How many alternative credits can I transfer in?

CSU-Global makes every effort to provide you with opportunities to earn academic credits that contribute toward supporting student learning and accelerate degree completion.  Alternative credit options allow you 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)
    • You may take as many CBEs as they as long as you have room in the degree plan and fit in with the university transfer credit policies.  Please be sure to consult with your Student Advisor to make sure CBEs are a good fit for your program.
  • Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
    • You 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. 
  • Other sources of alternative credit
    • You can transfer in a maximum of 60 credits from a variety of alternative, non-traditional sources such as CLEP, DSST, StraighterLine, Saylor Academy, etc.