Transfer Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning

At Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCYNC), you can apply both formal and informal experience toward your degree, significantly shortening the time it takes to earn your degree:

  • Transfer credit comes directly from courses completed at another university.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is knowledge and skills gained through life and work experience, including professional development and training programs.

How much credit can I claim?

You must receive at least 50 per cent of the credit needed for your degree through GCNYC modules – meaning you can claim up to 16 RPL or transfer credits for an M.S. degree.

How do I make a transfer claim?

Complete a GCNYC Transfer Request Form and attach an official transcript and course syllabus. The course must be:

  • Delivered by an accredited US university
  • Completed within the last five years
  • Completed with a grade of “B” or higher

We will review the documents to determine whether the course is comparable to the GCNYC requirement in scope, learning objectives, and rigor.

How do I make an RPL claim?

You will be eligible for RPL credit once you receive an unconditional offer from GCNYC. To make sure your credits are determined before you begin classes, we recommend you start right away! You will be invited to a free course on the process.

After the course, you’ll complete a questionnaire for self-assessment, and may then choose to request an academic consultation.

In your consultation, you’ll meet with a faculty member to help you make an informed decision about whether to apply for RPL. If you choose to do so, you’ll submit documentation of your prior learning experience, along with a $500 review fee. Another faculty member will then review your documentation and meet with you in person to validate the RPL, before determining whether to award credit.

If credit is awarded, you’ll pay a $500 transcription fee per module.

How will my credit be recorded?

Your GCNYC transcript will reflect any modules for which you receive transfer or RPL credit, but will not list a letter grade. Your GPA will reflect only the modules completed at GCNYC.

If you wish to transfer to another university, that institution will determine whether your transfer or RPL credit can be accepted.