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Transfer Credit

Thomas Edison State University will accept credit in transfer for courses completed at colleges and universities accredited by the six regional accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as providing the accreditation and pre-accreditation (“Candidacy status”) to postsecondary degree-granting educational institutions.  

In addition, the University offers a host of ways to earn credit for knowledge obtained in noncollegiate settings.

Examples include:

  • Courses and examinations approved through the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS) and the American Council on Education (ACE) College Credit Recommendation Service. The limit of National CCRS and ACE credits from a single source is 90 credits for a bachelor's degree and 45 credits for an associates degree.
  • Military service schools as recommended by the American Council on Education. Learn more.
  • Licenses, certifications and programs of study approved by Thomas Edison State University's Graduate or Undergraduate Council. Learn more.
  • Credit recommendations from a required course-by-course international credit evaluation completed by one of the following agencies: Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI); Center for Applied Research, Evaluations & Education, Inc.; Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE); World Educational Services, Inc. (WES); SDR Educational Consultants; SpanTran Evaluation Services; and Transcript Research. Learn more.
  • Thomas Edison State University may accept in direct transfer college-level credits earned at institutions accredited by national accreditation associations that have developed formal articulation agreements with Thomas Edison State University. Articulation agreements are posted at as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.
  • College-level skills and knowledge acquired outside the classroom or through courses from non-accredited institutions or institutions not reviewed by one of the aforementioned organizations may be validated through a variety of methods or testing options and/or through the Center for the Assessment of Learning at Thomas Edison State University.

Thomas Edison State University is covered by, and will strive to adhere to, the tenets of the Comprehensive Statewide Transfer Agreement adopted by New Jersey President’s Council on Sept. 22, 2008. Students who wish more specific information concerning the transfer of credit should contact the University at; Attention: Director of Transfer Evaluations.

If your credits were earned on a quarter system, the following conversion applies:

  • 2 quarter hours = 1.33 semester hours
  • 3 quarter hours = 2 semester hours
  • 4 quarter hours = 2.66 semester hours
  • 5 quarter hours = 3.33 semester hours

Articulation Agreements

Thomas Edison State University has entered into articulation agreements with many colleges and universities. An articulation agreement is a formal agreement or partnership between Thomas Edison State University and another institution of higher education. These articulation agreements determine which courses will transfer for degree credit or fulfill Thomas Edison State University course equivalencies.

Thomas Edison State University maintains specialized articulation agreements with the following institutions:

  • Association for Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools (AARTS), N.J.
  • StraighterLine, Inc.
  • PC Age Career Institute, NJ
  • Cumberland County College, NJ
  • Bergen Community College, NJ
  • Brookdale Community College, NJ
  • Mercer County Community College, NJ
  • Atlantic Cape Community College, NJ
  • Ocean County Community College, NJ
  • Bossier Parish Community College, LA
  • County College of Morris, NJ
  • De Anza College, CA
  • Raritan Valley Community College, NJ
  • Rutgers, NJ
  • Bucks County Community College, PA

Details on the terms of any Thomas Edison State University’s current or historical articulation agreements should be referred to the Office of the Registrar at

Thomas Edison State University also participates in the New Jersey Statewide Transfer Agreement. This agreement provides a statewide transfer agreement process to determine the transferability of courses to participating New Jersey colleges and universities. Participating institutions are listed at

Degree Completion Options Through Other Institutions

Several of Thomas Edison State University’s degree programs require course work that must be completed through other institutions or Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Students should read the specific information for earning credit in their chosen area of study to determine how to fulfill the individual degree requirements.

While most students are encouraged to utilize Thomas Edison State University methods of earning credit, they may select distance learning or classroom-based courses from a number of other institutions. Such institutions must be regionally accredited, and the courses selected must satisfy Thomas Edison State University degree requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that courses taken through other institutions meet his/her degree requirements at Thomas Edison State University.

Thomas Edison State University allows students to make use of a number of independent study and distance education courses that are offered by regionally accredited colleges and universities throughout the United States. Students may make arrangements with the University’s Office of Test Administration to have their independent study and distance education course examinations proctored by Thomas Edison State University. Students also may attend regionally accredited colleges in their own communities, transferring credits they earn to their Thomas Edison State University degree program.

View Transfer Credit Procedures and Appeal Guidelines

View New Jersey Statewide Transfer and Articulation Agreement Appeals Process

View Foreign Transcript Evaluation Policies for International Students

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