Transfer Credit Policy

Credits earned at another regional accredited institution are accepted as recorded on the official transcript. However, because of differences in institutional degree requirements and course content, some credits transferred may not apply toward satisfying degree requirements at Texas A&M University-Texarkana. 

All grades including F’s, for all academic credit courses will be articulated to the academic transcript. Remedial/developmental courses will not be entered and will not be used in the admissions decision.  Only the most recent attempt of a repeated course will be included in the calculation of the GPA.  

The Registrar’s Office will evaluate all credit the student transfers to the university in terms of equivalency in content, credit hours, and level. The chosen degree program, in cooperation with the Registrar's Office and the student's faculty advisor, will determine the applicability of this credit toward degree requirements.

Regardless of the number of hours transferred to the university, students must successfully complete a minimum of 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree chosen through instruction offered by Texas A&M University-Texarkana. The university will specify the minimum number of resident credit hours on the student’s official degree plan.

Texas A&M University-Texarkana determines applicability of transferred courses to requirements for specific degree programs.

Applicants must request transfer credit from accredited schools. The university will calculate all transferred regular academic credit the student attempts in the overall grade-point average.

Students may not enroll off campus during the semester they expect to graduate. The Registrar must record final grades from all courses the students has taken at another university on the student’s Texas A&M University-Texarkana transcript prior to the last semester of enrollment before graduation.

Accredited Institutions

The university will not accept credit from an institution that a regional accrediting association (North Central, Southern, New England, Middle States, etc.) has not accredited by. The university limits courses a student took at an institution that has only national, professional, or specialized accreditation to the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree program, and the credit will not apply to other degrees. The Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) must recognize accreditation bodies.

An accredited evaluation service, such as World Education Services, must evaluate all credits a student transfers from an international college or university. For more information, contact the A&M-Texarkana
Registrar’s Office at 903-334-6601 or registrar@tamut.edu.

Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS)

The Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) has been designed for the purpose of aiding students in the transfer of general academic courses between colleges and universities throughout Texas. Common courses are freshman and sophomore academic credit courses that have been identified as common by institutions that are members of the common course numbering system. The system ensures that if the student takes the courses the receiving institution designates as common, then the courses will be accepted in transfer and the credit will be treated as if the courses had actually been taken on the receiving institution’s campus.  Students may view what courses Texas A&M University-Texarkana has identified as common and their TCCNS equivalents by visiting the Texas Common Course Numbering System website.

Transfer of Lower Level Government Courses

Per the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Lower Division Course Guide Manual, students are required to complete six hours of Government which must include Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the States, with special emphasis on Texas.  The acceptable combinations are:

If a student takes GOVT 2305 and PSCI 2302 or GOVT 2306 and PSCI 2302, one of the following courses must be completed to satisfy the Government requirement:

Transcripting Credit from Vocational Schools

The registrar's office will post to transcripts vocational courses only if the community college which awarded the credit has converted the courses to academic credit or the credit is a completed Applied Associates degree transferred into the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) program. The university will not apply credit for vocational courses to other degrees.

A regional accrediting agency or by an agency approved by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) must accredit the vocational school. The university will not award credit for the vocational courses if it determines that the student used the vocational courses for a high-school diploma.

Clock hours will equal semester hours on the ratio of 30:1. Thirty clock hours equal one semester hour unless the issuing institution recommends otherwise. The university will transfer quarter hours and semester hours on the vocational transcript in the same manner as academic credit. Quarter hours times 2/3 equals the number of credit hours. The registrar’s office will use grades for vocational courses to compute the overall GPA.

Transcripting Credit from Foreign Schools

A student must submit course work from a foreign institution through a recognized foreign-transcript-evaluation service.  If the service determines that the course work is equivalent to baccalaureate-level course work in the United States, the university will add the course work to the student’s academic history. However, the university will exclude the course work from GPA calculations. In most instances, foreign course work does not meet any specific course equivalent; therefore, the student cannot apply the work to degree-plan requirements.