Associate of Science Requirements
To be considered for admission to the American Sentinel University associate degree program, the following must be submitted:
- A completed application.
- A resume, curriculum vitae or list of professional accomplishments.
- Official high school transcripts or General Education Development (GED) certification*.
- To enroll in an associate program at American Sentinel, you must be a high school graduate or hold the GED credential. Official high school transcripts or GED certification must be sent directly to American Sentinel University by the granting institution(s). You must have received a minimum GPA of 2.0 in your high school studies.
- Official transcripts* from each post-secondary institution attended. The institution(s) must send the transcripts directly to American Sentinel University.
- To receive credits for courses or degrees from institutions outside the U.S. or Canada, you must have your academic transcripts evaluated and certified by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services member organization, which will assess a fee. Be sure to request that the certifying organization’s report be sent directly to American Sentinel University. Depending on the program, if you have earned a foreign degree you will need to request either a general or expanded report from the evaluator.
* If you are utilizing federal financial aid for all or part of your tuition you must submit official transcripts prior to acceptance.
* If you are not utilizing federal financial aid, unofficial copies may be submitted for purposes of evaluation and acceptance. However official copies must be received by our Registrar’s Office no later than the end of your first 8 week term. Failure to do so will result in you not being able to begin future courses.
All applicants must be high school graduates or hold the General Educational Development (GED) credential. The GED test can only be taken at an official testing center. There are more than 3,400 testing centers worldwide. For more information, please visit the American Council on Education website or find the GED center nearest you.
In accordance with Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 5 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, American Sentinel University admits all qualified applicants regardless of age, sexual preference, gender, marital status, religion, national origin, creed, disability or ethnic origin. The university recruits and admits those students/learners who have the potential to successfully complete the educational programs. The prospective student’s motivation and interest in succeeding in his/her chosen business field are important factors for admission consideration as well as the student’s academic background and qualifications.
International Student Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not earned an undergraduate degree from an institution at which all courses were taught in English will need to provide one of the following:
- A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 550 (written version) or 80 (iBT version).
- An International English Language Test (IELTS) score of at least 5.0 for undergraduates and 6.5 for graduates, or verification of certification in an English proficiency program.
To receive credits for courses or degrees from institutions outside the U.S. or Canada, you must have your academic transcripts evaluated and certified by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services member organization, which will assess a fee. Be sure to request that the certifying organization’s report be sent directly to American Sentinel. Depending on the program, if you have earned a foreign degree you will need to request either a general or expanded report from the evaluator.
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American Sentinel University's attractive transfer credit policy means that you can receive credit for courses completed at other institutions as well as for other prior learning experiences—such as professional certifications, military service, and life and work experience. We do our best to honor approved prior education and learning experiences. Contact an admissions advisor for more information.
Requesting Transfer Credits
American Sentinel's evaluation committee assesses the credit transfer value of educational work completed elsewhere. There is no charge for transferring credits from other institutions. To apply for transfer credit, please provide the following:
- An official transcript from the institution where credits were earned. You may submit your unofficial transcripts while waiting for the official ones to arrive in order to expedite the evaluation process. Download a transcript request form.
- A copy of a course description for any course in the major for which transfer credit is requested.
Once your evaluation is completed, an admissions advisor will provide you with a degree plan that outlines the courses for which you have earned transfer credit and those you will still need to complete to earn your degree.
Tips for transferring your credits to American Sentinel.
Transferring into Associate Degree Program
Students may receive up to 45 credit hours through a combination of credits for prior education, professional certifications, and life and work experience.
Transfer credits from other universities will be considered if:
- The credits are for courses taken at the undergraduate level.
- A minimum grade of C (2.0) has been earned for the classes for which transfer credits are requested.
- The credits are equal to three or more semester credit hours.
Other guidelines regarding transfer credits:
- Up to 30 credit hours may be awarded for approved technology-related certifications (a maximum of 12 hours per certification), such as the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certification.
- Up to 30 credit hours from life and work experience may be applied toward your degree.
American Sentinel will consider credit earned through the ACT Proficiency Examination Program, the College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) program, the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DSST), Subject Standardized Testing and other widely accepted industry certification or institution-developed tests.
If a student wishes to receive transfer credits for courses or degrees at undergraduate institutions located outside the U.S. or Canada, the academic transcript must be evaluated and certified by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services member organization. The certifying organization will assess a fee. The student should request that the report be sent directly to American Sentinel University. Depending on the program, applicants who have earned foreign degrees will need to request a general report or an expanded report from the evaluator.
Transferring out of American Sentinel University
American Sentinel has no control over whether another university will accept its credits as transfer credits. Many do; however, it is not our decision. Rather, it is the decision of individual colleges and universities. There are many reasons that credits might not transfer. Sometimes there is not an appropriate match in curriculum between two schools. Students should contact the registrar at the university in question to determine whether credits from American Sentinel will transfer to that institution.
Life and Work Experience Credit
We recognize that many students have already achieved substantial professional goals. Did you know that at American Sentinel you may be able to fulfill some of your degree requirements by completing a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)? The PLA assesses students' life and work experience and may grant credits for the learning that resulted from such experiences. The maximum allowable life and work experience credits is 15 credits.
How to Request Life and Work Experience Credit
- Once you become a student at American Sentinel, you may submit the PLA application and list the professional experience and learning outcomes achieved for the credits you wish to earn. Be thorough and clearly convey your experiences and the learning that resulted from them.
- You will pay the appropriate fee.
- We will evaluate your life and work experience credit on the following criteria:
- Learning outcomes – Our analysis of your experience should reveal how it relates to a specific course at American Sentinel and the learning outcomes identified for that course.
- Documentation – We will review your submitted documentation as evidence to support your claimed learning outcomes.
- Quality of presentation – Your assessment should display a high degree of professionalism, be well organized and demonstrate your ability to use the English language in a written format.
For further information on requesting life and work experience credit, call 866.922.5690.
Test Out Option
Students are responsible for requesting proficiency examinations. Such a request is granted if an examination is available and the dean or designee believes the student's experience or training warrants such an evaluation. Proficiency examination requests will not be honored if the student:
- Is currently enrolled in the course beyond the add/drop deadline.
- Was previously enrolled in the course for which the exam is being requested.
- Previously failed the proficiency exam for the course.
- Previously failed the course.
To discuss proficiency testing, a student should contact his or her student success advisor. The student success advisor will contact the dean and the director of academics to initiate the process. Only a pass or fail grade will be issued.
Thinking about earning your degree at American Sentinel University? Can your life or work experience count as credit? Wondering what an online class is like or how you can fit studying into your busy schedule?
Join American Sentinel University and Director of Admissions Natalie Nixon for a free online open house that will answer many of your questions about distance learning.
The next open house will cover:
- What are online courses like?
We'll talk about the types of assignments, online participation, terms and the calendar.
- How do I earn transfer credits?
We'll cover all the options and what information to send.
- Can I afford it?
We'll discuss various options; federal student aid, employer reimbursement, military and in-house payment plans.
- Any questions you may have.
Please send your questions to Natalie Nixon in advance. We'll address them during the session.
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The application process for the associate program at American Sentinel is easy—just follow these four steps:
- Submit an application or fill out a paper copy. You'll need to submit your resume, curriculum vitae or statement of professional accomplishments and goals with the application.
- Submit evidence of graduation from high school or satisfactory completion of the General Education Development (GED) credential. For applicants who have earned an associate degree or higher, a copy of the college transcript may be submitted in lieu of a high school transcript. The institution(s) must send the transcripts directly to American Sentinel University.
- Apply for transfer credits. If you wish to receive credits for courses or degrees from institutions outside the United States or Canada, your transcripts must be evaluated and certified by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services member organization. Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to American Sentinel University. Depending on the program, if you have earned a foreign degree you will need to request a general or expanded report.
- If English is not your first language and you do not have an undergraduate degree from an institution where all courses were taught in English, you'll need to submit one of the following:
- A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 550 (written version) or 80 (iBT version).
- An International English Language Test (IELTS) score of at least 5.0 for undergraduate and 6.5 for graduates, or verification of certification in an English proficiency program.
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Questions? Contact your admissions advisor at 866.922.5690. Our admissions advisors are here to help you through the application process.