Transfer credit for military education and training can help you seamlessly get on a fast path to a degree at University of Maryland University College, bringing your graduation closer than ever. If you are an active-duty military servicemember or military veteran, explore the many ways you can earn credit for your military service.

Credit for Military Education

If you've studied at military service schools, you might be able to transfer credit toward a degree at UMUC, saving you time and money.

We partner with several military colleges to grant credit toward associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees as well as certificates, based on recommendations by the American Council on Education Guide to the Evaluation of Education Experiences in the Armed Services. Learn more about credit for military education and submitting your military transcripts and other documentation.

Credit for Military Experience Through Prior Learning

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 as many as 30 credits for your military experience by identifying and documenting the college-level learning you 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 can be awarded. If you later want to target more courses, you can enroll in a noncredit course to continue working on your portfolio. Depending on the number of credits you receive, you can save a great deal on your program because credit 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 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.

Explore Prior Learning for Current Students

You'll need to apply and be accepted to UMUC before your can participate in Prior Learning. Learn more about Prior Learning in the Current Students section.

Kirk Clear Student Alum Liberal Arts Communications

UMUC was willing to take all of my previous credits, and with the flexibility that UMUC offered, I was able to knock out my undergrad degree and went on and finished my master’s…and I had all that lined up before I went and retired from the military.

Kirk Clear

Veteran, Air Force

Communication Studies Bachelor's Degree