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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 offers more than 60 low-cost, online courses and has helped 40,000+ students from diverse backgrounds meet their college degree goals over the past year. 

Trusted by colleges and universities, StraighterLine offers high-quality courses that have been reviewed by faculty at over 150 of our partner schools and accrediting entities such as the American Council on Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

StraighterLine courses offer best in class academic content partners, including: McGraw Hill Education, Rosetta Stone, SmartThinking, eScience Labs, and Acrobatiq. 


Brandman students can expect:


· Extremely affordable prices. StraighterLine are a monthly membership and eTextbooks and online tutoring are included for free.

· Incredible flexibility. Courses are always available, mobile-friendly, and 100% online. Students can start, stop, or pause their membership at any time and restart where they left off when they are ready to return.

· A student-paced approach. In our courses, students can go as fast as they want or take as much time as they need. 

· Quality student experience. Our Student Support team is available by phone or chat seven days a week and provides individualized support to students. More than 91% of our students would recommend us to a friend. 


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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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