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Credit by Examination 

Moravian University recognizes the concept of "course equivalency," which permits the college to certify the educational value of private study and other out-of-class experiences and, following appropriate evaluation by the college, enables the student to receive academic credit toward a degree. Some ways by which students may receive advanced placement and credit by examination are detailed in the following tables. A maximum of 8 course units for credit by examination, in any combination, may be applied to a Moravian University degree. 

Advanced Placement Examination

Moravian University awards credit to students who have passed at an acceptable level certain Advanced Placement Examinations taken prior to admission. 

Exam Score Moravian Equivalent Course
Art History 4 elective
Art (studio) 4 elective
Art (studio): 2-D Design 4 elective
Art (studio): 3-D Design 4 elective
Art (studio): Drawing 4 elective
Biology 4 BIOL 100
Calculus AB or AB Subscore 4 MATH 170
Calculus BC 4 MATH 171
Chemistry 4 CHEM113
Chemistry 5 CHEM 113 & CHEM 114
Chinese Language and Literature 3* elective (M3)
Comparative Government and Politics 4 POSC125
Computer Science 4 CSCI120
English Language and Composition 4 Elective
English Literature and Composition 4 Elective M2
Environmental Science 4 ENVR112
European History 4 HIST112
French Language 4 FREN110
French Literature 4 elective
German Language 4 GERM110
Human Geography 4 IDIS110
International English Language 4 Elective
Japanese Language and Literature 3* elective (F3)
Latin 4 elective(F3)
Macroeconomics † 4 Elective
Microeconomics † 4 Elective
Music Theory 4 MUS101
Physics 1 4 PHYS109
Physics 2 4 PHYS110
Physics C: Electricity and Mag 4 PHYS 112
Physics C: Mechanics 4 PHYS 111
Psychology 4 PSYC120
Spanish Language 4 SPAN110
Spanish Literature 4 elective
Statistics 4 MATH107
U.S. Government and Politics 4 POSC110
U.S. History 4 HIST113
World History 4 elective

* Acceptance conditional upon departmental approval. Departments reserve the right to verify test results and to make supplemental assignments. 

† The Department of Economics and Business will waive the requirement for Economics 152 upon the student's completion of both tests with a minimum score of 4.

International Baccalaureate

Moravian University awards credit to students who have passed any higher-level International Baccalaureate exams with a score of 5 or better (6 is the minimum required score for English language). Departments reserve the right to verify test results and to make supplemental assignments.

College Level Examination Program

Moravian University awards credit to students who have passed at an acceptable level various tests of the University-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Excelsior College Examinations (formerly New York Regents College Examinations), ACT-PEP Examinations, and DSST (formerly DANTES—Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support) program. These may be taken prior to admission or after a student has enrolled at the University. Students with nontransferable coursework from other colleges may qualify for credit through CLEP and DSST examinations. 

Minimum scores in the various CLEP and DSST tests are given below. In some cases (indicated by ‡) a supplemental essay is required. Inquiries about credit for CLEP and DSST examinations listed below should be addressed to the associate dean for academic affairs. 

Subject Exams

1 unit/4 credits per test

Exam Min. Score Moravian Equivalent Course
American Government 50 POSC110
American Literature ‡ 55* ENGL102
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature ‡ 55* ENGL104
Calculus with Elementary Functions 50 MATH170
College French I/II% 50/62 FREN 100/105
College German I/II% 50/62 GERM100/105
College Spanish I/II% 50/62 SPAN100/105
English Literature ‡ 55* ENGL101
General Biology 55 BIOL100
General Chemistry 55 CHEM100
Information Systems 50 MGMT211.2
Introduction to Psychology 55 PSYC120
History of the U.S. I 53 Elective
History of the U.S. II 53 Elective
Human Growth and Development 50 PSYC207
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 EDUC155
Principles of Management 50 MGMT223
Principles of Accounting 50 ACCT157
Introductory Business Law 51 MGMT226
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 elective
Principles of Marketing 50 MGMT251
Introductory Sociology 50 SOC115
Western Civilization I 53 Elective
Western Civilization II 53 Elective

General Exams

1 unit/4 credits per test

Exam Min. Score Moravian Equivalent Course
Natural Sciences 50 Elective
College Composition Modular with Essay ‡ 50 Elective
Humanities 50 Elective
Social Sciences/History 50 Elective
College Mathematics 50 Elective

Note: CLEP general examinations may not be used to fulfill requirements within Learning in Common or in a student's major or minor.

* Departments reserve the right to verify test results and make supplemental assignments.

‡ Essay required.

  • Students who are majoring in biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, or environmental studies may not take the Natural Sciences CLEP exam.
  • Students who have completed any 100-level course in biology may not take the Biology CLEP exam.
  • Students who have completed any 100-level course in chemistry may not take the Chemistry CLEP exam.
  • Students who are working towards a math major or minor may not take the University Mathematics CLEP exam.
  • %Students who have completed their F3 (foreign language) requirement may not take a CLEP in the same language in order to earn additional credit. Students who take a foreign language CLEP exam prior to completing their F3 requirement may be placed into level 105 of the same language at Moravian with a score of 50; students who earn a score of 62 or higher may be placed into level 110 of the same language. Students who subsequently earn a grade of C (not C–) or better will be awarded one unit of credit for the CLEP (without a grade) and complete their F3 requirement.

(4 credit hours awarded unless otherwise noted)

Principles of Finance 47/410 Elective
Principles of Financial Accounting 47 ACCT157
Human Resource Management 48 MGMT253
Organizational Behavior 48 MGMT223
Principles of Supervision 46/400 elective
Business Law II 50 MGMT226
Introduction to Computing 47/410 Elective
Introduction to Business* 46/400 Elective
Money and Banking 48 Elective
Ethics in America 50/420 PHIL222
Introduction to World Religions 49/410 Elective(M5)
Introduction to the Modern Middle East 48 Elective(M5)
Human/Cultural Geography 50 IDIS110
A History of the Vietnam War 50 Elective
Art of the Western World 48 ART113
Western Europe since 1945 50 Electivev
Principles of Statistics 48/410 MATH107
Physical Science    
Astronomy 52 EASC130
Here's to Your Health ‡ 48/400 Elective
Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet 50 Elective(F4)
Principles of Physical Science I 52 Elective
Physical Geology 50 EASC110
Social Science    
Foundations of Education § 49 Elective
Lifespan Developmental Psychology 50 PSYC207
General Anthropology 50 SOC113
Introduction to Law Enforcement 50 SOC elective
Criminal Justice 49/410 SOC elective
Fundamentals of Counseling 50 Elective

* 2 credits. 

† To receive credit at Moravian for Principles of Public Speaking, the student is required to submit on VHS-format videotape or DVD a 3-5 minute persuasive speech in addition to completing the examination at an acceptable level.

‡ Course equivalency and credit determined by physical education chair.

§ This test is not available to students who have completed Education 160 or its equivalent.

New York University Language Exams (NYU language exams)

Moravian University offers 1 or more units (4 or more credits) of credit towards the F3 foreign language requirement (or elective credit) for scores of 8 or higher on the NYU 12-point and 16-point exams.  Students who wish for Moravian University to proctor the NYU exam need to pay all NYU testing fees as well as a $25 proctoring fee at Moravian University, prior to sitting for the exam.

Proficiency Examinations

Moravian University awards credit to students who have passed at an acceptable level proficiency examinations administered by the University for certain of its courses. An "acceptable level" is normally defined as a C (or equivalent) or better. A simple passing grade (D–, for example) is not considered "acceptable" to receive credit on a proficiency examination. Individual departments reserve the right to define "acceptable" differently for the purpose of preparing a student to continue into other courses in their curriculum. Information about a proficiency examination for a specific course, an indication of the scope of the course, suggested readings, and preparation for the examination may be obtained from the appropriate department chair.

If a student decides to take one or more proficiency examinations, he or she should obtain a Proficiency Exam (Challenge Exam) Form in the Office of the Registrar and pay a fee of $85 for each examination to the Student Accounts Office. 

A student who passes a proficiency examination will be given credit for the course but no grade will be recorded. A student who fails a course may not take a proficiency examination for that course in the term immediately following the failure.

A student may not take a proficiency or challenge exam for a course the student previously has audited.

UExcel/Excelsior College

Moravian University will review credits earned through Excelsior College exams (UExcel) for possible credit at Moravian University.  Credit will not be granted for grades of less than C on the exams.  For certain content areas, a grade of B or better may be required for credit to be awarded at Moravian University.  For more information on UExcel exams, click on this link: