Transferring Credit to CSU
CSU allows transfer of credit hours for prior academic credits, training, and relevant professional licenses and certifications. Up to 75 percent of undergraduate courses and 50 percent of graduate courses can be transferred into your degree program. Students are allowed to transfer in 15 percent of coursework into the DBA program.
CSU accepts transfer academic credit from institutions accredited by agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). For prior undergraduate academic credit to be eligible for transfer, grades earned must be a “C” or higher. However, a maximum of three courses in which a “D” was earned may be considered during the admission process. “Ds” are not accepted as transfer credit for English Composition I, II or their equivalent. For prior academic credit to be eligible for transfer at the master’s degree level, grades earned must be a “B” or higher. However, a maximum of one course in which a “C” was earned may be considered for acceptance.
Professional Licenses, Certificates, and Training Programs
CSU uses guidelines established by the American Council on Education (ACE) to determine if certain training programs, certificates, professional licenses, and/or military training warrant awarding academic credit. The following ACE publications are used.
The National Guide to Education Credit for Training Programs
For 30 years, this guide has been a trusted source of information on thousands of educational courses offered by business, labor unions, schools, training suppliers, professional and voluntary associations, and government agencies. These course recommendations provide academic credit to students for learning acquired at leading organizations. Each entry in the comprehensive National Guide provides: course title; location of all sites where the course is offered; length in hours, days, or weeks; period during which the credit recommendation applies; purpose for which the credit was designed; learning outcomes; teaching methods, materials, and major subject areas covered; and college credit recommendations offered in four categories (by level of degrees) and expressed in semester hours and subject area(s) in which credit is applicable.
Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces
This three-volume set of guidebooks is the standard reference tool used by most U.S. colleges and universities to award academic credit for military learning. The guidebooks contain more than 8,000 courses offered by the U.S. armed services and defense department between January 1990 and the present. The Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces is updated every two years. Every six months, ACE publishes a Handbook to the Guide.
The National Guide to Education Credit for Training Programs, the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces, and the handbook are available at most public libraries. The guide (Armed Forces) and the handbook are usually available at military education services offices.
Transfer Credit by Examination
- The College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
- Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education (DANTES)
Transferring Credit from CSU
Almost all institutions of higher learning, including CSU, restrict the acceptance of credits from other colleges and universities. This is also true of many agencies, companies and organizations. It is, therefore, recommended that you seek prior approval of your CSU credits if you want to transfer them at a later date, or if you anticipate utilizing your CSU credits for credentialing, reimbursement or similar reasons.
For more information on CSU University Partners and transfer credit opportunities, visit our University Partners page.