Prior Learning Credit

The University of Maryland provides students with several opportunities to receive undergraduate credit for knowledge and achievements gained through non-traditional experiences. The University recognizes the following for awarding credit: Advanced Placement Exams (AP), International Baccalaureate Exams (IB), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Level/Advanced Subsidiary Level Exams (A-Level), Basic Military Training and Departmental Proficiency Exams (Credit-by-Exam). Once a student has matriculated to the University of Maryland, they are not permitted to go back and take AP, IB or A-Level exams for credit. Credits earned for all of the above, except for Credit-by-Exam are posted to the student’s record as transfer credit. Credit-by-Exam is considered resident credit (please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog, Chapter 4: Registration, Academic Requirements and Regulations). Undergraduate students may earn a total of up to one-half of the credits required for their degree through Prior Learning Credit. Usually, this is no more than 60 credits.Students will not receive credit for both passing an examination and completing an equivalent course.

Students should inform their advisor that they have received or anticipate receiving credit for AP, IB, CLEP, or A-Level exams. This information may impact placement into courses required for their major. If a student has already been awarded credit for one of these exams at another institution, this credit will be reevaluated by the University of Maryland. The score received must be equivalent to the minimum score the University of Maryland accepted at the time the test was taken; otherwise, the credit will not be eligible for transfer. Exam credits that are accepted are recorded as transfer credit and will be included in the total number of credits earned. However, it is up to the advising college to determine how the exam credits are applied to the student's degree requirements. If a student has been awarded exam credit for an equivalent University of Maryland, College Park course in which they have also earned credit, the course from the exam will be marked on their record as being a repeated course and the credits will be removed from the total number of credits earned.

Effective July 16, 2013, the University of Maryland implemented a new policy to award active duty and former service members in the United States Armed Forces six credits of lower-level general elective credits.  The credits are awarded for the completion of basic physical fitness and basic military science as part of basic military training for the United States Armed Forces.

Questions should be directed to Transfer Credit Services at transfercredit@umd.edu.

Advanced Placement (AP) Examination

The UMD encourages applicants to seek AP credit so that academically successful students may move forward in their programs at an appropriate pace. However, credit is not awarded for all exams offered by the College Board. Credits are awarded, based on departmental approval, according to the charts below. Students need to have their scores sent directly to the UMD from the College Source (https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores); the institution code for the UMD is 5814.

Please note that the charts below represent a general outline of how UMD award credit for AP exams. Credit is awarded for minimum scores of 3 or higher, subject to ongoing departmental reevaluation. All departments reserve the right to reevaluate the content of exams and to change the assignment of credit and course equivalences.

Certain departments, particularly Mathematics and Physics, have separate criteria for placement in courses and the assignment of credit. Students should check with those departments for additional information. All entering freshmen will be placed in math courses according to the University of Maryland math placement exam.

To see how credits are awarded by UMD for AP exams, please view the appropriate chart below. Students will need to know their general education status to determine if they are under CORE or GENED. Please read the information available at http://www.ugst.umd.edu/gened/ to make this determination.

  • GENED Students: Check this chart to see how AP credit is awarded.
  • CORE Students: Check this chart to see how AP credit is awarded.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Examination

The University of Maryland (UMD) awards credit to students who have completed IB exams according to the table below. Credit is not awarded for all exams offered by International Baccalaureate. Credits are awarded, based on departmental approval, according to the charts below. Students need to have their scores sent directly to the UMD from the International Baccalaureate (http://www.ibo.org/informationfor/students/).

Please note that the charts below represent a general outline of how UMD award credit for IB exams. Credit is awarded for minimum scores of 5 or higher, subject to ongoing departmental reevaluation. All departments reserve the right to reevaluate the content of exams and to change the assignment of credit and course equivalences.

To see how credits are awarded by UMD for IB exams, please view the appropriate chart below. Students will need to know their general education status to determine if they are under CORE or GENED. Please read the information available at http://www.ugst.umd.edu/gened/ to make this determination.

  • GENED Students: Check this chart to see how IB credit is awarded.
  • CORE Students: Check this chart to see how IB credit is awarded.

Advanced Level/Advanced Subsidiary Level (A-Level)

The UMD awards credit for A-Level Exams taken through Cambridge International Exams (CIE). Official scores must be sent by CIE to the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Mitchell Building, University of Maryland, College Park, Md. 20742.

Please note that the charts below represent a general outline of how UMD award credit for A-Level exams. All departments reserve the right to reevaluate the content of exams and to change the assignment of credit and course equivalences. Students are not permitted to earned credit for both Advanced Subsidiary Level and Advanced Level exams within the same subject areas.

To see how credits are awarded by UMD for A-Level exams, please view the appropriate chart below. Students will need to know their general education status to determine if they are under CORE or GENED. Please read the information available at http://www.ugst.umd.edu/gened/ to make this determination.

  • GENED Students: Check this chart to see how A-Level credit is awarded.
  • CORE Students: Check this chart to see how A-Level credit is awarded.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) recognizes college-level competence achieved outside the college classroom. Two types of CLEP tests are available: General Examinations, which cover the content of a broad field of study; and Subject Examinations, which cover the specific content of a college course. Credit can be awarded by UMD for some CLEP General and Subject Examinations, provided satisfactory scores are attained. Credits awarded via CLEP are treated as transfer credit. CLEP exams are administered at approved CLEP testing centers throughout the country. UMD is an approved CLEP Test Center (Test Center Code: 5814). For additional information and on-line scheduling for CLEP testing at the UMD please visit the CLEP testing page at http://www.studentaffairs.umd.edu/CLEP/. Students who want to earn credit through CLEP must request their official score reports to be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Mitchell Building, University of Maryland, College Park, Md. 20742. Note the Score Recipient Code for UMD is 5814.

Please note that the charts below represent a general outline of how UMD award credit for CLEP exams. All departments reserve the right to reevaluate the content of exams and to change the assignment of credit and course equivalences.

To see how credits are awarded by UMD for CLEP exams, please view the appropriate chart below. Students will need to know their general education status to determine if they are under CORE or GENED. Please read the information available at http://www.ugst.umd.edu/gened/ to make this determination.

  • GENED Students: Check this chart to see how CLEP credit is awarded.
  • CORE Students: Check this chart to see how CLEP credit is awarded.

Departmental Proficiency Examination (Credit-by-Exam)

UMD Departmental Proficiency Examinations, customarily referred to as credit-by-exam, are comparable to comprehensive final examinations in a course. Although the mathematics department receives the most applications for credit by examination, many departments will provide examinations for certain of their courses. Initial inquiry as to whether an examination in a specific course is available is best made at the academic department which offers the course in question.

If an examination for a course is available, the department will provide information regarding time and place, type of examination, and material which might be helpful in preparing for the examination. An undergraduate who passes a departmental proficiency examination is given credit and quality points toward graduation in the amount regularly allowed in the course, provided such credits do not duplicate credit obtained by some other means. After making arrangements with the department, apply through the Division of Letters and Sciences, 1117 Hornbake Library, 301-405-2793.

Policies governing credit by examination:

  1. The applicant must be formally admitted to the University of Maryland, College Park. Posting of credit earned, however, will be delayed until the student is registered.
  2. Departmental Proficiency Examinations may not be taken for courses in which the student has remained registered at the University of Maryland, College Park, beyond the Schedule Adjustment Period even with a transcript notation of W.
  3. Departmental Proficiency Examinations may not be used to change grades, including Incompletes and Withdrawals.
  4. Application for credit-by-exam is equivalent to registration for the course at College Park; however, the following conditions apply:
    1. A student may cancel the application at any time prior to completion of the examination with no entry on his/her permanent record. (Equivalent to the schedule adjustment period.)
    2. The instructor makes the results of the examination available to the student prior to formal submission of the grade. Before final submission of the grade, the student may elect not to have this grade recorded. In this case, a mark of W is recorded. (Equivalent to the drop period.)
    3. No examination may be attempted more than twice.
    4. The instructor must certify on the report of the examination submitted to the Office of the Registrar that copies of the examination questions (or identifying information in the case of standardized examinations), and the students answers have been filed with the chair of the department offering the course.
  5. If accepted by the student (see 4b above), letter grades earned through credit-by-examination are entered on the student's transcript, and are used in computing his/her cumulative grade point average. A student may elect to take a credit-by-exam Pass-Fail only if the credit fulfills an elective in the student's degree program. No college, major, field of concentration, or general education program requirement may be taken under the pass-fail option. Please refer to the Pass-Fail policy under the Records section in this chapter.


Basic Military Training

The University of Maryland only awards transfer credit for courses that fall within the scope and content offered at the University. Since many courses on military transcripts are occupational in nature they are not accepted by the University of Maryland. The only credits that will be awarded based on the military transcript you provide are for basic military training outlined below.

To qualify students must be enrolled as an undergraduate student in the Fall 2013 semester or beyond, along with one of the following:

  • Currently serving as an active duty member in the United States Armed Forces.
  • Currently serving as a member of a reserve or National Guard branch of the United States Armed Forces.
  • Have been Honorably Discharged from service in the United States Armed Forces.
  • Have been Honorably Discharged from a reserve or National Guard branch of the United States Armed Forces.

Students interested in receiving the 6 credits of lower-level elective for their service to the United States Armed Forces must provide appropriate documentation based on their current status:

  • Active duty members of the Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps or Navy, including reserve and National Guard need to provide an official copy of their Joint Services Transcript (JST). More information about the JST is available online at https://jst.doded.mil.
  • Active duty members of the Air Force, including reserve and National Guard need to provide an official copy of their Community College of the Air Force transcript. This transcript can be requested online at http://www.aueducationsupport.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=8405.
  • Separated members of the United States Armed Forces need to provide a copy of their DD-214 Form stating they were Honorably Discharged. The DD-214 can be requested online at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records.

Note: in some cases, additional documentation may be requested to verify your current status. You will receive an email if additional information is needed once the documentation you provided has been reviewed.

Please send the appropriate required documentation to the following:

Records and Registration Services
University of Maryland
1113 Mitchell Building
College Park, MD 20742

Credits will be posted to qualified student records as follows:

Title

Grade

Credit

Elective

Basic Military Science 1

P

1

L1

Basic Military Science 2

P

1

L1

Basic Physical Fitness 1

P

2

L1

Basic Physical Fitness 2

P

2

L1

L1 = Lower-level general elective

Please direct any questions you have regarding the Basic Military Training policy or receipt of the credits to: transfercredit@umd.edu.