Finish faster and for less by taking advantage of what you already know.
CSU-Global works to maximize the number of credits you can use toward your degree program. Depending on your learning style, motivation, past experiences, and the degree you're pursuing, these alternative credit options might be able to help you finish your degree faster and more affordably.
Alternative credit options allow you to demonstrate competency in a particular subject area through a combination of knowledge, prior experiences, and independent learning.
Credit by Exam
Acceptance of credit is based on scores, the degree being pursued, and when the credit was received. Exam credit options include:
- CSU-Global Competency Based Exams (CBEs): CSU-Global gives you the option of earning course credits for specific content areas by scoring 70% or above on a proctored exam. These non-resident credits may be applied toward an undergraduate degree at CSU-Global. Transferability to other institutions is at the discretion of the receiving institutions.
- Advanced Placement: If you’ve taken the Advanced Placement examination and received scores of 3, 4, or 5, you are eligible to receive credit toward your bachelor's degree. The CSU-Global school code is 6903.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma Program: If you successfully completed the IB program and examination(s), you are eligible to receive credit toward your bachelor's degree. A score of 4 or better on the IB exam(s) will receive between 3-10 credits in most instances.
- CLEP, DSST: CSU-Global accepts credit for test scores that meet established benchmarks for the College Level Examination program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) toward a bachelor's degree. You must submit an official score report showing you earned scores at or above established benchmarks. CSU-Global’s reporting numbers are 3582 for CLEP and 8796 for DSST.
- StraighterLine: CSU-Global accepts credit for test scores that meet the American Council on Education (ACE) guideline standards and minimum score requirements on approved exams. You must submit an official score report showing you earned scores at or above established benchmarks to receive transfer credit toward a bachelor's degree. CSU-Global’s reporting number for StraighterLine is CSUG050.
Please note that not all tests are accepted and students who are interested should contact their advisor for more information.
CSU-Global recognizes military nontraditional credit (training and occupational experience) by evaluating military transcripts for applicability toward your online undergraduate degree.
CSU-Global may accept credits for military service that have been evaluated according to the ACE Guidelines. Content of credit accepted in transfer may not duplicate coursework previously taken. Military service credit is evaluated when official copies of transcripts from military schools are received.
The American Council on Education (ACE) reviews training courses and occupational experiences and makes a credit recommendation for potential college transfer.
The ACE Military Guide allows you to research a training course you may have taken, or your current occupation, using the ACE ID number listed on your military transcript. ACE also provides a list of frequently asked questions and a Transfer Guide to help you better understand your military service credit.
Please note that a credit recommendation by ACE is not a guarantee, but it does help to evaluate your military transcripts for possible credit transfer. Please review the Academic Catalog for our transfer policies.
- Army, Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine personnel should submit a Joint Services Transcript. To order a Joint Services Transcript, go to https://jst.doded.mil/
- Air Force personnel should submit a Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcript. To order a CCAF transcript, go to http://www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/transcripts.asp.
Please note: CCAF is a regionally accredited institution and is therefore not considered a nontraditional source of credit. CCAF credits will count toward the up to 90 total credits CSU-Global may accept in transfer toward a bachelor's degree.
Additional Non-Collegiate Credit
Non-Collegiate credit other than exam or military service credit, such as non-collegiate courses, corporate trainings, certifications, professional licenses, etc., may be considered for transfer toward a bachelor's degree if it has been evaluated according to the ACE Guidelines, reviewed by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (CCRS), and does not duplicate credit already accepted in transfer.
- CSU-Global Prior Learning Assessments (PLAs): Demonstrate your knowledge in a particular subject area by presenting a portfolio project that proves your level of competency as aligned with a specific CSU-Global course. These non-resident credits may be applied toward an undergraduate degree at CSU-Global. Transferability to other institutions is at the discretion of the receiving institutions.
- Organizational Advancement Partners: Training you have received through your employer may count for undergraduate college credit through our corporate affiliates.
- Sophia Pathways™ and CSU-Global have partnered to provide students with online alternative options for earning credits that will transfer to CSU-Global.
CSU-Global may accept credit that has been earned at non-U.S. institutions.
If non-U.S. coursework is consistent in level and content with courses offered at regionally accredited U.S. institutions credit may be applied toward a CSU-Global degree. Transcripts must be reviewed by an approved evaluation service in order to be considered for transfer.
Approved evaluation services are listed at naces.org.
For more detailed information about alternative credit options, please contact your advisor or see the Academic Catalog.