Frequently Asked Questions - Transfer of Credit
Yes. However, each student's situation tends to be different so all such inquiries should first be made to the International Student Service in the International Programs & Services here at George Mason University ((703) 993-3964). Once the general transfer situation of the student has been clarified, they should then make application to transfer credits in the normal way (see above).
The maximum, total number of credits that may be transfered into the MS in Telecommunications program is 12 credits. This total includes both courses taken as a non-degree student at George Mason University as well as appropriate graduate level course taken at other universities.
Graduate-level courses from universities offering ABET accredited programs may be transferred, depending on where they were taken, the grade earned in the course to be transferred, the course syllabi, and the status of the student. However, a course may only be transferred in if it will fit within the student's program of study for the MS in Telecommunications.
Assuming that courses to be transferred will be applicable within the MS in Telecommunications program, and that the grade earned in the course to be transferred is at least a B, the following rules apply: (1) Up to two courses taken from out-of-state (i.e., outside Virginia) universities may be transferred in; (2) Up to four courses taken from UVA, VT, ODU, and VCU may be transferred in; (3) Up to four courses taken from Virginia state Universities, other than those in above, may be transferred in. However, the total number of transfered credits cannot exceed 12 credits under any circumstances.
NOTE: If a student wishes to transfer in fourthey must enter the program as regular master's students. Non-degree applicants may transfer in courses provided the total number of course credits (course(s) being taken as a non-degree student and the courses being transferred in from an outside institution) does not exceed 12. Remember that only 12 credits worth of courses may be transferred into regular status from non-degree status.
For a student in non-degree status, probably the best time to apply for admission in regular, degree seeking status is in the semester when you are taking courses that will bring your total number of credits to 9 or 12 in the MS in Telecommunications program. For example, if you started the first semester taking TCOM 500 and the pair TCOM 501/502 and were successful in both courses, you now have 6 credits in the program. In the next semester, whether you sign up for one 3-credit class or two 3-credit classes (bringing your overall total in the program to 9 or 12 credits, respectively), you must submit your application to enter the program as a regular master's student by the due date in that semester. If you miss the appliation deadline you will have to sit out a semester to avoid losing credits. It is possible to apply for admission in regular staus during your first semster.
HINT: Application for regular status requires three letters of recommendation. If you do not already have these, you should request such letters of recommendation from the instructors who teach you while you are a non-degree student.
Students may have up to 12 credits of courses transferred from non-degree status to degree status. Students should therefore complete their application for regular masters' degree status AND HAVE BEEN ADMITTED to the MS in Telecommunications before they begin any course that will earn them more than a total of 12 credits in their MS in Telecommunications program.
No, but a non-degree student must apply for admission to regular, degree-seeking status. Non-degree students must also bear in mind that at most 12 credits can be transfered to be applied towards the MS degree.