Transfer of Credit Policies and Articulation Agreements

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Transfer of Credits

Students who have taken college courses at another institution prior to attending Gratz College must present the necessary transcripts to the Admissions office before or during their first semester at Gratz College. Transfer credit will not be awarded for college level courses that are used to meet high school graduation requirements.
Courses will be given consideration for transfer credit only upon receipt of a seal-bearing, official transcripts sent by mail to the Admissions office, and, upon request, an official course description (e.g., from a course catalog). The student must attain a grade of C or better to be eligible for transfer credit.
Applicants to the Master of Arts in Education program may transfer a maximum of 6 graduate education course credits at the time of matriculation. Transfer credits are considered electives. For more information on transferring credits to the Master of Arts in Education program contact the Program Director, or 215 635-7300 x134.
Applicants to Gratz College Jewish studies or Jewish education programs may transfer up to 18 credits toward the M.A. or Ed.D. degrees with the approval of the Graduate Equivalency Committee.  A maximum of 6 credits may be transferred for a graduate certificate and 9 credits for an undergraduate certificate. A maximum of 81 credits may be transferred for the B.A. degree (60 liberal arts credits plus an additional 21 credits).

Life Experience Credits

Gratz College will grant undergraduate students up to eighteen credits for life experience, including up to six credits in Jewish studies. Gratz will charge students a reduced rate of tuition for these credits. The student petitioning for life experience credit will write an essay reflecting on the experience and on what he or she has learned, and what knowledge and skills and understanding the he or she has acquired. Ordinarily, the student’s petition will also be accompanied by a letter from a director or supervisor of the program in which the student participated. The letter will spell out the nature of the program and its educational content.

The number of credits granted will be determined by the Dean for Academic Affairs, in consultation with appropriate members of the faculty and administration. The Dean’s office will then notify the Office of Admissions of any award of credits. The following are some general guidelines:

  • Gratz gives life experience credit to undergraduates, not to graduate students except in exceptional circumstances.
  • Gratz gives credit for experiences after high school graduation, not for experiences or learning achieved as a child or in high school. Gratz does give credit for fluency in languages other than English.
  • Gratz does give credit to graduates of the Israeli bagrut examinations.
  • Gratz gives life experience credit for formal, non-academic educational experiences, e.g., study in non-academic institutions or participation in a non-credit bearing travel seminar. Ordinarily, Gratz does not give credit for informal experiences.
  • Gratz does give life experience credit for study in religious or synagogue-based or church-based classes and seminars. Ordinarily, Gratz does not give credit for participation in worship services or religious rituals.
  • Gratz students who teach or who are docents may get life-experience credit for their teacher training. Ordinarily, Gratz does not give credit for work experience as such, unless there is a distinct educational component.
  • Undergraduates at Gratz may arrange to receive credit for life-experience programs supervised by their advisors or by Gratz faculty members. Credit for life experience is not limited to learning achieved before matriculating at Gratz.
  • There is no fixed ratio between hours of life experience and credits earned. Life experience credits are given for achieved learning, not for participation as such.

Articulation Agreements

Gratz College has an articulation agreement with The Academy for Jewish Religion.