Alternative Credit Options Self-Study Assessments

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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)

Managerial Accounting
ACT305S (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)

Information Systems for Accounting
ACT425S (3 credits)

ACT450S (3 credits

Cost Accounting
ACT460S (3 credits)

Advanced Accounting
ACT470S (3 credits)


Professional Communication
COM304S (3 credits)

Principles of Public Relations
COM302S (3 credits)

Global Content Strategy
COM305S (3 credits)

Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace
COM310S (3 credits)

Public Relations Techniques
COM312S (3 credits)

Intercultural Communication
COM315S (3 credits)

Campaign & Event Planning
COM321S (3 credits)

Persuasive Campaigns 
COM323S (3 credits)

Social Media and Public Relations
COM340S (3 credits)

International Public Relations
COM360S (3 credits)

Crisis Communication and Issues Management
COM415S (3 credits)

Construction Management

Fundamentals of Construction Management
CMG300S (3 credits)

Construction Cost Estimating
CMG400S (3 credits)

Materials Used in Construction
CMG450S (3 credits)

Criminal Justice

Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJ300S (3 credits)

Law Enforcement and American Policing 
CRJ310S (3 credits)

Laws of Evidence
CRJ335S (3 credits)

Criminal Justice and the Constitution
CRJ420S (3 credits)

Criminal Law
CRJ425S (3 credits)

Investigative Forensic Photography 
CRJ450S (3 credits)

Race, Class, and Crime 
CRJ470S (3 credits)

Emergency Management

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)


Analyzing Financial Statements 
FIN400S (3 credits)

General Education

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)

Introduction to Political Science
POL101S (3 credits)

Introduction to Human Development
PSY105S (3 credits)

Introduction to Sociology
SOC101S (3 credits)

Healthcare Administration and Management

Accounting and Finance for Healthcare Managers
HCM301S (3 credits)

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

Healthcare Supervision
HCM315S (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)

Population Health Management
HCM430S (3 credits)

Introduction to Healthcare Strategy
HCM460S (3 credits)

Human Resources

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)

Human Services

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)

Information Technology

Basic Programming
ITS320S (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)

Macroeconomic Principles
ECN215S (3 credits)

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

Management in the Global Economy
ECN405S (3 credits)

Managerial Economics
ECN400S (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)

Quantitative Business Analysis
MTH410S (3 credits)

Management Information Systems

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)

Statistics in Business Analytics 
MIS445S  (3 credits)

Data Mining
MIS450S (3 credits)

Data Science Foundations 
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)

International and Multi-Cultural Marketing
MKG400S (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)

Operations Management

Operations Management
OPS400S (3 credits)

Financial Performance in Operations Management
OPS402S (3 credits)

Leadership in Operations Management
OPS404S (3 credits)

Managing the Supply Chain
OPS405S (3 credits)

Organizational Leadership

Entrepreneurship in the Global Age 
ORG305S (3 credits)

Communicating and Relationships in Negotiating
ORG307S (3 credits)

Principles and Practices of Effective Leadership
ORG405S (3 credits)

Communication Strategies for Leaders
ORG423S (3 credits)

Leading through Conflict Resolution
ORG470S (3 credits)

Project Management

Construction Project Management
PJM350S (3 credits)

Project Procurement and Contract Management
PJM400S (3 credits)

Assessing and Managing Risk
PJM410S (3 credits)

Total Quality Management
PJM440S (3 credits)

Public Management

Public Administration
PMG300S (3 credits)

Public Policy and Strategy
PMG320S (3 credits)

Public Relations

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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