Information for Transfer Students and about Transfer Credit

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Transfer Credit

Depending on your student status in relation to the Department of Performing and Media Arts (PMA), we may be able to grant credit toward the PMA major, or toward your overall credits for graduation, for coursework successfully completed elsewhere.

PMA Majors

If you are a declared PMA major, or a matriculated Cornell student intending to declare the PMA major, we will consider granting credit for courses taken elsewhere (e.g., through summer study at a peer institution, through Study Abroad, through prior college enrollment, etc.) to fulfill PMA major requirements. PMA majors or prospective majors are strongly encouraged to consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in PMA prior to Study Abroad or summer study elsewhere to discuss your program of study and the potential for courses to count toward PMA major requirements. Students should not assume that credit will automatically be granted toward the PMA major for work completed elsewhere, and requests for transfer credit are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

In order to consider granting transfer credit, we will need your transcript from the other institution and the full syllabus for the course(s) to be reviewed. Credit toward major requirements can only be granted for courses that are comparable (in content, scope, credit level, etc.) to PMA required classes. Please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies to arrange for the review of these materials.

Please note that no transfer credit will be granted toward PMA 2800: Introduction to Acting, or for the Production Laboratory requirement.

PMA Minors

We do not grant transfer credit for any of the PMA minors. All requirements for the minors must be fulfilled with PMA courses taken at Cornell or through Cornell-affiliated programs (e.g., Cornell-in-Washington, Cornell-in-Rome).

Other Cornell Students

If you are a Cornell student unaffiliated with PMA, we can consider granting transfer credit toward your overall credits for graduation for courses taken elsewhere (e.g., through summer study at a peer institution, through Study Abroad, through prior college enrollment, etc.).

In order to consider granting transfer credit, we will need your transcript from the other institution and the full syllabus for the course(s) to be reviewed. Credit can only be granted for courses that are comparable (in content, scope, credit level, etc.) to PMA classes.

Please bring materials in hard copy to the main desk on the second floor of the Schwartz Center (430 College Ave.) and request that they be given to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Please make sure that you have included the relevant form(s), and that your name and NetID are included so that we can contact you with any questions. 

Contact Information

If you have further questions about transfer credit, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies: pma-dus@cornell.edu.