College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

  • CLEP exams test college-level learning in a variety of areas and are offered by the College Board.
  • Students must achieve a minimum score of 50 on a CLEP exam to receive credit for a course.
  • Walden will accept essay or non-essay versions of the CLEP English Composition Exam.
  • Walden will award one course per CLEP exam passed.
  • The cost of these exams is the responsibility of the student.
  • Specific costs, examination subject matter, and sample exams can be found on the CLEP website.

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)

  • DSST exams are formerly known as the DANTES Program and are administered by Prometric. DSST exams test college-level knowledge at both the lower and upper college level in a variety of areas.
  • Students must achieve a minimum grade of C on a DSST exam to receive credit for a course.
  • Walden will award one course per DSST exam passed.
  • The cost of these exams is the responsibility of the student.
  • Additional information regarding resources, test prep materials, and funding for eligible military families can be found on the DSST website.

Excelsior College Examinations (ECEs) and UExcel Exams

  • Excelsior College Exams are offered by Excelsior College, NY and are formerly known as Regents College Exams or ACT/PEP Exams
  • UEXCEL exams test knowledge of lower-level college learning and are awarded as Excelsior College credit.
  • Students must achieve a minimum grade of C on an Excelsior exam to receive credit for a course.
  • Walden will award credit for one course for per Excelsior/UExcel exam passed.
  • The cost of these exams is the responsibility of the student.
  • Additional information can be found on the Excelsior website.

Credit-by-Examination Equivalents for General Education Courses

Walden Course CLEP DSST Excelsior
BIOL 1001
Introduction to Biology
Biology*

CHEM 1001
Introduction to Chemistry
Chemistry*

ENGL 1001
English Composition
English Composition (Optional essay section or exam)
English Composition
MATH 1040
College Algebra Concepts
College Algebra Fundamentals of College Algebra
MATH 1030
College Math
College Mathematics

NASC 1001
Environmental Science

Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet
PHIL 1001
Introduction to Philosophy



PHIL 2001
Ethics

Ethics in America Ethics: Theory and Practice
PHSC 1001
Earth Science


Earth Science
POLI 1001
American Government
American Government

PSYC 1001
Introduction to Psychology (non-majors only)
Introductory Psychology

RELG 2001
World Religions

Introduction to World Religions Religions of the World
SOCI 1001
Introduction to Sociology
Introductory Sociology

SOCI 2001
Multicultural Dimensions of Society


Cultural Diversity

* Covers material usually taught in a two-semester course.

Credit-by-Examination Equivalents for Major Coursework

Walden Course CLEP DSST Excelsior
ACCT 1001
Accounting I
Financial Accounting Principles of Financial Accounting
BUSI 1002
Introduction to Business Management and Leadership
Principles of Management Introduction to Business Principles of Management and Leadership
BUSI 2001
Business Law
Introductory Business Law
Business Law
CMIS 1001
Introduction to Information Systems
Information Systems and Computer Applications Management Information Systems
ECON 1001
Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics

ECON 1002
Microeconomics


Introduction to Microeconomics
EDUC 1001
Introduction to Education

Fundamentals of Education
EDUC 1003
Educational Psychology
Introduction to Educational Psychology

FNCE 3001
Financial Management
Principles of Finance
Principles of Finance
HRMG 3001
Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management Human Resource Management
MRKT 3001
Marketing
Principles of Marketing

PSYC 1002
Psychology as a Natural Science
or
PSYC 1003
Psychology as a Social Science
Introductory Psychology
PSYC 3002
Data Analysis and Presentation
Principles of Statistics Statistics
PSYC 3003
Methods in Psychological Inquiry
Research Methods in Psychology
STAT 2001
Statistics
Principles of Statistics Statistics

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diplomas

Walden University recognizes examinations taken in high school as part of an Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

  • AP Exams test the ability to perform at a college level in many different disciplines. AP Exams are administered once per year in the secondary-school setting.
  • Advanced Placement exam grades of 3 or higher are accepted.
  • Walden will award one course per AP exam passed.
  • No more than 6 courses will be awarded.
  • Additional information can be found on the AP Website
  • IB Diploma courses consists of exams and essays that are assessed on a 7-point scale. This program is available to students aged 16–19.
  • Additional information can be found on the IB Website.
  • International Baccalaureate exam grades of 4 or higher are accepted.

Advanced Placement (AP) and Credit-by-Diploma (IB) Equivalents for General Education Courses

Walden Course Exam Topic Advanced Placement International Baccalaureate
BIOL 1001
Introduction to Biology
Biology X X
CHEM 1001
Introduction to Chemistry
Chemistry X X
ECON 1001
Macroeconomics
Economics X X
ENGL 1001
English Composition
English Language X X
NASC 1001
Environmental Science
Environmental Science X
GEOG 1001
World Regional Geography
Geography X
MATH 1030
College Math
Mathematics X
PHIL 1001
Introduction to Philosophy
Philosophy X
PSYC 1001 (non-majors) Introduction to Psychology
or
PSYC 1002 (majors) Psychology as a Natural Science
Psychology X X
STAT 2001 Statistics
or
PSYC 3002 Data Analysis and Presentation
Statistics X
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