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Transferring Credits

Transferring Credits Saves Time & Money

Save time and money on your Capella degree when you transfer credits from regionally accredited or internationally recognized institutions.

Capella students enjoy a shorter and more affordable route to graduation through credit transfer. Approximately 75% of bachelor's students receive transfer credit toward their program, with half of them bringing in more than 50 credits. Similarly, 70% of doctoral students use credit transfer to save time and money on their program, with over half receiving 25 - 50 transfer credits into their program. Except in the case of a combined degree, your master’s program is unable to accept transfer credits from your bachelor’s.

A More Direct Path to Graduation

Capella Students that Received Transfer Credits Toward Their Program

Will My Credits Transfer?

Nearly all Capella programs accept transfer credits, with each program specifying the maximum number of transfer credits allowed. Courses will be evaluated against Capella course descriptions and your degree requirements and those courses with significant shared content from regionally accredited or internationally recognized institutions will be applied toward your program.

Capella operates on a 10-week, quarter-based term, making 1 semester credit equal to 1.5 quarter credits in transfer. Transfer credits will be considered regardless of how long ago they were earned, except courses for psychology programs within the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences — these must have been completed no more than10 years prior to the date of application to Capella.

Courses must meet Capella's transfer credit and prior learning assessment policy [PDF] and your program's specific criteria. Below is a basic overview of some factors that will be considered during the credit transfer evaluation. Contact your enrollment counselor at 1.866.679.9682 or via email for more information.

The Credit Transfer Process

As part of your application, you have the option to give permission for Capella to automatically request—and pay for—your official transcripts to evaluate your transfer credits.

Your transcript will be evaluated against Capella's transfer credit and prior learning assessment policy [PDF] and based on factors such as applicability to degree requirements, grade earned, match to Capella courses per department, title, level, and description of course content.

You will receive a transfer credit evaluation, including a summary of the courses that have been accepted for transfer; transfer credit is awarded for those courses.

You can appeal your transfer credit evaluation by submitting additional information, including and extended course description and syllabus.

You will receive a final appeal determination within 90 calendar days.

Evaluation Factors Yes No Will be considered
Credit awarded from an academic institution or program that was accredited prior to the applicant’s withdrawal from the institution.
Credit awarded by an institution or program with provisional accreditation at the time the applicant withdrew from the institution.
Credit awarded by another institution’s petition for credit, portfolio assessments, or institution-specific credit by examination.
Credit awarded by other institutions through processes such as transfer, credit by a standardized exam such as CLEP or DSST.
Undergraduate course work completed with a grade of "C-" or better.
Graduate course work completed with a grade of "B-" or better.
Graduate-level courses applied toward a previous undergraduate degree.
Vocational courses from technical colleges and programs.
Courses completed outside of the U.S.

Community College Transfer Agreements

Articulation Agreements: A Simplified Transfer Process

Experience a simplified transfer process and streamlined transition from a 2-year to a 4-year degree program thanks to articulation agreements with more than 100 colleges. In total, we have relationship agreements with more than 700 colleges. You might also benefit from Capella's alliance partnerships, which include exclusive tuition discounts and grants to save you money as well as time on your program. Email or call an enrollment counselor at 1.866.679.9682 to learn more.

Our Community College Alliances


  • Maricopa Community College District
  • Mohave Community College
  • Pima Community College District


  • City College of San Francisco
  • Heald College
  • Los Rios Community College District
  • Mira Costa
  • Mt. San Jacinto College
  • San Diego Community College District
  • Santa Monica College


  • Colorado Community College System


  • Brevard Community College
  • College of Central Florida
  • Daytona State College
  • Florida Keys Community College
  • Florida State College of Jacksonville
  • Hillsborough Community College
  • Palm Beach Community College
  • Pensacola State College
  • Polk State College
  • Valencia Community College


  • DeKalb Technical College


  • Des Moines Area Community College
  • Eastern Iowa Community College District
  • Iowa Community College Online Consortium
  • Kirkwood Community College


  • Illinois Central College
  • Joliet Junior College
  • McHenry County College


  • Kentucky Community Technical College System


  • Frederick Community College
  • Straighterline


  • Lansing Community College
  • Mid-Michigan Community College
  • Wayne County Community College District


  • Century College
  • Dakota County Technical College
  • Inver Hills Community College
  • Lake Superior College
  • MN West Community & Technical College
  • Normandale Community College
  • Saint Paul College
  • South Central Technical College
  • Southeast Technical College


  • Metropolitan Community College


  • Western Nebraska Community College

New Jersey

  • Bergen Community College


  • College of Southern Nevada

New York

  • CUNY-City Colleges of New York


  • Eastern Gateway
  • Hocking Community College
  • North Central State College
  • Sinclair Community College
  • Zane State College


  • Oklahoma City Community College


  • Chemeketa Community College
  • Rogue Community College


  • Harrisburg Community College
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College

South Dakota

  • Kilian Community


  • Cleveland State
  • Nashville State


  • Alamo Community College District
  • Alvin Community College
  • Central Texas College
  • Dallas County Community College District
  • Houston Community College System
  • Laredo Community College
  • Lee College
  • Texas State Technical Colleges
  • Trinity Valley Community College


  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • Thomas Nelson Community College


  • Bellevue Community College
  • Clover Park Technical College
  • Everett Community College
  • Green River Community College
  • Lower Columbia College
  • Pierce College
  • Renton Technical College
  • Seattle Community College District
  • Truckee Meadows Community College


  • Wisconsin Technical College System


  • Northern Wyoming CC District

National Test & ACE Credits

Apply More Credits to Your Bachelor's Program

The following nationally recognized programs may provide additional credit toward a Capella bachelor's degree program. Minimum scores may be required.

  • Advanced Placement (AP) examinations
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations
  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
  • ACE-recommended learning experiences including those earned through the military, Sophia Pathways for College Credit, StraighterLine, and many more

Credit for Prior Learning & Experience

To recognize what you’ve previously accomplished, Capella offers multiple opportunities to earn credit from prior learning and knowledge as well as professional certifications. To learn more about earning credit for your prior knowledge or industry-recognized certification, contact an enrollment counselor at 1.866.679.9682, or email us for more information.