Transfer Equivalency Petition


Before you continue to the form, double-check the FAQ and use this checklist to prepare:

Qualify for the TEP Process

I’m currently matriculated (enrolled) at the time of my petition.

      I have to be active in MySJSU.
My transfer credit is posted in MySJSU.   This means that it has been evaluated and reviewed by an Enrollment Services evaluator. (Check my transfer credit status on MySJSU.) I can contact (include my full name and SJSU ID #) with questions.
My current major on MySJSU is the major for which I’m petitioning.   If I plan to change my major, I must wait for the change before petitioning classes for a different major.
There is no existing articulation for my transfer course(s) at SJSU.   Check MyProgress/transfer credit status: a course may already be articulated to an SJSU course that is approved to meet an Engineering major requirement. See various articulation sites.

Work with an ESSC advisor to check for articulation on TES (for private, out of state, or international schools) or (for California public schools) to make sure my courses aren't articulated with SJSU.

This is not a GE requirement.   Engineering transfer course equivalency only. Use this petition instead.
I’ve checked my major prep (Engineering, Math, Sciences) and major course requirements.   I have discussed with my major advisor or reviewed MyProgress/transfer credit status, especially if petitioning for equivalency for multiple SJSU courses.
Courses such as physics or chemistry may also need to go through the Intensive Science Plan.
This is not a substitution or waiver.   This process is for equivalency of external credit where there is no articulation. I can meet with my major advisor to see if they would be willing to substitute or waive a major requirement instead of going the TEP route.
Prepare to Initiate the TEP Process
 Do not proceed unless all of the above conditions are true.
I have electronic copies of all my supporting documents.   These are not optional: course syllabus or description showing textbook and actual topics covered AND transcript, even if SJSU (not all evaluators can access MySJSU).
Sample syllabus [pdf]

I will use each transfer course only once within the major.

  Up to 3 courses can be used per SJSU course.
I’ve converted any quarter units to semester units e.g. 1.0 Quarter unit = 0.67 Semester unit   See unit conversion table below
I’ve applied for graduation already (if eligible, and for which term).  

I can indicate my graduation status if relevant; it is not required for submitting this petition.

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A complete, accurate, appropriate petition has the best chance of being approved.

Initiating the process

  1. Gather the following evidence (required as part of your petition):
    • your course syllabus (must be from the term and year you took the course and include course description, textbooks, and learning outcomes)
      Sample syllabus [pdf]
    • your transcripts (unofficial OK)
  2. Fill out and submit the form, being sure to attach each of your supporting documents. Everything needs to be part of the Docusign envelope. Creating a self-contained petition increases your chance of timely approval.

During the process

  • Wait. You will receive notice via your SJSU email within 2-3 weeks. 
  • Contact the ESSC if you have not heard from them within that time frame.
    Please allow more time at the start of the semester due to increased volume of petitions.
  • In some cases, the evaluator might ask you for further proof. Be prompt and clear with your responses. If it helps, work with an ESSC advisor.

After receiving approval or rejection of your petition

Approved: Hooray! That's one fewer course you don't have to take.

Unfortunately, the petition will NOT be posted on your records, so you will need to keep records of your approved TEPs in case your advisor or your professor requires proof that you've met prerequisites.

Note that substitutions don't automatically clear pre-reqs. There is one more step in the process—MyProgress being updated—which can take a little time depending on the number of pending updates and timing in the semester. In the meantime, you can send the approved petition to the instructor as evidence when requesting the Add code.

Rejected: Talk to your major advisor about a possible substitution; otherwise, you will need to take the course that was not approved.