1. Admissions

Transfer Students

The grass is greener in San Francisco.

Transfer Students

Students transfer to SFCM for a number of reasons. Some outgrow the offerings of their first institutions, some want to study with specific faculty members, and some want to be in the cultural hub that is San Francisco, taking advantage of the world-class music organizations just down the street from the Conservatory. No matter your reasons, we’re happy to consider you as a prospective student and work with you to bring you into our family.

Life in San Francisco

Admission

Undergraduate students who want to transfer to the Conservatory must show evidence of a satisfactory academic record at all institutions of higher education and secondary schools attended, and are required to submit official transcripts from all of them.

How to Apply

Transfer Credit

The level of an undergraduate transfer student is determined by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the time of acceptance into SFCM.

Only undergraduates may transfer credits from another institution. Transfer students admitted to the Conservatory can receive transfer credit for courses in the Humanities and Sciences (HMS) area completed at other accredited institutions, provided the student received a grade of C or better and the course is ruled an appropriate substitute for a Conservatory course. The Conservatory does not grant transfer credit for non-HMS courses completed elsewhere, including all music courses. (Exceptions may be made for transfers from peer conservatories.) Students may receive credit by examination for these required Conservatory courses, based on the results of placement examinations administered at the time of registration. Not more than 36 transfer credits will count toward the total credits required for graduation.

Credit from completed Bachelor's degrees cannot be applied towards your SFCM undergraduate credit load. However, it may allow certain required courses to be waived in lieu of another course with the same credit load. Credit from completed Associate's (A.A.) degrees can be applied following the guidelines described above.

The Conservatory will also grant credit for certain AP and CEEB exams.

Coming Back for Another Degree

Welcome home. SFCM alumni who have already earned a Bachelor of Music or Music Diploma and been admitted into a new Bachelor of Music degree program may transfer credits taken during their previous degree for identical course requirements and general education courses if they received a grade of C or higher. This excludes ensemble requirements, PRF 352 Piano Forum, PRF 402 Composition Seminar, and PRF 462 Vocal Performance Lab. Any other exceptions may be approved by submitting a petition to the Academic Affairs Committee.

SFCM alumni who have earned a Bachelor of Music or Music Diploma and are admitted into a Master of Music degree program may transfer credits taken during their previous degree if the course is identical to a degree requirement in the new program. This excludes ensemble requirements, PRF 352 Piano Forum, PRF 402 Composition Seminar, and PRF 462 Vocal Performance Lab. Any other exceptions may be approved by submitting a petition to the Academic Affairs Committee.

The Conservatory will not accept any transfer credit at the graduate level.

Alumni who have earned a Master of Music from the Conservatory and are admitted into a different Master of Music degree program may transfer credits taken during their previous degree if the course is identical to a degree requirement in the new program, and up to six credits of graduate seminars. This excludes ensemble requirements, PRF 352 Piano Forum, PRF 402 Composition Seminar, and PRF 462 Vocal Performance Lab. Any other exceptions may be approved by submitting a petition to the Academic Affairs Committee.

Alumni may not apply transfer credits for the Postgraduate Diploma in Vocal Performance or Professional Studies Diploma in Instrumental Performance programs.