Credit Guidelines for B.S./Master’s Students

Rutgers CBE students from the class of 2020 and on will be allowed to transfer up to 12 undergraduate credits towards the completion of a Master’s degree. Only credits in excess of 120 can be transferred in this way.

Examples:

  • A student graduating with 130 undergraduate-level credits can transfer up to 10 credits
  • A student graduating with 145 undergraduate-level credits can transfer up to 12 credits

There is no limit on the number of graduate-level credits taken as an undergraduate that can be transferred to a Master’s degree.

Examples:

  • A student graduating with 124 undergraduate-level credits and 9 graduate-level credits can transfer up to 13 total credits
  • A student graduating with 134 undergraduate-level credits and 12 graduate-level credits can transfer up to 24 total credits
  • A student graduating with 116 undergraduate-level credits and 14 graduate-level credits can transfer up to 10 total credits (some graduate-level credits were used to meet the 120 credit minimum)

CBE has placed the following requirements on undergraduate credits to be transferred:

  1. Only courses with a grade of B or above can be transferred
  2. Only courses taken within the previous 6 years can be transferred
  3. Only courses from the following list may be transferred, up to a maximum of 12 credits
    1. 155:303 Transport Phenomena I (3 credits)
    2. 155:304 Transport Phenomena II (3 credits)
    3. 155:309 Thermodynamics II (3 credits)
    4. 155:341 Chem. Eng. Kinetics (3 credits)
    5. 155:415 Process Engineering Lab I (4 credits)
    6. 155:416 Process Engineering Lab II (4 credits)
    7. 155:428 Chemical Engineering Design (4 credits)

Graduate courses also require a grade of B or above to be transferred.

A total of 30 credits are required to complete a Master’s degree. As a reminder, there are 5 required core courses for the M.S. and the M.E. degree, so the transferred undergraduate courses are used to satisfy the elective requirements only.

Students requesting to transfer credits taken as an undergrad should complete the Transfer of Credit Application (available at the SGS website) after completing 9 credits as a graduate student. This means that the Master's degree will take minimum one semester following the completion of the undergraduate degree. 

The transfer of credit application should be completed and list all undergraduate and graduate courses that are requested to be transferred. Once they are approved, the courses can be listed on the Master’s Degree Application form.