Transfer Policies

Transfer Credit Policies

SUNY Upstate is an upper-division transfer and graduate college.  Students in our bachelors programs complete 60 semester hours of pre-requisite courses prior to enrolling.  Students in our graduate degree programs complete pre-requisite courses and a bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling.  The pre-requisite courses are not taught at SUNY Upstate.  Pre-requisites for each program are listed on the departments’ webpages.  Completing the pre-requisites does not guarantee admission to SUNY Upstate or our programs. 

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions evaluates transfer credit as part of the application process.  Applicants are able to attend the accredited college(s) of their choice to complete the pre-requisites prior to enrolling at Upstate.  Course Equivalency Guides have been created to assist prospective students.  Questions about pre-requisites may be e-mailed to Student Admissions ( 

Online courses at accredited colleges may meet pre-requisite courses for most programs.  The College of Medicine does not accept on line science courses to meet the science pre-requisites.

While there is no time limitation for pre-requisite courses, it may be advisable to re-take a pre-requisite(s) to be competitive.    There may be time limitations for courses meeting program of study credit.

Pre-requisite courses must have a minimum grade of "C" to transfer within the College of Health Professions and College of Nursing.

Advanced Placement (AP) college credits will be accepted however the previous college(s) accepted it.  AP credits must be listed on the previous college transcript(s) to be awarded.

Articulation Agreements exist with many colleges.  To view current articulation agreements, please go to  Please note, with the exception of 3+3 Doctor of Physical Therapist Early Admission, prospective students may attend the accredited college(s) of their choice, even if a credit evaluation or articulation agreement is not listed.

The Transfer Credit Policies may be found in the Student Handbook:
College of Health Professions, Bachelors (BS and BPS) – Page 83
College of Health Professions, Graduate (MS, DPT) – Page 82
College of Health Professions, Credit by Exam policy – Page 82
College of Nursing, Bachelors and Graduate (BS, MS, PMCT, DNP) – Page 102
College of Nursing, Credit by Exam policy – Page 102
College of Graduate Studies (MS, PhD) – Page 71
College of Medicine (MPH) – Page 130

The Transfer Credit Appeal Process may be found in the Student Handbook (pg. 54).