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Transfer credit and degree applicability

Community college courses can only have transferable equivalents at the 1000 or 2000 level. At no time can a community college course be the equivalent of a University of Missouri-Columbia course of 3000 or greater.

If a 2000 level course title from a community college is similar to a 3000 level title on this campus, that course can be an elective in that department at the 2000 level. Individual schools and colleges can waive the requirement for a student to take a course with similar or same title on this campus, however there will be no direct transfer equivalency.

If a college or department wants to accept a course from a community college as an equivalency to a course numbered 3000 or greater, they need to give that course a new number of less than 3000. 

Courses from a community college can account for six of the last 36 credits, but only for students who have general education or other 1000-2000 level courses remaining for their degree. (The University is not prohibited from accepting community college credit for juniors and seniors if it is at the 1000-2000 level.)

Students may transfer more than 64 credit hours for lower division courses from either Missouri associate degree-granting or baccalaureate degree-granting institutions. Any additional lower division course credits above 64 credit hours will be accepted in transfer if the credits are applicable to the baccalaureate degree or are prerequisites for an upper division course in the major, in accordance with the Missouri Coordinating Board’s Handbook. 

For additional information, contact the college or school from which the degree is sought or see Credits and Transfers information from the MU Office of Admissions.

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Last updated: June 12, 2014