Other Options for College Credit

Individualized Assessment & Challenge Exams

Through our Prior Learning Assessment program, faculty members knowledgeable in specific subject areas evaluate non-traditional learning experiences to see how they compare to the objectives of existing academic credit courses and help decide whether they can be considered for college credit. For example, if you have experience as a supervisor in an industrial manufacturing firm, we will ask you to demonstrate what you have learned about production problem solving, cost-effectiveness, and supervision, and how that learning can be related to the objectives of a college course.

To be eligible for possible college credit, your prior learning experience must:

  • Be equivalent to quality college-level learning.
  • Be equivalent to a course in your program of study.
  • Be publicly verifiable through objective measurements. You must be able to demonstrate to qualified evaluators that you possess the appropriate  knowledge, competencies, skills and/or habits of mind for a particular field or fields
  • Be grounded in both theory and practice. College credit will not be awarded for mere application of a manual skill or a narrowly prescribed routine or procedure. You must have a demonstrated knowledge base of specific subject matter and understand why you do what you do.
  • Have general application outside of the specific situation in which you acquired the experience and indicate your knowledge of basic principles of the subject area.

Challenge Exams

With a course challenge, you may earn credit by taking a comprehensive test of the material that is normally presented through a semester-long course.  After you take the challenge exam, the faculty member who teaches that course will assess the learning and determine if there is credit to be awarded for the course being challenged. 

Challenge exams are based on the learning outcomes articulated in the corresponding course syllabus.  Challenge exams do not exist for all MUS courses.  To determine if a challenge exam is available, please check with your advisor or the instructor of the course.

If you are successful in passing a course challenge exam, please work with your test proctor or faculty mentor to ensure the Registrar’s Office receives the appropriate information so that the course/credit can be added to your transcript.

Individualized Assessment