Military Credit Transfer FAQs

How would my military training and experience be applied to my chosen degree program at Colorado Technical University?

The American Council on Education (ACE) evaluates your military training, occupations, and experience and recommends credits in semester hours that are listed on your military transcript. Your Prior Learning Assessment Advisor will evaluate your military transcript and award any applicable military credit to your degree program.

In order for military credit to be awarded, the military training, occupations, and experience listed on your military transcript must match the courses/outcomes that are part of your degree program at CTU. Since Colorado Technical University operates on a quarter hour credit system, any ACE credit recommendations must be converted to the quarter hour system.

If I am deployed or transferred will I be able to continue my degree program when I reach my new assignment?

Certainly. Colorado Technical University understands that military personnel are frequently deployed and transferred. Our programs are ideal for you since they are accessible as long as you can connect to the Internet. If you are unsure or k now that you will not be able to continue your coursework for the length of your deployment or while enroute to your new assignment, just contact your Academic Advisor to discuss a number of military friendly solutions.

Do I have to be on active duty to have my military training and experience applied towards transfer credit at CTU?

Absolutely not. We will evaluate all of your military training and experience whether you are on Active Duty, Inactive, Retired, or Separated, from any branch of service, including the National Guard and Reserves.

In addition to my military training and experience, what else may be applied as transfer-in credit towards the degree I want to pursue?

Colorado Technical University will evaluate any previously completed college coursework (C or better) or standardized tests (e.g. CLEP and DSST examinations), completed prior to, during, or after your military service, for transfer credit. In order for transfer credit to be awarded, the coursework or tests completed must match the courses/outcomes that are part of your degree program at CTU.

CTU will also evaluate any certifications (e.g., MSCE, MCP) or work experience, achieved prior to, during, or after your military service, for proficiency credit. In order for proficiency credit to be awarded, your certifications or work experience must match the courses/outcomes that are part of your degree program at CTU. Colorado Technical University also offers Challenge Examinations for specific general education requirements in English and Mathematics for those students who have not met these requirements by other college coursework , training, or experience.

How many credit hours can I expect to get for my military training and experience?*

It varies. Military personnel will have varying amounts of credit applied to their degree program based on specific training. In order to apply military credit to your online degree program, training and military experience must align with the outcomes of a course in your Colorado Technical University program.

What are CLEP and DSST examinations and do they count as credit towards my degree? Where can I take these exams?

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a credit-by-examination program to achieve college-level credit. CLEP offers tests in a variety of subject areas (English/Literature, Math/Science, Social Science/History, Business, and Foreign Language) that, if tak en and passed, can satisfy undergraduate requirements. CLEP tests can be tak en as many times as needed. However, if you don’t receive a passing score on a test, you must wait six months before retak ing the same test. More information about CLEP tests is available at www.collegeboard.com.

The DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) provides another avenue to earn credit through examination. DSST also offers tests in a variety of subject areas (Business, Physical Science, Humanities, and Social Science) that, if taken and passed, can satisfy undergraduate requirements. More information about DSST tests is available at www.getcollegecredit.com.

Military personnel can take CLEP and DSST tests free of charge. Talk to your Education Officer or Test Control Officer for more information and testing procedures. Study materials and practice examinations are available at most of these offices.


*Not all credits eligible to transfer. Acceptance of transfer credit is at the sole discretion of CTU. See the university's catalog regarding CTU's transfer credit policies.