Do doctoral credits transfer?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by armywife, Mar 18, 2005.

  1. armywife

    armywife New Member

    I was wondering if you can transfer credits from one doctoral program to another and if so how many? I remember as an undergrad you can transfer a lot and by grad school it was down to only 9 credits that could transfer max. I wondered if you can start one program and then move to another without losing credits. I am thinking of starting with NCU and then transferring to Nova if I can get into the program. They contacted me today and said they actually do have a concentration in Early Childhood Literacy which is exactly what I wanted. The problem is they are revamping their program and it won't be starting back up for another cycle. Either way I have to take these research/stat classes so I wondered if I could start taking one or two with NCU and transfer IF I get into the Nova program when it starts back up again.
  2. simon

    simon New Member

    RESPONSE: I would suggest that you speak directly with Nova and make certain that they will accept any credits completed at NCU prior to taking any coursework. Keep in mind that although NCU is RA it is accredited by the North Central Association and not by the Southern Association that accredits Nova. NCA is known to be very flexible and receptive to schools such as doctoral programs without residency requirements offered at NCU, wherein the Southern Association appears to have more stringent requirements. Therefore, there is no guarantee that Nova will automatically accept graduate credits from other regions and this issue needs to be clarified.
  3. Andy Borchers

    Andy Borchers New Member

    Programs vary on this point - but many programs that I've reviewed allow a maximum of 2 courses (6 or 8 credits) and they can be picky about what they'll take.

    Regards - Andy

  4. Anthony Pina

    Anthony Pina Active Member

    U.S. doctoral programs will have a certain amount of residency units that you are required to take from that institution. The actual amount of residency varies by university. Beyond the residency requirements, doctoral programs generally have more latitude than masters programs when it comes to transfer units. Masters programs typically allow up to 9 units (three courses) to transfer, if the courses to be transferred are equivalent to those offered by the program.

    I had started a Ph.D. program at Arizona State University and moved to California for job-related reasons before I could complete it. I looked at several doctoral programs in California to finish my doctorate. Nearly all of them were willing to transfer my ASU credits into their programs.

    I would recommend that you shop around for the right institution and program for you. Talk to the department chairs/program advisors at a few institutions and show them your transcripts. It is perfectly legitimate for you to ask them, "If I were to be accpeted into your program, how many of my units at this previous institution could be applied to my doctorate?" The answer could help you decide which institution to choose.

    With so many doctoral programs available, you should be able to find one that can give you the maximum credit for your prior schooling.

    Tony Pina
    Administrator, Northeastern Illinois University
  5. joycealim

    joycealim New Member

    I am stuck with 44 doctoral credits that will not transfer anywhere. Each school I contact will either only take 12 at the most and the others will take them all but you have to go through their 3 or 4 or 5 year program.
  6. Shawn Ambrose

    Shawn Ambrose New Member

    With 44 credits, why not finish where you started if you don't mind me asking?
  7. consultco

    consultco New Member

    If you find Nova will accept your transfer credits, view it as a contract and get the information in writing, including specific names of courses if possible.

    Regarding the 44 non-transferable credits: Saybrook University has an ABD program that might be of use. I could not find a link to that page, but here is the one for the website: Welcome to Saybrook University
  8. truckie270

    truckie270 New Member

    PSSST - this thread is from 2005.

    Valdosta (SACS) let me transfer 6 semester hours from NCU (NCA).
  9. joycealim

    joycealim New Member

    I went to the University of Phoenix and trust me they are different (for lack of a good curse word) My instructor failed me on my residency by 2 points and wrote that I did not get along with others in the class and that I was not good management material. I am sure my previous managerial positions with fortune 500 companies will be surprised to hear that.
  10. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Doctoral programs do not take much in the way of transfer credits.
  11. ITJD

    ITJD Active Member

    Perhaps. All I'd say is stuff happens and either you weren't on your game in the classroom or you ran into the one prof that didn't take any guff from "experienced" people.

    You're always going to be better off (provided this is an option) swallowing some pride and jumping through hoops to get through your original program than you're going to be by transferring to another program.. at least in terms of time.

    However, here's the other side of it.

    1. There are other schools online with a better rep than UoP, even in the doctoral space. I'd personally eat the 40 credits and go to Capella before I'd consider UoP.

    2. There may be some programs that will accept those credits, but they're going to do it on a case-by-case basis and if you have a failing mark at UoP, they're going to likely not take those credits as fully as you'd like them to.

    So either way, nose to grindstone and good luck.
  12. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    If you can't transfer them maybe UoP will give you a masters degree.
  13. Dave Wagner

    Dave Wagner Active Member

    Short answer: No. Nearly always doctoral credits don't transfer because you must take so and so's version of a course because "nobody matches their expertise in the field..." Wear your boots please... because the field is covered with cow pies.
  14. joycealim

    joycealim New Member

    It is all about money. My last instructor had no control of the class. She was a rambling rose. We had to do a journal. This simply means that we tell what we learned and what we want to accomplish. This$#@$%^ troll gave me an f on the journal. How do you fail a diary?
  15. Dave Wagner

    Dave Wagner Active Member

    Hi Joyce, what was the name of the course? Curious. Are you certain that you satisfied the stated requirements of the assignment? If so, you should take up the issue with the instructor or the Dean.
  16. joycealim

    joycealim New Member

    I think it was more of a matter of kissing ass. I was not willing to kiss the pseudo profs he made insensitive racial remarks. None of the people of color returned to the program. I think the the air was a little rare up there.

  17. joycealim

    joycealim New Member

    The course was a doctoral seminar. No printed matter and we were at the mercy of the instructor. It was quite a subjectiveseminar. In actuality it was about nothing.

  18. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    The Seinfeld seminar? :smile:

  19. joycealim

    joycealim New Member

    lol You are absolutely right
  20. jcmoore2010

    jcmoore2010 New Member

    not sure the circumstance of your situation...but i was harassed out of a job at phoenix after starting my mba in business back in 2009...the school itself is suspect as far as academics are concerned in my opinion, i like to call it the 15 minute degree. i've heard about both situations, absolutely horrible students being allowed to progress in a field where they weren't recommended for graduation through their practicum. could be a combination of either the instructor sucks, the student is bad, or the student is good and the instructor is bad...just depends on the situation, i've had some horrible instructors who were no help at all did not return emails, did not assist with questions related to the material, etc ,etc then i've had instructors that were great. knew what they were doing (for the most part), and were very helpful. this is few and far between these days, i think...

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