Policies and Guidelines
Essential Studies Policy Manual and Guidelines for Essential Studies Transfer (GUEST)
This document serves as the repository for information pertaining to the UND Essential Studies Program, including policies adopted by the ES Committee, the Bylaws of the ES Committee, and the duties and responsibilities of the ES Director.
The GUEST document in the ES Policy Manual describes how courses taken at other institutions align with UND’s Essential Studies program requirements for both Breadth of Knowledge requirements and Special Emphasis requirements. It is intended to help with course transfer into the ES program.
Students Transferring to UND with an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree
Students transferring to UND with an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree (i.e., NOT an associate of applied science) earned at a U.S. regionally or CHEA accredited institution will have their Essential Studies Breadth of Knowledge requirements waived. Students will still need to fulfill special emphasis and capstone requirements.
Students Transferring to UND to Pursue a Second Baccalaureate Degree
Students transferring to UND with a completed 4-year baccalaureate degree earned at U.S. regionally or CHEA accredited institution or earned outside of the U.S. but with an equivalency of a United States bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution as designated by trained admissions personnel and/or foreign credentials services of American (FCSA) or member organizations of the national association of credential evaluation services (NACES) or the association of international credit evaluators (AICE) will have all Essential Studies requirements waived.
If you have not earned an associate degree or bachelor degree you are required to meet all of the ES requirements listed in the course catalog. Please go to the Registrar Transfer Student website to view articulation agreements for transfer work.