Prior Learning

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Marymount California University recognizes and values the college-level learning that students receive prior to joining us at our school.

In addition to transferred coursework completed at another school, students may use other methods to earn credit for what they already know.  We accept multiple external exams scores, offer our own exam for specified classes, and have developed a Portfolio Review program for students to provide documentation to prove their learning.  Download the complete Prior Learning Assessment Guide for Students

Below are the modes with which students can prove their prior learning:

Marymount recognizes the high level of achievement of those students who have successfully completed Advanced Placement (AP) examinations with a score of 3, 4, or 5.

Students must submit official AP scores from the College Board to the Registrar’s Office prior to registration to receive appropriate course credit.

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A student may request to take an exam to demonstrate that their prior learning has met a specific course’s learning outcomes.

The fee for the exam is $400 per course and may be initiated by completing the by obtaining the CBE/Portfolio Review application

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Marymount accepts scores from College Board’s CLEP exams and has identified the course and elective credit equivalents.

Students must submit official CLEP scores from College Board to the Registrar’s Office prior to registration to receive appropriate course credit.

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Marymount accepts scores from Prometric’s DSST exams and has identified the course and elective credit equivalents.

Students must submit official DSST scores from Prometric to the Registrar’s Office prior to registration to receive appropriate course credit.

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Students who complete an IB diploma with a score of 30 or higher will receive 30 semester units toward their MCU degree.  Students will be placed into ENG 112 and college level Math (105, 107, 109, 270 or PSY 235). Students wishing to place into higher levels of Math may sit for the placement exam.

Academic credit is awarded for individual IB Higher Level exams with scores of 4 or higher. Credit is granted upon receipt of official documents from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

Credit will be evaluated as a Marymount comparable course, as satisfying a Liberal Education Core requirement or for elective credit. Refer to the accompanying chart for course credit.

A maximum of 30 units may be earned through a combination of IB coursework, IB diploma and AP exams. Credit cannot be earned for AP and IB exams on the same topic.

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A student may request to provide a portfolio of documentation which demonstrates that their prior learning has met a specific course or subject’s learning outcomes.

This process is called Portfolio Review and is initiated by the student using the CBE/Portfolio Review Application within the student’s first year of matriculation.  The fee for a Portfolio Review is $400 per portfolio and a maximum of 30 credits may be earned through Portfolio Review.

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