Life Credit Portfolio
Turn your experience into credit
You deserve credit for your life learning
At Strayer we recognize the value of your experience and so we offer credit for your prior education, military experience, work experience, proven skills and more. See all the ways, in addition to coursework, you can add credits towards your degree.
You can finish your degree on campus or online with Strayer University. Whether you've taken just a few classes elsewhere or want to build from your associate to your bachelor's degree, we can help you save time and money by getting credit for the work you've done. Our transfer alliances with more than 460 colleges and universities mean more of your credits count toward your Strayer degree.
3 Easy Steps to Transfer Credit
- Complete the Online Application.
Begin the transfer process by completing an online application.
- Request Your Transcripts.
Contact your former school and request that an official transcript be sent to the Strayer Registrar's Office. It can take two to four weeks for us to receive your transcripts, so you should do it as soon as possible. You need to complete this step even if your school is one of our partners
- Wait for Approval
Strayer will review your transcript and contact you as soon as possible (usually within 20 days) with a complete list of approved credits.* Meet with your Admissions Officer to finalize your path to graduation.
For more information about transfer credit policies, please refer to the Strayer University Catalog.
Many organizations seek to improve the knowledge and abilities of their employees by providing corporate training, either through instructor-led classes or e-learning. Such sessions might be focused on giving employees the tools and skills necessary to perform a specific job function. Or, they might be broader in scope, like providing a management trainee program to prepare current employees to take on a leadership role in the future. The curriculum used in either or both of these formats may provide employees with exposure to college-level coursework, which may be transferable to your degree program at Strayer University.
If your training has been reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE), request an ACE transcript or other documentation from your corporation. Although your corporation may be different, training history is most often maintained by the human resource or corporate training department. Transcripts must include course title, credit hours or CEUs, and proof of successful completion.
If your organization has an educational alliance with Strayer University, your internal training may have been evaluated for college credit, even if the training has not been reviewed by ACE. Your Success Coach can tell you if your employer is a member of Strayer University's alliance; see additional information on our corporate alliances.
Strayer University is proud to work with active and retired U.S. military personnel to recognize the credit you may have earned while serving our country. The experience you gained while in the military may be equivalent to college-level coursework. Learn more about Military Credit.
1 Easy Step to Requesting Credit
- Request a copy of your Joint Services Transcript (JST) to be sent to Strayer University for evaluation.
Strayer will review your transcript and contact you as soon as possible with a complete list of approved credits. Meet with your Admissions Officer to finalize your path to graduation.
Life Experience counts too
Not all learning is classroom-based; you deserve credit for what you’ve accomplished. Using procedures developed by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), we assess knowledge gained outside the college classroom on a course-by-course basis for possible credit toward a degree. Document and submit your college-level learning experiences in an online portfolio demonstrating your ability to fulfill course requirements. We’ll evaluate the portfolio under CAEL standards; meeting at least 70% of the course objectives awards you life experience college credits.
All undergraduate courses are eligible for life credit via portfolio review.
- Choose a course and meet with your Success Coach to confirm your eligibility.
- Download and complete the Life Credit Portfolio Application Form and pay the $250 submission fee at your campus business office (remember, that is significantly less than tuition for the same class)
- Submit your portfolio online
- After your review is complete and, if you attained 70% or more of the course objectives, your credits will be posted online.
Certification And License
Through your professional or personal work, you may have earned a certification or license that can translate into college-level credit.Strayer recognizes the value of certification and works to provide you with the knowledge necessary to obtain certifications (and, in many cases, we provide discount vouchers to do so).
The IT industry uses certification as a means of vetting potential IT professionals in the fields of computer networks, database management, network security, technical support and more. Therefore, a number of carefully chosen courses offered by Strayer University have embedded IT certification training along with academic rigor in order to prepare you for getting certified. Certifications are the one of the best and most widely accepted way to independently validate your skills and knowledge.
What’s more: Strayer University now awards transfer credit for select IT certifications that currently align with one of our CIS courses. All you need to do is provide the verification information from a crediting authority (such as CompTia, Microsoft or Cisco) to earn credit.Your Admissions Officer will have the details, to find out what options are available.
Why IT Certifications Matter
Information technology certifications ensure you’re up-to-date on the latest technical requirements, and they demonstrate to employers you’re serious about your job. In fact, many employers require their employees to earn information technology certifications in order to apply for certain positions or promotions.
Already certified? Strayer University now awards transfer credit for select IT certifications that currently align with one of our CIS courses. All you need to do is provide the verification information from a crediting authority (such as CompTia, Microsoft or Cisco) to earn credit.
|Course ID||Course Name||Organization||Certificate||Alternate Course|
|CIS 106||Introduction to Information Technology||CompTIA||A+ Hardware Exam||TestOut PC Pro*|
|CIS 175||Introduction to Networking||CompTIA||Net+||TestOut Network Pro|
|CIS 255||Operating Systems||CompTIA||Linux+||TestOut Linux Pro|
|CIS 312||Computer Architecture||CompTIA||A+ Software Exam 902||TestOut PC Pro*|
|CIS 332||Network Server Administration I||Microsoft||70-410||70-740|
|CIS 333||Networking Security Fundamentals||ISC2||SSCP||Security+/TestOut SecPro|
|CIS 337||Internetworking Basics||Cisco||ICND1 (CCNA = ICND1 and ICND2)||TestOutRouting/SwitchPro|
|CIS 348||Information Technology Project Management||PMI||PMP|
|CIS 401||Network Server Administration II||Microsoft||70-741||70-741|
|CIS 409||Network Services Infrastructure||Microsoft||70-442||70-742|
|CIS 411||Advanced Routing||Cisco||CCNP 300-101 ROUTE|
|CIS 413||Internetworking Switching||Cisco||CCNP 300-115 SWITCH|
|CIS 424||Database Administration I||Microsoft||SQL Server 2012||Exam 70-764|
|CIS 428||Database Administration II||Microsoft||SQL Server 2012||Exam 70-765|
|CIS 436||Internetworking Troubleshooting||Cisco||CCNP 300-135 TSHOOT|
|CIS 443||Agile Project Management||PMI||PMI-ACP|
|CIS 502||Theories of Security Management||ISC2||CISSP|
|CIS 542||Web Application Security||ISC2||CSSLP|
|SEC 340||Computer Forensic Technology||EC-Council||Computer Hacking Forensics Investigation|
|SEC 420||Perimeter Defense Techniques||EC-Council||Certified Ethical Hacker±|
|SEC 435||Network Penetration Testing||EC-Council||Certified Ethical Hacker±|
* One certification good for both CIS 106 and 312. A+ or TestOut PC Pro
± One certification good for both SEC 420 and 435