Finish faster and for less by taking advantage of what you already know.
CSU-Global accepts some forms of alternative credit -- test scores, military experience, IT certifications -- that would allow you to earn a degree sooner and save on costs by using your previous skills and experiences. Please note that these credits can be used in addition to community college transfer credits, but cannot exceed the overall transfer credit maximum. Alternative credit options allow you to demonstrate competency, knowledge, prior experience, and independent learning in a particular subject area.
You can get credit by taking exams for what you have already learned. Acceptance of credit is based on scores, the degree being pursued, and when the credit was received.
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.
If you have previous professional experience and studies, CSU-Global provides an online prior learning assessment program, that allows you to earn college credits. We want to work with you to maximize what you have already learned in your career, independent study or other educational experience.
With PLA, you can demonstrate in a written exam that you have the skills and knowledge from previous experiences to count as credit toward your degree.
As a military-friendly university, we may be able to count your military experience and training as credits toward your degree. We evaluate your military transcripts to help you use your military experience toward a fulfilling civilian career.
The American Council on Education (ACE) reviews training courses and occupational experiences and makes a credit recommendation for potential college transfer.
CSU-Global may accept credits for military service that have been evaluated. 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 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.
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 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.
CSU-Global may accept credit for IT certifications. Students must submit official documentation reporting successful completion of each certification earned . Content of credit accepted in transfer may not duplicate previously accepted or completed coursework. See the table below for accepted IT certifications and their equivalent CSU-Global course credits.
|Course Code||Title||Transfer Credit Certificate|
|Introduction to Computer-Based Systems||CompTIA A+|
|ITS315||Introduction to Networks||CompTIA Network+, CCNA|
|ITS350||Information Systems Security||CompTIA Security+, CompTIA CASP, CISSP, CISM, CEH, CISA|
|ITS400||Information Technology Project Management||CompTIA Project+, PMP, Six Sigma Green Belt|
|ITS410||Database Management||Microsoft Exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL 2012 Databases|
|ITS420||Advanced Networking Systems||CompTIA Linux+|
|ITS430||Network Enterprise Solutions||Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Enterprise Administrator|
|ITS439||Virtualization Technology Fundamentals||VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals certification|
|ITS441||Cloud Technology Fundamentals||CompTIA Cloud+ certification|
|ITS443||Server Virtualization Technologies||Microsoft Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 exam 70-246|
For more detailed information about alternative credit options, please contact your advisor or see the Academic Catalog.
Please note that each alternative credit type is included, along with community college transfer credit, toward the 90 credit transfer limit. Each type of alternative credit has its own limited amount we can accept in transfer. All credits count toward CSU-Global’s overall transfer credit maximum. Contact your academic advisor or refer to the current academic catalog for additional information about alternative credit options.
While we will work with you to maximize the amount of transfer credits toward your degree, we cannot guarantee that all forms of credit are accepted.