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Transfer Credit


Advanced Standing (Transfer Credit)

Students may secure recognition for work done at other recognized public, private, or Government educational institutions. Approval for specific courses will be established individually on the basis of the breadth, scope, organization, and quality of work offered in relationship to the courses required by the Patten University.


No more than 50% of the credits required for a Master's degree or Graduate certificate program may be fulfilled via transfer credit.


An advanced standing request form is included with the application confirmation sent after receipt of an application. Applicants who wish to request advanced standing must submit the form to the Director of Admissions and Student Achievement ( accompanied by the documentation of course completion in the form of a graduate transcript, or in the case of Government courses, a course completion certificate. Graduate transcripts must be official and must come directly from the institution. Requests for advanced standing for courses taken in another graduate program should also include information documenting the similarity to the Patten course, including course description, syllabi, text material used, and a course outline. A grade of “B” or above is required. Advanced standing will not be denied solely on the source of accreditation of the sending institution.


Transcripts from non-U.S. based institutions must be evaluated by an appropriate third party and translated into English.


No fees are charged for advanced standing evaluation, nor are any fees charged for granting advanced standing. Upon acceptance into the program the applicant’s approved credit for advanced standing will be added to their Patten transcript. Transfer credits that are recognized and accepted by Patten University are not factored into the calculation of the student’s grade point average.

If an applicant’s request for advanced standing is denied, they may appeal the decision to the Patten Chief Academic Officer ( The appeal should include the name of the Patten course, the name of the institution, the previous course taken, and a detailed explanation, with supporting material, of why the applicant believes the course taken at another institution is similar in content to the Patten course.

Notice Regarding Transferability of Credits and Credentials Earned at our Institution

The transferability of credits you earn at Patten University is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the certificate or degree you earn is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits, certificate or degree that you earn at Patten are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at Patten will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Patten University to determine if your credits, certificate or degree will transfer.

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