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Transfer Credit

The Department of Psychology allows students to take and transfer courses from other institutions to UM for prerequisite and major credit through the departmental approval process below. All students must meet our departmental residency requirement below. These guidelines are also to be used for out-of-residence (non-UM) study abroad credit. Students should also use the Michigan Transfer Network to learn more about general transfer information at the University of Michigan. 

Psychology Department Residency Requirement

How to Find & Transfer Courses

Current Students

Step 1: Check the LSA Transfer Credit website

From the LSA Transfer Credit website:

1) Select Transfer Credit Equivalencies Guide
2) Choose either "Search For U.S. Transfers" or "Search for Study Abroad"
3) Choose your host institution by highlighting the state and institution.
4) Enter the subject (PSYCH, STATS, etc) in the UM Dept/Subject category.

If the course is not listed (or if the institution is not listed), this means no other UM student has transferred the course. In this case, you will need to get approval from the UM Admissions/Credit Evaluations Office by filling out a form and submitting it online (Transfer Information & Residence Policy>Transfer Credit Equivalency Request Form). Once you receive the evaluation from Admissions, follow instructions in Step 2 below.

Step 2: Determine how the desired course(s) will transfer

1) If a course transfers as a specific/equivalent course (ex. Psych 280), no approval is needed
2) If a course transfers as Departmental Credit (Psych “dept”), you will need approval from the department to use the course to meet a specific major requirement.
    a) Email psych.saa@umich.edu with the following information for approval:
        i)   Institution
        ii)  Class Number (ex. Psy 305)
        iii) Class Title
        iv) Term you took/will take the class
    b) An advisor will then let you know if a detailed syllabus is required for approval.
    Note: if you have the syllabus when you send your initial request, you are welcome to include it.
       i) A detailed syllabus includes:
        (1)  Instructor’s name
        (2)  Term class was offered
        (3)  Prerequisites (if any)
        (4)  Brief description of course
        (5)  Textbook and/or list of assigned readings
        (6)  Assessment/description of each assignment
        (7)  Daily/weekly schedule of topics covered
    ii) If any of these are pieces are missing, evaluation may be delayed.

For a Statistics course that transferrs as Stats, Math, or Psych "Dept" credit

1) If the course is equivalent to Stats 250, no further evaluation is necessary.

2) If the course does not cover t-tests, analysis of variance (ANOVA), and/or SPSS, you will need to complete the online Statistics Tutorial in addition to the transfer course (must go through all lessons and complete the Statistics Tutorial Completion Form) in order for the course to be approved.

3) Upon successful completion of the course, tutorial, and prerequisite courses for the major, you should make an appointment with a Psychology Advisor to declare your major and then the exception will officially be entered.

Step 3: After completing the course

1) Have the institution electronically send the official transcript to the UM Office of Undergraduate Admissions (transcripts@umich.edu). Admissions: Method to Submit Transcripts (further info)
2) The Credit Evaluations Office will post your credit to your UM transcript 6-8 weeks after receiving the transcript.
3) If your credit transferred as Psych "dept.", email psych.saa@umich.edu to have an advisor apply it to your major requirements.

Prospective Students

Step 1: Check the LSA Transfer Credit website

From the LSA Transfer Credit website:

1) Select Transfer Credit Equivalencies Guide
2) Choose either "Search For U.S. Transfers" or "Search for Study Abroad"
3) Choose your host institution by highlighting the state and institution.
4) Enter the subject (PSYCH, STATS, etc) in the UM Dept/Subject category.

*If the course is not listed (or if the institution is not listed), this means no other UM student has transferred the course. In this case, you will need to get approval directly from the Department of Psychology. Follow instructions in Step 2 for “Departmental Credit” below.

**All credit is subject to approval by the UM Office of Admissions

Step 2: Determine how the desired course(s) will transfer

1) If a course transfers as a specific/equivalent course (ex. Psych 280), no approval is needed
2) If a course transfers as Departmental Credit (Psych “dept”), you will need approval from the department to use the course to meet a specific major requirement.
    a) Email psych.saa@umich.edu with the following information for approval:
        i)   Institution
        ii)  Class Number (ex. Psy 305)
        iii) Class Title
        iv) Term you took/will take the class
    b) An advisor will then let you know if a detailed syllabus is required for approval.
    Note: if you have the syllabus when you send your initial request, you are welcome to include it.
       i) A detailed syllabus includes:
        (1)  Instructor’s name
        (2)  Term class was offered
        (3)  Prerequisites (if any)
        (4)  Brief description of course
        (5)  Textbook and/or list of assigned readings
        (6)  Assessment/description of each assignment
        (7)  Daily/weekly schedule of topics covered
    ii) If any of these are pieces are missing, evaluation may be delayed.

For a Statistics course that transferrs as Stats, Math, or Psych "Dept" credit

1) If the course is equivalent to Stats 250, no further evaluation is necessary.

2) If the course does not cover t-tests, analysis of variance (ANOVA), and/or SPSS, you will need to complete the online Statistics Tutorial in addition to the transfer course (must go through all lessons and complete the Statistics Tutorial Completion Form) in order for the course to be approved.

3) Upon successful completion of the course, tutorial, and prerequisite courses for the major, you should make an appointment with a Psychology Advisor to declare your major and then the exception will officially be entered.

Step 3: After completing the course

 

  1. The preferred and most efficient way of sending transfer credit documents to the UM Office of Admissions Credit Evaluation Office is through The Common Application or The Coalition Application
  2. Psych Dept transfer courses can only be applied to your major after you have declared. See our How to Declare page for requirements.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can online courses count towards a Psych or BCN major requirement?

Yes, psychology courses can be taken online. If you plan to transfer a Statistics course to meet the Stats 250 prerequisite, please see Stats Dept policies.

Do you require certain courses to be taken at UM-Ann Arbor?

No, but you must meet the residency requirement.

Can I speak with an advisor about my past, current, or future courses?

Yes, any prospective undergraduate student is eligible to meet by phone or in-person with a Psych Advisor. Please call 734-764-2580 to schedule an appointment.

Can I use a Psych course towards LSA distribution?

We strongly suggest asking your general advisor (LSA, Honors, RC, or CSP) all questions regarding distribution or other LSA general requirements. According to the LSA general policies for area distribution plans, distribution may not include any course from the department of major or required cognates for a major. However, distribution may include courses elected to satisfy one of two majors for double majors.

Can I use Psych transfer courses towards the 60 required Bachelor of Science (BS) credits?

Maybe.

Departmental advisors do not have the authority to approve BS credit for transfer courses that come in as departmental (ex: Psych 301x) or interdepartmental credit (ex: InterdeptNS 201x or InterdeptID 102x) and study abroad courses through CGIS (ex: STDABRD 456). If you believe you have taken a psych course that you believe should count towards BS credit, contact your general advising office (Newnan, CSP, Honors, or RC) for evaluation

Equivalent courses automatically meet the same requirements as the course at UM. Check the Course Guide for equivalent course BS eligibility.

I don’t have a syllabus to send, now what?

Try emailing the professor you took the course with. If they don’t respond within about a week, try emailing or calling the department of the institution where you took the course. We will accept a syllabus from a semester other than when you took the course as long as the syllabus is extremely similar to the term you took the course.

Do I need to submit any papers, exams, etc. from the course?

In most cases, no. An advisor will let you know what they need in the rare case that actual work from the course is required.