Every student, once matriculated at Pratt, whether as a freshman or a transfer student, is expected to complete his or her degree requirements at Pratt, both in professional areas and in liberal arts and sciences. In exceptional circumstances, a student who is in good academic standing may request to take a course at another college. Students must get permission in advance to take courses at other colleges for transfer to their Pratt record.

For Courses Completed Prior to Attending Pratt

All final and official college and high school transcripts (indicating the date of graduation or any conferred degrees) must be submitted to the Institute prior to enrollment. All students petitioning for transfer credit(s) must submit an official transcript from each college attended. A school’s courses listed on another’s transcript are not acceptable.
Failure to submit these documents on time may result in loss of transfer credit and records incomplete hold that will block all registration activity. Additional transcripts will not be accepted for transfer credit evaluation once the first semester begins.

Permission Policy for Undergraduate Programs

Associate Programs

Permission is limited to a maximum of 3 credits from another regionally accredited institution. The type of credit to be received at Pratt is specified in advance on the permission form.

Baccalaureate Programs

Permission is limited to a maximum of 6 credits, of which only 3 credits may be taken in liberal arts and sciences from another regionally accredited institution. The type of credit to be received at Pratt is specified in advance on the permission form. To be accepted for transfer credit, the course must be recognized for credit by the other accredited institution and must be passed with a grade no lower than C. A grade of C- is not acceptable for transfer purposes. Final grades of all transferred credits are not included in the GPA.

A Reminder for Transfer Students: Pratt requires that every undergraduate student complete at least 48 semester credits at this institution.

A Reminder for Students in Their Final Year: The last 32 credits must be taken in final sequence to earn any undergraduate degree. For those permissions that fall within the last 32 credits, students must petition the school dean for a waiver of the residence requirement.

Instructions

  1. Pick up the permission form to take courses at another college, available in the Office of the Registrar.
  2. Permission for studio/professional credit must be approved by the dean of the student's school. Permission for liberal arts credit must be approved only by the dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences (DeKalb Hall, 3rd Fl). The approved permission must be signed for clearance and filed in the Office of the Registrar before the course is taken.
  3. An official transcript for the course must be sent to Pratt Institute's Office of the Registrar.
  4. Once the transcript is received, the credit will be posted to the student's record as transfer credit.

Permission Policy for Graduate Programs

The minimum residence requirement at Pratt for the master’s degree is 24 credits. In most cases transferred credit does not exceed 25 percent of the total credits required. The Professional Master of Architecture program permits up to 33 percent of the total credits required. To be accepted for transfer credit, the course must be recognized for graduate level credit by the other institution and must be passed with a grade no lower than B. A grade of B- is not acceptable for transfer purposes. Final grades of all transferred credits are not included in the GPA.

Instructions

  1. Pick up the permission form to take courses at another college, available in the Office of the Registrar.
  2. Permission for professional credit must be approved by the dean of the student's school. Permission for liberal arts credit must be approved only by the dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences (DeKalb Hall, 3rd Fl). The approved permission must be signed for clearance and filed in the Office of the Registrar before the course is taken.
  3. An official transcript for the course must be sent to Pratt Institute's Office of the Registrar.
  4. Once the transcript is received, the credit will be posted to the student's record as transfer credit.

Portfolio/Work Experience Credit

Based on previous work experience and/or portfolio, credit may be granted only for work experience gained before initial matriculation at the Institute. This is available to all graduate and undergraduate students in both the School of Architecture and the Schools of Art and Design. When applying for admission the student should indicate his or her intention to seek credits for work experience. Students must submit the following documentation for credit consideration:

  • Résumé
  • Professional portfolio
  • Letters from employers detailing responsibilities and areas of expertise

To Petition for Portfolio/Work Experience Credit:

  1. Petition in person at the office of the appropriate chairperson. You will be advised as to the feasibility of your request and given a statement of intent to be completed. You should keep a copy of the document and be sure another is in your permanent file.
  2. Present a copy of the Statement of Intent to the Registrar's Office with a $100 deposit. The Office of the Registrar will give you an application form, which should be returned to that office after completion. When the entire process is complete, the Registrar’s Office will apply the deposit to a fee schedule of 30 percent of the regular per-credit tuition rate per credit evaluated.
  3. Submit documentation as described above to appropriate departmental chair. Please allow one week for evaluation.
  4. Return the application with the proper authorization to the Office of the Registrar to complete the process. You will be billed accordingly.

Payment is due upon billing. A maximum of 32 credits can be evaluated for those programs requiring fewer than 150 credits for graduation and up to 42 credits for those programs requiring more than 150 credits for graduation. Credits earned through this procedure will not count toward the Institute's minimum residence requirement.