Current Undergraduates

Krieger School undergraduate students who wish to take a course at another college and then transfer those credits to JHU should follow the six-step pre-approval process, detailed below.

Please note: Pre-approvals are evaluated in the order in which they are received. Given the current volume of requests, there is no guarantee that a request submitted very close to the start of a course will be evaluated before the course begins.

Students are expected to obtain pre-approval before taking a course at another institution. If you have already completed a course without pre-approval, please be aware that the course may not be eligible for transfer. To have the course evaluated, follow the directions on the Incoming Freshmen page.

Please note: students who are planning to return to their home country to take a summer course must register with the Hopkins travel registry.

General Transfer Credit Information

  • Students may transfer a maximum of 12 external credits to JHU.
  • A grade of “C” or better is required to transfer the credit, but the grade will not be included in your GPA.
  • Students pursuing the pre-med track should consult with the Office of Pre-Professional Advising concerning transfer courses.
  • More information can be found by reviewing the external credit policies in the Academic Catalog.

Preapproval Process for Permission to Transfer Courses

  1. For each course you wish to have evaluated, please complete the Transfer Course Pre-Approval Request Form.  Section 1 and 2 (and 2a, if needed). Two courses per form.
    • Your name and six-digit Hopkins ID.
    • The name of the host institution. This is the institution where you wish to take the course.
    • The number and name of the course at the host institution.
    • The course credits assigned by the host institution.
    • Whether the host institution is on a semester or quarter system.
    • If this course is a science course, does it include a lab embedded in the lecture course?
    • If the lab is a separate enrollment, please list it on a separate form.
    • “Print” the form as a PDF and save as Last Name, First Name Pre-Approval Form
    • Please note: students who are planning to return to their home country to take a summer course must register with the Hopkins Travel Registry
    • Please note, if you have approval of more than 12 credits because of multiple approvals, you may only choose 12
  2. Get an electronic course description and/or Syllabus.
     a.  A complete syllabus with topical breakdown is REQUIRED for all MATH and CHEMISTRY courses
  3. Email the Pre-Approval form you saved and the syllabus (math and chemistry) or course description (all other courses), as attachments, to . You do not need any signatures from the DUS or major/minor departments. Please give your email the subject line “Pre-Approval request.”
  4. All students will be notified via email regarding your request for approval. This process could take longer than expected.
  5. When your grade is posted at the end of the term, you must request that the host institution send a transcript to the JHU Registrar, but electronic is preferred. All graduating seniors should send transcripts directly to

Johns Hopkins University (choose 3rd party)
Office of the Registrar, Garland Hall, Room 75
3400 N. Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21218