Two chefs in the kitchenFor Transfer Students

Advanced Standing: Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts

Graduates who hold an Associate of Occupational Studies in Culinary Arts (or a related field) from accredited postsecondary schools may apply for advanced standing in the NECI Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts program. Applicants may petition Academic Support Services for advanced standing by submitting an official transcript of associate degree work completed, indicating graduation date. Additional information in the form of school catalogs, course descriptions, or syllabi may be required. Students enrolled with advanced standing will have the first and second year program requirements accepted as transfer credits, and enroll directly into the third year residency. Advanced standing students may be required to take additional course work to meet curriculum distribution and/or credit hour requirements of the Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts program. The student's transcript may reflect fewer total credits awarded as compared to students who complete NECI's full four-year program.

Transfer Credit From Other Institutions

In general, NECI policy requires students to attend all required courses in a program curriculum. Exceptions to this requirement may be granted as part of the admissions requirements for the Advanced Placement, Advanced Standing, and Accelerated Programs described in the Academic Catalog. Additionally, students may request transfer of college credits earned at other accredited post-secondary institutions to meet specific curriculum requirements as outlined below:

Applicants may request transfer of credits earned at accredited post-secondary institutions for comparable NECI required courses. Transfer credit is generally only accepted if the transferred courses were completed with a grade of C or better within the last 10 years. Grades of Pass (P) are also considered if credit was awarded. Credits earned in developmental and remedial courses or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are not transferable. Transfer credit can only be awarded for classes at a comparable level or higher than the program required course. For example, upper division (courses 3000 or higher) credit cannot be awarded for lower-level transferred courses. Course content and content distribution of program requirements also impact the transferability of courses/credits. In addition, credit may be transferred under the auspices of Articulation Agreements between NECI and other postsecondary institutions. Maximum credit transfer will not be more than 60% of the program total.

Transfer applicants must submit official transcripts, including worksheets or grades from all colleges they attended. International applicants must submit official transcripts with official English translations. Whenever possible, course descriptions, catalogs, and/or syllabi should be provided.

Transfer credit requests are considered by the Academic Support Services in consultation with the program chair/dean.

Transfer credit may or may not be awarded based on:

  • Core curriculum course content
  • Distribution of program requirements
  • Equivalence of level, content, and duration to NECI courses

Determinations regarding transfer credit and courses required for degree completion must be made prior to matriculation, except in extenuating circumstances. Transfer credit will be noted on the student's NECI transcript, but will not be used in computing grade average. Official transcripts from originating institutions must be received by the NECI Registrar prior to processing of transfer credit. Students who receive transfer credit may be required to participate in embedded course instruction and/or specific course-guided study and activities. Students who receive transfer credit do not receive credit toward tuition and fees at NECI. Exceptions regarding tuition adjustments may apply when transfer credit is 25% or greater of the program total.

Requests for credit by examination, Assessment of Prior Learning, and other recognized alternative sources of college level credit are considered a form of transfer credit. All such requests must be accompanied by official documentation and appropriate descriptions. Credit awarded is considered in form of transfer credit.

Transfer Credit for Advanced Placement Courses

Under the same guidelines and conditions that apply to the acceptance of transfer credit from other accredited institutions, NECI may also grant academic credit for participation in the College Board's AP (Advanced Placement) program, when students have received a minimum AP exam score of 3, and Academic Advising has determined the AP course content meets a NECI curriculum requirement.  

Students or applicants who apply for AP credit must arrange to have their AP examination records sent directly from the College Board to the NECI Admissions Office.  

Continuing Education

Students may take approved credit-bearing courses through NECI's Continuing Education division prior to enrolling in a degree program as non-matriculated students. No more than 50% of the total degree program credits may be earned in this manner.

Assessment of Prior Learning

New England Culinary Institute recognizes that individuals may develop skills and knowledge through work experience and related training. In order to validate this knowledge, NECI may award limited credit upon the completion of an Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) portfolio. The APL portfolio must be developed under the guidance of the Academic Advising Office and must provide appropriate documentation of significant knowledge in the specified subject area. A fee of $250 is charged for portfolio assessment.

Credit awarded through APL is considered a form of transfer credit; maximum credit awarded through transfer allowed will not be more than 50% of the program credit total. Determinations regarding APL credit and courses required for degree completion must be made prior to student beginning classes, except in extenuating circumstances. Requests for transfer credit by examination, APL, and other recognized alternative sources of college level credit, must be accompanied by official documentation and appropriate descriptions.

Students who receive APL credit may be required to participate in embedded course instruction, and may be required to participate in specific course-guided study and activities. APL credit will be noted on the transcript but will not be used in computing grade average. Credit toward tuition and fees at NECI does not apply to students completing the APL portfolio.