BASW Student Transfer Credit Information
Consistent with the Council on Social Work Education's Educational Policies and Accreditation Standards, the School of Social Work's BASW Program does not grant transfer credits or exemptions for prior life or employment experience.
BASW Transfer Credit is defined as the award of academic credit toward the BASW Major by the School of Social Work for course work or field work completed at an academic institution when such work is evaluated as entirely comparable.
Applicants applying to the BASW Major at the University of Pittsburgh who have earned college-level credit at another accredited undergraduate social work program prior to entering the BASW Program may be eligible to have the degree requirements for the BASW degree reduced. An official transcript of all courses taken at other schools must be submitted at the time of application, whether or not it is intended that such courses be counted toward a degree at the University of Pittsburgh. To be considered for transfer credit, all courses must be evaluated and approved by the BASW Program director, or his or her designate, in consultation with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Transfer credits are not used in computing the student's cumulative QPA or BASW QPA.
Transfer credits are subject to the following guidelines and limitations:
- Credits earned by the student at another institution will be accepted only if the quality of the credits earned is at least a C grade or better, per University of Pittsburgh Transfer Credit Policy.
- Academic credit for field work will be awarded only for field work completed at an undergraduate social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education when such work is evaluated as entirely comparable.
- Courses for which credit is sought must correspond with those offered by the University of Pittsburgh in objectives and content, as explicated in the University of Pittsburgh's The Pitt Connection.
- The number of credits reduced or granted for a given course can neither exceed the number on the official transcript from the School where they were earned, nor the number earned in the corresponding course at the University of Pittsburgh.
- No transfer credits can be part of the final thirty credits required for the BASW degree. The final thirty credits must be earned in residence at the University of Pittsburgh.
- All transfer credits are subject to re-evaluation if and when the student transfers from one school to another within the University of Pittsburgh.
- Not more than 90 credits may be transferred from four-year schools and no more than 60 credits can be transferred from two-year schools. This decision is made on the basis of the last school attended, according to the University of Pittsburgh Transfer Credit Policy.
- If a course for which transfer credit has been awarded is repeated, the transfer credit is cancelled and the student must enroll in another course to make up those transfer credits.
- Transfer credits awarded by the University of Pittsburgh's College of General Studies from the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) will be accepted consistent with the aforementioned policies.
- Transfer credits awarded by the University of Pittsburgh's College of Arts and Sciences for advanced placement will be accepted consistent with the aforementioned policies.
- Transfer credits for liberal arts courses in which the student has received a C grade or better do not have a statute of limitations, though the BASW Program reserves the right not to accept liberal arts courses for transfer if the content is deemed outdated.