Required Credits

Number of Academic Credits Required

The following list shows the number of academic credits required to gain both undergraduate and post-grauduate degree awards at CSU Online. Credits are awarded through a combination of study programmes offered and vary according to course module, dissertation or accreditation of prior experiential learning.

Bachelor’s Degree 120 Credits
Master of Arts Degree (MA) 36 Graduate Credits
Master of Science Degree (MSc) 45 Graduate Credits
MBA Degree 70 Graduate Credits
PhD Degree 85 Graduate Credits

Transfer Credits / Transfer Students

Students may transfer to CSU Online at any time during their studies. All transfer students who intend to receive a degree from CSU Online must complete at least 10 credits at CSU Online (except for APEL based degrees). Courses taken at an other recognized institution will be accepted for credit toward degrees at California Southwest University and are graded according to that institution’s grading system and are converted or equated to CSU Online grades. Please note that all documents must have been received by the Registrar before credits can be evaluated.


CSU Online evaluates and awards academic credits for prior experiential learning based on guidelines recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) , New York Board of Regents Program on Non-collegiate Sponsored Instruction (PONSI), Council for Advancement of Experiential Learning (CAEL), Defense Activity for Nom-Traditional Education (DANTE), American College Testing (ACT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and all recognized credit sources.

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