Accelerating Your Degree

Fairleigh Dickinson University can award up to 90 credits toward the 120-credit BA in Individualized Studies degree and up to 30 credits toward the 60-credit AA in Liberal Arts degree from a variety of traditional and alternative learning sources.

Other Institutions

Transfer credits may be awarded for coursework completed with a C or better at a regionally accredited institution. An official transcript from each institution attended should be sent to:

Fairleigh Dickinson University
Office of Online Programs
1000 River Road (H-DH1-05)
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Attn:  JoAnna Steiner

Professional Study & Certification

Formal training programs conducted by the military, business, labor unions, government agencies, or other organizations that have been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) are recognized by Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Students who have completed ACE evaluated training programs may apply the credit, as recommended by ACE, to their degree. To find out if a training program is ACE evaluated, either contact the organization that conducted the training or contact ACE directly at The ACE National Guide of training credit is also available on the ACE Website.

To recieve credit for ACE evaluated training, have ACE send a transcript to the Office of Online Programs at the address above.

Military Training

FDU can accept credit for military training based on the ACE recommendations. An official military transcript is available from the Joint Services Transcript (JST) system at: Transcripts should be sent to the Office of Online Programs at the address above or delivered electronically from JST.

Proficiency Examinations

A number of nationally recognized educational organizations offer examinations in a wide range of subjects including the liberal arts, sciences, business and foreign languages, which correspond to courses taught at the University. Up to 33 credits may be awarded through examinations such as the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), the New York University Foreign Language Proficiency Testing Service,  ACT-PEP Examinations, TECEP and DANTES. Students who have already taken any of these examinations should have official score reports sent to the Office of Online Programs at the address above. Students considering this option should consult with their advisor to determine the suitability of particular CLEP or other examinations to their degree requirements.

Experiential Learning

Portfolio Assessment allows students the opportunity to apply their lifelong learning to their college program of study. Up to 30 credits may be awarded for experiential learning, which can reduce the time and cost of completing a degree. These credits are granted based on a comprehensive portfolio evaluation. This includes:

  1. Consultation with and approval by your academic advisor for the suitability of proposed credits toward degree
  2. Submission of the completed portfolio(s) based on current policies and procedures

The academic assessment of experiential learning is rigorous and there is no guarantee as to the credit outcome. It is important to note that college credit is not given for experience alone; it is awarded for documented learning that is equivalent to Fairleigh Dickinson University courses.