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Adult Accelerated Degree Program - Transfer Credits

Our adult accelerated degree program is designed to help you maximize your prior college and professional work experience to efficiently complete your bachelor's degree and get started on the road toward professional advancement.

  • Get the Credit YOU Deserve!

    Our adult accelerated degree completion program is designed to help you maximize your prior college and professional work experience to efficiently complete your bachelor's degree and get started on the road toward professional advancement.

    • WLC accepts prior credits from regionally accredited technical, two-year, and four-year institutions.
    • Our prior learning assessment process can help you turn learning from professional work and life experiences into college credit.
    • Your personal enrollment advisor can provide a free, no obligation assessment of your transfer credits.

    You must earn 128 college credits to obtain a bachelor's degree through the accelerated degree completion program at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Wisconsin Lutheran accepts transfer credits within the following guidelines:

    • Credits are accepted from accredited institutions and evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Students may be required to submit individual course syllabi for credits to be accepted.
    • College equivalent courses completed with a final grade of a “C” or higher are accepted in transfer.
    • A maximum of 80 transfer credits may be accepted from four-year colleges or universities, pending applicability to all programs.
    • A maximum of 70 credits from two-year institutions.
    • A student who transfers at least 60 credits is considered to have Advanced Transfer Status.
    • An official evaluation of credits is made after the student is admitted to the College.
    • Courses accepted in transfer are not used in the calculation of a student's GPA.
    • A minimum of 30 credits must be earned in residence at WLC to satisfy the degree.
    • A minimum of 60 credits must be earned at WLC to be eligible for Latin graduation honors and 48-59 credits for Academic Distinction.


    Currently WLC's Adult and Graduate Studies program has transfer articulation agreements with the following institutions:

    Contact your personal enrollment advisor to learn how these transfer agreements can allow you to enroll at junior status!


    If you enter the accelerated degree completion program with fewer than 80 semester hours, you may seek to gain the remaining hours of credit needed to graduate in several ways. A maximum of 45 semester hours can be accepted when it has been achieved in a combination of the following methods:

    Evaluation of Alternative Educational Experiences

    Wisconsin Lutheran College evaluates formal educational learning gained through experiences in non-college settings. Where the American Council on Education (ACE) has evaluated such courses, WLC uses the evaluation in the appropriate guide as a source for determining what credit might be given. Students may have had courses in specialized institutes, e.g., banking or real estate or courses as part of vocational training in industry; in a technical institute or as specialized training in the military. Wisconsin Lutheran College evaluates such work according to standards established by accrediting associations.

    Credit by Examination

    Wisconsin Lutheran College accepts the results of testing by CLEP (College Level Examination Program), DSST, the military equivalent, Advanced Placement (AP), Straighterline (maximum of 15 credits), or a departmental examination accepted by the College. There may be charges in addition to the costs involved with taking the examination.

    Credit by Demonstrated Competency (CDC)

    CDC allows a student the opportunity to prepare a portfolio describing specific professional work activities and life experiences and then to document the college level learning that resulted from these experiences. Material for this portfolio can come from a number of different sources, including workshops, seminars, self-study, non-credit classes, training courses, professional work experiences, and products of those work experiences. Please note that it is the learning (and not merely experience) from these sources that is evaluated. Wisconsin Lutheran College partners with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) in a prior learning assessment program called Learning Counts. Students complete an online course, ADU 200, through which they identify college level learning from work and life experiences and develop a portfolio which exhibits that learning. Following the course, students submit their portfolios to a trained assessor who determines the award of credits. WLC's academic advisor can consult with you about the appropriateness of this for your situation, provide an estimate of the number of CDC credits you might expect to receive through this program, and conduct a workshop to prepare you for the course and process. Fees for the Learning Counts online portfolio development course and review process are determined by CAEL.