Earning Online Credit | Judson University Christian College

Earning Credit in a Variety of Ways

Major Cohort

Your Management and Leadership major will be taken in a "cohort" format, allowing you to travel through a pre-planned curriculum and schedule with a small group of students.

Individual Online Courses

You can also earn elective or general education credit by taking individual online courses. Although these are not pre-planned like the cohort model, their convenient format makes it easy for you to pick up the courses as they fit in your schedule.

Prior Learning Assessments

Do you have life learning experiences that you would like to turn into college credit? At Judson, we understand the value of the knowledge that you've already gained through life and work. Prior Learning Assessments (PLAs) are a way to convert your life learning into credit through portfolios and/or credit-by-examination.

PLA Portfolios

You can earn up to 30 elective credits through PLA portfolio writing. PLA Portfolios provide recognition for prior learning acquired either formally within an institution or through a wide variety of life and work experiences, such as career experience, personal study, and community work.

You'll begin by attending a free online workshop and then developing your first PLA portfolio. Once the first portfolio is completed, you may submit topic portfolios on approved subjects. These will be assessed by an evaluator in the specific field.


Another way to convert your life experience into college credit is through credit-by-examination. If you feel confident in a subject area being offered for testing, it's as simple as taking the test. A passing grade will grant you credits for either general education or elective requirements.

You can earn up to 30 credits through three types of tests. These can be taken on-campus or at testing centers across the country, with the results being sent to Judson University:

  • CLEP (College Level Examination Programs) examinations cover material taught in courses that most students take as requirements in the first two years of college. For more information, visit www.collegeboard.com.
  • DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) examinations provide an opportunity for people to obtain college credit for what they have learned in non-traditional ways. For more information, visit www.getcollegecredit.com.


Certificates are a way that you can create an additional focus in an area of interest while earning elective credit. Your certificate will be reflected on your official transcript, and helps you to be more marketable.

Learn more about the certificates we offer by going to the online certificate section of our site.

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