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Graduate Studies

Policies Regarding Transfer Credits

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) requires that at least 50% of the total semester hours for a degree be earned from the degree-granting institution.

1. Doctoral degrees

With the approval of the Dean of Graduate School, there would be no limit at the doctoral level regarding transferring courses for degree credit, except that set by SACS (see above). The grade earned must be "B" or above, and the credits must be accepted as applicable to the degree program by the student's academic college. No transfer credit for extension courses will be accepted. The request for transfer credit is initiated by the student through the advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies of the college. Transfer credit from non-U.S. institutions may require the evaluation of transcripts by an external agency.

2. Master's degrees

With the approval of the Dean of Graduate School, a maximum of 12 semester hours of graduate resident credit, or 1/3 of the hours required for the master's degree, may be transferred for degree credit from a U. S. regionally accredited college or university. The grade earned must be "B" or above, and the credits must be accepted as applicable to the master's degree program by the student's academic college. No correspondence credits are applicable toward a master's degree. The request for transfer credit is initiated by the student through the advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies of the college.

3. Second Master's degrees

A student pursuing a second master's degree must earn a minimum of 15 additional graduate hours at Louisiana Tech and must satisfy the requirements for a minimum number of exclusive graduate courses, in addition to the thesis or practicum if required, to be taken in the area in which the second degree is being earned. Some colleges may require more than 15 hours. Transfer hours will not be approved on a second master's degree.