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Transfer Credits

Current U-M students and incoming transfer students can check course equivalencies by using the transfer credit equivalency search page. Transfer credit may be posted as an exact equivalent to a U-M course, as departmental credit, or interdepartmental credit. Please note this search page is to be used as a general guideline, all transfer credits intended for Economics course credit will still need to be evaluated by one of our faculty advisors. Please see below for more details.

How to Transfer a Course

  1. Reveiw the FAQs below!
  2. Submit your transcripts to the Credit Evaluators at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    • Hard copies can be mailed to: 
      • 300 Student Activities Building, 515 East Jefferson, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316
    • Electronic copies can be sent to: transcripts@umich.edu
  3. Obtain a detailed syllabus for your course(s) from the instructor or institution (these can be in hard copy or electronic) Note: Incomplete or missing information may cause a delay in the review process.
    • A detailed syllabus includes*:
      • Instructor’s name,
      • Term class was offered,
      • Prerequisites (if any)
      • Textbook used (if any),
      • Basis of grading (exams, quizzes, papers, etc.)
      • A day-by-day schedule of topics covered (i.e., what you covered each time you met in class)
  4. Make an appointment** with one of our Economics Faculty Advisors
    • Once the appointment has been made, you can forward the advisor any electronic versions of syllabi you have, otherwise be sure to bring the hard copies with you to your appointment!

*If your syllabus does not contain all the information listed above please still provide it to your advisor, they will help you with next steps from there. If you do not have a formal syllabus, please let your advisor know and they will discuss your options with you. 

**Prospective students may not be able to make an appointment through our advising appointment system. Students who encounter issues accessing the system should email econundergradoffice@umich.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can take prereq courses (Econ 101, 102, or Math 115) at another school?

Provided the given course transfers to U-M as an equivalent course, you will be able to use that class to satisfy the prerequisite for the major/minor in Economics. Students are encouraged to check the transfer credit equivalency search page to aide in course planning. 

This equivalencies page is a guideline for students. If a given course is not listed in the search results it is likely because it has not been evaluated before not that it necessarily would not be accepted for credit. Students should still meet with an advisor to confirm whether a course will transfer in as listed. Economics advisors can evaluate economics courses, classes from other disciplines (such as Math) will need to be evaluated by their respective departments. 

Please note that we do not accept any online or hybrid courses. Unfortunately this is a firm rule and we are unable to make any exceptions to it. Please try to plan your studies accordingly. 

I took AP tests in High School, can I get credit for Econ 101 or 102?

The department will award 2 departmental credits in economics to a student who receives a 4 or 5 on the AP Microeconomics exam and 2 departmental credits in economics to a student who receives a 4 or 5 on the AP Macroeconomics exam.  

Such credits are not equivalent to Econ 101 or Econ 102 and do not satisfy the prerequisites for the major, for the minor, or for any 300- for 400-level course in economics. These credits only count towards the overall credit count required by the college to graduate. 

Departmental Credit: My course transferred in as 101X, what does this mean?

Courses that transfer in with an "X" after them are "departmental credits."

Unfortunately, courses that transfer in as "departmental" credits are not equivalent to any of our Econ courses and do not count towards the major or minor. These "dept" credits are granted to count towards your overall number of credits required by LSA to graduate, the "Econ" in their title is just to designate a department for administrative purposes.

I want to transfer to U-M, how can I receive recommendations on what courses to take in the meantime?

If you have not already contacted the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (734-764-7433) or checked out their website for information about the transfer process, please do so immediately to find out deadlines and requirements for transferring (please note: our department is not involved in the admissions process for undergraduate students, please do not send application materials to our office).

As far as course planning goes, once you have been admitted you can set up an appointment with an economics advisor about transferring courses and planning the remainder of your major. You can do this even before arriving on campus by setting up a remote appointment with an advisor.

In the "note to advisor" section you would put that you will be phoning in to the appointment. At your scheduled appointment time, you can call the advisor (phone numbers are listed near the bottom of the page here), but please note they will not call you.

In the meantime, until you have been admitted or can meet with an advisor, you can get a general idea of what courses you will need to still take by checking out our website to see our department's major requirements and look into the potential transferability of your previous courses on the University's transfer equivalency search page.

Note: This equivalencies page is a guideline for students, if a given course is not listed in the search results it is likely because it has not been evaluated before not that it necessarily would not be accepted for credit. Students should still meet with an advisor to confirm whether a course will transfer in as listed.

 

I am studying IB at my current institution and am interested in coming to UM to study economics. What requirements do you have for me?

Unfortunately we are unable to answer these questions as they are more related to admissions than to our particular major. Our department is not involved in the admissions process for undergraduate students, please do not send application materials to our office

Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (734-764-7433). There may also be some helpful information here on their site about using IB credits.

Please note that our department does accept IB credit for Econ 101 & 102, the introductory micro/macro principles sequence. 

Can I take online or hybrid courses and transfer them to U-M?

Unfortunately we do not accept any online or hybrid courses. This is a firm rule and we are unable to make any exceptions to it. Please try to plan your studies accordingly.

I took a course at another college and want it to count as STATS 250 for my Econ major, how can I get it evaluated?

Economics advisors can evaluate economics courses, classes from other disciplines (such as Math or Stats) will need to be evaluated by their respective departments. Please contact the appropriate department for their policies and procedures. 

My course was initially not accepted as equivalent to a U-M Econ course, can I have it reevaluated?

Students who wish to have their courses reevaluated should set up an advising appointment with a Faculty Advisor if they have new supporting documentation. Our advisors take reviewing transfer credits very seriously and are not likely to change the initial evaluation without new information to support the equivalency.