Transfer Course Equivalencies

*This listing is often outdated. Please use it as a guide rather than a guarantee that the course will be accepted by Computer Science or UMass. Also note that the lists on this page are not definitive. We have only attempted to list comparable core courses - no electives are included in these lists. If you can find additional courses (either core courses or electives) at these schools or any other schools, you will need to submit the Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE). Courses will be vetted by faculty who have taught the UMass COMPSCI equivalent (within the past two semesters) as part of the TCE process. We will consider each proposal on a case-by-case basis.

Use the Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) form to validate courses taken outside of UMass Amherst (instructions on the form). This is a pre-cursor to the following University paperwork for students who are already here at UMass and want to take courses elsewhere. University forms are submitted after department approval is given using the TCE form:

  • Prior Approval for Transfer Course Work form (PAF) - to take courses elsewhere and transfer coursework back to UMass.
  • Senior Year in Absentia (SYIA) - to finish degree requirements elsewhere and transfer coursework back to earn degree.
  • International Course Approval form (ICAF) - to take courses on international exchange and transfer coursework back to UMass.
  • Domestic Exchange - to take courses on domestic exchange and transfer coursework back to UMass.

The TCE form is also used to review transfer course equivalency (TR EQ) of a posted course that is granted generic CS credit upon admission, i.e., COMPSCI 1TRA, COMPSCI 1TRB, etc., or for review of Five College courses (5C EQ).  Only the TCE form is needed for these.

Registration and equivalent prerequisites: If you believe that any of your generic transfer credit should be accepted as a particular COMPSCI course, you are expected to begin the evaluation process immediately after admission so that the TCE process is completed prior to your advising/registration session, if possible. If your course(s) do not get approved prior to your advising session, you should only consider taking courses that are not contingent upon your TCE, i.e., if you think you have a transfer course equivalent for COMPSCI 250 that has not yet been approved, do not attempt to enroll in COMPSCI 311 which has 250 as a prerequisite.  Select another course.

Transfer Equivalency posting to transcript:

  • Transfer students with coursework completed upon admission must meet the prerequisite before approved transfer equivalencies are posted to the transcript.  This may be accomplished by taking the prerequisite course(s) at UMass Amherst.  Students must email tce@cs.umass.edu upon completion of the prerequisites.
  • Pre-approval for coursework (PAF/ICAF/SYIA) taken elsewhere is not granted if the prerequisite course(s) are not satisfied.  In-progress prerequisites will be considered, however, final approval will not be given until grades post.


The College of Information and Computer Sciences has a Residency Requirement with a limit on the number of transfer courses that will be accepted to fulfill upper level CS courses (300+) toward major requirements, as follows:

BS: no more than three transfer courses are allowed (5 of the 8 CS 300+ must be taken here @UMass Amherst)
BA: no more than two transfer courses are allowed (3 of the 5 CS 300+ must be taken here @UMass Amherst)

There is also a limit of one Five College course to fulfill upper level CS courses for either the BS/BA and this course is counted toward courses taken outside of UMass.

 

Transfer Course Equivalency List - In Massachusetts

Transfer Course Equivalency List - Outside of Massachusetts

Effective July 2018, TCE Review VALID FOR 2 YEARS.  The date reviewed indicates when the course was last reviewed for approval.  At present, the posted equivalency is valid for 2 years through the end of the semester year noted.  Prior to July 2018, coursework was reviewed yearly.

TCE Paperwork (required for mapping or review of coursework taken elsewhere):
We are working on a new process to streamline transfer equivalency reviews and will post updates once in place.

  • For courses with VALID approval, submit page 1 of the TCE form only.
  • For courses with EXPIRED semester, submit complete TCE form (both page 1 and 2).
  • For courses not listed, submit complete TCE form (both page 1 and 2).

ALL PREREQUISITES are to be completed before taking course equivalencies elsewhere.  Approval for individual students will not be granted if prerequisites are not met, e.g., you want to take a COMPSCI 377 equivalent elsewhere, but you have not satisfied the prerequisite (COMPSCI 230 with a grade of 'C' or better).  In this case, your TCE for 377 will not be approved.  Prerequisites in progress may be considered, however, final approval will not be given until the grade is posted.

Amherst College

UMass
Subject

Cat#

Course#

Title
Date
Reviewed

Semester
Valid
Through

COMPSCI 121 COSC 111 Computer Science I 07/05/2016 Summer 2018
COMPSCI 250 MATH 220 Discrete Mathematics 06/18/2018 Summer 2020
COMPSCI 311 COSC 311 Algorithms 04/25/2018 Spring 2020

Berkshire Community College

UMass
Subject

Cat#

Course#

Title
Date
Reviewed
Semester
Valid Through
COMPSCI 121 CIS 231
or
CIS 232

Computer Science I with Java

Computer Science II with Java

06/09/2017

07/17/2017

Summer 2019
COMPSCI 187 CIS 211 Data Structures 06/09/2017 Spring 2019

Boston University

UMass Subject Cat# Course# Title Date Reviewed Semester Valid Through
COMPSCI 121 CIS 111
or
CIS 232

Intro to Computer Science

Programming with JAVA

06/13/2017

07/17/2018

Summer 2019

Summer 2020

COMPSCI 335 MET CS 472 Computer Architecture 04/25/2018 Spring 2020
COMPSCI 453 MET CS 535 Computer Networking 04/25/2018 Spring 2020

Bridgewater State University

UMass Subject Cat# Course# Title Date Reviewed Semester Valid Through
COMPSCI 121

COMP 151
 and
COMP 152

Computer Science I

Computer Science II
05/25/2018 Summer 2020

Bristol Community College

UMass Subject Cat# Course# Title Date Reviewed Semester Valid Through
COMPSCI 121

CIS 157
 and
CIS 257

Object-Oriented Java Prog I

Object-Oriented Java Prog II
04/19/2017 Spring 2019
COMPSCI 230 CIS 261 Intro to Computing Systems 07/21/2016 Summer 2018
COMPSCI 250 MTH 244 Discrete Structures 07/21/2016 Summer 2018
COMPSCI 320* CIS 260 Software Spec & Design 06/27/2016 Summer 2018

*Will not satisfy the IE Requirement which must be taken @UMassAmherst.

Bunker Hill Community College

UMass Subject Cat# Course# Title Date Reviewed Semester Valid Through
COMPSCI 121

CIT 239

Intro to Java 05/02/2018 Spring 2020
COMPSCI 187 CIT 242 Data Structures 05/02/2018 Spring 2020

Cape Cod Community College

UMass Subject Cat# Course# Title Date Reviewed Semester Valid Through
COMPSCI 121

CSC 110
 and
CSC 130

Computer Programming I: JAVA

Computer Programming II: JAVA
10/10/2018 Fall 2020
COMPSCI 121 CSC 120 Computer Programming I: C++ 10/10/2018 Fall 2020
COMPSCI 187 CSC 230 Data Structures 06/19/2018 Summer 2020

Fitchburg State University

UMass Subject Cat# Course# Title Date Reviewed Semester Valid Through
COMPSCI 121

CSC 1500
 and
CSC 1550

Computer Science 1

Computer Science 2
07/28/2018 Summer 2020

Framingham State University

UMass Subject Cat# Course# Title Date Reviewed Semester Valid Through
COMPSCI 121

CSCI 130

Computer Science 1: Using Java 04/25/2018 Spring 2020

Greenfield Community College

UMass Subject Cat# Course# Title Date Reviewed Semester Valid Through
COMPSCI 121 CIS 251 Java Programming 07/25/2017 Summer 2019
COMPSCI 187 CIS 254 Data Structures 07/25/2017 Summer 2019
COMPSCI 250 CIS 201 Intro to Discrete Computation 07/09/2018 Summer 2020

Harvard Summer School

UMass Subject Cat# Course# Title Date Reviewed Semester Valid Through
COMPSCI 491IP CSCI S-65 Advanced Mobile Application and Development Using Swift and iOS 06/04/2018 Summer 2020

Holyoke Community College

UMass Subject Cat# Course# Title Date Reviewed Semester Valid Through
COMPSCI 121 CSI 254 Intro Java Programming 06/20/2018 Summer 2020
COMPSCI 187 CSI 256 Intro Java Programming II 06/13/2017 Summer 2019
COMPSCI 250 MTH 230 Discrete Mathematics 12/18/2017 Fall 2019

Mass Bay Community College

UMass Subject Cat# Course# Title Date Reviewed Semester Valid Through
COMPSCI 121 CS 200 Programming 2 09/08/2017 Fall 2019
COMPSCI 187 CS 208 Data Structures 01/17/2018 Spring 2020
COMPSCI 230 CS 212
and
CS 214
Systems Programming with C

Computer Architecture and Assembly Language
11/09/2017 Fall 2019
COMPSCI 320* CS 225 Software Design 06/18/2018 Summer 2020
INFO 150 CS 205 Intro to Computation 07/12/2017 Summer 2019

*Will not satisfy the IE Requirement which must be taken @UMassAmherst.

Massasoit Community College

UMass Subject Cat# Course# Title Date Reviewed Semester Valid Through
COMPSCI 121 CTIM 157
and
CTIM 168
Intro to Java

Advanced Java Programming
06/28/2018 Summer 2020

Merrimack College

UMass
Subject

Cat#

Course#

Title
Date
Reviewed

Semester
Valid
Through

COMPSCI 121 CSC 2620 Object Oriented Programming 06/15/2016 Summer 2018
COMPSCI 187 CSC 2820 Data Structures 06/15/2016 Summer 2018

Middlesex Community College

UMass Subject Cat# Course# Title Date Reviewed Semester Valid Through
COMPSCI 121 CSC 252 Programming 2 08/17/2017 Summer 2019

Mount Holyoke College

UMass Subject Cat# Course# Title Date Reviewed Semester Valid Through
COMPSCI 121 CS 101 Problem Solving and Object Oriented Programming 12/13/2017 Fall 2019

North Shore Community College

UMass Subject Cat# Course# Title Date Reviewed Semester Valid Through
COMPSCI 121 CPS 101
and
CPS 102
Computer Science I

Computer Science II
06/15/2018 Summer 2020
COMPSCI 187 CPS 203 Data Structures 06/15/2018 Summer 2020
COMPSCI 250 MAT 241 Discrete Structures 06/18/2018 Summer 2020

Smith College

UMass Subject Cat# Course# Title Date Reviewed Semester Valid Through
COMPSCI 187

CSC 212

Computer Science II 01/19/2017 Spring 2019

Springfield Technical Community College

UMass Subject Cat# Course# Title Date Reviewed Semester Valid Through
COMPSCI 121 CSCI 111
or
CSCI 112
Intro Java Programming

Interm Topics Java Programming
05/30/2018 Summer 2020
COMPSCI 187 CSCI 220 Data Structures and Algorithms
(formerly CSCI 401)
07/25/2017 Summer 2019
COMPSCI 250 MAT 220 Discrete Structures
(formerly MAT 376)
08/16/2017 Summer 2019

Tufts University

UMass Subject Cat# Course# Title Date Reviewed Semester Valid Through
COMPSCI 121 COMP 11 Introduction to Computer Science 07/30/2018 Summer 2020
COMPSCI 187 COMP 15 Data Structures 07/30/2018 Summer 2020
COMPSCI 311 COMP 160A Algorithms 04/18/2018 Spring 2020
COMPSCI 383 COMP 131A Artificial Intelligence 04/18/2018 Spring 2020
COMPSCI 460 COMP 116B Computer Systems Security 04/18/2018 Spring 2020
COMPSCI 501 COMP 170A Computation Theory 04/18/2018 Spring 2020

UMass Boston

UMass Subject Cat# Course# Title Date Reviewed Semester Valid Through
COMPSCI 121 CS 110 Intro to Computing 08/25/2017 Summer 2019
COMPSCI 187 CS 210 Intermediate Computing with Data Structures 08/25/2017 Summer 2019
COMPSCI 230 CS 240 Programming in C 09/07/2018 Fall 2020

UMass Dartmouth

UMass Subject Cat# Course# Title Date Reviewed Semester Valid Through
COMPSCI 121 CIS 180
and
CIS 181
Object-Oriented Prog 1

Object-Oriented Prog 2
08/14/2017 Summer 2019

UMass Lowell

UMass Subject Cat# Course# Title Date Reviewed Semester Valid Through
COMPSCI 121 COMP 2010
and
COMP 2010L
Computing III

Computing III Lab
02/14/2018 Spring 2020
COMPSCI  383 COMP 4200 Artificial Intelligence 8/28/2018 Summer 2020
COMPSCI 335 COMP 3050 Computer Architecture 8/28/2018 Summer 2020
INFO 150 MATH 3210 Discrete Structures I 11/27/2017 Fall 2019

Wentworth Institute of Technology

UMass Subject Cat# Course# Title Date Reviewed Semester Valid Through
COMPSCI 121 COMP 1000
and
COMP 1050
Computer Science I

Computer Science II
03/20/2018 Spring 2020
COMPSCI 187 COMP 2071 Data Structures 06/08/2018 Summer 2020
INFO 150 MATH 2300 Discrete Math 04/18/2018 Spring 2020

Worcester State University

UMass Subject Cat# Course# Title Date Reviewed Semester Valid Through
COMPSCI 121 CS 140 Intro Programming 07/29/2016 Summer 2018

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

(ALL WPI EQUIVALENCIES UNDER REVIEW 8/21/18)

UMass Subject Cat# Course# Title Date Reviewed Semester Valid Through
COMPSCI 121 CS 1101 Intro to Program Design  06/19/2017 Summer 2019
COMPSCI 187 CS 2102 Object-Oriented Design Concepts  09/15/2016 Fall 2018
COMPSCI 187 CS 210X Accelerated Object-Oriented Design Concepts 07/28/2017 Summer 2019
COMPSCI 230 CS 2303 Systems Programming Concepts 09/15/2016 Fall 2018
INFO 150 CS 2022 Discrete Math 09/15/2016 Fall 2018