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Grad Admissions FAQs: Programs, Academics

How many credits are required to graduate from SIS?
It depends on the program. The total number of credits required by standard MA programs varies from 39 to 42.

I completed graduate courses at another university before applying to American University. Can I transfer these credits and  will they fulfill degree requirements?

  • Students are eligible to transfer in credits during their first semester at AU. At that point the student should discuss with his/her academic advisor the applicability and feasibility of credit transfer, including whether a course[s] could substitute for core  requirements. Students can transfer in no more than 6 credits of  graduate coursework to any SIS graduate degree program.
  • Students must have received a B or better in any credits they seek to transfer and must submit an official transcript in a sealed envelope to his/her academic advisor who will submit the necessary transfer paperwork. The grades from transfer courses will not be factored into the student’s AU cumulative grade point average.  All transferred courses must have been completed within seven years prior to starting at American University.
  • In the case of international transcripts, an articulation may be required to determine the credit amount, grade, and if it is  equivalent to a course offered at American University.

Once I have applied into one academic program in SIS, can I change my field?
As admission decisions are specific to each program, students cannot change their programs during the admission process. Once admitted to a program/field, a student must stay in that program for one semester, at which point he or she can request a field transfer.  Field transfer applications are handled through the Graduate Advising Office.