Military Veterans Transfer Credit Options
Transfer Credit Options

Transfer Your Credits with Ease

Earn your degree faster and save money by maximizing your transfer credits.

You deserve credit for what you already know so you can earn your degree as efficiently and affordably as possible. The comprehensive transfer policies at University of Maryland University College and multiple transfer credit options are designed to allow you to do just that.

You can receive credit for military experience and education, previous college courses, certifications, professional courses, and vocational and technical courses. You can also receive credit by exam and earn credit for learning on the job while you're a student.

You can speak with a veterans advisor for a preliminary evaluation of your transfer credits before you even apply to UMUC. Then, after you apply, we'll do your official transfer credit evaluation. In the meantime, you may want to request your military transcripts.

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.


Through Portfolio, you can receive credit 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 (EXCL 301) 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 (EXCL 001) 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 given you the education and information 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.

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 occupation.

College Transfer Credit

If you've taken college or graduate classes previously, you may be able to transfer them to your program at UMUC. You can apply as many as 70 credits from two-year schools and community colleges and as many as 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 courses, the courses apply to your UMUC curriculum, and the courses do not duplicate other courses 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. More than 90 community and technical colleges across the United States, including all 16 Maryland community colleges, participate in the alliance program.

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

Credit for Certifications

If you have passed certain industry-standard certification exams, you can receive credit for certifications at UMUC. We accept a wide range of certifications in information technology and computer science-related fields. Simply provide documentation of the certification to us within five years of taking the exam.

Credit for Professional Courses

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 State University of New York National Program on Non-Collegiate-Sponsored Instruction (if listed in its College Credit Recommendations).

Vocational and Technical Credit

You may be able to receive as many as 21 elective credits for vocational and technical credit you've earned from approved institutions and organizations evaluated by the American Council on Education. We accept as many as 6 credits toward a certificate, 12 credits toward an associate's degree, and 21 credits toward a bachelor's degree.

Credit by Exam

You can receive credit toward your associate's degree or your 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.

Monica Graves Veteran And Student"It was perfect. All of my classes transferred over, so I didn't have to take [general education requirements]; basically, I could just jump right into my major."

Monica Graves

U.S. Army Veteran
Legal Secretary,
National Labor Relations Board
Bachelor of Science in Psychology

UMUC student and Army reservist Jerina Leach"I transferred 15 credits to UMUC based on my experience and training in the Army. It was a fairly easy process. My UMUC advisor showed the paperwork I needed to do. I turned it in, and the next day my transferred credits showed up online."

Jerina Leach

Automated Logistics Specialist,
U.S. Army Reserve
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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Transfer Policies for Overseas Divisions

UMUC operates three divisions—U.S., Asia, and Europe. Check out our division-specific resources about transferring credits at UMUC Asia and UMUC Europe.