If you have already earned credits at a college, university, or vocational institution, transferring them to the school in which you intend to get your marketing degree can save you hours of time and lots of money. By transferring credits, the school offering the degree can bump you ahead in studies and even put you on a fast-track to graduate.
However, there can be speed bumps along the way.
One of the most important things to do is make sure the school you are transferring from and to is accredited in the U.S. Department of Education’s Database of Postsecondary Education. Even if both schools are accredited, there are still issues in nationally accredited schools versus regionally accredited schools. Credits don’t necessarily transfer back and forth, so it is essential to speak to a representative of the school before taking classes to ensure they can transfer.
A common reason for transfer credits is cost cutting. Many students who wish to graduate from a university can’t afford to pay a large tuition for the four years typically associated with a bachelor’s degree. Instead, they enroll in a community or junior college, take core classes there, transfer them to a school, and only end up paying pricey tuition for the last years of study.
Other factors also need to be taken into consideration when transferring. Although core classes are the most common in transfer credits, some specialty courses in marketing can also be transferred. However, many schools will ask for the bulk or even all of the marketing classes to be taken at the school offering the degree. All courses that intend to be transferred must also be passed with a grade of 2.0, or C average, and sometimes even a 3.0, or B average.