To be considered for transfer credit, the course grade must be “B” or above. Online courses are not eligible for transfer credit. Only three-credit graduate-level courses for which letter grades were assigned are eligible for transfer. Pass/Fail courses are not eligible for transfer. Courses must have been completed within seven (7) years of application to be eligible for transfer.
The program will accept up to 24 transfer credits for foundational and elective courses at the master's level for students who are admitted to Year II and up to 12 transfer credits for students who are admitted to Year I. See the list below for courses eligible for transfer credit.
For the following courses, transfer credit will be granted only if the student passes the corresponding Competency Examination (80% exam grade):
- PSYG 703 Psychopathology
- PSYG 704 Development Across the Lifespan: Individual and Family
- PSYG 712 Research Design and Methodology
- PSYG 713 Legal and Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy
- For PSYG 708 (Introduction to Couple and Family Therapy) and 714 (A Systemic Approach to the Problems of Adolescents), transfer credit will be granted only if the student has completed two 3-credit graduate courses in Couple and Family Therapy where a systemic focus is the treatment approach and the student passes the Competency Examination in Family Therapy.
The following courses are eligible for transfer credit without competency examination:
- The Role of Culture and Gender in Counseling and Psychotherapy
- Group Therapy
The program will also consider transferring up to 18 credits for courses at the 800 level and above if (1) the course was taken in another APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical psychology and (2) the course was completed within seven years of enrollment at CHC. Transfer credit will not be given for internship. In order to transfer credits from practica, the applicant must submit a written evaluation by the practicum supervisor as well as a detailed accounting of the activities performed and the number of hours spent in each activity. This material will be evaluated and a decision made by the Chair/ Director of Clinical Training and other members of the department.
Procedure for Evaluating Course Equivalence
- Student submits a syllabus, catalog description, and official transcript showing the grade for the course for which transfer credit is requested. Course syllabi from the semester the courses were completed must be submitted with the application. Courses will not be considered for transfer if a syllabus is not provided.
- This information is reviewed by the Chair or a designated member of the department faculty who has experience in the area covered by the course.
- The faculty member compares the syllabus and catalog description to the syllabus and catalog description of the corresponding course at Chestnut Hill College. If there is “substantial similarity,” which is defined by coverage overlap of 80% or more, and if the official transcript grade was B or above, the course is eligible for transfer credit. If either one of these criteria is not met, the course is not eligible for transfer credit.
- If it is not clear if the criteria for “substantial similarity” are met, then the reviewer will request that the student submit additional information, such as copies of the course texts or other readings, or copies of graded assignments, tests, or papers. In some instances the student may be required to obtain a written statement from the instructor of the course that explains in detail how the required content was covered in the course.
Competency Examinations are administered at Chestnut Hill College in May and June at a date to be announced. They are typically 2-3 hours in length. Applicants have one opportunity to pass each Competency Examination. Applicants who do not pass the Competency Examination on the first attempt will not be granted transfer credit for that course and must complete the course at Chestnut Hill College within their first year of enrollment.
Applicants are eligible to take a Competency Examination only if they are able to transfer in an equivalent course or courses as determined by the criteria above. Eligibility for a Competency Examination is decided by the admissions committee. Students who are deemed ineligible for a Competency Examination must take the course at Chestnut Hill College. Passing grade on a Competency Examination is a grade of 80%.