How many alternative credits can I transfer in?

CSU-Global makes every effort to provide opportunities to earn academic credits that contribute toward supporting student learning and accelerate degree completion.  Alternative credit options allow students to demonstrate competency through a combination of knowledge, prior experiences, and independent learning in order to decrease cost and time when earning a degree.

Undergraduate students must complete at least 30 residential credits to earn a degree - leaving room to transfer in 90 total credits. Within that 90 credits, the following are allowed for alternative credits:

  • Competency Based Exams (CBE)
    • Student can take many CBEs as they as long as they have room in their degree plan and fit in with the university transfer credit policies.  
    • No more than 50% of major courses can be completed as CBEs
  • Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
    • Students may complete up to 30 credits through Prior Learning Assessments
    • No more than 50% of major and no more than 3 specialization course requirements can be fulfilled using alternative or transfer credit. 
    • Only 300-400 level courses are eligible to be completed via PLA. COM300 is not eligible to be completed as a PLA.

​*Keep in mind upper division courses (300-400) level completed via CBE or PLA do count toward a student's required 30 upper division credits.

  • Other sources of alternative credit
    • Students transfer in a maximum of 60 credits from a variety of alternative, non-traditional sources such as CLEP, DSST, StraighterLine, Saylor Academy, etc.