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Transferring a Course — Current Students

Whether you’re an incoming transfer student or a current student who wishes to take courses at other institutions, the Office of the Registrar is here to help guide you through the steps you need to take to transfer courses and apply credit towards a degree at Biola University. Learn more about the process of transferring courses, using the course evaluation system, Biola’s transfer credit policy and more.

Incoming Students

As you prepare to transfer to Biola, make sure to pay close attention to our course transfer policies and transfer admissions process and requirements

Students transferring to Biola University are not required to complete a specific set of college courses, and also do not need to meet a minimum amount of college credits completed prior to applying. We do, however, recommend that you follow our core curriculum as a guide to get started.

Visit the Transfer Admissions website to learn more about course equivalencies, pathway guides, IGETC and CSU Breadth and more.

Course Transfer Process

  1. Connect with your transfer admissions counselor. Our transfer admissions counselors are available to answer any questions you have about the process of transferring course credit from another institution, so don’t hesitate to reach out with your questions.
  2. Review your transfer coursework on Degree Audit. Once your official transcripts are processed, your transfer coursework will be posted to your Degree Audit on MyAccount.
  3. Review the transfer course equivalency tool for information on how your college-level coursework will transfer. If a course is transferred as a "General Elective" that you would like to have counted for a specific course, please fill out a transfer petition form during your first semester.
  4. Contact your admissions counselor to receive your transfer evaluation.

Current Students

Once you have enrolled at Biola, current students who wish to take a class at another institution can request that Biola grant transfer credit toward a degree requirement. Make sure to check how courses will transfer before completing them to ensure the least amount of credit loss.

How to Transfer Credit or Petition for a Course for Current Students

Depending upon whether the course has been completed or not, and/or if the class is a Biola class, there are different processes for transferring course credit:

Petition for a course that has not been taken:

  • Step 1: Review the Transfer Equivalency tool (see below) to see how the course has been approved to transfer. If the course is listed on the tool, you do not need to submit any further paperwork besides your official transcripts. If the course is not listed on the tool submit a Transfer Petition Form to see how it will transfer.

  • Step 2: Have your transfer school send an official transcript to Biola once you have completed the course.

Petition for a completed transfer course:

  • Step 1: Review the Transfer Equivalency tool (see below). If the course is listed on the tool, you do not need to submit any further paperwork besides your official transcripts.

  • Step 2: Submit an official transcript if the course is not on your Degree Audit.

  • Step 3: Submit a Transfer Petition Form if your course is not listed on the tool or if you would like the course to meet a different requirement.

Petition for a Biola class (completed or in progress):

  • Substitution Request Form: Submit a Substitution Request Form for a Biola class that you are seeking to fulfill another Biola course requirement (example: MATH 210 Introduction to Probability and Statistics for MATH 190 Business Statistics).

Transfer Evaluation System (TES)

Which courses will transfer?

Explore the Transfer Evaluation System (TES) tool below to see which courses from your college or university will successfully transfer to Biola University. The course results listed in the transfer equivalency tool are from many community colleges and universities from which students have transferred coursework. Additional course equivalencies are added on a regular basis.

View the Transfer Course Equivalency Tool full size

Transfer Codes

Visit the Transfer Codes page to understand the various codes that you will see throughout our systems like the Transfer Equivalency Service (TES) tool, Degree Audit, Planner, and transcript.

View Transfer Codes

Have Questions?

Contact the Office of the Registrar if you have any questions about transferring courses for current students.

Contact the Office of Transfer Admissions if you have any questions about the transfer admissions process for incoming students.