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Transfer of Academic Credit

Transfer to WISR of Academic Credit Received from Other Institutions

WISR will only accept transfer credit from accredited institutions, and further, that entering MS students must possess an accredited Bachelor’s Degree, and that entering EdD students must hold an accredited Master’s degree or 30 semester units of graduate study at an accredited institution, and demonstrate the ability to make creative scholarly and/or action-oriented leadership contributions during their studies. 

Foreign students must have their transcripts evaluated by an agency that is a member of one of the following two associations:

Graduate:

For WISR’s MFT program, students who have completed academic work which clearly meets State guidelines and WISR’s descriptions of the core courses required for WISR’s MFT MS in Psychology option may then receive up to 12 semester units of transfer credit.

For WISR’s MFT program, students who have completed academic work which clearly meets State guidelines and WISR’s descriptions of the core courses required for WISR’s MFT MS in Psychology option may then receive up to 12 semester units of transfer credit. Courses transferred for students entering the MFT program are evaluated by WISR’s President or Chief Academic Officer, sometimes in consultation with licensed MFT’s on WISR’s faculty, to make certain that the course titles/descriptions closely parallel State guidelines, as well as WISR’s descriptions for core MFT courses. Furthermore, students will be able to transfer coursework to the MS in Psychology program, up to the 12 semester unit maximum, to WISR’s MS in Psychology/MFT program, if they have received coursework from an unaccredited institution that has been approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (which oversees MFT and LPCC licensure requirements). The rationale here is that the California BBS’s approval of a degree program for licensure means that student coursework from those institutions meets the standards for State licensure, which is the main purpose of this degree program

In other graduate programs at WISR, each student’s prior graduate study is taken into careful account, in planning out her or his program of study, in order to build on the student’s strengths and avoid duplication of efforts. Some graduate course work is accepted for transfer in such cases. Credit is accepted for transfer only if it is determined, after examining the student’s transcript(s) and/or samples of the student’s academic work, that the work to be accepted for transfer credit is 1) relevant to the degree program into which they are transferring and comparable in substance and quality to work expected at WISR Some graduate course work is accepted for transfer in such cases. At the request of the prospective student, the President and/or the Chief Academic Officer, often in consultation with a subcommittee of WISR’s faculty, evaluates the student request for transfer of credit, based on the student’s transcript and other relevant evidence, such as course syllabi and/or samples of the student’s academic work.

No more than 9 units of doctoral level credit (only from accredited institutions) may be transferred toward Doctoral studies at WISR, and no more than 6 semester units (only from accredited institutions) may be transferred toward the MS in Education and Community Leadership.