Undergraduate students in the fields of performance and composition may transfer a maximum of nine credits to their degree programs. Undergraduate students in the fields of Recording Arts and Music Education may transfer additional credits of a specialized nature with the permission of their faculty advisors.
To be eligible for transfer credit, a course must be taken for a grade at an approved college and completed with a grade B or better. Transfer credits are only accepted pending the submission of official transcripts to the Office of the Registrar and with the approval of the Office of Academic Affairs. Students who are interested in taking classes at an outside institution during the intersession or summer should consult with the Office of Academic Affairs and fill out an Outside Credit Pre-Approval Form.
For undergraduate students, scores of either a 4 or a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations, a 50 on the CLEP administered by the College Board, or a 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate Exam may be accepted for transfer credit. Transfer credits for these examinations are only accepted pending the submission of official documentation to the Office of the Registrar and with the approval of the Office of Academic Affairs.
The Department of Music Theory does not accept transfer credits at the undergraduate level. However, advanced placement in music theory is possible on the basis of the Advanced Placement Undergraduate Exam (AP-UGrad) offered during Orientation Week. Samples of this examination are available from the Admissions Office or at peabody.jhu.edu/theory.
The Musicology Department does not accept transfer credits for Advanced Placement courses in musicology or music history. However, the Musicology Department will accept up to six credits of courses taken at other accredited institutions. Students should contact the Chair of Musicology and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for approval. Students must receive at least a B in any courses transferred and must present a syllabus of topics covered in the course. The faculty may request a graded sample of work completed in the course.
The Humanities Department accepts a maximum of six credits of AP, IP, or CLEP credit to fulfill Humanities elective requirements. Transfer credits are only applied to the Humanities Core curriculum in exceptional cases.
The Music Education department directly oversees the Humanities curriculum for students in the Music Education program. Music Education students should contact the Chair of Music Education about transferring AP or IB credits and consult with the Chair before enrolling in general studies.