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Alternative Credits


Alternative Credits

Ways to Earn Undergraduate Credits Prior to Admission

At Brandman, we understand that pursuing a higher education is an investment of both time and resources, which is why we have partnered with other organizations so you can earn transferrable credits while fulfilling your full-time commitments. All of our partners offer online courses with many that count toward an undergraduate degree at Brandman. The ACE National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training provides ACE credit recommendations for formal courses or examinations offered by various organizations, from businesses and unions to the government and military, and may count for classes. Brandman University accepts ACE recommendations, please refer to the ACE Credit National Guide and Brandman Admissions for the latest information on courses that have been evaluated. Even if we have not found that there is an equivalent Brandman course or competency, we will accept the ACE credit recommendation which often results in providing elective credit. The courses at the links below may have been updated since listing.

Alternative Credit Project

The Alternative Credit Project (ACP) provides a pool of online courses that Brandman University will accept towards your degree. A national program of the American Council on Education, supported by a generous grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the ACP is designed to help adults finish what they started -  a two- or four-year degree, or a post-secondary certificate.

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Saylor Academy

Saylor’s mission is to enable a fast-track to the future with on-demand education that is flexible and convenient. Created by credentialed educators, Saylor offers tuition-free courses that are ready when and where you are. Saylor partners with colleges, universities, and businesses to make affordable credentials a reality. Students share the conviction that owning their education is one of the surest paths to success, recognizing that what they do is as important as where and how they learn to do it.

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Distance Learning Systems

Distance Learning Systems offers a high-quality, low-cost path for students to earn their degrees. Courses are completed 100% on-line and provide college-level courses that allow students to earn transferrable college credits. Distance Learning Systems is accredited by ASIC, and courses are recognized by ACE ®, The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service. For more information, visit: or call toll free 1-888-955-3276. NOTE: The decision to accept specific credit recommendations is at the sole discretion of each college or university.

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StraighterLine provides 1st and 2nd year general education courses equal in quality to those at the top universities for career-focused adults. Delivered 100% online, StraighterLine specializes in these courses to ensure a high-quality education at a mere fraction of the cost from a traditional university.

StraighterLine was founded in 2009 by Burck Smith as a solution to the rising costs of college education. Burck set out to discover why prices for online courses were the same or higher than those delivered face-to-face. Using relationships with colleges, publishers, and policymakers that were forged in his 15 years of online higher education experience, Burck created StraighterLine as a way for students to get low-priced, high quality college credit.

This year, 15,000 students just like you will take StraighterLine courses before getting their degree and advancing their careers. Students have transferred over 26,000 StraighterLine credits to America's colleges. In addition to our partners, over 400 colleges have accepted credit for StraighterLine courses. In addition, ACE Credit has evaluated and recommended our courses for credit.

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Other ACE Institutions

The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends credit for formal courses or examinations offered by various organizations. Brandman University accepts ACE recommendations for awarding academic credit. The recommendation is inclusive of level and discipline, subject to residency requirements and other limitations as set forth in specific degree programs.

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