If I am deployed or transferred, will I be able to continue my education later?
Yes. AIU understands that USMC personnel are frequently deployed and transferred. If you think you might not be able to continue your coursework for the length of your deployment or while en route to your new assignment, just contact your Student Advisor for further guidance and support.
How will my USMC training and experience be applied to my chosen degree program?
Your training, occupations and experience are evaluated by ACE (American Council on Education), which recommends awards of semester hours. Our degree programs are designed under a quarter hour system, and your credits are converted to this system. When you apply for enrollment, your Advisor will prepare a degree program that can maximize your training and experience.
Do I need to be on active duty to have my USMC training and experience applied towards transfer credit?
Absolutely not. The university will evaluate all of your training and experience for the consideration of possible transfer credit whether you are on Active Duty, Inactive, Retired, or Separated from your branch of service.
Besides USMC training and experience, what else can be applied as transfer credit towards the degree I want to pursue?
The university will evaluate any previously completed college coursework (C or better) for transfer credit, when applicable. We will also evaluate any certifications (e.g., MSCE, MCP, etc; and DSST examinations) and work experience prior to, during or after your military service.
How many credit hours can I expect to get for my USMC training and experience?
It varies. Each student will have varying amounts of transferable credit based on years of service and specific training. Your Prior Learning Assessment Specialist can help you get the most credit for your program and develop the best personal degree plan so that you have an opportunity to achieve your educational needs and goals.
What are DSST exams?
DSSTs are the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests that provide another avenue to demonstrate proficiency in a subject area in a non-traditional way. DSSTs are offer in a variety of subject areas, such as business, physical science, humanities, social science and applied technologies.