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Alternative Credit Options

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Earn Your Degree Faster and For Less

CSU Global accepts a variety of alternative credit options that enable students to earn their degree quickly and at reduced cost. Alternative credit options allow you to demonstrate competency, knowledge, prior experience, and independent learning in a particular subject area. Take advantage of your previous skills and experiences to transfer in credit toward your academic goals.

Alternative transfer credits can be used in addition to community college transfer credits, but cannot exceed the overall transfer credit maximum. Alternative credits are only available for undergraduate students. 
There are no alternative credit options for graduate students.

Alternative credit options include self-study assessments, prior learning assessments, and credit by exam.



Learn on your own over a 16-week period and demonstrate proficiency in the subject to earn credit for courses in your degree program.

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Present a portfolio of work showcasing your mastery over expected learning outcomes to earn transfer credit for what you already know.

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Get credit  by taking exams to prove your level of understanding. Exam options include AP, IB, CLEP, DSST, StraighterLine, and Modern States.

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“CSU Global offers a PLA program that allowed me to use my 25 years of experience to ‘test out’ of courses. This saved me time and allowed me to earn my degree in a shorter time period. The instructor was available and supportive throughout the process.”


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