The College of Engineering and Architecture does not award academic credit for work in lieu of courses. Students may receive credit for work completed in secondary school under the Advanced Placement (AP) Program administered by the College Board. Check the University website for the list of AP exams and scores required to be considered for transfer credit at Howard University. Advanced placement appears on a student’s transcript as “T” for transfer credit.
Once a transfer student is admitted, the transfer of courses from other institutions to Howard University is evaluated by his/her major department and the Office of Enrollment Management (for general education courses). The Chair, in consultation with faculty, uses the official transcript and course descriptions from the source institution to conduct an equivalency assessment of each transfer request in the context of curriculum requirements. Transfer credit is only awarded for courses of similar content and equal or greater credit hours, in which the student earned a grade of “C” or better. Generally, only sixty credits may be transferred toward CEA degree requirements (90 for Architecture), with the exception of special courses approved by the major Department Chair.
All courses taken at institutions other than Howard University that a student would like to have considered to be part of their degree program must be approved by the major department. Continuing students must receive approval prior to enrolling in courses from other institutions. To be considered for transfer credit, continuing students must submit to their faculty advisor the “Transfer Course Petition” and a detailed course description or syllabus that includes the topics covered in the course and number of credit hours. The advisor and department chair, in consultation with the appropriate faculty instructor(s), decide the merits of a transfer request in the context of curriculum requirements. Courses will only be approved from accredited institutions of higher education if the course is deemed to be of equal rigor and content as the course at Howard University. Once a student has received approval, by signature of the faculty advisor and department chair on the “Transfer Course Petition”, the student may proceed with registration for the course following the procedures of the external institution. Upon completion of the course, students must provide a sealed, official transcript and copy of the Transfer Course Petition to the Office of the Registrar in order to transfer approved courses to the students’ academic record. A student will receive transfer credit, not a grade, for any approved course in which they earned a grade of “C” or better.