University policy generally allows for up to 24 credit hours of courses to be transferred (i.e., to be applied toward your graduate degree requirements). If a student enters the Ph.D. Program with a thesis-based M.S. (or international equivalent) a total of up to 36 credit hours for combined courses and research can be transferred. Courses transferred must not have been used as (required for) credit toward your undergraduate degree. This information is used in the Admission to Candidacy form available at Admission to Candidacy
, which should be consulted for restrictions of transfer credit.
Obtaining transfer credit is not simply a way of saving yourself time. The Graduate Bulletin states
Students enrolled in thesis-based degree programs who have completed the minimum course and research requirements for their degree are eligible to continue to pursue their graduate program full time at a reduced registration [tuition] level.
The sooner you have your Admission to Candidacy form approved the sooner you (and your thesis advisor’s grant) qualify for reduced tuition. Please see Eligibility for Reduced Registration in the catalog on the Registration and Tuition Classification page.
The Physics Department’s Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC) reviews applications for transfer credit. See the form entitled Transfer of Course Credit in the Forms section on this page. You should apply to the GSAC in the first week of your first semester at Mines. This process can actually begin when you are admitted into the program so you can confirm, before accepting admission, how much transfer credit you will probably be granted. Inmaking decisions, the GSAC (or sometimes faculty who have recently taught a particular graduate orundergraduate course) will evaluate degrees, theses, transcripts, and course materials (text, syllabus, and assignments) from courses the applicant has taken, so please be prepared to bring in this material.
The GSAC also decides which courses taken elsewhere can be used in fulfillment of the requirements for the quality control process (used in lieu of a qualifying examination) in our department. To be considered for this purpose, these courses must have (i) been passed with a course grade of B (or better) or (ii) the contents of these courses must have been subject to a comprehensive examination (with a grade of B or better) for a graduate degree at your previous graduate institution. Foreign grading scales will be evaluated by the committee as needed.