Transfer Equivalency Guides

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Southern Methodist University uses the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) to determine many transfer equivalencies for a variety of 2-year and 4-year schools in Texas. SMU course equivalencies are updated periodically and are added to the school equivalency guides below. If a course is taken at a participating TCCNS school and is not listed below for a particular school, then you may look up this information on the TCCNS website ( An example is listed below for your convenience.

Example: ART 2321 Painting & Composition I at Howard Payne University

  • Go to
  • Click on TCCNS Online Matrix (left-hand side)
  • Click on the most recent "searchable" course matrix
  • Click on "Compare Institutions"
  • Select your transfer school on the left-hand side (for example, Howard Payne University) and either Collin College, Dallas County Community College District, or Tarrant County College on the right-hand side and click "search".
  • Find course at transfer school in the middle section (for example, ART 2321, Painting & Composition I) and note the course number at CC, DCCCD, or TCC. In this case, it is ARTS 2316.
  • Look up the CC, DCCCD or TCC course number on the equivalency guide listed below. (In this case, it is DCCCD.) Look for ARTS 2316 on the left-hand side. The right-hand side will indicate the SMU equivalent course.