Concordia University Wisconsin has many opportunities for students to transfer in credits earned prior to attending CUW. Please select from the categories below to learn more:

Undergraduate Students (Traditional)

Transfer students applying for transfer credit at Concordia University Wisconsin are subject to the following requirements:

  • They must furnish the Admission Office with an official college transcript from each college attended. They must complete one semester satisfactorily at Concordia University Wisconsin before the award of transfer credit becomes final. Transfer credit may be awarded for each course in which the student received a grade of ‘‘C-’’ or better provided that the course is similar to one being given at Concordia University or is one which could be considered an elective. A student may receive a waiver of a course in which a grade of ‘‘D’’ was received at another college, but credit will not be granted. The Office of the Registrar will issue a statement showing the transfer credit allowed, established on the basis of an individual review of each student’s transcripts.
  • Normally only credits from a regionally accredited institution will be considered for transfer. Any exceptions will be made on an individual basis. In some cases there are articulated agreements that govern the transfer of credits.
  • Transfer students must take entrance and other examinations in the same way as entering freshmen. Transfer credits are not used in calculating the student’s grade point average.
  • A maximum of 70 semester credits will be accepted in a transfer from a two-year college. A maximum of 84 semester credits will be accepted in transfer from a four-year college/university. Some programs may have different requirements. Transfer students may be required to submit scores from either the Scholastic Aptitude Test or the American College Test. They may also be required to submit their official high school transcript.
Testing for credit / advanced placement

The University will recognize unusual secondary school work by means of advanced placement, and will grant credit to those who have taken especially enriched or accelerated courses before entering college or who have appropriate vocational or professional experience. Applicants qualify for such credit by satisfactory achievement on college-approved placement examinations, including the College Board Advanced Placement Tests, CLEP (College Level Examination Program), or faculty-authored challenge examinations. College credit total a maximum of 30 semester credits may be earned by satisfactorily completing such examinations.

Retroactive credit for foreign languages

Retroactive credit is available in foreign languages, wherein credit may be given for pre-college foreign language study if the student takes the next highest level of the foreign language at this university and achieves a C or better. The student must request credit for the lower level course(s) that were bypassed.

Military credits

Military Credits are granted based on the evaluation of an official joint service transcript, or for military service prior to 1981, DD 214 documentation.

Accelerated Students (Non-Traditional)

Transfer students applying for transfer credit at Concordia University Wisconsin are subject to the following requirements:

  • They must furnish the Admission Office with an official college transcript from each college attended. They must complete one semester satisfactorily at Concordia University Wisconsin before the award of transfer credit becomes final. Transfer credit may be awarded for each course in which the student received a grade of ‘‘C-’’ or better provided that the course is similar to one being given at Concordia University or is one which could be considered an elective. A student may receive a waiver of a course in which a grade of ‘‘D’’ was received at another college, but credit will not be granted. The Office of the Registrar will issue a statement showing the transfer credit allowed, established on the basis of an individual review of each student’s transcripts.
  • Normally only credits from a regionally accredited institution will be considered for transfer. Any exceptions will be made on an individual basis. In some cases there are articulated agreements that govern the transfer of credits.
  • Transfer students must take entrance and other examinations in the same way as entering freshmen. Transfer credits are not used in calculating the student’s grade point average.
  • A maximum of 70 semester credits will be accepted in a transfer from a two-year college. A maximum of 84 semester credits will be accepted in transfer from a four-year college/university. Some programs may have different requirements. Transfer students may be required to submit scores from either the Scholastic Aptitude Test or the American College Test. They may also be required to submit their official high school transcript.
Non-Traditional Approaches to Earning Credit

Not applicable for all programs. Prior approval must be obtained before enrolling in any of the options listed below. All transcripts must be on file at Concordia to ensure there will be no duplication of coursework.

Testing for credit / advanced placement

The University will recognize unusual secondary school work by means of advanced placement, and will grant credit to those who have taken especially enriched or accelerated courses before entering college or who have appropriate vocational or professional experience. Applicants qualify for such credit by satisfactory achievement on college-approved placement examinations, including the College Board Advanced Placement Tests, CLEP (College Level Examination Program), or faculty-authored challenge examinations. College credit total a maximum of 30 semester credits may be earned by satisfactorily completing such examinations.

Retroactive credit for foreign languages

Retroactive credit is available in foreign languages, wherein credit may be given for pre-college foreign language study if the student takes the next highest level of the foreign language at this university and achieves a C or better. The student must request credit for the lower level course(s) that were bypassed.

Military credits

Military Credits are granted based on the evaluation of an official joint service transcript, or for military service prior to 1981, DD 214 documentation.

Prior learning assessment

Prior Learning Assessment of experiential learning allows accepted students to seek credit by documenting college level knowledge and competence acquired outside a classroom setting. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Workshops are periodically conducted at each center and an online portfolio workshop is also available. During these sessions the students are guided through the process of determining what constitutes college-level learning, the process of developing each petition for credit, and how to document learning. Attendance at a PLA Development Workshop or completion of the Online PLA Workshop is required. Contact your advisor to learn about how to participate in a workshop.

Prior Learning credits, if awarded, apply only to the elective area, though 2 of the 21 possible credits may apply to the physical development core requirement. For an AA degree, a maximum of 7 credits may be applied toward the degree. For a BA degree, a maximum of 21 of the required elective credits may be earned through PLA, unless 2 are used for physical development. A per credit evaluation fee is charged for Prior Learning Assessment portfolio submissions. This evaluation fee is not returned if credits are not awarded. Credits awarded through Prior Learning Assessment are not likely to be transferrable to another school.

All official transcripts for any credits to be transferred to Concordia should be on file prior to submitting a Prior Learning Assessment portfolio to avoid duplication of credits. Submissions may not duplicate any coursework completed at Concordia. Students should submit portfolios by the first of each month to be reviewed by the Prior Learning Assessment Committee. Petitions should be submitted for only the number of credits needed. The evaluation fee per credit, $60, must be submitted with the portfolio. Students will be notified by mail of the committee’s decision. Credits denied may be resubmitted for reconsideration in certain cases. In the case of a new petition, the charge is $60; in the case of a revision, there is no charge.

For more details about the Prior Learning Assessment, click here.

American Council on Education (ACE) and National Program on Non-Collegiate Sponsored Instruction (PONSI)

ACE and PONSI are organizations which validate for-credit coursework completed through non-collegiate education and training programs. The student must have official copies of the educational transcripts sent to Concordia.

Life Office Management Association (LOMA) and American Institute Of Banking (AIB)

LOMA and AIB provide means to receive college credit for company training professional development programs through an employer. The student must have official copies of the educational transcripts sent to Concordia.

Graduate Students

Depending on the admission policy of the program, a student may be allowed credit for work completed at the graduate level prior to enrolling at Concordia University. The applicant must provide official transcripts documenting the completed work and the grades obtained for this work. These grades must meet the Concordia admission standards. In order to transfer to Concordia, the number of graduate credits for a course taken at another university must be equal to or greater than the number of credits of a comparable course at Concordia, i.e., a two-credit course cannot transfer in for a required three-credit course. Courses in which the student received lower than a 3.0 (B) will not be considered for transfer. Unless stated in the programs handbook, no more than six credits may be transferred from another institution. Please contact your program for more information.

Articulation agreements

Questions?

The Registrar's Office is located in Luther, room 109. Our regular business hours are from 8 am to 6 pm on Monday through Thursday and 8 am through 4 pm on Fridays. Hours may vary at different times of the semester. For holiday closures, please check the academic calendar.

You may email us at registrar@cuw.edu or call 262.243.4345.

Transfer out to other institutions

Concordia University Nebraska

Program: Graduate and Professional
Major or Graduate Degree: PharmD
Partner Program: Master's in Public Health with Medication Safety & Pharmacovigilance Concentration

Concordia Wisconsin PharmD students complete 10 elective credits taught by Wisconsin which also qualify as the concentration in the Master's in Public Health degree at Concordia Nebraska. If Concordia Wisconsin students enter the dual degree program, 12 of the required 39 credits in the MPH at Nebraska have been completed at Wisconsin and the balance of the courses toward the MPH are taken at Nebraska. Students matriculate at both institutions. 

Lakeland University

Concordia Program: Graduate and Professional
Concordia Major or Graduate Degree: PharmD
Partner Program: B.S. Biochemistry with Pharmaceutical emphasis

Students taking a B.S. Degree in Biochemistry with a Pharmaceutical Emphasis from Lakeland use a reverse transfer arrangement of the first year of the Doctor of Pharmacy program at CUW. The B.S. degree is awarded by LU and the PharmD degree awarded by CUW. This is designed as a 3 + 4 program.

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Concordia Program: Graduate and Professional
Concordia Major or Graduate Degree: PharmD
Partner Program: Biological Sciences Undergraduate Major

3 + 4 Program leading to a B.S. Degree in Biological Sciences from UWM and a PharmD from CUW.