Questions about Transferring Credits

The basics:

To be eligible for transfer credit, an approved course must be taken for a grade at an approved college and completed with a grade of C or better. A maximum of 6 credits may be granted for courses which are in curriculum areas not covered by the programs of the Johns Hopkins School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering. No more than 12 credits from all courses completed elsewhere may be transferred to Hopkins.

FAQs

Do my courses have to match a course taught at Johns Hopkins?
Courses do not have to match a currently existing JHU course; however, courses should cover topics that are broadly defined as part of the curriculum at Hopkins. For example, we do not regularly teach a course about science fiction films. But since this is a film studies course and since we have a major in film and media studies, it's likely that this course would be eligible for transfer.

Who determines if my credits are transferrable?
The professional advisors in your school's advising office, in conjunction with faculty, determine which courses are eligible for transfer credit toward the number of credits required for graduation.

Will my credits from AP/IB/A Level tests count towards the 12 transfer credit limit?
No they do not have any effect on the 12 credits.

Can writing-intensive courses transfer?
In most cases, credits from summer courses do not typically transfer as writing intensive. You may seek out the Director of the Writing Program, Pat Kain (kain@jhu.edu) to confirm whether or not the course would count as writing intensive.

Directions to Receive Credit for Transferred Courses

For students who entered the University before Fall 2014, please speak with a transfer advisor in the Office of Academic Advising.

Courses taken before entering Hopkins (pre matriculation)
You may be able to receive transfer credit from another institution. To transfer courses from another institution, you must send me the following two items:

  1. A course description or course syllabus (send via email to transfercredit@jhu.edu)
    Note: All Mathematics and Chemistry courses must provide a syllabus with specific topics covered.

  2. An official transcript to:
    Office of Academic Advising
    Garland Hall, Suite 300
    3400 N. Charles Street
    Baltimore, MD 21218-2685

Courses taken after entering Hopkins (post matriculation)
Students perusing the Pre-Med track should consult with Pre-Professional Advising concerning transfer courses.

  1. Complete this Permission to Transfer Courses Form.  Each course must be listed separately. Use multiple forms if planning to take more than two courses.
  2. Bring a printed course description and/or syllabus from the host institution to the individuals described in # 3 and your respective advising office.  A complete syllabus with topical breakdown is REQUIRED for all MATH and CHEMISTRY courses. Full syllabi are encouraged for all courses. The course description must include:
    • Your name and Hopkins ID
    • The name of the host institution
    • The course number and name at the host institution
    • The course credits assigned by the host institution
    • Whether the host institution is on a semester or quarter system
    • A sentence (at least) describing the course (typically copied from the catalog of the host institution)
  3. Obtain appropriate signatures:
    • For Physics, Economics, or German & Romance language course: obtain signature from the department.
    • Required Course for your intended major(s) or minor(s): obtain signatures from both Director of Undergraduate Studies for major/ minor AND the Office of Academic Advising.
    • Elective Course or to be used for University Distribution: obtain a signature from the Office of Academic Advising.
  4. To obtain an advising office signature, you may visit walk-in advising hours or (if the form is complete and the course description(s) attached) drop off your form at the front desk of AS Advising Office in Garland 300. You will be notified by email regarding course(s) approval.
  5. When your grade is posted at the end of the term, you must request that the host institution send a transcript to:
    Johns Hopkins University
    Registrar’s Office, Garland Hall Room 75
    3400 N. Charles St.
    Baltimore, MD 21218