Office of the Registrar
9200 University Blvd., N. Charleston, SC 29406
Courses taken at an accredited college or university will transfer to Charleston Southern University under the below guidelines. Official transcripts are required for courses to be transferred. Credit will be classified as one of the following: (1) equivalent to a current CSU course; or (2) acceptable as a major/minor elective; or (3) acceptable for Liberal Arts Core, or (4) acceptable as general elective credit only.
Limitations have been set for the maximum number of transfer hours as outlined below:
- Regionally accredited junior, community and technical colleges where a student did not receive an associate’s degree: 68 semester credit hours maximum, including all nontraditional credit accepted (see note below).
- Regionally accredited junior, community and technical colleges where a student did receive an associate’s degree: 89 semester credit hours maximum, including all nontraditional credit accepted.
- Regionally accredited senior colleges and universities: 89 semester credit hours maximum, including any credit accepted from all other sources (1. above and all nontraditional credit accepted; see note below).
- See academic policy R-32 for specific acceptance of transfer credits. For academic policy on Nontraditional credit see academic policy R-5. For time limitations on credit see academic policy R-49
Articulation agreements for courses are listed in alphabetical order.
Transfer Equivalency Guide – click here to view liberal art core requirements
Spartanburg Methodist College
Course list here.
Note: Nontraditional credit at CSU includes CLEP Subject Tests, DANTES Subject Standardized Tests, Advanced Placement, Cambridge International Exams, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, CSU Challenge Exams and credit from military experience.
- AP Credit
Policy on awarding of credit for College Board Advanced Placement Examinations.
- IB Policy
The IB Diploma Program is an advanced level two-year curriculum offered to high school students at select high schools. To receive credit students must have official examination results sent to Enrollment Services at Charleston Southern University. We accept IB credit from students who score well on their Higher Level (HL) examinations for the courses listed below. IB courses not listed may be considered for possible credit by the appropriate academic department if a minimum score of “5” is earned on the HL examination. While there is no specific limit on the number of credit hours we will award for IB courses, this nontraditional credit is subject to CSU “Transfer Credit” policy. Students will not be awarded duplicate credit in the event acceptable scores for the same subject are presented from Advanced Placement or other subject examinations.
- Dante Policy
Policy on Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education credits
- CLEP Exam
Policy on awarding of credit for CLEP exams
- Cambridge International Exam
Cambridge Advanced (International AS & A Level) offers college-level courses and exams for high school students. To receive credit students must have official examination results sent to Enrollment Services at Charleston Southern University. Final grades must be equivalent to a C or higher (U.S.) to be accepted at CSU.
- Challenge Exam
The University has a program by which a current student might be permitted to “challenge” a course listed in the current catalog and earn credit for that course unless the course description indicates otherwise. A Challenge Exam is a special final exam developed and given by the appropriate department*. In some cases, the student is also required to complete papers and/or participate in a presentation or other learning activities.
* NOTE: When a special standardized exam is administered by a CSU department as the final exam for a subject, the same exam may be used as a Challenge Exam. Example: The Chemistry department uses exams developed by the American Chemical Society (ACS).
Math Policy: All math courses are evaluated by our Math department. If you have any questions about your math course credit, please contact the Registrar’s Office. You may be asked to provide a syllabus of the course to the Math department. How a math course, from the S.C. Technical School system, applies to a CSU major differs.
Credit for Certified Police Officers: Police officers who are certified by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy (Class 1) or another approved agency are eligible to apply for six (6) hours of undergraduate or three (3) hours of graduate credit. The student is required to submit documentation and application to the Registrar’s Office for approval. Federal law enforcement officers may also be eligible to apply for Nontraditional Credit. Contact the chair of the criminal justice department for additional information. Complete this form to initiate the process: Nontraditional Credit Application
Military Credit: (30 credit hours maximum for general experience)
Must be documented by submission of any of the following: DD-295 form, DD-214 form, Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcript, Army/ACE Registry
Transcript Service (AARTS), and Field Training Reports