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Transfer Credit Policies

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Transfer Credit Policies

Dominican will grant transfer credit only for college level courses completed at a degree-granting, regionally accredited, post-secondary two-year and four-year college or university and from post-secondary institutions which are candidates for accreditation (as defined in the Handbook of Accreditation, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, Western Association of Schools and Colleges). Credit will also be accepted for courses taken at accredited institutions by the Ministry of Education in the home country. Courses from non-accredited institutions are not transferable to Dominican. The University accepts units from other institutions under the guidelines outlined by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Generally, Dominican accepts courses that are transferable to the CSU or UC systems. Students who completed coursework at a college/university operating on the quarter system will receive the equivalent semester units. For example, a 4-quarter unit course is equivalent to 2.7 semester units. When courses of this type are used to fulfill General Education requirements at Dominican, such courses will fulfill 3 semester-unit General Education requirements. 

Important Policies to Note:  A maximum of 12 units total will be granted for coursework in the areas of physical activity, work experience, computer science applications, and vocational training, combined.  There are limitations on the maximum credit that may be granted for each area: for physical activity (up to 8 units, including units for basic military rating), for work experience (up to 8 units), computer science applications (up to 3 units).  Vocational courses must have been taken prior to matriculation and the credit granted is based on course content rather than unit totals. 

A maximum of 70 lower division units may be applied toward a Dominican University of California degree.  Units earned through Prior Learning (see Credit for Prior Learning section within the University Catalog) are in addition to transfer units accepted from another college or university and are not subject to the 70-unit maximum.

Transfer Credit Policy FAQ's

To determine what credits are transferable, please review the following frequently asked questions:

How is transferability determined?
Three guiding principles inform Dominican’s policies on transfer credit:

  1. Educational quality;
  2. Comparability of the nature, content, and level of credit earned; and
  3. Appropriateness and applicability of the credit earned in light of the student’s educational goals.


Educational quality is ensured at least partially by the requirement that transferred credit must be from accredited institutions.
Comparability of the nature, content, and level of credit earned is ensured by thorough research into the content of each transferable course, by careful articulation of general education (and certain major program) coursework at our “feeder” schools, and by ongoing consultation with Dominican faculty.
Appropriateness and applicability of the credit earned in light of the student’s educational goals is ensured by close consultation and coordination with Dominican General Education Committee, the Academic Advising & Support Center, and Program Chairpersons.

How and when do incoming transfer students know what credits are accepted?
Full disclosure about the transferability and applicability of coursework from other institutions is provided to all transfer students as part of the admission process, prior to matriculation.  Written notification about the applicability of transfer credit to the Dominican General Education requirements is sent to the prospective student and to the Dominican academic advisor via the Transfer Course Evaluation form and the automated degree audit system.  Transferability of required courses in the major program is determined by the faculty of the appropriate academic discipline.

What types of non-traditional learning are accepted for academic credit?
Academic credit is granted for many types of ACE-approved extra-institutional learning, as outlined in the Prior Learning Policy in the Dominican catalog.
Academic credit may also be granted after matriculation for Experiential Learning, via the Reflective Writing and portfolio process, which follows the guidelines set out by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Credit for experiential learning:
•    is offered only at the undergraduate level
•    is limited to a maximum of 24 semester credits
•    is posted to the record only after matriculation and the completion of at least 30 semester credits of academic work at Dominican
•    requires written documentation in a prescribed format that is reviewed by a qualified faculty member in the appropriate discipline
•    does not duplicate credit for prior or anticipated coursework
•    is determined by the faculty member based on the quality and scope of the essay(s), not by the amount paid in fees.

Off-Campus Coursework Toward a Dominican Degree

Admitted students who matriculate at Dominican must submit an Authorization to Take Course(s) Off Campus form. See Authorization to Take Courses Off Campus.

Important Note: 30 of the final 36 units of the Dominican baccalaureate degree must be taken at Dominican University of California. See Residency Requirement Policy in the Academic Catalog for more details.

Students Taking General Education Courses Off Campus

Current/continuing students must obtain permission to take a General Education course off campus and must fill out an Authorization to Take Course(s) Off Campus form. Courses taken off campus must be comparable in course content to those required by the University.   Current/continuing students may not take more than 9 GE units off campus. A day student must complete the following courses at Dominican: First Year Foundations, ENGL 1004, ENGL 3200, Cultural Heritage Colloquium courses. Pathways students must take Foundations, ENGL 1004 (if required), ENGL 3200 or ENGL 3442, and interdisciplinary study classes on campus.

College Coursework Taken During High School

College coursework taken during high school that is used to meet high school graduation requirements will not be applied toward a Dominican degree. (Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.)

International Baccalaureate Examinations (IB)

Dominican University of California recognizes the academic challenge and motivation inherent in the International Baccalaureate program. The University will grant transfer credit of 10 semester units for each Higher Level Subject examination passed with a score or grade of 4, 5, 6, or 7. One grade of 3 will be acceptable if it is compensated by a grade of 5 or above in another subject offered at a higher level. No credit will be awarded for Subsidiary Level passes. No more than a total of 30 semester units of International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP) credit may apply towards the bachelor's degree at Dominican.

Advanced Level Subject Examinations

Dominican University of California awards advanced standing credit for Advanced (A) level subject examinations passed with a grade of A, B, C, D, or E. No advanced standing is granted for the Ordinary (O) level examination.

Articulation Agreements

Dominican has articulation agreements with a number of schools.  Click on Articulation Agreements for a list of schools and courses.

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