Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support is here to support students as they navigate their transfer credits and research opportunities for taking courses off campus.  The purpose of this page is to provide students with a step-by-step guide that can help you to 1) learn about our degree requirements and 2) navigate how your credits will transfer to UMD.  If you have any questions about the information found on this page, please email transfer_engr@umd.edu.  

The first step to navigating the transfer credit process is to first understand what classes are required here at UMD. You can learn more about our degree requirements by visiting our Four-Year Plans page. The Four-Year plans page includes sample plans that can help you to create your own four-year plan. Each link is a PDF document that assumes the student will begin as a freshman with Calculus I (MATH140). These plans are adaptable based on how you begin your first semester.

When reviewing the four-year plans, you'll notice that each PDF document includes two pages. We refer to the first page as the "curriculum sheet." The curriculum sheet serves as a checklist and includes a comprehensive list of all the courses that you will need to complete in order to graduate. You'll also notice that there are four main overaching categories included in the curriculum sheet.

  1. General Education: All students at UMD are required to complete GenEd. You can learn more about our GenEd courses by visiting gened.umd.edu. Some transfer students are eligible to be waived of the GenEd requirements (with the exception of Professional Writing). GenEd requirements can be waived if you have completed one of the following credentials: 
    • Completed an associate's degree from a Maryland community college;
    • Completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution; 
    • Completed the general education package at another MD state school (e.g., UMBC, Townson, Frostburg).
  2. Basic Sciences: The second component of our curriculum includes basic sciences. These are the foundational math and science classes needed to earn a degree in the Clark School of Engineering. Note: All gateway admission requirements are included as part of the basic science requirements.
     
  3. Engineering Sciences: The third requirement includes our Engineering Science courses -- or our ENES courses. All students in the Clark School of Engineering are required to complete Intro to Engineering Design (ENES100). The other ENES courses are required based on each student's specific major. You can learn more about our ENES courses by visiting Keystone Program website.
     
  4. Major Requirements: The next set of requirements is specific to each major. Most majors have a subset of core requirements that all students take. From there, students will have the opportunity to take technical electives. More information about each undergraduate major can be found on our Degree Programs page.

The second page of the PDF four-year plan document is the sample four-year plan. Please be advised that all plans are created using UMD course codes. In order to find out how the course codes from your institution will transfer to UMD, review the information included in Step 2.

The Transfer Credit Services Office at the University of Maryland has created a Transfer Credit Database that allows students to look up coursework at their current institution in order to see how each class will transfer to UMD. Students can access the database directly on the Transfer Credit Services website . 
 
In order to help you navigate the database, the Pre-Transfer Advising Team at UMD has created a Step-by-Step guide to help students learn about UMD's Transfer Credit Database. 
 
Prior to orientation, students can review their unofficial transcript to see how their credits have transferred. Incoming credits are posted on a continuous basis depending on when your final transcripts are sent.  Be sure to send in your final transcript(s) from your prior institution(s) and continuously monitor your UMD transcript to ensure that all credits are posted.   
 
All courses that have been accepted for transfer will be noted, and courses that are listed as credit pending, needs a syllabus, or needs an evaluation (N1 or NE) will require further review to determine transferability.  To learn more about how to interpret your transcript, please visit the Transfer Credit website.
 
Students can begin the Transfer Credit Evaluation Process at any time by submitting syllabi for review. 
 
Students with Prior Learning Credit (e.g AP, IB, CLEP, etc) will need to send an official score report directly from the appropriate organization (e.g College Board). Pending receipt of the scores, students can determine how these credits will transfer by viewing the corresponding Prior Learning Credit chart.

Transfer Credit Services (TCS) oversees the evaluation of undergraduate transfer courses for acceptabilityby UMD. It is the academic department (administering the course content) that completes the evaluation to determine the acceptability of the courses for transfer to UMD. A transfer course CANNOT be applied toward satisfying a degree requirement until the course has been deemed acceptable for transfer by the University of Maryland.

Students interested in having UA&AS help them through the course evaluation process, should utilize the following online form to submit course syllabi for review: go.umd.edu/courseeval.  Please note that this form was created by Engineering and is a tool for students to communicate with the transfer engineering advisor.  Official course evaluations must be sent through Transfer Credit Services in order to be posted to student records.


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