Transferring Course Credits

Transferring credits you’ve earned from another school to UWM should be seamless and simple. Review this information to take the guess work out of your transfer.

Whether or not you’re currently enrolled at another school, it’s important to work closely with your Academic Advisor at UWM to make the most of classes you’ve already taken and are planning your remaining coursework accordingly.

Transfer Credit Policy
To transfer credits from another school to UWM, you must submit an Official Transcript from all institutions you want to have credits transferred from. These documents are used to determine how many credits and program courses you have completed as you continue your study at UWM.

You can review the complete University of Wisconsin Transfer Policy online.

Transferable Coursework
  • Typically, transfer credit is only awarded for college-level and undergraduate coursework
  • Courses that are part of continuing education or graduate level programs and those that are remedial, technical, vocational or doctrinal are not transferable
  • Previous institutions from which you may transfer credit must be accredited by a regional or national accrediting organization recognized by the CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation)
Credit Hours
  • Semester term credits are transferred on a one-to-one basis
  • Quarter term credits are transferred on a two-thirds-to-one basis: A student who has taken 30 transferrable credits at a quarter-system institution will have 20 semester hours transfer to UWM.
Maximum Credit Transfers
  • A maximum of 72 semester credits from 2-year institutions can be applied to your total UWM degree credits
  • There is no maximum of semester credits that can be transferred from a four-year university
Grades
  • Grades you received for credits that are transferred from other institutions are not calculated in your GPA at UWM
  • Previous grades and GPA may be used in your program’s admission decision
  • If you repeat UWM coursework at another institution and later return to UWM, the grade you earned at UWM will be used to calculate your GPA
Equivalencies & Electives
  • Incoming courses may transfer as UWM course equivalents or electives
  • Electives have course descriptions that do not resemble UWM courses directly, but will receive elective credit within a curricular area and are signified by letters instead of a course number (e.g., HISTORY X)
  • Elective credits count toward degree credit totals and may be used in fulfilling degree requirements pending permission from the academic program
Degree & Residency Requirements
  • Transfer credit can satisfy degree requirements although the academic program may need to approve the use of elective credits
  • Each program requires a certain number of credits to be earned in residence at UWM, and some programs include transfer credit GPA in determining if requirements are satisfied
  • Always consult your Academic Advisor on specific requirements to ensure you are on the right track
Transfer Credit Evaluation Process

Transfer Credit Evaluation Specialists will always try to award you with as much transfer credit as possible.

  1. Once you have been admitted to UWM, your Official Transcript data is submitted to the Registrar’s Office
  2. The Registrar’s Office Transfer Credit Evaluation Specialists review course descriptions from your other institutions and compare the content with courses offered by UWM
    • Courses are identified as either equivalencies or electives, or are not eligible for transfer
    • At this time, the Transfer Equivalency Database is maintained for new and existing course equivalencies
  3. The official results of the Registrar’s credit evaluation are posted to your PAWS account within 2-4 weeks of your date of admittance.
    • Log in to your PAWS account
    • Under the yellow Academics header, click into the drop down menu for Other Academic
    • Select the Transfer Credit Report and click the yellow arrow button
    • All transfer credit, including course credits and test credits, will be posted within the report
  4. Once your transfer credits are posted, begin planning for your first semester at UWM

Contact the Registrar’s Office via our online form at any time with questions.

Transferring Course Credits
Most often, transfer credit comes through course credit earned at other institutions.  UWM maintains over 90,000 (and counting) transfer equivalencies in our system from public and private institutions across the country.  You can review these equivalencies in a variety of places to see how the course credit you’ve earned elsewhere could be applied to a UWM degree.

Course equivalency results using these and other tools are considered unofficial, but will offer a solid guideline as to what may be transferrable to UWM. Official transfer credit is only awarded after the completion of the credit evaluation process following admission.

Transferology - Nationwide Transfer Network
Transferology is a nationwide network designed to help students explore their college transfer options.  UWM puts all of its transfer equivalencies in Transferology to help you determine how your credit will transfer.

Simply click on the icon above to create a free account.  Enter the coursework you’ve completed, then use the search to see how it transfers.

TED: Transfer Equivalency Database
The UWM Transfer Equivalency Database (TED) allows a student to select their institution, subject, and course numbers to determine if a UWM course match exists

Go to the Transfer Equivalency Database

UW System Transfer Wizards
The UW System Transfer Wizards allow you to look up University of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Technical College course equivalencies on a “To-From” basis

Go to the UW System Transfer Wizards

Articulation Agreements and Transfer Guides
Students interested in beginning their degree program at a UW-College or Wisconsin Technical College can use the following guides to review their options.

Document Definitions
Transfer Guide An outline of program requirements, transferable credits and recommendations
Transfer Equivalency Worksheet An easy to use, fill-in-the-blank form for transfers in progress
Articulation Agreement A specific program-to-program transfer agreement contract with established conditions
Multi-Institution Agreements
Program Documents
Collaborative Nursing Program
(Wisconsin Technical College System)
Community Education
Early Childhood Education
(Wisconsin Technical College System)
Information Studies
(Most 2-Year Institutions)
UW/WTCS Universal Credit Transfer Agreement
UW College Connections
UW-Colleges to UWM
Program Documents
Architecture
Art & Design
Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Sciences – Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Business
Civil Engineering
Communication Sciences & Disorders
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Criminal Justice
Dance
Education
Electrical Engineering
General Engineering
Film
Health Care Administration
Industrial Engineering
Information Science & Technology
Inter-Arts
Kinesiology
Letters & Sciences – All Majors (began college between 2008 – Fall 2013)
Letters & Sciences – All Majors (began college Fall 2013 or later)
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Music
Nursing
Nutritional Sciences
Occupational Studies
Social Work
Theatre
Milwaukee Area Technical College to UWM
Program Documents
Architectural Studies
Art
Business
Criminal Justice
Dance
Design Studies
Education
Engineering
Film
Graphic Design
Inter-Arts
Letters & Sciences – All Majors (began college between 2008 – Fall 2013)
Letters & Sciences – All Majors (began college Fall 2013 or later)
Medical Laboratory Sciences
Music
Social Work
Theatre
Waukesha County Technical College to UWM
Program Documents
Art
Computer Science
Criminal Justice
Dance
Design Studies
Education
  • A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education to B.S. in Education with Early Childhood Education Teacher Certification
Electrical Engineering
Film
General Engineering
Letters & Sciences – All Majors (began college between 2008 – Fall 2013)
Letters & Sciences – All Majors (began college Fall 2013 or later)
Mechanical Engineering
Music
Social Work
Theatre
Other Area Schools to UWM
Madison Area Technical College
Architectural Studies
Criminal Justice
Education
Engineering
Kinesiology
Social Work
Northcentral Technical College
American Sign Language
Architectural Studies
Fox Valley Technical College
Occupational Studies
College of DuPage (IL)
Architectural Studies
College of Lake County (IL)
Engineering
McHenry County College (IL)
Engineering
William Rainey Harper College (IL)
Engineering
UW Four Year Institutions to UWM
UW-Parkside
Engineering