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Institute for Supply Management - Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM)

The maximum transfer credit award possible from this specific internal recommendation is 9 semester hours (SH); individual transfer credit award will vary based on the requirements of a student's selected degree program, any additional documents submitted for transfer credit evaluation (TCE), and the University's TCE policies.

Any credit awarded from this internal recommendation is considered nontraditional transfer credit.


Undergraduate students must be pursuing one of the following programs at the University:

  • Any undergraduate level degree program

Students are most likely to maximize their transfer credit award if they are pursuing one of the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Military Management & Program Acquisition with a concentration in Program Acquisition and Contracting
  • Bachelor of Arts in Transportation & Logistics Management with a General concentration


  • A student has met the terms of the agreement and is eligible for possible TCE review if they completed the Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) certificate through the Institute for Supply Management and they have not yet had an Initial TCE completed.
  • If an Initial TCE has already been prepared and the student completed the CPM certificate through the Institute for Supply Management after the official evaluation was completed, they can send in the updated paperwork. A TCE Update Request Form must also be submitted to initiate the review process.
  • If a student changes their degree program, they are eligible for a review of their Institute for Supply Management certificate for possible transfer credit.
  • If a student has already had an Initial TCE completed, their documentation has already been reviewed, and no additional paperwork is to be submitted, they are NOT eligible for this internal policy.

Students must send in a copy of their CPM certificate from the Institute for Supply Management along with a TCE Application. Documentation of successful completion may make a student eligible for the following transfer credit recommendations depending on their specific undergraduate degree program requirements:

APUS Transfer Credit RecommendationsAPUS SH
DEFM305 - Acquisition Business Management3 SH
TLMT341 - Logistics Management3 SH

OMNI399 - Omnibus Credit* (only applies to the programs below)

  • BA Hospitality Management 
  • BA Management - General concentration
  • BA Management - Retail Management concentration
  • BA Military Management & Program Acquisition 
  • BA Retail Management
  • BA Transportation & Logistics Management - General concentration
3 SH

Omnibus credit is upper level transfer credit which applies to a student's specific area of study within their Major/Concentration requirements, but for which APUS does not offer an equivalent course. Students for whom this credit does not directly apply may have the same number of semester hours applied as Elective credit depending on their specific program requirements.

Please note:

This internal recommendation policy is valid for the programs listed which may be reviewed each catalog year and credit recommendations may change if the programs or internal recommendation policies are altered and/or re-evaluated.