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Transfer Students

Almost one-third of the students in the SJMC have transferred to USC from another institution or USC system campus.  We appreciate the diversity of experience and the unique perspective our transfer students bring to our school.  The SJMC student services team looks forward to making your transition as smooth as possible.

Transfer Credit

We are here to help you understand the ins and outs of how previous coursework is evaluated.

Official transcripts will be evaluated for overall credit by our Registrar’s Office.  Once you have registered for an orientation session, our office will take that credit and match it up with our degree requirements.  If you have any further questions about your transfer credit, please make an appointment with your assigned academic advisor

Transfer Credit for Major Requirements

Transferring journalism courses from another institution? If so, here's what you need to know:

  • If your journalism courses were from an ACEJMC accredited school:  we may accept your journalism courses if you received a final grade of “C” or better.
  • If your journalism courses were from a school which is not ACEJMC accredited:  we may accept journalism courses with a final grade of “B” or better. 

Please note:  Previous work will be evaluated under the terms of general USC policies as well as the policies of our School of Journalism and Mass Communications.  Where possible, USC equivalents will be determined for academic courses from other institutions. 

Admissions Requirements:

If you are transferring from a USC system campus:

  • Students must complete a change of campus form at your current USC campus. The USC Columbia Admissions Office will process the form. Students who meet USC Columbia and SJMC admissions requirements (SJMC requires 2.5 or higher grade point average).
  • Admitted students will be required to attend a USC Orientation session. The Office of New Student Orientation will be in contact with the student regarding available orientation sessions.

From another College or University:

  • The student must meet all university admissions requirements.
  • Additionally, the SJMC requires all transfer students to have a 2.5 or higher grade point average.