Alternative Credits & Equivalencies

Find out how you can earn alternative credits to drastically reduce your educational costs while fast-tracking you to graduation. Learn how Brandman grants credit for the AP Exam and selected CLEP and DANTES General and Subject Examinations.

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 educational organizations so you can earn transferrable credits while fulfilling your full-time commitments.  All of our partners offer online courses that will count toward your undergraduate degree at Brandman. Explore all of our partners’ courses to see if this option will work for you.

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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StraighterLine

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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AP, CLEP and DANTES Exam Credit

Brandman grants credit based on the ACE recommended minimum score or higher for selected College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) General Examinations and Subject Examinations. Credit is awarded for scores of 3, 4, or 5 on the Advanced Placement Examination (AP Exam).

  • CLEP Exam: Approved College-Level Examination Program Exams
    Only designated institution score reports are accepted. Please review the policy regarding limitations of credit prior to taking any exam. This listing of exams does not guarantee acceptance of credit. Students are subject to the Regulations Governing Credit by Examination outlined in the catalog. Credit is awarded for the ACE recommended minimum score or higher.
  • DANTES: Approved College-Level Examination Program Exams
    Only designated institution score reports are accepted. Please review the policy regarding limitations of credit prior to taking any exam. This listing of exams does not guarantee acceptance of credit. Students are subject to the Regulations Governing Credit by Examination outlined in the catalog. Credit is awarded for the ACE recommended minimum score or higher.
  • AP Exam: Only designated institution score reports are accepted. Please review the policy regarding limitations of credit prior to taking any exam. This listing of exams does not guarantee acceptance of credit. Students are subject to the Regulations Governing Credit by Examination outlined in the catalog. Credit is awarded for scores of 3, 4, or 5 on the Advanced Placement Examination (AP Exam).

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