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Transfer Credit

We understand that one of your concerns is how credits from your prior institution(s) will transfer to Salem State University. Prior to acceptance we encourage you to use two tools available on our website to predict your transfer credits:

Academic flowsheets are a tool for you to use to view your plan of study at Salem State University. The left side of the flowsheet generally contains all core requirements. The right side lists the requirements and support courses for your major, the minimum number of free electives required for your particular major, as well as a minor and foreign language, if required. Please note that the flowsheet is for the current academic year and is subject to change.

The Transfer Equivalency Viewer is a database which allows you to see which courses from your current institution have been evaluated by Salem State University in the past and how/if it can be transferred. If a course is not listed in the database, it would only be assessed by transfer services after you have been accepted.

Articulation agreements outline how a specific academic program at a specific institution transfers into a particular major at Salem State. Become familiar with MassTransfer policies if you are transferring from a Massachusetts public institution.

General Policies

Courses that are comparable to Salem State courses generally transfer. Transfer credit is based on factors including, but not limited to, accreditation, comparability of courses, faculty credentials, and other requirements.

  • In general, C- is the minimum grade required to transfer a course
  • A total of 68 credits may be transferred from two-year institutions
  • Please note you must successfully complete at least 30 credit hours at Salem State in order to receive your bachelor's degree from us

Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

You can earn course credit through AP credit (score of 3 or higher required), CLEP general and subject examinations, challenge exams, and ACTPEP exams. Contact the Student Navigation Center for a list of acceptable AP, CLEP and challenge exams.

Transfer Credit Evaluations

After you have been accepted, transfer services will start working on the Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE). If the courses have been previously evaluated by Salem State and are in our equivalency database, the credit will post onto the student’s Navigator account soon after acceptance. If the courses are not in the database, transfer services will facilitate the process of our faculty reviewing the courses to assign equivalency. If a course is listed as “No Rule,” it means it is currently under faculty review.


Contact admissions if you are:

Planning to apply to Salem State as a transfer student or
Have applied as a transfer student but have not yet been admitted

Contact transfer services if you are:

  • A newly admitted transfer student who has questions about transfer credit evaluations or
  • A returning (matriculated) Salem State student who has taken or plans to take coursework at another institution.
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