Advanced standing is the means by which UCLA Extension may grant credit to a student for courses and credit they earned from other accredited educational institutions, or in special circumstances, relevant professional work experience, to be counted toward curriculum requirements in a UCLA Extension specialization or certificate program.
A decision to grant advanced standing waives a course/credit, thereby lowering the number of courses and/or units required.
Continuing Educators (CE's) or delegated staff may approve advanced standing and unit requirements for an individual student on a case-by-case basis taking into account the student’s academic record and/or relevant professional work experience.
Students may request to apply such coursework through advanced standing, for up to 25% of the total required units of a UCLA Extension certificate or specialization program. Exceptions to the 25% threshold may be granted to an individual student or an overall program if reviewed by the CE and approved by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
If such exceptions arise out of UCLA Extension’s legacy programs or partnership agreements, a mutual understanding on advanced standing units should be stated in relevant partnerships documents such as the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or Letter of Agreement (LOA).
*Requests for advanced standing must be made by within the first quarter of candidacy in a program.