Credit by Assessment/Examination

Op3.04-14 Credit by Assessment/Examination

Missouri State University recognizes the following external credit-by-examination programs:

  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • International Baccalaureate Program (IB)
  • DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)

For individual AP, CLEP, and IB examinations, academic departments at MSU are responsible for determining whether credit will be given as well as the minimum score requirement, number of credit hours, and course equivalency.

Credit is awarded for DSST exams based on American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines in a manner consistent with awarding of transfer credit. Students who meet the minimum score recommended by ACE on examinations that cover subjects taught by MSU will be awarded credit hours based on ACE guidelines. Also consistent with the transfer credit policy, academic department heads are responsible for determining whether the credit awarded will be considered equivalent to a specific MSU course or will be considered elective credit.

A list of the exams from the above programs for which credit is given, the minimum score requirements, and MSU equivalencies as determined by the academic departments is maintained by the Office of Admissions. Students must have original (official) score reports sent to the Office of Admissions by the testing agency to be considered for credit.

MSU academic departments may also establish institutional credit by assessment/examination options for their courses. Departments that offer credit by assessment/examination will make information and details available on their websites.

In all cases, credit awarded by assessment/examination is assigned with a grade of P (pass).

Transfer students who have taken AP, CLEP, DSST, or IB exams will be considered for credit in accordance with the policy above.

In situations where students transfer to MSU with institutional credit by assessment or examination included in their record, such credit will be evaluated on a case by case basis by the head of the MSU department which offers courses in that area or by a designee of the Office of the Provost. Students who wish to be considered for such approval should contact the Office of Admissions regarding the procedure.