Course Equivalencies and Transfer Evaluation System

An equivalent course meets a standard of comparability of 75% or more similarity in learning outcomes and content using the course outlines (or for a course from outside of MinnState, a course outline, syllabus, or comparable course description document). Modes of delivery cannot be used in determining equivalencies.

Evaluation for equivalencies should be the primary method of credit review. Equivalencies can only be determined by the department that houses the course. Beginning the term they are approved, course equivalencies impact all students transferring in the course and will be visible to the public on Transferology.

Additional benefits of equivalent courses include that the registration system recognizes equivalencies as pre-requisite courses, so students will not need to seek permission for registration overrides. Additionally, equivalent courses can meet general education requirements; courses cannot be substituted for general education goal areas.

Transfer Evaluation System (TES) facilitates the administration and maintenance of course equivalencies and communication of course data between staff, students, and faculty.

Additional benefits of using TES include:

  • Ability to research courses for transfer credit from more than 7,000 institutions
  • Use of secure software to review and evaluate equivalency requests
  • Record keeping and historical information on decision making
  • Ability to provide reports to aid in a review cycle of equivalencies

To get started using TES, please email Lindsay Smith, Student Degree Planning and Completion Coordinator -

MinnState Course Learning Outcomes and Descriptions

Minnesota State University, Mankato Course Outlines