Transfer credit evaluations are coordinated by the Office of the University Registrar for all admitted students who have completed college coursework in the U.S.

For course credit to transfer, the grade earned must be equal to a C or better, and the content and depth of the course must be similar to a course offered at Boston University.

Note that the grade you earned in the course does not transfer; only the credits do (i.e., your previous grades will not contribute to your Boston University GPA).

Please visit the Registrar’s website to learn more about the transfer credit process and courses from your college that may already have transfer equivalency at Boston University. 

Transfer students who have completed college coursework internationally will receive their transfer credit evaluations through Undergraduate International Admissions. You may contact this office at or 617-353-4492.

Business Course Transfer Equivalency Appeal:

Previous coursework that may be awarded elective credit toward degree requirements includes:

  • Introduction to Business/Business Ethics
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Business Statistics
  • Modeling Business Decisions
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Business Law
  • International Management
  • Business Communications
  • Introduction to Management Information Systems

Coursework in the above areas at the introductory level ONLY that receives elective credit (e.g. AC 2** or IS 2**)can be appealed to be reviewed for equivalency credit by submitting the Business Course Transfer Equivalency Appeal Form below.  This information can be found through your Student Link, under the Academics Tab, by clicking the External Credits & Test Scores Tab. If you took a business statistics course and received CAS MA 1**, CAS MA 115, or 116 the course can be reviewed for QST QM 221 or 222.

You may appeal for transfer equivalency only once per course, and you must do it in your first semester of enrollment in Questrom. 

Appeals must be submitted by September 12th.  These will be reviewed and students will be informed before spring 2020 registration, tentatively October 14th. Appeals received after this deadline will not be considered.

If a course is determined to be not equivalent in content and rigor to Questrom courses, the student will need to re-take the course at Questrom but will retain elective credit for the previously completed course.

Previous coursework that will not be awarded credit toward degree requirements includes coursework in:

  • Accounting (intermediate or advanced)
  • Business Analytics (intermediate or advanced)
  • Entrepreneurship (any level, including introductory coursework)
  • Finance (intermediate or advanced)
  • Management Information systems (intermediate or advanced)
  • Marketing (any level, including introductory coursework)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management (intermediate or advanced)
  • Operations management (any level, including introductory coursework)
  • Strategy & Innovation (any level, including introductory coursework)
  • Any other coursework in areas that are similar or equivalent to upper level concentration electives or courses that are part of the Cross-Functional Core semester
  • Courses for which Questrom does not offer equivalent or similar courses, regardless of level (e.g., fashion business courses)

Liberal Arts Credits

Most liberal arts courses are awarded with transfer credit if they have been completed at regionally accredited institutions. Your preliminary credit evaluation lists courses that have been evaluated as direct equivalents of liberal arts courses that are required for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.

The Questrom School of Business may also award credit for strong scores in the College Board AP, International Baccalaureate, A-Level, and/or German Abitur Exams. Acceptable exams are limited to the liberal arts.

Other Credits

Credit is not granted for internships, physical education, dance, musical group/class, or ROTC courses, or for activities such as orientation, choir, band, or student service.

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