Guidelines for Transfer Credit
The below rules apply to coursework completed outside of UM-Ann Arbor before or during the BBA program:
- Only courses with a grade of C or higher are transferable (courses with a grade of C- or below do not transfer). Note, grades earned in these courses are not averaged into the BBA cumulative grade point average.
- Courses elected on an optional Pass/Fail grading basis courses must be accompanied by official documentation of a C grade or better.
- A-Level courses: only non-business coursework transfers.
- No business coursework is accepted for transfer, with the exception of courses taken at UM-Ann Arbor.
- For coursework completed in Spring 2014 or later: students may transfer in coursework completed at a community college regardless of credits completed, as long as coursework meets all other Ross guidelines.
- Any transfer credit applied to a student’s record will not be removed.
- Students will be awarded the number of credit hours earned at the other U.S. institution. Note that we use semester credit hours (i.e., 1 quarter hour = 2/3 semester hour).
Important: The Ross School of Business follows the transfer equivalency guidelines set by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. As such, course equivalency is determined by viewing the Transfer Equivalency Database.
If a course has not been previously evaluated by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, it is the student’s responsibility to submit an online Transfer Credit Equivalency Request with the University of Michigan Office of Undergraduate Admissions. This process requires a course description, which must be from an official source, such as the program’s website or course catalog. In approximately 10-15 business days, the student should receive a response from OUA, giving transfer equivalency for the course, as well as any further instructions for additional information that they may need.
Once an evaluation for a course has been received, it should be scanned and saved as a PDF file, and submitted via email to email@example.com.
Types of transfer credit
- Equivalent Course: If the course descriptions match closely, students will receive credit for the specific equivalent course at the University of Michigan.
- Departmental Credit: If the course description does not closely match a U-M course, but still clearly falls within a certain department, the credit will be called departmental credit.
- Inter-Departmental Credit: If the course description indicates that the course had a very broad range of topics, incorporating several different departments, but still falling mostly in one of the general areas of study -- Humanities, Social Science, or Natural Science -- you will receive interdepartmental credit.
Transferring Credits Earned Prior to the Start of the BBA Program
Ross First-Year Students
The BBA program will apply a maximum of 30.0 transferable credits earned prior to the start of the BBA program toward the 120.0 credits required for the BBA degree, even if a student has earned more than this. Individual courses may be applied to general degree requirements, such as distribution and the 54 non-business credit requirement beyond this 30.0 credit hour cap.
Students who enter the BBA program at the start of their Sophomore year
The BBA program will apply a maximum of 45.0 transferable credits earned prior to the start of the BBA program toward the 120.0 credits required for the BBA degree, even if a student has earned more than this. Individual courses may be applied to general degree requirements, such as distribution and the 54 non-business credit requirement beyond this 45.0 credit hour cap.
Dual-Enrollment While In High School
Ross will allow transferable dual-enrollment credits earned on a college campus to count toward requirements. Dual-enrollment credit must be earned on a college campus, and the course cannot be taught in a special section only open to high school students. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine how transfer credits work toward their degree requirements.
No dual-enrollment credit will be evaluated or posted without the receipt of a High School Student College Credit (HSSCC) form. The purpose of this form is to determine whether or not a course was taught in a special section open only to high school students. Courses taught in special sections open only to high school students are not eligible for transfer credit.
Additional information about the HSSCC form may be found: https://umich.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/156/~/college-credit-for-dual-enrollment-during-high-school
- A transcript is received by the UM Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
- The UM Office of Undergraduate Admissions will generate a High School Student College Credit (HSSCC) form, and send it to the student via email to their University of Michigan account.
- The student is responsible for sending this form to the Registrar's Office at the credit-granting institution
- The Registrar's Office at the credit-granting institution will fill out, sign, and stamp the form, and send it back to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions
- The form will be reviewed, to determine whether or not the credit is eligible to transfer to the University of Michigan
- The Ross Registrar’s Office will post accepted courses to a student's UM transcript.
- Students are responsible for notifying their Academic Advisor and the Ross Registrar’s Office of any potential dual-enrollment credits that may be outstanding.
- All Business credit is non-transferable.
- Any transfer credit applied to a student’s record will not be removed.
The receipt, processing, and posting of AP, IB, and A-level credits are handled exclusively by the University of Michigan Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Please visit their website for more information.
Ross School of Business awards AP credit hours according to LSA Guidelines, and accepts a maximum of 30.0 credit hours completed prior to the start of first-year (inclusive of test and transfer credit) towards the BBA degree. If you have not yet submitted your AP scores to the University of Michigan, please visit the College Board website for information regarding additional score reports. U-M code is 1839.
To receive credit for International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations, an official transcript of examination grades must be officially sent by the IB Office, directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Please note, OUA only awards credit for IB Higher Level examinations.
Earning Non-UM Credit as a BBA Student
All Current BBA Students
Current BBA students in good academic standing may request permission from the Ross Registrar’s Office to transfer in up to 9.0 credit hours total in non-business courses from another accredited U.S. institution during their time in the BBA program. This could be after the First-Year, Sophomore, or Junior year, during summer sessions.
Important: Students may not enroll concurrently with another college or university while enrolled in a regular term at UM Ross School of Business. BBA students are expected to be registered only at UM Ross School of Business during the Fall and Winter terms. Ross School of Business will only accept transfer credit that comes from an accredited U.S. school of record. Note: the only exception to this policy is credit for the equivalent of ECON 102 at the London School of Economics, England, which does not need a U.S. school of record.
Steps to Take
1. Determine Equivalency
The Ross School of Business follows the transfer equivalency guidelines set by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Students are responsible for using the LSA Transfer Equivalency Database to determine if, and how their credits may transfer to the University of Michigan. If a course has not been previously evaluated by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, students are responsible for submitting a Transfer Credit Equivalency Request.
2. Submit a BBA Transfer Credit: Preliminary Evaluation Form
Prior to enrolling in a course, students are responsible for submitting a completed BBA Credit Transfer Preliminary Evaluation to firstname.lastname@example.org, in order to verify that the course is eligible to transfer.
3. Provide In-Person Verification
Certain courses require in-person verification in order to be eligible to transfer. This includes all Math, Economics, Chemistry, and Physics courses. In-person verification is met with a syllabus from the course from the semester in which it was taken. This syllabus should be submitted as a PDF file to email@example.com prior to the first day of the class.
4. Submit an Official Transcript
Upon completion of the course, students are responsible for having an official transcript sent directly to the Ross Registrar’s Office by the institution in which the course was completed. Please note, per the University of Michigan Office of Undergraduate Admissions, "Transcripts sent from students are not accepted as official." Official transcripts should be sent to:
BBA Credit Evaluation
Ross Registrar's Office
700 E. University Ave, K3521
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234
Frequently Asked Questions
How can AP, IB, and Dual-Enrollment credit be used?
Some credit earned prior to the start of the BBA program (AP credit, IB credit, and dual-enrollment credit from colleges and universities earned while in high school) may be eligible to count towards your college credits!
If transferred, these types of credits will count towards your overall CTP (credits towards program), and may help you to receive an earlier registration time as you progress through the BBA program. IB credits and dual-enrollment credits may be eligible to fulfill certain Distribution requirements (please see your academic advisor), the 54 non-Business credit requirement, and can count as prerequisites for courses that you may want to take at the University of Michigan.
Can AP, IB, and Dual-Enrollment credit affect Tuition/Financial Aid?
It is important to note that the University of Michigan Ross School of Business has different tuition rates for lower (First-Year and Sophomore) and upper (Junior and Senior) division students. You can find more information about these rates on the Michigan Ross website at: https://michiganross.umich.edu/programs/bba/tuition-financial-aid
Class standing is determined by the total number of credits earned toward a degree:
First-Year: Fewer than 25 credits
Sophomore: 25 through 54 credits
Junior: 55 through 84 credits
Senior: 85 credits or more
Can I remove Test or Transfer Credit?
Per the BBA Bulletin (https://www2.bus.umich.edu/MyiMpact/academics/michigan-ross-student-bulletins):
• First semester Ross BBA First-Year students should consult with their academic advisor to fill out a Test Credit Removal Request form if they wish to remove test credit.
• Any test credit applied will not be removed after a Ross BBA First-Year student's first semester.
• Students admitted as Sophomores into the BBA program cannot have test credit removed.
• Any transfer credit applied to a student’s record will not be removed.
Can I earn transfer credit from a non-UM study abroad program?
Per the BBA Bulletin (https://www2.bus.umich.edu/MyiMpact/academics/michigan-ross-student-bulletins): "Students may explore UM and non-UM study abroad options for Spring or Summer term of any year if that is a better fit due to the set sequence of BBA core courses. Students may also receive general (non-business) elective course credit for non-Ross, UM-sponsored study abroad programs. All coursework should be reviewed for approval prior to departure. … Courses taken outside UM-Ann Arbor are subject to all transfer credit rules and policies."
Students should review all information regarding non-UM study abroad programs as listed on iMpact, and schedule an appointment with their academic advisor to review their degree plan and discuss all relevant policies.
Please take particular note of the following: “Ross School of Business will only accept transfer credit that comes from an accredited U.S. School of Record.” It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all transfer credit policies are met, prior to enrolling in any non-UM study abroad program. This includes obtaining verification from the study abroad provider that all coursework will be posted to a transcript from an accredited U.S. School of Record.
No credit will be granted for coursework that does not receive a transcript from an accredited U.S. School of Record.
Learn more about the guidelines for a School of Record here: https://www.hlcommission.org/Publications/guidelines-school-of-record.html