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Transfer Credit Policies

Transfer Credits Required for Degree Programs

To enroll in either the bachelor degree  or certificate programs at City Vision University, prospective students must have a high school diploma or the equivalent.   The university must receive official proof of graduation in the form of a high school or college transcript or GED certificate.

A total of 120 total college credits is required to earn a bachelor's degree.  A maximum of 90 transfer credits will be accepted toward the degree.  At least 30 credit hours must come from courses offered by City Vision University.

The Master's of Technology and Ministry degree requires 36 credits. Students can transfer up to 18 graduate credits from any accredited institution.

Transfer credits must be from schools that are accredited by a body that is recognized by the US Department of Education or the Council of Higher Education Acredidation. Non-US institutions must have an accepted foreign equivalent from an institution listed in the International Handbook of Universities

It is the student's responsibility to contact academic institutions at which they have studied to ask them send an official copy of his or her transcript directly to the City Vision University registrar's office.  These must be official transcripts issued by the college or university.  Photocopies or faxes will not be accepted.

Transfer credit is granted only for courses in which the equivalent to City Vision University’s standard for a “C-” or better has been earned, and which fit the university's academic program requirements. Courses in which a grade of “pass” is received must be certified by the school as being equivalent to City Vision University’s standard for a “C-” or higher in order to be accepted in transfer.

City Vision University will also allow students to test out of up to 30 hours of college credit.  See the information about Credit by Examination to learn more about this option. City Vision University also accepts Credit for Life Experience through a portfolio process. These are considered non-transcripted credit and only 30 non-transcripted credits can count twoards a degree.

Those who have served in the US military, worked in government, or received CEUs from certain companies and organizations may also be eligible to receive college credits for work-related training.  Check with the Transcript Service of the American Council on Education ( Finally, City Vision University accepts high school AP credit on a case-by-case basis.

General Education Requirements

Students must take a total of 30 credits in any of the four general education areas (English & Communications, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Mathematics & Natural Sciences, Humanities & Fine Arts).  At minimum, this must include:

English & Communications
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Mathematics & Natural Sciences 
Humanities & Fine Arts
Total General Education 
min 3/max 21
min 3/max 21
min 3/max 21
min 3/max 21

To determine which courses may be used to fulfill these requirements, see the list below.

Writing Proficiency Requirement
All degree seeking students that do not yet have a bachelor’s degree must demonstrate strong writing proficiency or take a writing course by their second term.  Students may get a waiver for this requirement if their professors in their first term courses are willing to attest that the student already has outstanding writing abilities. After taking one of these courses, students may be required to take a second course if their professors indicate a need for improved writing proficiency. The courses that students may take to meet this requirement include:
If a student already has a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school, then the General Education requirements are waived.

Classification of Courses for Transfer Credit – Typical Courses

English / Communications

  • Survey of American Literature
  • Survey of English Literature
  • Survey of World Literature
  • Shakespeare I
  • Analyzing & Interpreting Literature
  • Technical Writing
  • Poetry Writing
  • Descriptive Grammar of the English Language
  • Children's Literature
  • Writing for Children & Adolescents
  • Foundations of Education
  • Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School


  •  Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Calculus
  • Differential Equations
  • Graphs and Networks
  • Topology
  • Number Theory
  • Complex Variables
  • Scientific Computation
  • History of Mathematics
  • Cryptography
  • Control Systems
  • Mathematical Logic
  • Functional Analysis

Natural Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Ecology and Environmental science
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Hydrology
  • Meteorology
  • Physical Geography and Oceanography
  • Soil science
  • Physics


  • History
  • Literature
  • Philosophy And Ethics
  • Foreign Languages And Cultures
  • Linguistics
  • Jurisprudence or philosophy of law
  • Archaeology
  • Comparative Religion
  • The History, Theory, and Criticism
    of the Arts


Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Political science
  • Government
  • Economics
  • Communications Studies

Fine Arts

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Music
  • Film
  • Photography

City Vision University follows a semester hour system, so transfer credits from quarter hour systems are divided by 1.5. Semester Hours = Quarter Hours/1.5. 


  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Middle States Commission on Higher Education

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Technical and Career Institutions

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools The Higher Learning Commission

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities



  • Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation

  • Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools Accreditation Commission

  • Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada

  • Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools Accreditation Commission



  • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

  • Distance Education Accrediting Commission

  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

  • Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education

  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

  • American Board of Funeral Service Education Committee on Accreditation

  • American Dietetic Association Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education

  • American Occupational Therapy Association Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

  • American Optometric Association Accreditation Council on Optometric Education

  • American Physical Therapy Association Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

  • American Podiatric Medical Association Council on Podiatric Medical Education

  • American Psychological Association Committee on Accreditation

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

  • American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education

  • Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

  • Council on Chiropractic Education Commission on Accreditation

  • Joint Review Committee on Education Programs in Radiologic Technology

  • Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology

  • National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design Commission on Accreditation

  • National Association of Schools of Dance Commission on Accreditation

  • National Association of Schools of Music Commission on Accreditation and Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation

  • National Association of Schools of Theatre Commission on Accreditation

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

  • National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.

  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council Accreditation Committee

NOTE: For foreign students, we use the transcript evaluation services of World Education Services.

Those who have served in the US military, worked in government, or received CEUs from certain companies and organizations may also be eligible to receive college credits for work-related training.  Check with the Transcript Service of the American Council on Education (

If you have additional questions, please call the university at 816-960-2008 or email

Transfer Credits for Students Outside of North America

For foreign students, we use the transcript evaluation services of World Education Services. International students should check to see if their school is accredited in: International students from schools not listed in that directory may develop a prior learning assessment portfolio or the World Education Services. 

Transcripts and official documents must be in English or be accompanied by an official translation into English. Where official transcripts are unobtainable due to circumstances beyond the student’s control, City Vision University may accept for review a valid affidavit that substantiates the student’s academic record. In all cases, City Vision University reserves the right to determine whether it will accept transfer credits from another academic institution.

Transferring Credits and Degrees from City Vision University

Students may also take City Vision University courses and apply them toward a program at another college or university.  There has been on-going debate about regional vs. national accreditation. Still, millions of students each year attend colleges that are nationally accredited so schools such as ours are growing in prominence. It should be noted that the acceptance for the transfer of academic credits and degrees is determined by the receiving institution.

Therefore, we do encourage potential students to check first with the receiving schools to make sure they recognize institutions that are accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Christian colleges and universities that are accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education generally accept City Vision University credits as long was they fit within a student's academic program.  Also, members of CHEA's Higher Education Transfer Alliance have also agreed to take transfer credits from City Vision University.  

Note: If your school is not on this list, that does not mean that they will not accept transfer credit, only that there is not a previous agreement. In addition, being listed on the HETA list does not guarantee that the receiving school will accept credit as only the receiving school can guarantee this.