Transferring Credits - Graduate Programs

Master’s, CAGS and Doctoral Transfer Credit

The student must be accepted into a specific degree and concentration for transfer credit to be accepted.

All Courses

All courses must meet the following criteria:

  • Only graduate courses designed for graduate degree credit may be accepted.
  • Courses completed at regionally accredited institutions authorized to grant graduate/post-graduate degrees may be accepted.
  • Only grades of B (3.0) or better are considered; other grades must be confirmed as equivalent to B or better.
  • Courses must be degree credit-bearing graduate courses that are not professional development or continuing education unit courses.
  • Courses must meet current program requirements.
School Collaborative Courses
  • School Collaborative courses (Cambridge College) courses are not transferable into any licensure program.
  • Only one (1) School Collaborative course taken at or through Cambridge College prior to matriculating into a non-licensure program may be transferred, if it meets all other transfer credit guidelines and current program requirements.
Professional Development and Continuing Education Units
  • Professional development and continuing education units (CEU) are not eligible for transfer into graduate programs.
  • Professional development course(s) up to three credits total from another institution may be accepted into non-licensure degree programs, providing the granting college or university accepts the course(s) into its own graduate degree program.
  • Professional development courses are not transferable into any licensure program.
School of Management Graduate Certificate Programs
  • Students who have completed a 12 or 16 credit  graduate certificate program in the School of Management within 5 years of re-applying, may be eligible to transfer all of those credits into a Masters of Management degree program

School of Education: CAGS and EdD
  • CAGS and EdD transfer courses must be advanced graduate level; courses open to undergraduate students are not accepted.
Courses NOT Acceptable

Courses not acceptable for master’s, CAGS or doctoral transfer credit:

  • Coursework taken at other institutions after enrollment in a degree program or during an absence from Cambridge College
  • Field experiences, practica and internships
  • Independent learning, research and applied action projects (final projects cannot be replaced by transfer credit)
  • Courses/credits included in another degree (anticipated or completed)
Licensure Course Transfer

To safeguard your licensure application, a course is accepted for transfer into a licensure program only if:

  • The content matches a corresponding Cambridge College required course, meeting the high standards of our programs, and
  • It is judged to match the requirements and expectations of the licensing authorities.

Counseling Licensure Courses - Final approval of other institutions’ course work for your licensure application is solely within the discretion of the licensing authorities; please seek their advice.

Educator Licensure Programs - All transfer of credit into educator licensure programs is defined by the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as a “waiver.” Records of all waivers are kept in student files, and are subject to audit at any time by the Mass. DESE. These records will be required when you apply for licensure.

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Nine credits may be accepted from an approved master of education program and 12 credits from an approved CAGS program; total: 21 credits.

Transfer Credit Limits


Credit Limit

Time Limit

Psychology and Counseling programs (MEd, CAGS)


5 years

Education programs (MEd, CAGS)



  • MEd licensure programs, CAGS (except as listed below)


5-7 years*

  • Instructional technology, law, and finance courses for licensure


3 years

  • *Time limit varies with subject and licensure area, as determined by program chair



  • MEd programs without licensure (except as noted on program charts)


no limit

Master of Management


7 years

  • Any completed Cambridge College management certificate program


5 years

Please Note - Quarter-hours are converted into semester hours at a 3/4 ratio and rounded the nearest whole number.

Transfer Credit Office - 617-873-0143 -