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Policies and Agreements

Transfer to KCTCS

Are you interested in transferring to KCTCS from another college or university? KCTCS is the perfect fit. No matter which one of our majors you choose, your classes will be smaller and taught by actual faculty. You'll find an array of programs and services to assist you in completing your degree. And you'll get the knowledge, skills, and experience you need to achieve your goals.

Admission Information

Ready to get started? Start by completing an application for admission and provide transcripts from your current and previous educational institutions. Transfer admission decisions will be based upon your academic records at all educational institutions you've attended. You must be in good academic standing and eligible to return immediately to the last institution you attended.

Accreditation Requirements for Transfer Course

Degree credit work taken at a fully accredited college or university is recognized credit hour for credit hour. Quarter hours are recognized as two-thirds (2/3) of a semester hour. In order to be classified as fully accredited, a college or university must be a member of an accrediting association.

Academic credit from a non-accredited college or university may be obtained by special subject examinations or may be validated by completion of twelve (12) credit hours, excluding developmental or remedial courses, with a grade point of at least 2.0.


Transfer Course Equivalency Appeals

College staff attempt to make valid course equivalencies for recognized transfer courses in a timely manner.

Students who disagree with the credit awarded for transfer courses, and who have supplied all the required supporting information, may appeal the decision by submitting a written request to the Chief Student Affairs Officer

For More Information

For more information about admissions criteria, scholarships, course requirements, and resources to help with your transition to KCTCS,contact the Admissions Office orTransfer Contact at thelocal KCTCS college you plan to attend.

Transfer to a Four-Year College or University

Transfer Credit Information & Policies

Kentucky has several statewide agreements and policies to help you transfer academic credit from one college or university to another as easily as possible. In addition to statewide agreements and policies, KCTCS partners with many public and private institutions to expand your options for seamless transfer.

It is important to note, that in order tobe eligible to receive KCTCS credentials, a student must satisfactorily complete the minimum number of hours required for that credential, including the general education requirements as specified in the KCTCS Board of Regents Policies 4.11 and 4.12 and program requirements, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. Specific requirements for KCTCS credentials and information on KCTCS graduation requirements are included in the KCTCS Catalog. Students are responsible for checking on any changes in these policies and agreements.

Statewide Transfer Policies & Agreements

General Education Transfer Policy

The General Education Transferpolicy guarantees that if you complete an associate in arts or associate in science degree at a KCTCS college, any Kentucky public university will accept your general education credits as meeting lower-division general education requirements. The general education requirements covered in this policy may not meet requirements for specific majors. This means that while these credits will be accepted, they may not meet all the general education requirements of your specific degree program. Check with the faculty and staff at the college or university you choose to attend to find out what general education requirements you need to take for your degree program.

The General Education Transfer Policy has three certification levels for general education, which certify your completion of the general education core (shown below) at one of the three levels:

  • Category certified - completed at least one, but not all of the categories of the general education core requirements.
  • Core certified (33 hours) - completed all of the categories of the general education core requirements.
  • Full general education certified (48 hours) - completed all categories of the general education core requirements plus any additional general education requirements of your current school.

Applied Associate Transfer Policy

Kentuckys Applied Associate Transfer Policy guarantees that the general education courses you take as part of an applied associate in science (AAS) degree program will transfer and count toward the lower-division general education requirements of your transfer school. You will need to take additional courses (not included in your AAS program) to complete these requirements.

Completer Degrees

Completer Degrees allow students who complete an associate degree, AA/AS or AAS to transfer credits to a bachelors degree program at a public university in Kentucky and to complete the program in close to the same number of credit hours as a student who began at the university.

  • Eastern Kentucky University - Bachelor in General Studies
  • Kentucky State University - Bachelor in Liberal Studies
  • Morehead State University Bachelor of University Studies
  • Murray State University - Bachelor in Integrated Studies
  • Northern Kentucky University - Bachelor in Organizational Leadership
  • University of Louisville - Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Learning (formerly Workforce Leadership)
  • Western Kentucky University - Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Business Field of Study Framework

The Business Field of Study Framework was created to help KCTCS students complete the first two years of a degree in business. This framework includes 60 credit hours of coursework that can be transferred into any one of the business degree programs at any public Kentucky university.

KCTCS System-wide Transfer Agreements

System-wide transfer agreements have been established with specific four-year colleges and universities and are available in a number of different program areas/majors. System-wide transfer agreements create a pathway for students at any KCTCS college that offers the program, to a comparable program at a specific four-year college or university.