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Transfer Military Training & Experience

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We believe that veterans, active military personnel, military spouse and families bring unique and valuable experiences to the classroom, and we're dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. Whether you're seeking to advance your career, change fields, or start a new chapter in your life, Columbia College is here to help you turn your military experience and training into credit towards a degree.  

Precursory Credit Review 

We award academic credit for military training and experience based on American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations. Each prospective student who is active duty, reserve military member, or veteran will receive one precursory credit review. Military dependents are not eligible for this service.

To help you understand how your military experience can translate into credits, we offer a free unofficial credit evaluation. To get started, email your request to MSC@CCIS.edu

Degree Mapping Programs

Working with all branches of service, our degree mapping programs offer a streamlined pathway from military experience to higher education.

Military Credit Equivalencies

To ensure you receive the maximum transfer credit available, we require the Joint Services Transcript (JST) for current and former Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard students. 

For current and former Air Force students, a transcript from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) is required.  

By following ACE credit recommendations, we're able to provide a comprehensive evaluation of your military training and experience.

View Transfer Equivalency Portal

Transfer Military Experience 

At Columbia College, we understand that your military service goes above and beyond training and courses taken. That's why we offer Military Experience (ME) credit, based on a student's length of service and rank. 

  • Less than 1 yr. of service: 4 hours lower-level general elective (ELEC-144) 
  • At least 1 yr. of service: 8 hours lower-level general elective credit (ELEC-144) 
Warrant Officer 
  • 8 hours lower-level general elective credit (ELEC-144) and 
  • 12 hours upper-level general elective credit (ELEC-444) — Total: 16 hours 
Commissioned Officer 
  • 8 hours lower-level general elective credit (ELEC-144) and 
  • 12 hours upper-level general elective credit (ELEC-444) — Total 20 hours 

Your military experience is valuable and should not go unrecognized. Take the next step towards earning your degree and unlock your full potential. 

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Too many people have been made to feel that higher education isn’t a place for them— that it is someone else’s dream. But we change all that. With individualized attention and ongoing support, we help you write a new story for the future where you play the starring role.