Active-duty servicemembers, veterans, and military spouses and families can easily transfer credits to University of Maryland University College, saving time and money toward a degree.

Turn Your Experience Into Credits

Credit for Military Experience

UMUC will review your military transcripts for experience to determine transfer credit based on recommendations from the American Council on Education.

Other options for earning credit for experience include Prior Learning Portfolio, Course Challenge, or Workplace Learning, depending on your program of study.

Prior Learning Portfolio

Receive as many as 30 credits for your military experience by identifying and documenting the college-level learning you have gained from that experience. You enroll in a 3-credit course and create a portfolio describing and documenting your learning experiences. Your portfolio is then evaluated by faculty members, who determine the amount of credit you should be awarded. If you later want to target more courses, you can enroll in a non-credit course and do so. Depending on the number of credits you receive through Portfolio, you can save a great deal on your program because credits awarded through Portfolio assessment are evaluated for a fee that is much lower than the cost of tuition.

Course Challenge

Your military experience may have provided you the knowledge you need to receive credit for a UMUC class without even taking it. Through Course Challenge, you can earn credit for a wide range of undergraduate courses at UMUC simply by passing the equivalent of a final exam for the course.

Workplace Learning

You can also earn credit for taking on a new project or learning a new skill in the service on or on the job. To participate in the program, you'll enter a learning agreement with the military or your employer and a faculty mentor. You'll submit academic assignments about your Workplace Learning experience and earn up to 6 credits each semester for up to 15 credits total.

Credit for Military Education

You may be able to receive credit for military education for study you completed at service schools or in your Military Occupational Specialty.

College Transfer Credit

If you've taken college classes previously, you may be able to transfer them to your program at UMUC. You can apply up to 70 credits from two-year schools and community colleges and up to 90 credits from four-year colleges and universities to your bachelor's degree at UMUC as long as you earned at least a C in the classes, the classes apply to your UMUC degree plan, and the classes do not duplicate others for which credit has been awarded.

Our Community College Alliance Program gives you the peace of mind that all of your credits from alliance programs and schools will transfer directly to UMUC. We have alliances with more than 90 community and technical colleges nationwide, including all 16 Maryland community colleges, helping you quickly and easily transfer credits for previous college coursework.

You may also be able to transfer as many as up to 6 credits taken at another graduate school toward your master's degree, though not all UMUC graduate programs accept transfer credits.

Credit for Professional Courses and Certifications

If you have taken certain professional courses and passed certain industry-standard certification exams, you can receive credit for professional courses and certifications at UMUC.

You can receive credit for professional courses if they apply to your curriculum and have been evaluated by either the American Council on Education (if the courses are listed in The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs) or the National College Credit Recommendation Service.

We accept a wide range of certifications in information technology and computer science-related fields for credit, too.

Credit for Vocational and Technical Training

You may be able to receive up to 21 elective credits for vocational and technical training you've earned from approved institutions and organizations evaluated by the American Council on Education. This credit may be applied toward a certificate or degree at UMUC.

Credit by Exam

You can receive credits toward your associate's degree (for military and veteran students) or bachelor's degree through credit by exam. Examples of examinations include the Excelsior College Examinations, the Advanced Placement examinations administered by the College Board, the College-Level Examination Program, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support examinations, and the American College Testing/Proficiency Examination program.

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Alum Chris Carpenter, an Air Force veteran with two associate degrees, turned to UMUC to complete the bachelor’s degree he needed for a promotion.