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NCAA Division I: NCAA Bylaw 14.5.4.2 — Transferable English and Math Credit

On September 19, 2011, the NCAA released an educational column regarding transferable English and math credits for non-qualifiers from two-year colleges. The column noted that “a two-year college transfer student-athlete who was not a qualifier must complete satisfactorily a minimum of 48 semester or 72 quarter hours of transferable degree credit acceptable toward any baccalaureate degree program at the certifying institution, including six semester or eight quarter hours of transferable English credit and three semester or four quarter hours of transferable math credit.”

The following highlights some of the major points Division I institutions should take from this column:

  1. A transfer math course satisfies the transfer requirement if the certifying institution’s math department accepts the course as math credit. A label of MATH for the course is not required to meet the transfer requirement.
  2. A transfer math course does not need to match a specific course offered at the certifying institution. A math elective may fulfill the transferable math requirement.
  3. A course meets the transfer requirement if the math department determines it to fulfill a math credit requirement in any degree program at the certifying institution, however, a course that transferred into another department but met a quantitative reasoning requirement would not be considered a math course (e.g., logic course offered in the philosophy department).
  4. A transfer English course meets the transfer requirement if the English department determines it to fulfill an English credit requirement in any degree program at the certifying institution.
  5. A transfer English course that transferred into another department but met a writing requirement would not be considered an English course (e.g., history course with a writing component).

This educational column references NCAA Division I Bylaws 14.5.4.2 (not a qualifier) (applicable to student-athletes who first enroll full-time in a collegiate institution on or after August 1, 2009), staff interpretation (3/19/09, Item No. b) and an educational column (11/05/09, Item No. 1).

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About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)

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