UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH POLICY 09-04-06
CATEGORY: STUDENT AFFAIRS
SECTION: Registration and Records
SUBJECT: Advanced Standing Credits
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 8, 2007 Revised
This policy establishes the criteria for the acceptance of credits toward a University
of Pittsburgh degree or certificate for other than course work completed through
registration at the University.
The University may award credit toward a University of Pittsburgh degree or
Transfer Credits - credits earned at other institutions. The University will grant
credit based on course equivalencies, including expected learning outcomes, with
those of the University curriculum and standards. The University will not refuse to
consider a transfer credit based on the accreditation of the sending institution.
Standardized Tests - credits earned by standardized examinations such as the
College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Occupational Competency,
ACT-PEP Challenge, and Advanced Placement Exams.
Credit by Course Examination - credits earned by passing an examination
administered by the University, in absence of registration for the course.
Credits earned while a student is enrolled in a graduate program at the University of
Pittsburgh which are applicable to a subsequent undergraduate degree or certificate
may be posted as Advanced Standing credits on the undergraduate transcript as
University of Pittsburgh Graduate Transcript credits.
Graduate credits earned while a student is enrolled in the final term of an
undergraduate program at the University of Pittsburgh, which are applicable to a
subsequent graduate degree or certificate, may be posted as Advanced Standing
credits on the graduate transcript as University of Pittsburgh Undergraduate
Academic Centers determine whether and under what circumstances advanced
standing credits are awarded within the following limits:
For undergraduate programs, the maximum number of credits accepted may not
exceed 75% of the credits needed for the degree.
For graduate programs, credit limits should not exceed the maximum number of
credits for specific degrees as published in the Regulations Governing Graduate
Study at the University of Pittsburgh.
The Registrar posts advanced standing credits to the University transcript only with
the authorization of the academic dean or designee.
Procedure 09-04-06, Advanced Standing Credits