Transferring credit

As you prepare to transfer to Wayne State University, it's important to make sure you receive proper credit for the classes you've taken. Maximizing your credits is key to graduating quickly, and will help you save time and money. There is no limit to the amount of classes you may transfer to Wayne State.   

When preparing to transfer, it's important to consider two questions: 

What will transfer?

All college-level classes from regionally accredited colleges with a grade of 2.0 (C) or above will transfer. There are no specific limits to the number of transfer credits. However, each academic program has specific requirements that must be satisfied, which helps determine the best number of credits to transfer.

How will credits transfer?

Courses transfer as the number of credits earned at the college where you took the class. This is true regardless of the number of credits the Wayne State equivalent course is worth. Each transferred course will match one of the following types of credit:

  • Equivalent credit: Course(s) that are determined to satisfy a specific requirement and/or prerequisite.
  • Department credit: Course(s) that don't closely match a specific WSU course, but transfer into the academic department. Usually major elective credit.
  • Elective credit: Course(s) that don't match a specific WSU course or "fit" into an academic department. Usually transferred as general elective credit (GEN 1XXX or GEN 2XXX). Elective credit can be used to complete graduation requirements.

Wayne State has several resources available to help you plan your transition and make the most of your coursework. The Transfer Equivalency Self-Service tool (TESS) provides an unofficial degree audit that indicates how your transfer credit is applied and which courses are still required to complete the degree. Or, you can use our course equivalency tool at the top of the page to determine how your previous classes compare to those offered at Wayne State. Review our transfer plans and articulation agreements to discover specific processes available to help you transfer your courses, and learn how your AP, CLEP and IB credits can also put you on a faster path toward graduation. 

Transfer Equivalency Self-Service tool (TESS)

Send official transcripts to: 

Wayne State University
Transfer Credit Evaluation
P.O. Box 02759
Detroit, MI 48202-0759 

Official electronic transcripts should be emailed to

General Education Transfer Policy 

If you transfer to Wayne State from a Michigan community college with an associate of arts, an associate of science, an associate of baccalaureate studies or an associate of liberal arts degree, you will be admitted with most lower-division university general education requirements considered fulfilled. 

If you transfer from a Michigan community college with an MTA-stamped transcript but without an associate degree, you will also be considered to have fulfilled most of the lower-division university general education requirements.

After transferring, you will then complete courses specific to the graduation requirements of your individual department or college. As always, you should contact your Wayne State advisor before transferring.

For individualized service or questions about admissions, please contact the Transfer Student Success Center.