Credit from Other Colleges & Articulated High School Courses

MiraCosta grants degree credit for courses taken at United States regionally accredited institutions of higher learning (Associations of Colleges and Schools), but MiraCosta reserves the right to evaluate work completed at other colleges. If an institution is fully accredited, the credit earned at a time when an institution was a candidate for accreditation may also be accepted for credit.

Courses from U.S. regionally accredited colleges or universities are evaluated for degree requirements based on C-ID number or course description, comparable or equivalent content and student learning outcomes, and appropriate prerequisites. Students may be required to provide a course outline and/or a syllabus to determine course comparability and a transcript to verify prerequisite completion.

Courses completed at another California community college and from other U.S. regionally accredited institutions are applied to the MiraCosta College general education pattern (Plan A) using the following criteria:

  • The course completed was approved for the same general education area as the MiraCosta general education area.
  • The course completed was approved for a comparable general education area.
  • The course completed is comparable to a course offered by MiraCosta in a general education area.

Courses are placed on the transferable general education patterns--CSU-GE (Plan B) and IGETC (Plan C)--according to the policies set by the California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC).

MiraCosta evaluates transfer credits from quarter-system institutions as follows: one unit in a quarter-length term is equivalent to two-thirds of a unit in a semester-length term (e.g., 3 quarter units = 2 semester units).

Credit for International Coursework

MiraCosta College evaluates international coursework for satisfying associate degree requirements, including prerequisite requirements, when course descriptions are submitted in English along with a transcript evaluated by an approved foreign transcript evaluation service. Only courses that were taught in the English language are considered for satisfying the writing competency requirement. 

Credit for Articulated High School Courses

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The CTE Transitions program awards college credit to high school students who earn an A or B in career-related "articulated" high school courses. An articulated course is one in which the high school teacher and MiraCosta College faculty have formally agreed that the high school course's outline, syllabus, textbook, and final exam are comparable to those in a course of the same subject at MiraCosta. More than 40 different high school courses have been articulated in the following subjects: accounting, architecture, automotive technology, business administration, child development, design drafting technology, engineering, horticulture, medical assisting, and nursing. Students who are taking courses in these subjects at area high schools may be eligible for CTE Transitions credit. To find out which high school courses offer articulated MiraCosta College credit, students should visit the CTE Transitions website.