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Student Academic Services: Transfer Course Equivalency Guide

The Seattle Pacific University Transfer Course Equivalency Guide has been designed to show you how credit from other institutions and approved testing programs generally transfers to SPU.

Information for Current SPU Students:

If you want to take a course elsewhere after matriculation at SPU, you must first have a discussion with your Undergraduate Academic Counselor.  If the request falls within policy guidelines as outlined in the online academic catalog for the year you were admitted to SPU, your academic counselor will give you appropriate paperwork, including the Application for Study Away. Note that study abroad courses also must be pre-approved by an academic counselor. Courses in the equivalency guide are not guaranteed to transfer without prior approval from the Academic Counseling Office in Student Academic Services.

Information for Prospective Students:

If you do not see a course listed in the equivalency guide for your transfer institution, this may not mean the course won't transfer; it could mean that no student has attempted to transfer the course to SPU. Contact an Academic Counselor for clarification if a course is not in the guide.

Transfer courses and Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) degrees:

If you completed a Washington State Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) associate degree or one of the comparable approved degrees from Oregon or California before enrolling at SPU, you will have fulfilled the majority of the university's common and exploratory education curriculum. Courses listed as non-transferable may transfer as part of the DTA degree.

An associate degree completed after initial matriculation at SPU will not be recognized, unless certain conditions apply, as outlined in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the online catalog. Prospective students with questions about course transferability should contact the Undergraduate Admissions office.

Students can access information in the SPU libraryHow do I use this system?

  1. Select the State, Country, or "Testing Programs" (for IB/AP/CLEP/Cambridge)
    Note: General information about the transfer of credit, including specific scores required, for AP, CLEP, and IB score reports can also be found in the Admissions section of the online catalog.
  2. Select the institution name or program.

Learn how to interpret the Transfer Course Equivalency Guide.


State / Program / Country:    Institution / Test:

Note: Some approved Engineering courses may not apply toward the Electrical Engineering major due to ABET accreditation. Please see the Electrical Engineering Department Chair (