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Transfer Credits and Course Waivers

Transfer Credit Policies
Educational Credential Evaluators
Transfer Credit Limits
Course Waiver Policies

Transfer Credit Policies
Students may transfer credit for courses completed at outside universities, colleges, training institutes, other educational institutions, and examination centers, provided the prior learning satisfies meaningful elements of the student's program of studies. Course credit and equivalency credit from proficiency examinations completed at outside institutions cannot be granted credit in transfer, if already to a prior degree. However, credit applied to a prior degree may be considered for course waiver eligibility or may be applied as a supporting element within a professional portfolio presentation. Students are advised to carefully review the University's transfer credit requirements and guidelines and undertake detailed discussions with the primary mentor concerning credit transfer and course waiver alternatives.

Immediately following registration, the primary faculty advisor shall determine the acceptability of proposed transfer courses, as an integral part of the design of the student's Study Plan. To receive transfer consideration, students must submit official transcripts or other formal documentation certifying satisfactory completion of the courses or training under consideration. However, if upon careful inspection, any proposed transfer course proves unsatisfactory in meeting the learning objectives under inspection at this University, the credit transfer would be disallowed.

Educational Credential Evaluators
Approved Credential Evaluator Associations
Approved Credential Evaluator Organizations

If coursework was completed in countries that do not follow a comparable transcript system, or where the transcript is in other than the English language, students may be requested to submit official translations of the documents and official educational credential evaluation document at the time of application. Credential evaluators conduct an official review of coursework and present an itemized report clarifying the semester credit equivalency of the completed coursework related to the American system of higher education.

The University will accept credential evaluations from any recognized organization, but students should consult the University Administration for information regarding the acceptability of an educational credential evaluator. The primary faculty holds the responsibility to review the effectiveness of the proposed transfer coursework, proficiency examination, or training review and recommend acceptance (or rejection) of credit. The final decision regarding any appeal rests with the Program Director.

Credential Evaluator Associations
Akamai University recognizes and approves credential evaluators that are members of the following associations and reputable organizations:

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers [AACRAO]
Association of International Educators [NAFSA]
American Evaluation Association [AEA]
Comparative and International Education Society [CIES]

Approved Credential Evaluators
The following credential evaluators have been reviewed and approved by Akamai University for admission and equivalency purposes:

Morningside Evaluations and Consulting
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
ForeignDegrees.Com

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Transfer Credit Limits
The University has placed a maximum limit of 75% on the number of semester credits that students may transfer into their degree program from outside institutions. In addition, our students are required to pursue studies and remain in good standing for a sufficient period of time to allow adequate association and interaction between the student and the University faculty. Primary faculty advisors and course instructors need adequate time to observe our students in action, both in their communications with members of their review committees, and through minimum required coursework. Therefore, students with extensive coursework eligible for transfer will still be required to pursue additional coursework or research and examination activities after registration with Akamai.

The minimum enrollment period is an indisputable element of educational quality and it is deemed a non-waivable element of the all degree programs. Consequently, regardless of what amount of work students have completed at outside institutions, they are required to complete a minimum period of enrollment as an element of the degree program. To support this policy and assure academic quality, the University has established minimum enrollment periods for each degree level.

The length of a degree program will depend on a number of factors including the number of credits transferred into the program and the pace at which the student is able to pursue the remaining course of study. Typically, at Akamai University, the Bachelor's and Master's programs will take approximately 1-2 years and the Doctorate about 2-3 years.

As a degree requirement, students must be enrolled in the Bachelor's or Master's program for a minimum of one calendar year and the Doctoral program for 1.5 years. Students are required to maintain good standing for the minimum period of time, regardless of how many credits the student transfers or how rapidly the student is able to work. Under special circumstances, students that complete their coursework with honors will be permitted to waive any balance of time remaining upon completion of all mandated elements of the degree.

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Course Waiver Policies
Course waivers allow students to bypass required coursework, if they have already completed this work at a prior college institution or in an alternative manner, such as, formal non-college training. The primary faculty advisor holds the responsibility to review the effectiveness of the proposed course waivers and recommend acceptance (or rejection). The final decision regarding any appeal rests with the Program Director.

Students receiving a course waiver will substitute an elective course to serve their academic and professional needs under the guidance of the primary mentor. Although adequate documentation for a waiver is required for the student's permanent record, course waivers do not show on the student transcript and do not apply toward the minimum credits required for the degree.

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