Saint Martin’s University awards university course credit for IB exams on which students achieve a score of 5 or higher, on both Standard Level and Higher Level exams.

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IB Credit

Students who earn the IB Diploma will be awarded up to 30 credits of university-level work at Saint Martin's University. The IB Diploma can meet the following Core requirements if the Diploma student achieves a score of 5 or higher on the individual exams for each respective area:

ENG 101 (3 credits)
World Language (3 credits for Standard Level, 6 credits for Higher Level)
History or Social & Behavioral Foundations (3-6 credits, depending on the courses)
Science with lab (4 credits)
MTH 110 (3 credits)
Fine Arts (3 credits)

IB Diploma students will also earn additional credits, either as specific SMU courses (see Table below) or lower division elective credits, depending on the total diploma score.

24 points = 24 total credits
25 points = 25 total credits
26 points = 26 total credits
27 points = 27 total credits
28 points = 28 total credits
29 points = 29 total credits
30 points or more = 30 total credits

  • IB Exam Transfer Course Credit

    Students who complete IB coursework but not the Diploma will also receive university credit for IB exams, both Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL), on which they earn a 5 or higher. Specific Saint Martin's University courses correspond to the IB exams, as shown in the Table below. Other IB exams will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    IB ExamTransfer CourseCredits Earned
    Art (visual)ART 205 (Core fine arts)3
    BiologyCore science w/ lab4
    Chemistry- SLCHM 141/141L5
    Chemistry- HLCHM 141/141L and CHM 142/142L10
    Classical LanguagesCore 1 year World Language6
    Computer ScienceCSC 1013
    DanceCore fine arts3
    EconomicsCore social and behavioral foundations3
    English Language and LitENG 1013
    FilmCore fine arts3
    French Language and Lit- SLFRN 1013
    French Language and Lit- HLFRN 101 and FRN 1026
    German Language and Lit- HLCore 1 year World Language6
    GeographyGPH 2103
    Global PoliticsPLS 1523
    History, worldCore non-U.S. history3
    Mathematics*MTH 1103
    MusicCore fine arts3
    PhysicsCore science w/ lab4
    PsychologyPSY 1013
    Spanish Language and Lit- SLSPN 1013
    Spanish Language and Lit- HLSPN 101 and SPN 1026
    Sports, exercise, and health scienceCore science w/ lab4
    TheaterCore fine arts3

    *Students needing a specific math course for the major will need to take the math placement test and be placed into the appropriate course.

Saint Martin's IB student

IB Student Story

“The transition from the International Baccalaureate program to collegiate level classes here at Saint Martin's University blended seamlessly. The difficulties undertaken in the IB program set a foundation for learning that I carry with me each day here at SMU. I only transferred 7 of my credits from IB (biology and business) The transfer of my credits was simple!”

Gloria Petri, Saint Martin's student-athlete and IB alumna