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Policy for Stuart Graduate Credit by Proficiency Examination

With prior approval by their academic advisor and program director, students in Stuart School of Business graduate programs (except programs offered through Coursera) may obtain credit for a course by taking a special examination, which may be written, oral, or a compiled portfolio. Credit by examination is limited to nine credit hours with grades of “A” or “B” and is subject to the limitations for transfer credit in a degree program. Special exams are not permitted for courses in which the student has previously enrolled. Students may complete the proficiency evaluation prior to enrollment, however, the credit will be applied in the first registered semester.

All Stuart graduate degree programs (except programs offered through Coursera) are eligible to have credit by proficiency applied towards the completion of the degree. Students will initiate the Stuart graduate credit by proficiency process by submitting a request through the respective graduate program director. Work and/or service years must be verified through an employment/volunteer service verification letter sent on official letterhead directly from the organization, W-2, or paystub.

Students eligible for Stuart graduate credit by proficiency through prior work backgrounds or practicums will have experience in one or more of the following:

Nonprofit sector

  • At least one (1) year of full-time volunteer service (for example, City Year)
  • At least three (3) years of full-time nonprofit work

Public service

  • Active-duty military service
  • At least three (3) years of full-time work as a first responder (police, fire, EMS, etc.)
  • At least three (3) years of full-time work in the public sector, including government

Private sector

  • At least five (5) years of work experience in a field related to the program of study

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