Credits earned in graduate-level courses taken at URI as a non-matriculating student are called “Advanced Standing Credits.” Credits earned in graduate courses taken at other Universities are called “Transfer Credits.”
Advanced Standing Credits: For 400-level classes and higher taken at URI within 5 years and not used for another degree plan, students may transfer no more than 14 credits into the MESM program as long as the classes are relevant to the MESM track the student is enrolled in.
Transfer Credits: For 400-level classes and higher taken at an accredited University other than URI and taken within 7 years and not used for another degree plan, students may transfer no more than 7 credits into the MESM program as long as the classes are relevant to the MESM track the student is enrolled in.
400- and 500-level graduate credits taken as an undergraduate but NOT used toward the bachelors degree can be transferred in and used for the MESM degree. This, however, requires a letter from the Academic Dean of the College stating that the credits were not part of the undergraduate program.
No more than 14 total credits of transfer and advanced standing credits may be counted toward the MESM degree. Classes must be in topics relevant to the MESM degree track that the student is enrolled in. The MESM track chair will determine the suitability of the classes to the MESM degree and the students Program of Study.
In Your Program of Study: When credit is desired for work taken at another University, the course(s) should be listed in the Transfer Credit section of the POS. An official transcript (sent directly from the other institution) should be on file in the Graduate School Office. A catalog description of the course and an explanation of the school’s numbering system should also be submitted. These courses must satisfy the requirements for transfer credit stated above and in Section 7.20 of the Graduate Student Manual.
Classes taken as a non-matriculating student at URI (advanced standing credit) are entered directly into the list of Program Credit Courses in the POS.