Doctoral Degree, Allowable Transfer Credits

Doctoral degrees are conferred on the basis of sustained study and high scholarly attainment in a specialized field. In no case will the degree be granted for less than the equivalent of three years of full-time graduate study. Individual program requirements vary, but eligibility for graduation typically requires a minimum of 90 graduate credits beyond the bachelor’s degree.  Similar to other applications for transfer credit, doctoral students with a prior master’s degree may petition their program to allow up to 30 transfer credits from the master’s degree towards their doctoral degree. The final 30 credits of doctoral study must be completed while matriculated in the graduate program granting the degree, and performed under the direction and supervision of University of Cincinnati faculty.