PLS AMERICAN STUDIES-PLS

 

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