Credit by Examination
There are several possible options for obtaining course credit by examination:
- Challenge exams for specific courses are offered at Marshall University.
- The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES) was designed for service members who need alternatives to fulfill degree requirements when classroom courses are unavailable or when work schedules or duty locations do not permit class attendance. All students are eligible to take these DSST exams.
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP) The RBA program accepts CLEP exams.
A list of currently accepted exams for both DANTES and CLEP is found here.
Further information about the CLEP program can be obtained from Marshall University’s Office of Outreach and Continuing Studies (304-696-2330).
Much of the military training in various branches of the service is eligible for credit awards. If the training does not have direct equivalent credit in the university environment the credits can serve as unspecified upper or lower level courses depending on the ACE recommendations.
See the ACE Military Guidelines for Evaluation website for further information: http://www.militaryguides.acenet.edu/
Service transcripts must be sent directly to the Marshall University Admissions Office. There are no fees for the evaluation of military records.
Previously Earned Credit
Transfer credit from other accredited institutions and courses successfully completed in other Marshall degree programs can apply toward the RBA. Contact the RBA office for a free preliminary course credit evaluation.
The West Virginia RBA program has established standard awards of credit for certain licenses or certifications. Documentation is required. There is a $300.00 fee for these credits. Please click the link below for a list of possible awards:
The RBA Portfolio
Students enrolled in the RBA Degree Program at Marshall University have an opportunity to earn college equivalent credit for selected work and life experiences through the preparation and evaluation of a Portfolio.
A portfolio is not a traditional college paper, nor is it merely a listing of job experiences.
It is a carefully thought-out and focused work that aims to convince a faculty evaluator that you have gained outside the classroom knowledge, abilities, and skills that are roughly equivalent to those gained in traditional coursework.
Once you have assembled your portfolio according to the guidelines provided by the RBA office, it will be sent to the appropriate academic department for evaluation. After review your portfolio, the department will make a recommendation as to the amount and kind of credit to be awarded towards your degree.
Before you begin to assemble a portfolio, please consult with your RBA Advisor.
Pick up a copy of the RBA Portfolio Development Guide in Laidley Hall 126 or download a copy here: Portfolio Development Guide