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Students who seek to transfer credit should begin the process by giving their academic advisor copies of course catalog de- scriptions or syllabi. After reviewing the materials, the academic advisor will indicate which work might be appropriate for use on the program plan. The student is responsible for requesting an official transcript(s) of the credits be sent directly to the program administrator by the registrar of each institution from which the credit was earned. The academic advisor then initiates the Gradu- ate Transfer Credit Request (GTCR) form which recommends to the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies that the transfer of coursework be approved. All transfer credits must be approved by the academic advisor and the Dean of the College of Gradu- ate Studies.

Students may request pre-approval of a course’s content for possible transfer credit. Students should note that pre-approval by the College of Graduate Studies does not guarantee the courses will be approved once a Graduate Transfer Credit Request form is submitted. Pre-approvals only indicate the likelihood that the coursework will transfer.

The Prior Learning Assessment Credit Process

Application packets are available from MBS Direct. Students should carefully review the application instructions and sample portfolio before beginning work. The application packet serves as a model structure for the student’s portfolio. Portfolios must be typewritten or machine printed.

Portfolios should be submitted as early as possible in the degree program since an early evaluation of prior learning assessment credits enables the student to plan her or his degree program more efficiently. Graduate prior learning assessment credit applications should be submitted within four months (120 days) of a student’s admission. Completed portfolios and the appropriate fee should be sent to: Prior Learning Assessment, Central Michigan University, ProfEd, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859.

The evaluation of portfolios is usually completed within 9-12 weeks. Students should submit two complete copies of their portfolios in separate notebooks; if they do not, evaluation time will be lengthened.

After being notified of their prior learning assessment credit award, students are responsible for consulting with their academic advisor. The academic advisor determines which prior learning as- sessment credits may be applied to the student’s program plan.

Portfolios are evaluated using performance criteria established and administered by a trained team of university graduate faculty members. Typical criteria include such things as the amount and level of decision-making responsibility; the number of and reporting relationships with subordinates and colleagues; the span of finan- cial control; the activity time span, training experience duration, preparation and results; and the overall level of responsibility or expertise required to perform the functions described. All experi- ences must be thoroughly self-assessed and documented.

The following course numbers are used to record prior learning assessment credits:


  • UNV 297 (lower division), or

  • UNV 497 (upper division)


  • UNV 697

An appropriate competency title and credit hour designation is assigned by the prior learning assessment team to each award.

Academic Information


Classes and Seminars

The instructional format for each course offered through the off-campus programs is dependent upon content, student needs, and faculty availability. Classes are usually scheduled during com- pressed time blocks to maximize instructional effectiveness and to minimize scheduling conflicts. Formats offered include alternate weekends, week-long, and evenings, as well as CMU Online.

Regardless of the scheduling format, textbooks, course outlines, reference materials and assignments are available prior to the first session of a class to allow preparatory reading and study. Supplemental reading materials, to be checked out on a library- loan basis, may be placed in a central location (such as an agency, corporate, or public library) accessible to most students.

Student Interaction for Learning Purposes: Central Michigan University encourages instructors to use classroom activities, such as group assignments and in-class projects, that foster student interaction. The cohort format used in many locations is designed to foster student interaction throughout their degree program.

Campus Courses

Any student admitted to Off-Campus Programs may enroll for classes on the Central Michigan University campus in Mount Pleasant. Students must follow regular on-campus enrollment procedures. Information regarding dates and procedures for on- campus registration is published in the Class Schedule. Copies are usually available in off-campus program center offices and on the Registrar’s website at www.registrars.cmich.edu/courses/ default.htm.

Limitations on College of Business Credits

MSA degree student program plans may include no more than 15 semester hours of coursework from the College of Business Administration; graduate certificate student program plans may include no more than 12 semester hours; undergraduates, no more than 27 semester hours. These credit limitations include both business transfer credits and credits earned at CMU. Students should consult with their academic advisor before enrolling in any College of Business course.

Independent Study

Independent study courses, such as MSA 691 (1-2 credits), are available for students who wish to pursue special areas of interest. Independent learning experiences should help students develop skills in planning, organizing, researching, reporting, and devel- oping specific skills outside the classroom. The experiences may take the form of readings, research, or special projects. Students wishing to pursue independent study should contact their program center for an Independent Study Guide and an application for Independent Study Request. Independent study projects should not duplicate the content of an established course.

Tutorial Option

Students may, under certain circumstances, take courses as tutorials (on an individual basis) working closely with an approved instructor. Details are available from the program administrator.

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