With the approval of your Advisory Committee, you can count up to 33 hours of course
work with grades of B or higher from your master’s degree toward the 60 required credits. This 33 credit
maximum applies whether you took the courses at The University of Memphis or elsewhere.
The Advisory Committee will assess the suitability of previously earned credits for
the proposed degree in its first formal meeting; the Graduate Coordinator will approve
these recommendations after confirming that the credits meet departmental requirements.
After your Advisory Committee has approved previously earned credits, fill out the
Transfer Credit Evaluation (For Doctoral Degree Programs Only) form at http://www.memphis.edu/gradschool/pdfs/doctoral_transfer_credit.pdf (pdf). When the form asks for U of M Equivalent what it is really asking is if it is the
equivalent of our 6000-level courses (i.e., undergraduate students could enroll in
the same class) or of our 7/8000-level courses (i.e., only graduate students could
enroll). ). So all you need enter is 6___, 7___, or 8___. An exception is if you want
to use the course as the equivalent of a specific required course, like a Research
Seminar, Historiography course, or Philosophy and Theory of History, in which case
you should enter the full equivalent course number.
In addition, credits earned beyond the M.A. degree, whether from another institution
or The University of Memphis, can count toward the Ph.D. so long as your Advisory
Committee agrees and so long as you also meet the requirement that you take the final
30 credits at the University of Memphis (program requirement 3 above). These credits,
however, fall under the time limit for courses (see immediately below) and are not
protected as are courses used for the M.A.