MaconCatalog : Tift College of Education : General Graduate Programs Policies : Transfer Credits
 
Transfer Credits
Tift College of Education graduate programs may offer students the opportunity to obtain university graduate credit for learning gains resulting from coursework at nationally accredited institutions of higher education and learning experiences outside of the traditional university milieu. A maximum of 6 semester credit hours may be awarded for master’s and educational specialist degree programs and a maximum of 9 semester credit hours may be awarded for doctoral degree programs, whether awarded via transfer from another institution, program challenge examination, or assessment of prior learning.
A student’s eligibility for obtaining university graduate credit by means other than coursework completed at Mercer University will be determined by the unit Chair in collaboration with program faculty. Program faculty will determine the number of semester hours of graduate credit for which a student may request eligibility. Program faculty may also specify courses to be excluded for possible credit by means other than coursework completed at Mercer University. Requests for eligibility must be submitted to the unit Chair using the Graduate Credit by Alternative Routes Eligibility Form available on the Tift College of Education website.
Transfer Credit
Graduate credits considered for transfer must have been earned at a nationally accredited institution of higher education and at the graduate level. The credits must be appropriate to the student’s planned program of study and may be considered only for courses in which a grade of B or higher was earned. Coursework taken for another degree previously earned may not be applied to a degree program at Mercer University. No credit will be given for coursework completed more than five years before enrolling in graduate studies at Mercer University. The final determination with respect to credit transfer requests will be made by the Tift College Associate Dean for Academic Affairs on a case-by-case basis.
Challenge Examination
Graduate credits may be earned upon the successful completion of examinations developed and administered by program faculty of the College with the prior approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The credits must be appropriate to the student’s planned program of study and may be considered only for examination results in which a grade of B or higher was earned. Challenge examinations are only available for courses as designated by faculty. A student must be enrolled at Mercer University during the semester in which an examination is administered.
Prior Learning Assessment
Graduate credits may be earned by submitting evidence of prior learning that meets the expectations of program faculty of the College and approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. A student’s eligibility for submitting evidence of prior learning for evaluation by the program faculty will be determined by the unit Chair in collaboration with the program faculty. A student may be deemed eligible to submit evidence of prior learning before or within the first semester of admission to a Tift College graduate program that has chosen to consider evidence of prior learning in lieu of coursework. The credits awarded via prior learning assessment must be appropriate to the student’s planned program of study. Note: Eligibility for submitting evidence of prior learning for evaluation does not guarantee program admission. Program admission and eligibility for submitting evidence of prior learning are separate and distinct decisions.