Credit by Credential Evaluation
Students who have completed structured education programs in the armed forces, nursing, business, or industry may present official credentials for review for a possible direct award of credit. All credit awarded will be general elective credit. There is no fee for credit by credential evaluation.
Credit by Validation Process
Validation is an option for students who have significant experience related to their chosen major outside of the traditional classroom. The knowledge and skills acquired must be comparable to learning outcomes in a course offered at the Mount.
Validation for Work Experience is an option for non-traditional students who have current work experience related to their degree.
Validation for Service Learning is an option for non-traditional students who have prior service experience.
Acquired experience in either option is used to demonstrate that the learning objectives for the experiential learning requirement have been achieved. The experience must also relate to a minimum of two (2) Mount courses the student has completed within the past two years or in which he/she/they are currently enrolled.
Each validation option grants between one and nine general elective credits and satisfies the core experiential learning requirement. Fees for each type of validation evaluation are $80 for the evaluation fee (which also includes the first credit hour awarded) and $20 for each additional credit hour.
Credit by Portfolio Process
The portfolio process is an option for students who have gained significant college-level learning outside the classroom setting. Learning acquired through non-credit courses, workshops, online courses, self-taught knowledge or skills, career/work experiences, volunteer work, community service, travel, leadership roles in associations and organizations, or personal life experiences might qualify. The knowledge and skills acquired must be comparable to learning outcomes in a course offered at the Mount for course credit to be granted. Fees for portfolio evaluations are $90 for the evaluation (which also includes the first credit hour awarded) and $90 for each additional credit hour awarded.
On a limited basis, departmental exams are prepared and monitored by MSJ faculty or consultants designated by the faculty. Exams are given at the discretion of the academic department and may be oral, written, or by performance. Not all departments accept this method as a process for awarding credit for prior learning. Fees are $80 per exam (includes the first credit hour awarded) and $20 for each additional credit hour.
Credit by Examination
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) (clep.collegeboard.org) is a national program offering a variety of standardized tests to earn college credit. CLEP exams are taken pass/fail. Please see the list of CLEP tests below accepted by the Mount and their course equivalencies. CLEP charges $89 per CLEP exam and the test center may charge an additional registration fee.
Additional CLEP Information
- All students are required to contact their academic advisors before registering for the exam.
- All students are limited to one CLEP examination in their final semester at the Mount. The CLEP examination must be completed by the fifth week of a student’s final semester in their degree program.
- CLEP’s policy requires that students who fail an exam wait a minimum of three months before repeating the exam.
- UPDATE: As of 8/1/2020, the Mount is currently back open to operating as a testing center BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Recommended CDC guidelines are in place. To schedule a CLEP test, please contact Lori Bonomini at (513) 244-4888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.