Transfer Credits


Aspen University recognizes that students may have earned credits at a previous institution or have experiential learning. Aspen University accepts credits earned from an appropriately accredited academic institution when the course content is deemed equivalent to that of Aspen and the course meets the minimum credit and grade requirements. In order to make that determination, Aspen University will conduct a comprehensive review of a student's prior academic work. Aspen University will make every reasonable effort to provide students with an appropriate amount of transfer credit based upon their records. Aspen University adheres to the standards of good practice set forth by our accrediting bodies. 

Credit System Transfer Ratio

The number of transfer credits awarded is dependent on the original institution's credit system. Credits from an institution on a quarter credit system will transfer in at a ratio of two-thirds semester credit for each quarter credit on a course-by-course basis, rounded to the nearest whole credit. Aspen University measures courses in credit hours. Converting clock hours to credit hours for the purpose of transfer credit is calculated as follows; one semester credit hour is equal to at least 45 clock hours.

Example: 100 clock hours is equivalent to 2 semester hours.

International Students

Students attempting to transfer in credits earned at institutions outside of the United States must have their academic transcripts evaluated by an appropriate evaluation agency. A transfer credit evaluation will not be completed unless an evaluation is received. Aspen University accepts international evaluations from agencies certified by NACES, AICE, CGFNS, or AACRAO. An evaluation agency must be instructed to provide a course-by-course evaluation report. Students must have the report sent directly to Aspen University. Please contact your Enrollment Advisor for additional information.

Applying for Credit

Students who intend to apply for transfer credits must submit the following with their Admissions Package:

  • Official transcripts or official foreign evaluations for all potential transfer credits
  • Course descriptions for all potential transfer credits

Transfer Credit Qualifications

Certificate Programs

Transfer credits are not awarded for Aspen University certificate programs.

Associate's Degree Programs

  • A minimum grade of C in every course evaluated for transfer.
  • Subject to evaluation and approval by the Office of the Registrar, students may be awarded a maximum of 30 transfer credits towards an Aspen University associate's degree program.

Bachelor's Degree and Completion Programs

  • A minimum grade of C in every course evaluated for transfer.
  • Subject to evaluation and approval by the Office of the Registrar, students may be awarded a maximum of 90 total transfer credits towards an Aspen University bachelor's degree program. This includes transfer credit awarded towards bachelor completion program requirements. 

Master's Degree Programs

  • A minimum grade of B in every course evaluated for transfer.
  • Subject to evaluation and approval by the Office of the Registrar, students may be awarded a maximum of 18 credits towards an Aspen University master’s degree program, with the following exceptions;
    • The Master of Science in Nursing programs accept a maximum of 12 transfer credits
    • The RN to MSN Programs accept a maximum of 18 credits
    • The Master of Arts in Psychology and Addiction Counseling accepts a maximum of 24 transfer credits

Doctorate Degree Programs

  • A minimum grade of B in every course evaluated for transfer.
  • Subject to evaluation and approval by the Office of the Registrar, students may be awarded a maximum of 9 credits towards an Aspen University doctorate degree program. 

Transferring Aspen University Credits

Acceptance of earned credits is determined by the receiving institution. 

Alternative Transfer Credit

Aspen University accepts the following alternative credits. Alternative credits will be awarded based on a review of official transcripts or official score reports. 

CLEP

  • Minimum score required: 50
    • Some language exams have a higher ACE recommended score, in these cases Aspen University will follow the ACE score recommendation for awarding credit
  • Official score report must be sent directly to Aspen University
  • Aspen University will accept any CLEP subject if the exam subject fits within the student's program requirements. Student should contact their Advisor to determine which exam subjects are appropriate for the specific program. 
  • Only undergraduate programs are eligible for CLEP exam credit

DSST

  • Aspen University will award credit based on ACE recommended score and credit equivalencies
  • Official score report must be sent directly to Aspen University
  • Aspen University will accept any DSST subject if the exam subject fits within the student's program requirements. Students should contact their Advisor to determine which exam subjects are appropriate for their specific program
  • Only undergraduate programs are eligible for DSST exam credit

Straighterline

  • Aspen University will award credit based on ACE recommended score and credit equivalencies
  • Official score report must be sent directly to Aspen University
  • Aspen University will accept any Straighterline subject if the exam subject fits within the student's program requirements. Student should contact their Advisor to determine which exam subjects are appropriate for their specific program
  • Only undergraduate programs are eligible for Straighterline exam credit

Military Credit

  • Aspen University accepts credits based on ACE Guidelines. Awarding of credit is determined by an evaluation of ACE credit and content recommendations and the student's program requirements. 
  • Official military transcripts are required for evaluation

Berlitz Language Exams

  • Minimum score required: 7 or higher in ALL areas of Speaking and LIstening to receive 3 credits towards humanities, liberal arts, or general elective requirements
  • Minimum score required: 7 or higher in ALL areas of Reading and Writing to receive 3 credits towards humanities, liberal arts, or general elective credits
  • A maximum of 6 credits can be awarded through use of the Berlitz Language Exams
  • An official score report must be sent directly to Aspen University
  • Only undergraduate programs are eligible for the Berlitz Language Exam credit

Sophia Learning

  • Course must be awarded a "Pass"
  • An official transcript must be sent directly to Aspen University
  • Aspen University will accept any Sophia subject if the exam subject fits within the studetn's program requirements. Student should contact their Advisor to determine which exam subjects are appropriate for their specific program
  • Only undergraduate programs are eligible for Sophia Learning credit

Saylor Academy

  • Aspen University will award credit based on ACE and NCCRS recommended score and credit equivalencies.
  • Official score report must be sent directly to Aspen University
  • Aspen University will accept any Saylor subject if the exam subject fits within the student's program requirements. Students should contact their Advisor to determine which exam subjects are appropriate for their specific program.
  • Only undergraduate programs are eligible for Saylor Academy credit.

Advanced Placement

  • Minimum score required: 3
  • Official score report must be sent directly to Aspen University
  • Aspen University will accept any AP subject if the exam subject fits within the student's program requirements. Students should contact their Advisor to determine which exam subjects are appropriate for their specific program
  • Only undergraduate programs are eligible for AP exam credit

Portfolio Credit

Prior Experiential Learning (Portfolio Credit) is a learning experience that took place outside of a college or university course, where academic degree credit was not earned. A maximum of 25% of credits towards an Aspen University degree can come from Portfolio Credit*. Any portfolio credits awarded count towards the total maximum allowable credits outlined in the transfer credit qualification section.  Recognized learning experiences include, but are not limited to:

  • Military Training
  • Continuing Education Courses (with course descriptions and outcomes)
  • Seminars and Workshops (with class descriptions and outcomes)
  • Training Programs or In-Service courses (with program descriptions and outcomes)
  • On the Job Training (with descriptions and documentation of completion)

Academic Standards for awarding Portfolio Credit are in the Portfolio Guideline Handbook and includes submission of an essay following the Kolb’s Model of Experiential Learning. Credit is awarded for documented learning and must align the experience to the topics and course objectives in an appropriate academic context. Portfolio credit applications are reviewed by the program chair or designated faculty.

*MSN level courses and doctoral level courses are not eligible for portfolio credit. 

Process for Portfolio Credit Application Submission

Contact your Advisor for more information regarding the Portfolio Credit application process and to request a copy of the Portfolio Credit Guideline handbook.