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Transfer Credit

Department Transfer Credit Policy Statement

The Department of Communication and Media allows students to take and transfer courses from other institutions, including study abroad, to UM for prerequisite (COMM 101 and 102) and major credit through the departmental approval process. Please note the following for transfer credit requests:

Transfer Credit Limits:

Transfer credits are limited to the following:

  • Up to 8 credits for COMM 101 and 102 (4 credits each).
  • Up to 10 credits for electives (towards the 22 Additional Advanced Credit requirement). Of these 10 credits, no more than 8 credits can be used at the 200 level.
  • Transfer credits cannot be applied to the Upper-Level Writing Requirement course (ULWR) or the Capstone - these courses must be completed in residence.

Transfer Credit Evaluation: The Department uses the following criteria to evaluate transfer credit requests:

  • Academic rigor of the course
  • Whether the course is similar to past and current department course offerings, or
  • Whether the course compliments the curriculum by providing an opportunity for an additional area of study within the field of Communication and Media.

Requirements for Transfer Credit Requests: In order for a course to be evaluated for transfer credit, it is necessary to provide the syllabus, topics covered, and the readings for the course. The topics covered and readings are typically included in a syllabus, but if not, these need to be included as supplementary information. 

Currently Enrolled UM Students


Check the Transfer Credit Equivalency (TCE) website to see if the class has already been approved for transfer.

  • If the class is listed on the TCE website as transferring as equivalent credit then no additional steps are required
  • If the class is not listed on the TCE website, submit an evaluation request using the UM Transfer Credit Equivalency Request Form 
  • If the class is listed on the TCE website as transferring as departmental credit (i.e. COMM Dept.) and you want to use the course towards your Communication and Media major requirement/prerequisites, submit for evaluation by faculty advisor using this form

Prospective Transfer Students

Check the Transfer Credit Equivalency (TCE) website to see if the class has already been approved for transfer.

  •  If the class is listed on the TCE website as transferring as equivalent credit then no additional steps are required
  • If the class is listed on the TCE website as transferring as departmental credit (i.e. COMM Dept.) and you wish to use the course towards a Communication and Media major/prerequisites, submit course for evaluation via this form
  • If a class is not listed at all on the TCE this means that no student has ever submitted it for evaluation.
    • Submit the course to the Department of Communication and Media for evaluation via this form

Questions and Advising

We would be happy to meet with you to discuss any questions about the major, department opportunities, or transfer credits. Please email commadvisor@umich.edu, or schedule an advising appointment through the Advising Appointment Calendar.