Credit by Examination
The Marshall University R.B.A. program accepts credit by examination from the following services:
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
- The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES) or (DSST)
A list of currently accepted exams for both DANTES and CLEP is found here: CLEP & DANTES DSST
Much of the training an individual has received in various branches of service is eligible for credit awards through Marshall’s R.B.A. degree program. Often the credit does not have direct equivalent credit in the university environment due to the unique applications of military training. However, the credits can often serve as unspecified upper or lower level courses that count toward your degree completion. Proper documentation is required to obtain the credit. There are no fees for evaluation of military records.
Request your official joint services transcript be sent to Marshall University.
Students will need to have an academic record at Marshall before credits can be added.
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.
Students will need to have an academic record at Marshall before credits for standard awards can be added.
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 has been evaluated by the RBA Director and you have paid the $300 submission fee it will be sent to the appropriate academic department for evaluation. After review of your portfolio, the department will make a recommendation as to the amount and kind of credit to be awarded towards your degree. For each hour of credit awarded there will be an additional $10 fee, for credits to be posted on your Marshall transcripts. These credits will not transfer to other schools or programs.
Before you begin to assemble a portfolio, please read the portfolio guide below carefully and consult with your RBA Advisor.
Pick up a copy of the RBA Portfolio Development Guide in Smith Hall 223 or download a copy here: Portfolio Development Guide