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4.15. Transfer Credit Pre-Approval: Does the course I’m planning on taking at another institution need to be pre-approved?

Math Placement, Transfer Credit/Credit by Exam, PPL (Math Placement Test)MATH Credit by Exam & Transfer CreditsTransfer Credit Pre-Approval: Does the course I’m planning on taking at another institution need to be pre-approved?


Incoming students: refer to the Math Placement section in Next Steps Center.

Before taking a Math course outside of UArizona, make sure it will transfer!

  • Beginning/Elementary/Introductory Algebra courses are non-credit review courses.
  • Intermediate Algebra transfers as math elective credit and does not satisfy a UA math requirement.

Follow the flowchart below to determine if your transfer credit needs to be pre-approved:

Check the articulation databases to see if your course would automatically transfer to UArizona as a Math course


YES, my course is listed in the database and has an equivalent UA Math Course

Your course will transfer to UA!

Send your Official Transcript to the UA after completing the course to receive credit in UAccess.

Click here for steps to send your Official Transcript to the UA. It may take a few weeks to process. 

NO, my course is not listed in the database

Submit the Transfer Credit Pre-Approval form.

  • We need the course descriptions of ALL math courses that the other institution offers, not just for the transfer course you want evaluated.
  • For online courses: you must provide the course syllabus, grading policy (how grades are calculated) and the exam proctoring policy.

The Placement Office will contact you after evaluation.



Are you having trouble registering for your next course?

  • First, check if your transfer credit is in the UA system.
  • If your transfer credits are not in UAccess Student Center yet, you can send an unofficial transcript to the Math Placement Office.
    • It must include your full name, the institution's name, term taken, course, and final grade.  
    • For registration into courses at or below the level of Calculus I, the transfer prerequisite must be less than 2 years old.  Check how course eligibility works here.

How is credit awarded?

  • The Math Department does not determine the number of credits that transfer in from a particular institution.
    • Quarter system units are converted to semester units by multiplying the units by 2/3.
    • Questions regarding this should be directed to the Office of the Registrar

Further Questions? Contact the Math Placement Office