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The Center for Multidisciplinary Studies encourages students to maximize the use of alternative forms of credit to complete their degree. Alternative forms of credit include:
Visit the military section of our website to learn more about how your work in the armed forces could be transferred into an Applied Arts and Science degree. CMS accepts credits from the Community College of the Airforce, Navy Smart Transcripts, and MOS professional fields.
CLEP, Dante, and Ponsi exams allow students to independently earn college credits toward their degree. CLEP consists of a set of nationwide examinations in both general education and specialized areas offered through the College Board. Once you and a CMS advisor have designed a draft plan of study, talk to them about how you can utilize these exams in your degree. For more information, visit: http://www.collegeboard.com/highered/clep
Non-collegiate organizations (professional associations, private industry, government agencies, etc.) may choose to submit their training programs for review by ACE. After a thorough evaluation process, program recommended for college credit are listed in the ACE publication, National Guide to Educational Credit for Training. If your training has been reviewed by ACE, your advisor will review the Guide recommendations regarding courses that are applicable to your academic program.
Students with substantial work experience in a specific field may receive academic credit for their life experience. Your advisor can assist you in identifying and preparing the appropriate documentation to prove that your experience is at least equivalent to the breadth and depth of a college level course. Materials presented in credit by experience portfolios are reviewed by faculty members within and outside of CMS.