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Transfer Credits and Work Experience

Transfer Credits – Undergraduate Level
College level courses taken at a regionally accredited institution are eligible to be evaluated for transfer credit into the program. Additionally, some courses from the National Fire Academy (NFA) may be eligible to transfer in as elective credit. Credits transfer in course by course and EKU will utilize course descriptions to determine which courses are equivalent and will transfer in towards the degree.

Students must be fully admitted to the program before transfer credit from another college or university will be evaluated by EKU. The student must submit the online application, $30 application fee, and official transcripts from any and all colleges attended to receive an official transfer credit evaluation. In order for transcripts to be considered official they must be sent directly from the school to Eastern Kentucky University’s offsite admissions address. Each Student must complete a minimum of 32 hours at EKU to be granted a degree.

Transfer Credits – Graduate Level
On a case-by-case basis, a student may petition to have graduate credit from an accredited college or university counted as the equivalent of another course in the curriculum and accepted as transfer credit. In such cases, a student will have to supply a course syllabus to ensure that the content in the course taken at another college or university is equivalent to the content of the course in the master’s degree curriculum. A course with a similar name or the same name as a course offered at Eastern Kentucky University does not necessarily mean that the content of the course is similar enough to accept as transfer credit to our program. Transfer credit courses must be graduate level courses. Students must be fully admitted to the program before graduate credit from another college or university will be evaluated by the EKU Graduate School.

Training, Certifications, and Work Experience

EKU does not offer credit for trainings, certifications and work experience. However, we accept some courses from the National Fire Academy; these will typically transfer in as elective credit. Additionally, some courses with FEMA are eligible to fulfill part of the coursework requirements for some courses. We also offer a cooperative study course that tie in your current job experience to what is being taught in the program.

EKU is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS). Accepting credits from institutions who do not share the same level of accreditation is not in accordance with EKU’s accreditation standards.

Military Credits

Students may receive Military Science and Leadership course credit for having completed Basic Training (BT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT). Students must submit a copy of their DD Form-214 (Discharge Verification Certificate) through the Department of Military Science and Leadership (Begley Building, room 524, phone (859) 622-1205) to the Registrar. Students may receive up to nine hours of credit. Based upon recommendation of the American Council on Education (ACE), EKU will award credit to individuals who have successfully completed military service school courses, as well as award credit for Military Occupational Specialties (MOS’s).

Call an Enrollment Advisor at 1-866-277-9878 for undergraduate programs, or 1-877-398-3048 for graduate programs if you have any questions and to learn about the options that are available to you.

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2 Responses to “Transfer Credits and Work Experience”

  1. Steve Coltrane says:

    I am a 44 year old looking to advance my career and am looking at my options. I am a NICET level IV in Automatic sprinkler systems layout and have been a fire sprinkler designer for 26 yrs. I am a High School graduate with a certificate from a trade school. I understand that I would have to basically start from scratch if I chose to pursue a degree in Fire Protection Engineering. Is this a goal that is possible to achieve while working full time?

    • csimone says:

      Hi Steve, The program is 100% online so the classes can be taken to work around your work schedule. By filling out the form on this page an enrollment advisor will get in touch with you soon to go over your academic goals. Thanks!

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