Ashland University provides several ways to obtain credit for experiences outside the traditional classroom:

Details about AU’s prior learning options are found in the most current academic catalog (search the page for "Prior Learning Credit".) To learn more about this program, review the Prior Learning Assessment Guide or submit the Prior Learning Portfolio Interest Form to schedule a consultation with the PLA Coordinator.

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Credit by Exam

Ashland University recognizes a number of exams that can lead to credit. Minimum scores apply and transfer by examination is subject to academic department and registrar review before acceptance. Discuss credit by exam options with your academic advisor.

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Military Credit

Your submitted official military transcript is automatically evaluated for potential credit transfer upon admission to the university. Up to 90 credit hours can transfer towards a bachelor's degree.

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Prior Training & Credentials

Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy

Up to 30 credit hours of PLA credit from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy can be applied towards an Ashland University criminal justice degree.

Industry-Recognized Business Credentials

The undergraduate business programs and the Master of Business Administration program provides credit for prior learning for many industry-recognized credentials. You can earn up to 32 credits towards an undergraduate degree and 9 credits towards a graduate degree.

Prior Learning Portfolio Assessment

Ashland University uses a Prior learning portfolio assessment process to evaluate prior learning experiences that occurred outside the college/university classroom. Request a Prior Learning Portfolio Consultation

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