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Earn Credit Differently

SOIS believes in integrating alternative forms of learning, including earning credit through independent exams, prior-learning experiences and experiential learning, into student's individualized degree curriculum.

Military Credit
Credit by Examination
Non-Collegiate Training
Credit for Experience

Your work in the armed forces could be transferred into an Applied Arts and Science degree. SOIS accepts credits from the Community College of the Airforce, Navy Smart Transcripts, and MOS professional fields.

CLEP, Straighterline, and Dante exams allow students to independently earn college credits toward their degree. Once you and a SOIS advisor have designed a draft plan of study, talk to them about how/if you can utilize these exams towards earning your degree. 

Non-collegiate organizations (professional associations, private industry, government agencies, etc.) may choose to submit their training programs for review by The American Council on Education (ACE) and/or The National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS).  To see if your training has been reviewed by either of these organizations, visit the ACE National Credit Guide or the NCCRS guide and discuss with a SOIS advisor if the recommendations can be applicable to your SOIS academic degree program.

Students with substantial work experience in a specific field may receive academic credit for their life experience. Your advisor can help 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. Evidence is presented through a "credit by experience portfolio" and are reviewed by faculty members within and outside of SOIS.

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