Transfer of Units
Prior to approving a request to transfer units, the Department Graduate Advisor should be satisfied that the courses being transferred are equivalent to UCSB offerings, particularly if they involve substitutions for departmental requirements. A General Graduate Student Petition is not necessary if the department is recognizing competencies attained in previous coursework rather than in unit credit.
Students must complete one academic quarter at UCSB before petitioning to transfer units. The student's department and Graduate Division must approve the request.
Students may transfer, to UCSB, units from upper-division and graduate courses that were completed while the student was enrolled in another graduate program. A grade of B or better is required and courses already applied toward a degree awarded are not transferable.
Students may transfer a maximum of 8-quarter units from an accredited college outside of the UC system and a maximum of 12-quarter units from another UC. Transferred units do not affect UCSB academic residency requirements.
Currently enrolled graduate students may not take courses through UCSB Professional and Continuing Education (formerly UCSB Extension) that can be completed through regular enrollment at UCSB. If courses are taken, no unit credit will be counted toward fulfillment of degree requirements.
Transferred units appear on transcripts as follows:
- Non-UC institutions - only total number of units transferred appear on unofficial and official transcripts
- Other UCs - name, course title, units and grade appear on unofficial and official transcripts
- UCSB Professional and Continuing Education - course title, units and grade appear on unofficial and official transcripts
Waiver of Graduate Council Requirements
In situations where there is a request for a waiver of Graduate Council requirements, students in consultation with their departments should contact Graduate Division Academic Services.