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Prove Your Knowledge to Transfer Credit Toward Your Degree

CSU Global understands that many students start their degrees with knowledge from previous educational institutes or life experience. We invite you to apply your previous work to your CSU Global degree through our credit by exam program.

Acceptance of credit is based on individual test scores, the degree you’re pursuing, and when you completed the exam(s). If you’re interested in the credit by exam program, contact your advisor for more information.


Credit by Exam Options


The national AP Program allows students to take college-level courses and earn college credit, advanced placement, or both while still in high school. To be eligible to receive credit toward your bachelor’s degree, you must have taken the Advanced Placement examination and received scores of 3 or above.

CSU Global school code: 6903


The IB program is an academically challenging program that prepares students aged 16 to 19 for success at the university level and beyond. If you successfully completed the program and examination(s), you are eligible to receive credit toward your bachelor’s degree. A score of 4 or better will receive between 3-10 credits in most instances.



CLEP and DSST exams assess your understanding of college-level material in a number of subjects. If the test scores on your official score report meet CSU Global’s credit requirement options, you are eligible to receive credit toward your bachelor’s degree.

CSU Global reporting number for CLEP: 3582

CSU Global reporting number for DSST: 8796

Download the accepted GT Pathways transfer sheets for CLEP and DSST to understand how these exams are transferred at CSU Global.



StraighterLine offers online college courses in a range of topics that transfer to a number of partner colleges and universities. CSU Global accepts credit for test scores that meet the American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines and minimum score requirements on approved exams. If your official score report shows that you earned scores at, or above, established benchmarks, you are eligible to receive credit toward your bachelor’s degree.

CSU Global reporting number: CSUG050



Modern States provides tuition-free online courses that prepare students for AP and CLEP exams, so you can potentially complete your freshman year of college for free.


STUDY.COM:'s College Accelerator is an alternative credit program that gives students the ability to take ACE- and NCCRS-recommended college courses and earn transferable college credit.


“CSU Global offers a PLA program that allowed me to use my 25 years of experience to ‘test out’ of courses. This saved me time and allowed me to earn my degree in a shorter time period. The instructor was available and supportive throughout the process.”


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