Degree Requirements

The academic regulations at Pace University are designed to ensure adherence to standards of academic excellence while affording the latitude and flexibility necessary to accommodate the needs of and conditions faced by a diverse student body.

Requirements for a Bachelor's or Associate Degree are:

  • Successful completion of the requirements for a major program as specified in the catalog current at the time of a student’s matriculation or as subsequently amended. A bachelor's degree normally requires completion of 120 or 128 credits, although some majors may exceed this requirement. An associate degree requires successful completion of 60–66 credits, and a minor requires completion of 12–18 credits. Students should consult the curricula described in the sections for the academic schools within this catalog for the exact number of credits and courses required for their major program.
  • Completion of at least 30 (for 120 credit programs) 32 (for 128 credit programs) credits in residence at Pace University for all bachelor's degrees, and the associate in science degree in early childhood development and for all associate in applied science degrees. Associate in arts and associate in science degrees require that 30 credits of the 60-credit programs be completed at Pace.
  • Completion of at least one-half of the major program and one-half of a minor program, if the student elects one, in residence at Pace University. Students pursuing a bachelor of business administration degree must also complete at least one-half or 50 percent of the business credits required for the BBA, including business core, major and auxiliary requirements, in residence at Pace University.
  • A minimum cumulative QPA of 2.0 (unless indicated differently by a school, college, or specific major)
  • A minimum QPA of 2.0 in the student’s major (unless indicated differently by a school, college, or specific major)
  • All financial obligations and academic requirements to the University must be met before the student’s diploma is released.

Transfer Credit Policy for Undergraduate Students

Responsible Executive: Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Responsible Office: Office of the Registrar

Effective Term: Fall 2014

Revision Date: August 21, 2014

  1. Types of Transfer Credit Accepted by Pace University
    The following statements describe the sources of acceptable transfer credit:
    1. Pace University will accept transfer credit from institutions accredited by a regional affiliate of the Commission on Higher Education. Prior coursework should be completed at institutions that are fully accredited by regional accrediting agencies or are recognized candidates for accreditation. These regional accrediting agencies include:
      1. Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
      2. New England Association of Schools and Colleges
      3. North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
      4. Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
      5. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
      6. Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    2. Pace University will accept transfer credit from non-regionally accredited institutions upon review of course descriptions and/or syllabi. These institutions must be approved by the U.S. Department of Education and hold either professional or national accreditation, as verified by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The Council for Higher Education Accreditation provides a searchable database of colleges and universities and their accreditations.
    3. Pace University will accept transfer credit from post-secondary level international institutions that are formally recognized by their country’s ministry of education or its equivalent.
    4. Pace University will accept transfer credit from institutions that have entered into transfer credit articulation agreements with the University.
    5. Pace University recognizes the achievements of students as represented by their successful completion of exams through the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, the French Baccalaureate Program, and General Certificate of Education Advanced Level Exams (GCE). Depending on the exam and the score achieved, students may earn credit applicable towards the Core Curriculum, major requirements, or elective requirements of their chosen major.
    6. Pace University offers assessment of prior learning, including credit by examination, experiential learning assessment, acceptance of American Council on Education recommended credit, and acceptance of National College Credit Recommendation Service recommended credit.
    7. Pace University will accept results of acceptable performance on standardized proficiency examinations. Where a standardized proficiency examination is not available, a Pace University departmental Challenge Proficiency Examination may be administered. The non-refundable cost of each examination is equal to one credit of tuition for each course challenged.
  2. Maximum Transfer Credit
    1. A maximum of 68 credits may be transferred from accredited two-year institutions toward a baccalaureate degree program. Credit will be granted only for equivalent lower-division and some upper-level courses offered at Pace University as determined by a designated transfer credit evaluator
    2. Specific credits are awarded dependent on the specific program the student enrolls in. A maximum of 96 credits may be transferred to a baccalaureate 128 credit degree program from accredited four-year institutions.  A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred to a baccalaureate 120 credit degree program from accredited four-year institutions.
    3. Up to 30 credits will be accepted for credit earned by completion of standardized examinations (i.e., AP, CLEP, and IB). Credits earned from these examinations are considered lower-division and are counted in the limits listed above.
    4. Up to 36 credits may be applied from prior learning assessment portfolios to the following degrees: Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Bachelor of Science in Professional Computer Studies, and Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Studies. Students may also apply up to 15 portfolio credits to the other bachelor degrees with permission of the advisers of the school in which the degree is offered.
  3. Grade Requirements
    Undergraduate transfer credit may be received only for courses taken at regionally accredited institutions in which a grade of C or better was earned (C– grades are not transferable). The grades received at other institutions will not be used in the calculation of the Pace University cumulative grade point average. Credit will also be granted for courses in which a grade of P has been earned as long as the other institution’s grading scale clearly indicates the P grade as being equivalent to at least a grade of C (2.0).
  4. Transfer Credit Conversion
    Pace University’s academic calendar is based on the semester system. College credit is accumulated based on semester hours. If the previous institution attended was not on a semester system, a credit conversion will be required and completed as follows:
    1. Quarter hour system - A conversion of hours must be completed to reflect the proper number of credits for each course. To convert credit hours to the semester system from the quarter system, multiply by 0.667. The table below reflects the number of semester credits granted for quarter-hour credits.
      Quarter Hours Semester Hours
      6 4
      5 3
      4 2
      3 2
      2 1
      1 No Credit
    2. Pace University does not offer “half” credit courses. If courses from the previous institution attended did not have whole semester hours, the credit hours of those courses will be rounded down (example: 2.5 credits are rounded down to 2). The contact hours of a half -credit course does not meet the contact hour requirement for a one-credit course at the University. Whenever possible, courses containing half credits will be grouped together to grant the most credit possible to the student.
  5. Evaluation of Academic Records and Credit Limitations
    Course Equivalency - Courses transferred must be applicable and comparable to corresponding courses in the academic program in which the student is, or will be enrolled in, at Pace University. In cases where the student’s program at Pace University provides for electives, the student may receive elective credit toward the degree requirement for courses taken at another institution that are not offered at Pace University.

    It is important to note that Pace University awards transfer credits for those courses that are liberal arts in nature, or are applicable to a non-liberal arts program offered at the University (i.e. business, education, social work, etc.). Pace does not award credit for those courses that are highly specialized or technical such as secretarial courses, automotive repair, or construction technology. The University does not award transfer credit for courses that are designed to give students the necessary background for college-level work. Remedial courses such as basic writing skills, pre-algebra, and English as a Second Language (ESL) are not transferable.

    Review of Coursework - Transfer credit evaluations are based upon academic department approval of courses. This process has been automated so that the preliminary transfer credit evaluation can be completed and sent to the student soon after he or she is admitted to the University. Since the process is automated, most of the courses that are transferred to Pace have previously been evaluated by departmental chairpersons and are tracked on the Banner system. The University has a historic record of courses taken at other institutions that have been certified by each of the academic departments as equivalent to Pace University courses. The list of equivalencies can be accessed on the Transfer Credit Equivalencies webpage at  Personnel in the Office of Undergraduate Admission and the Office of the Registrar may grant transfer credit for introductory courses that can be applied to the University Core Curriculum before academic departmental equivalencies are determined.

    Students who have attended non-regionally accredited institutions of higher education may request that their coursework be evaluated for transfer credit. Credit will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and the student will be expected to provide course descriptions and/or syllabi to assist in evaluating the coursework.

    Courses that have not been previously evaluated are sent to the appropriate academic department for credit determination and then added to the Banner system. If the departmental chairperson cannot determine an equivalency after a review of the course description and/or syllabus, the course may be applied as General/Open elective credit depending on the program in which the student is enrolled. Any arts and sciences course that does not have an equivalency may be applied towards the Areas of Knowledge component of the University Core Curriculum or as General/Open electives.

    Note: Courses that are repeated at Pace University after transfer credit is applied will result in the removal of the transfer credit from the academic record at Pace University. The only exception will be for students admitted into the Challenge to Achievement at Pace (CAP) program who must complete placement examinations in English and Mathematics (see Transfer Credit for CAP Students statement).

    In cases where the same Pace University equivalency has been determined for two courses at different institutions, only one of the courses will be applied to the degree program. Transfer credit will not be given for the second course.
  6.  Advanced Placement 
    Incoming undergraduate students may receive credit through the Advanced Placement program. These tests are administered as early as the sophomore year in high school. Incoming freshman and transfer students who took an AP course in high school must submit their official score reports to be eligible for transfer credit. A list of acceptable scores is available on the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences’ webpage under Core Curriculum/Policies.
  7. College Level Examination Program 
    The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) may be taken by students prior to enrollment or concurrently while at Pace University. CLEP exams are offered in a variety of subjects and represent knowledge gained through coursework as well as through life or work experience. Current students must consult their academic advisor before taking any CLEP exam to ensure the exam will fulfill requirements of their major program. The CLEP score reports should be sent with the application for admission or immediately following completion of the exam. A score of at least 50 is needed to receive credit.
  8. Residency Requirement 
    The number of transferable credits is limited by the degree program to which the credits will be applied. All students are required to complete a minimum of 25% of the total number of credits required for their degree “in residency”.  Therefore if your program requires a total of 120 credits, the residency requirement is 30 credits. For programs that require a total of 128 credits or more, the residency requirement is 32 credits. Students are also required to complete 50% of their major and 50% of their minor requirements at Pace University. A major program is defined as those courses directly related to the student’s primary course of study (e.g., accounting, marketing, history, mathematics, computer science, etc.). For students in the Lubin School of Business, the business core requirement in the major field is considered part of the undergraduate major program. In addition, 50% of all business credits required for the BBA degree is to be completed at the University.
  9. Time Limits on Transfer Credit  
    Normally there is no time limit on the transfer of courses. However, in some subject areas and for some programs, courses taken over ten (10) years previously will not automatically be awarded transfer credit. The appropriateness of the subject matter will be taken into account.
  10. Transfer from International College/University 
    Academic records (transcripts) issued in a language other than English are required to be translated and attested by the institution of origin or an approved evaluation/translation agency accepted by Pace University. Transfer applicants should also submit an official catalog or syllabus of course work from each post-secondary institution attended to receive transfer credit. Course descriptions and syllabi must be translated for review by the appropriate academic department.

    Pace University will accept translations and evaluations from World Education Services (WES), Inc., University Language Services, Inc., or a translator/interpreter associated with the American Translator Association (ATA). It is important to ensure that translations and evaluations reflect US equivalency credits and grades to expedite the review of your previous academic records.

    International Examinations – Official grade reports should be submitted if French Baccalaureate (higher level only), International Baccalaureate (higher level only), or General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE) examinations have been completed. Credit is awarded based on the subject and the score received.
  11. Transfer Credit for Challenge to Achievement at Pace (CAP) Program Students
    Students admitted to Pace University through the CAP program will be placed into required English classes based solely on the results of their performance on Pace University’s Writing Placement Exam. Any previously earned credit for college-level English courses, or successful completion of exams through the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, will be accepted only as credits towards the General/Open Electives component of the chosen degree program.
  12. Transfer Students with Fewer than 17 Credits
    Full-time day students that transfer to Pace University with fewer than 17 credits are required to enroll in a University 101 class in their first semester unless they have received transfer credit for the equivalent of Pace University’s UNV 101 course. University 101 is not offered as an evening course.

    All exceptions to this policy must be approved in writing by the Office of the Provost. Exceptions will be maintained in the permanent student academic record.