Can You Transfer Credit into A Graduate Program?

You probably heard the term “transfer credit” when it comes to an undergraduate degree, but did you know it’s possible to transfer credit into a graduate degree, too?

How much credit you can transfer into a graduate program varies by institution. If you are speaking to a representative of a college or university you are considering, this is a good question to ask.

Topics: Transferring College Credit

The Essential Undergraduate Program Application Checklist

If you’re ready to apply, use this checklist to help you complete your Thomas Edison State University undergraduate program application from start to finish. Download it here, bookmark it or print it out so you can be sure that you’re not missing anything important on your journey to graduation. 

Topics: Transferring College Credit, Going Back to College, Applying

10 Signs You Have More College-Level Knowledge Than You Think

Are you consulted as an expert in your industry? Are you respected in a specific field? Or is your resume just full of skills, expertise and experiences? If so, you may be able to translate that knowledge into college credit.

All too often, students think that only the courses they take sitting in a classroom will transfer as college credit. However, transfer credit can include professional licenses and certifications, military training and professional training. You can also earn credit through exams and portfolio assessment. Explore your transfer credit options so you do not have to put your life and career on hold by taking a course that, chances are, you already know everything about (and could probably teach!) Your goal is our goal – to finish your college degree – and the more options you have, the quicker you’ll get there.

Here are 10 signs that you probably already have more college-level knowledge than you think. If at any point you stop and say, “hey, that’s me!” – read on to learn how you can get those credits ASAP.

Topics: Prior Learning Assessment and Portfolio, Transferring College Credit, Military and Veterans, Credit by Exam, Going Back to College

9 Things No One Tells You About Choosing College Electives

Does a course about Children’s Literature sound fascinating? Or perhaps the Dog Behavior and Biology course interests you while you struggle to house train your own Spot or Fido?

One of the many benefits of college is that you have the flexibility to choose what you want to learn. Electives allow you to be picky and select college courses that fulfill a general education requirement, help boost your GPA or interest you “just because.” Or they may give you the opportunity to explore new hobbies and develop desirable career skills and abilities. However, your elective choices can be limited, or even nonexistent, if you don’t have the right degree plan and make the wrong course decisions. It all depends on which credits successfully transfer, your degree requirements and what you ultimately want to do. Here’s what you need to know to ensure that you can take electives that meet your personal goals, passions and degree needs.

Topics: Taking Courses, Transferring College Credit, Advising

The Secret to Earning a Second Degree

Students have frequently contacted me about pursuing a second degree, whether it is a second associates or bachelor’s degree. Perhaps they want to gain new skills and broaden their knowledge in two different fields. Other times, students are looking to make a career change and have identified that a second bachelor’s degree can help them in that goal. It’s important to assess which situation best fits your academic and professional goals, and decide if a second degree, second area of study or graduate degree is a better choice for you.

Topics: Transferring College Credit, Career, Applying

Nobody Ever Told Me That: The Academic Evaluation

Nobody Ever Told Me That: The Academic Evaluation

When it comes to your academic evaluation, have you ever thought, “Hey, nobody ever told me that”? Your customized academic program evaluation is an invaluable planning tool that shows you where your previously earned credit, like transfer credit and/or licenses/certifications, will fit into your degree, so you can see what courses you have left to take. It is organized into the different requirements needed to earn your degree (i.e. General Education, Area of Study, Free Electives), and as each requirement is fulfilled, the credit will appear with the corresponding grade.

Topics: Transferring College Credit, Advising

Credit By Exam: Colleges’ Best Kept Secret

For most college students, the path to earning credit typically involves several weeks of listening to lectures, taking notes, completing assignments and passing a mid-term and final exam.

But if you could earn that credit in less time and at a fraction of the cost of taking a formal course, would you be interested? There would be no assignments to complete and no lectures or classes to attend, just a test to pass.

Sounds like a dream come true? It’s actually a method that’s been used for decades.

Topics: Transferring College Credit, Credit by Exam, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

Dropped Out the First Time? How to Go Back to College Now and Succeed

Transitioning from a teenager to an adult is never easy. Compound the pressures and demands of time, family and jobs, financial resources and an inadequate preparation for the amount of academic work. Perhaps then it doesn’t seem so unbelievable that nearly half of the students who began college at a traditional four-year institution at 18-years-old didn’t graduate. Sound familiar?

Topics: Transferring College Credit, Going Back to College, Motivation, Work-Life Balance

How to Get Maximum Transfer Credit When You Go Back to College


Think long and hard on how you would answer this question:

Would you take the same course twice, if you didn’t have to?

Hopefully, you answered no. Or, even better, answered no way!

Then why not get maximum transfer credit when you go back to college by applying a little extra effort?

Topics: Prior Learning Assessment and Portfolio, Transferring College Credit, Military and Veterans, Credit by Exam, Going Back to College

What to Consider if You Are Preparing to Come Back to College


Every day, I talk to adults about coming back to college.

One of the most important things I tell them is that they can finish their degree without sacrificing their personal and professional responsibilities, but they have to be willing to do the work. It is not easy, but it is doable.

Many adults run their own businesses, supervise employees, raise children and manage personal or corporate finances and still find time to come back to college and finish their degree. If you are a busy adult who is thinking about coming back to college, my best advice is to be thoughtful about your needs before selecting an institution.

Topics: Transferring College Credit, Going Back to College, Time Management