At Harrison Middleton University there are many ways to transfer credits and earn credit for your professional, military, and volunteer experience.
Harrison Middleton University’s transfer credit policy follows the guidance of the Joint Statement on the Transfer and Award of Credit from the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), American Council on Education (ACE), and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Harrison Middleton University considers ACE’s credit recommendations and other credit for prior learning options for transfer to degree programs. Students who have received ACE credit recommendations for training completed through the military, an employer, a federal or state agency, or a non-profit association, may be able to obtain transfer credit at Harrison Middleton University.
Policy on Awarding Transfer and Extra-Institutional Credit
While Harrison Middleton University reserves the right to accept or reject any or all academic credits offered for transfer, HMU’s policies aim to maximize the amount of credits students can transfer into their programs.
Master of Arts
A student enrolled in a master’s program must complete a minimum of eighteen (18) credit hours at Harrison Middleton University in order to earn a degree.
Harrison Middleton University does not accept experiential learning credits through portfolio evaluation for transfer into a master’s program.
A student enrolled in a doctoral program must complete a minimum of fifty-one (51) credit hours at Harrison Middleton University in order to earn a degree.
Harrison Middleton University does not accept experiential learning credits through portfolio evaluation for transfer into a doctoral program.
Transfer credit toward a degree may be awarded for postsecondary courses completed by the student at other institutions if such courses are found to meet the standards of Harrison Middleton University and the requirements of the specific program. Transfer credit must be from an appropriately accredited institution.
Harrison Middleton University accepts credit from graduate-level courses in which the student has earned a grade of “B” or better from an institution accredited by an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education or an institutional agency recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or its successors. However, due to considerable differences in course content and instructional quality of work done at other colleges or universities, Harrison Middleton University does not consider grade points or hours attempted for work completed at other institutions. Therefore, transfer credit neither raises nor lowers a student’s grade point average.
The acceptance of transfer credits between institutions lies within the discretion of the receiving college or university. Credits earned at other institutions may or may not be accepted by Harrison Middleton University. Likewise, credits earned at Harrison Middleton University may or may not be accepted by another institution depending upon its own programs, policies, and regulations. Students planning to complete credit elsewhere before applying to Harrison Middleton University are advised to contact the Registrar and verify the acceptability of credits from that institution. Likewise, any student relying on Harrison Middleton University credit for transfer to or enrollment in another institution is urged to check with that institution prior to enrollment at Harrison Middleton University.
Master of Arts Transfer Credit Policy
Students pursuing a Master of Arts may transfer up to 18 credit hours from an approved institution(s) which satisfy the subject matter and curriculum requirements of the student’s chosen program at Harrison Middleton University.
Doctoral Transfer Credit Policy
Students pursuing a Doctor of Arts or Doctor of Education may transfer up to 9 credit hours from an approved institution(s) which satisfy the subject matter and curriculum requirements of the student’s chosen program at Harrison Middleton University. In instances where a student seeks to transfer more than the maximum allowable percentage of required credit hours, HMU will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the student’s credits earned and document how the credits align with program outcomes. In such cases, transfer credit allowances may not exceed 40 percent of the credits required for the doctoral degree.
Students can request to transfer credits when submitting their proposed program of study during The Great Conversation: The Cornerstone Course. Students must provide appropriate documentation of the successfully completed course. Appropriate documentation includes official transcripts mailed from the institution directly to the Harrison Middleton University Registrar and a copy of the institution’s catalog, syllabus, or course outline which includes summary information about the course(s) requested for transfer. Prior to enrollment, HMU will review transcripts and provide prospective students an estimate of what credits may be awarded and how they may be applied to a student’s degree pathway.
Harrison Middleton University’s transfer credit policy is fair and equitable. Students may appeal a transfer credit decision by submitting a written statement to the Vice President for Education (or designee). The Vice President for Education (or designee) is the final authority on all academic matters. Submit the appeal to the Vice President for Education (or designee) at e-mail: In*********@hm*.edu or by mail to:
Harrison Middleton University
Vice President for Education
3345 South Rural Road
Tempe, AZ 85282-5404
The appeal will be assessed within 30 days.
Other Credit by Examination Options
Harrison Middleton University accepts the recommendations of the American Council on Education’s National Guide. Semester hours of credit toward graduation earned on the basis of these examinations are granted with a grade of P (Pass), and neither raise nor lower a student’s grade point average. Harrison Middleton University does not offer testing for credit by examination.
Credit for Training Programs
The American Council on Education’s (ACE) credit recommendations for formal courses or examinations as outlined in the National Guide are accepted subject to the student’s degree requirements and the Policy on Awarding Transfer and Extra-Institutional Credit.
Any military training which is applicable to a program at Harrison Middleton University will be accepted for transfer credit based on the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE) as outlined in the ACE Military Guide. To be official, all required forms must be sent directly to Harrison Middleton University from the issuing authority.