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Degree Completion

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MTSU has developed many different programs that are designed to help those who generally cannot attend classes on campus on a regular basis.  One of the most popular is the Adult Degree Completion Program which was developed to help returning students with other obligations complete their degrees. 

People have many reasons for wanting to finish their college degrees: potential increase in salary, opportunity to gain additional skills, or the satisfaction of following through to complete something started. Whatever the reason, the MTSU Adult Degree Completion program can help achieve that goal. As a student, you have the option of completing your bachelor's degree online, in a traditional classroom, or a combination of both—whichever fits your schedule. Students may transfer credit from accredited community colleges and post-secondary schools as well as earn additional credit for military training, certifications, and other schooling, all of which may be used toward your four-year degree.

A major component of this program is the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program, which allows eligible students to earn credit for university level training and knowledge that they may have gained outside the normal classroom environment. The PLA program provides a nationally recognized method of allowing college credit for learning obtained through work, seminars, training programs, military education programs, and certification programs. Many students and employers find this program extremely attractive because it provides a means to potentially earn college credit for learning from on-the-job training, certificate programs, seminars, corporate training systems, and other non-traditional courses. Since it is a customized program, individual results will vary.

Other ways to earn credit include the following:

Students may earn college credit for acceptable scores on the
College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Foreign Language Tests, the Advanced Placement Examinations (AP) of the College Entrance Examination Board, the American College Testing Program (ACT), the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) (, and the DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST). Examinations are administered by Testing Services, 327 Keathley University Center. Additional information can be obtained by calling (615) 898-2863. There are programs that provide excellent assistance in preparing for CLEP and DSST exams.

Credit by Special Examination (Undergraduate)
Any student enrolled in the University who receives departmental approval is eligible to receive credit by special examination for certain MTSU courses. Competence gained through study and/or experience may provide background for students who wish to attempt such examinations. Students seeking credit by examination should, on forms provided by the Admissions Office, request approval from the chair of the department or director of the school in which the course is offered. No student will be allowed to repeat a special examination in a given course within one year.

Military/Service Credits
Students with experience in the Reserves, National Guard, or other Armed Forces may be eligible for certain college credit.

Global Studies Credit
Students who have lived, worked, or traveled in another country may be eligible to earn upper division college credit for that experience.