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Personalize Your Academic Journey and Save

We understand that each student is different and learning styles can vary depending on the course or subject matter. Self-study assessments provide you with an alternative learning option that might suit you better, while also saving time and money.


  • Self-study assessments allow you to learn on your own, as in-depth as you desire, over a 16-week period -- and they cost 75% less than our standard tuition rate.
  • Once you can pass a proficiency exam with a 70% or higher, you’ll receive “non-resident” credit and apply it toward your CSU Global undergraduate degree.


Start by reviewing the available self-study assessment courses below. You will get study prep materials, including a suggested textbook, to help improve your understanding of expected learning outcomes. When you’re ready to sit for the exam, the following non-refundable fees will be required:

  • $250 per three-credit self-study assessment
  • $150 per one credit self-study assessment


If you plan to transfer to another institution before completing your degree, please provide that institution with your self-study assessment study guide to ensure they will accept the transfer credit before investing in self-study assessment.

Currently, self-study assessment exam credit is not approved for Colorado gtPathway guaranteed transfer because self-study assessments are not considered resident credit.

Available Self-Study Assessment Courses


Principles of Accounting I
ACT300S(3 credits)

Financial Accounting
ACT301S (3 credits)

Principles of Accounting II
ACT325S (3 credits)

Intermediate Accounting
ACT350S (3 credits)

Intermediate Accounting II
ACT360S (3 credits)

Government and Nonprofit Accounting
ACT410S (3 credits)

ACT450S (3 credits

Cost Accounting
ACT460S (3 credits)

Advanced Accounting
ACT470S (3 credits)

* Accounting SSAs may not be accepted by the South Carolina Board of Accountancy toward licensure in South Carolina. Please verify acceptance of SSAs toward licensure with your state board prior to registration.


Effective Business and Communication Skills
COM300S (3 credits)

Communication in the Global Information Age
COM300S (3 credits)

Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace
COM310S (3 credits)

Intercultural Communication
COM315S (3 credits)


Computer Science Fundamentals
CSC200S (3 credits)

Principles of Robotic Theory
CSC430S (3 credits)


Fundamentals of Construction Management
CMG300S (3 credits)

Construction Cost Estimating
CMG400S (3 credits)

Materials Used in Construction
CMG450S (3 credits)

Sustainable Development
CMG465S (3 credits)


Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJ300S (3 credits)

Law Enforcement and American Policing
CRJ310S (3 credits)

Juvenile Justice​​​​​​​
CRJ320S (3 credits)

Introduction to Forensic Psychology​​​​​​​
CRJ325S (3 credits)

Laws of Evidence
CRJ335S (3 credits)

Criminal Investigation
CRJ336S (3 credits)

Criminal Justice and the Constitution
CRJ420S (3 credits)

Criminal Law
CRJ425S (3 credits)

Investigative and Forensic Interviewing
CRJ426S (3 credits)

CRJ431S (3 credits)

Investigative Forensic Photography 
CRJ450S (3 credits)

Race, Class, and Crime 
CRJ470S (3 credits)


Foundations of Emergency Management
EMG300S (3 credits)

Hazard Mitigation
EMG325S (3 credits)

Disaster Response
EMG375S (3 credits)

Disaster Recovery
EMG400S (3 credits)

Comprehensive Emergency Planning
EMG450S (3 credits)

gtPathways credit available through the course challenge option of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education’s Prior Learning Assessment policy


Analyzing Financial Statements 
FIN400S (3 credits)


Environmental Conservation *
BIO121S (3 credits)

U.S. History I *
HST201S (3 credits)

U.S. History II *
HST202S (3 credits)

U.S. History from 1945 to the Present *
HST300S (3 credits)

Critical Reasoning *
HUM101S (3 credits)

Quantitative Business Analysis
MTH410S (3 credits)

Introduction to Political Science *
POL101S (3 credits)

Introduction to Sociology *
SOC101S (3 credits)

gtPathways credit available through the course challenge option of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education’s Prior Learning Assessment policy ( -- Section 6)


Accounting and Finance for Healthcare Managers
HCM301S (3 credits)

Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare System
HCM310S (3 credits)

Introduction to Health Policy
HCM320S (3 credits)

Health Law and Ethics
HCM345S (3 credits)

Quality and Risk Management in Healthcare
HCM370S (3 credits)

The Economics of Healthcare
HCM375S (3 credits)

Managed Care and Health Insurance
HCM400S (3 credits)

Healthcare Operations Management
HCM410S (3 credits)

Introduction to Healthcare Strategy
HCM460S (3 credits)


Compensation and Performance Management
HRM350S (3 credits)

Creating a Diverse and Ethical Workforce
HRM435S (3 credits)

Recruitment, Selection, and Employee Development
HRM440S (3 credits)

Organizational Development
HRM460S (3 credits)


Introduction to Human Services
HSM300S (3 credits)

Human Development
HSM320S (3 credits)

Intervention Methods in Human Services
HSM350S (3 credits)

Crisis Intervention
HSM400S (3 credits)

Case Management in Human Services
HSM405S (3 credits)

Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Services
HSM420S (3 credits)

Human Services Administration
HSM450S (3 credits)


Basic Programming
ITS320S (3 credits)

Web Development with PHP
ITS345S (3 credits)

Information Technology Project Management
ITS400S (3 credits)

Database Management
ITS410S (3 credits)

Principles of Cyber Security
ITS415S (3 credits)

Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing 
ITS425S (3 credits)

Digital Forensics and Investigations
ITS455S (3 credits)

Information Security Legal and Ethical Issues
ITS460S (3 credits)


Microeconomic Principles
ECN210S (3 credits)

Comparative Economics and Global Business 1800-Present
ECN410S (3 credits)

Principles of Management
MGT300S (3 credits)

Introduction to International Business
MGT305S (3 credits)

Business Law
MGT315S (3 credits)

Business Policy and Strategy
MGT350S (3 credits)

Organizational Innovation and Change
MGT351S (3 credits)

Project Management
MGT410S (3 credits)

Business Policy Development and Implementation
MGT451S (3 credits)

Strategic Innovation and Ideas
MGT475S (3 credits)


Information Systems Design and Management
MIS300S (3 credits)

Information Systems Analysis and Design
MIS350S (3 credits)

Web Analytics
MIS370S (3 credits)

Database Concepts
MIS407S (3 credits)

Cloud Computing and Big Data
MIS440S (3 credits)

Statistics in Business Analytics
MIS445S (3 credits)

Data Science Foundation
MIS470S (3 credits)


Introduction to Marketing
MKG310S (3 credits)

Consumer Behavior
MKG330S (3 credits)

Product and Brand Management
MKG340S (3 credits)

Promotion and Public Relations
MKG350S (3 credits)

Personal Selling and Sales Management
MKG360S (3 credits)

International and Multi-Cultural Marketing
MKG400S (3 credits)

Retail Marketing/Management
MKG410S (3 credits)

Digital Marketing
MKG420S (3 credits)

Marketing Strategy for Small Business
MKG425S (3 credits)

Strategic Marketing
MKG440S (3 credits)

Market Research
MKG470S (3 credits)


Financial Performance in Operations Management
OPS402S (3 credits)

Managing the Supply Chain
OPS405S (3 credits)


Entrepreneurship in the Global Age 
ORG305S (3 credits)

Principles and Practices of Effective Leadership
ORG405S (3 credits)

Communication Strategies for Leaders
ORG423S (3 credits)


Introduction to Project Management
PJM310S (3 credits)

Construction Project Management
PJM350S (3 credits)

Assessing and Managing Risk
PJM410S (3 credits)

Project Quality Management
PJM440S (3 credits)


Public Administration
PMG300S (3 credits)

Public Policy and Strategy
PMG320S (3 credits)


Principles of Public Relations
COM302S (3 credits)

Public Relations Techniques
COM312S (3 credits)

Campaign and Event Planning
COM321S (3 credits)

Social Media and Public Relations
COM340S (3 credits)

International Public Relations
COM360S (3 credits)


Working in Modern Society
SOC300S (3 credits)

Race, Gender, and Ethnic Relations in the U.S. 
SOC310S (3 credits)

Community Development
SOC460S (3 credits)

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