Credit by Transfer or Petition


HASS Credit by Transfer

As a general rule, MIT students are expected to take their HASS classes at MIT during the regular semesters, and exceptions to this rule are rare. In the rare cases where outside courses are assessed to be up to MIT HASS standards, credits transferred from other institutions, excluding AP credits, may be applied toward the HASS Requirement if the subject is assessed to be equivalent to an MIT HASS course of at least nine but typically twelve units. 

It is important to note that HASS transfer credit is never guaranteed. HASS transfer credit is automatically denied if a student receives a grade below an A or B, if the subject was not taken for a letter grade, if the subject was taken at a non-degree-granting institution, or if the course was taken during high school with other high school students and/or is included in the high school transcript. All other subjects may be assessed by the relevant Transfer Credit Examiner on a case-by-case basis. 

For questions about transferring credits, please contact the Transfer Credit Examiner (TCE) in the relevant HASS field. If you are unsure, the SHASS Academic Administrator can help you determine the correct examiner. We suggest that you obtain unofficial written approval from the TCE before starting subjects elsewhere. Please visit the Registrar's Office website for transfer credit instructions and guidelines. Use the following links for information about transfer credit in these specific HASS fields:

Science, Technology and Society

Please note  All transfer credit for HASS classes must be submitted through the SHASS Academic Administrator, Andrea Wirth, 4-240. 

Bring your completed, signed, and approved transfer credit form to 4-240. This step must be completed after consulting the appropriate Transfer Credit Examiner, but before turning in any petitions for specific HASS or CI credit.

HASS Credit by Petition

For information about receiving HASS credit by petition, please visit the HASS Requirement website.

(For subjects taken through cross-registration at Harvard or Wellesley College, MIT graduate SHASS subjects, or combining two MIT 6-unit SHASS subjects as described on the HASS Requirement website.