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Undergraduate - General Guidelines

 
  

Associate Degree

  
   
 

The maximum transfer credit award possible toward an associate degree is 46 semester hours.

*Nontraditional transfer credit cannot exceed 15 semester hours (25%) of a total 61 or 62 semester hour program.
 

 
 
 
 
  

Bachelor's Degree

  
   
 

The maximum transfer credit award possible toward a bachelor's degree is 91 semester hours.

*Nontraditional transfer credit cannot exceed 30 semester hours (25%) of a total 121 or 122 semester hour program.
 

 
 
 
 
  

Certificate

  
   
 

The maximum transfer credit award possible toward a certificate will vary based on the program requirements.

 
 *Nontraditional transfer credit cannot exceed 3 semester hours.
 

 
 
  • The University must adhere to the minimum residential credit requirements and corresponding transfer credit limits set forth by our accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
     
    • To complete an undergraduate degree, at least 25% of a student's degree program must be completed as residential credit (coursework completed through the University by an enrolled student).
    • To complete a stand-alone certificate program, at least 9 semester hours of a student's certificate program requirements must be completed as residential credit.
       
  • For students who reside in Virginia, the University must adhere to the minimum residential credit requirements and corresponding transfer credit limits set forth by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).
     
    • To complete an undergraduate degree, at least 30% of a student's degree program must be completed as residential credit (coursework completed through the University by an enrolled student). Maximum transfer credit for an associate degree is 42 semester hours. Maximum transfer credit for a bachelor’s degree is 84 semester hours.
    • To complete a stand-alone certificate program, at least 9 semester hours of a student's certificate program requirements must be completed as residential credit.
       
  • APUS defines Traditional Transfer Credit as:
     
    • Academic - earned through an accredited institution of higher learning with Regional and/or National Accreditation.
       
    • Military Course - earned through a military school or sponsored program.
       
  • APUS defines *Nontraditional Transfer Credit as:
     
    • Non-Academic - earned based on an assessment, competency testing, experience, and/or determination of knowledge.
       
    • Military Occupation - earned through experience.
       
    • Acceptable Sources of Nontraditional Transfer Credit:
       
      • American Council on Education (ACE)
             National Guide - corporate/agency training
             Military Guide - military occupations
      • Career Portfolios
      • College Level Exams (ALEKS/CLEP/DSST/AP/Excelsior Exams)
      • Internal Credit Recommendations (IRs) not evaluated by ACE
      • International Baccalaureate (IB)
      • Massive open online courses (MOOCs) that have been evaluated by ACE and
             recommended for undergraduate level credit
      • Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) not evaluated by ACE
      • National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS)
              formerly known as National PONSI
      • Prior Learning Assessment
      • StraighterLine
         
  • Time Limitations of Course Work: If your program requires any of the subjects listed below, your course for transfer must not exceed the age limitation. Should they exceed the age limitation, the courses will be considered for General Elective credit only.
     

    Age Restricted Subjects and Corresponding APUS Course Prefix

    Age Limitation

    Transfer Credit Award Policy

    Information Technology Design (DSIN)

    Information System Security (ISSC)

    Information Technology Management (ITMG)

    5+ Years

    Courses for transfer in these subject areas that exceed 5 years in age may be transferred into undergraduate-level programs to fulfill General Elective area requirements only, and will not be considered equivalent to any APUS course offering.

    Enterprise Development (ENTD)

    Information Security Planning (INFO)

    Computer Information System Technology (ITCC)

    Web Development (WEBD)

    7+ Years

    Courses for transfer in these subject areas that exceed 7 years in age may be transferred into undergraduate-level programs to fulfill General Elective area requirements only, and will not be considered equivalent to any APUS course offering.

    Political Science* (POLS)

    10+ Years

    Political Science courses for transfer that exceed 10 years in age may be transferred into undergraduate-level programs to fulfill General Elective area requirements only, and will not be considered equivalent to any APUS course offering.

    *General Political Science over 10 years may be used to fulfill General Education Political Science requirements.

    Sociology** (SOCI)

    20+ Years

    Sociology courses for transfer that are older than 20 calendar years may be transferred into undergraduate-level programs to fulfill General Elective area requirements only, and will not be considered equivalent to any APUS course offering.

    **General Sociology over 20 years may be used to fulfill General Education Social Science requirements.

    Psychology*** (PSYC)

    30+ Years

    Psychology courses for transfer that are older than 30 calendar years may be transferred into undergraduate- level programs to fulfill General Elective area requirements only, and will not be considered equivalent to any APUS course offering.

    ***General Psychology over 30 years may be used to fulfill General Education Social Science requirements.

 

  • Credit transfer depends on the student's declared program of study and whether the credit earned (traditional or nontraditional) meets the learning outcomes and objectives for his/her program with us.