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Alternative Credit Options

The College Completion Innovation Fund aims to assist students in identifying alternative opportunities to earn credits towards the completion of their degrees. We recognize that many of our students have a considerable amount of learning, work, and life experience that might be applicable for college credit. For further information regarding the below alternative options you may contact:

Alisa Cooper
CCIF Success Coach

Laura Kemiteto
CCIF Program Assistant

Shuster Hall Room 102
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West
Bronx, NY 10468
Email: College.CompletionCredit@Lehman.Cuny.Edu


CLEP (College Level Examination Program)

Earn college credits for information you already know through The College Level Examination Program®.  CLEP is nationally recognized standardized testing based on intro level course material. Lehman College provides credit for successful scores on specified listed CLEP exams- these exams have been reviewed, and are approved to satisfy Lehman course equivalents. Some courses may not be considered as an exact equivalent, but will count as an elective credit at Lehman College. For more information on acceptable exams, and how to register and prepare yourself, click here.


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), EMI Credit

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through their online Emergency Management Institute, allows students to earn transferable academic credit by taking Independent Study Courses. Once completed, Frederick Community College will evaluate your scores for college credit. You will then have the option to request a transcript from Frederick Community College for a fee of $88. The credits are transferred to Lehman as are any transfer credits from another academic institution. Please note, that in order to be eligible to receive credit for EMI courses, you may not have more than 70 credits already in transfer to Lehman from a community college, and 90 credits in total.

For more information on FEMA EMI courses, and how to register, complete a course, and request a transcript, please visit their website by clicking here and review the section under “Earn College Credit.”

For assistance choosing a course that is suitable for you, please contact a CCIF coach at


International Baccalaureate

Lehman College admits students who have completed the International Baccalaureate diploma. In accordance with the CUNY policy, a student at Lehman College can earn credit from an International Baccalaureate (IB) program. The credits awarded will apply towards the overall number of credits required for graduation. Lehman College students can earn IB credits in two ways:

  1. 30+ Points with an IB Diploma
    • Students who have completed an IB Diploma with 30 points or higher will be awarded 30 credits.
  2. 29 Points or less and students who did not complete the Diploma
    • Students with a score of 29 or less, and students that did not complete the IB diploma, may be awarded college credits for Higher-Level IB exams with scores of “5” or better in accordance with the Lehman equivalencies. For more information on the IB program, please see International

An official IB transcript and diploma (if applicable) are required for credit review. For additional information on CUNY’s policy on course credit based on scores on International Baccalaureate Diploma/ Exams, please see Policy for Course based on Scores on International Baccalaureate Diploma/Exams.

Note: International Baccalaureate Credits earned can only be used to fulfill General Elective requirements. These credits will be reflected on the student’s Lehman college transcript but are not included in the computation of the student’s cumulative GPA.


Lifetime Experience Credits

Lehman College acknowledges that students experience significant learning outside of the traditional classroom setting. Students that are part of Lehman College’s Adult Degree Program (ADP) can earn up to 15 Liberal Arts elective credits for prior learning that is equivalent to coursework taught at Lehman College..

PLA credits count as transfer liberal arts electives. ADP students who can utilize these types of credits toward the 120 credits required for their Bachelor’s degree should request permission to enroll in IBA 360. This is a 3-credit course that helps students to compile a portfolio that documents their prior learning Portfolios are then evaluated by the appropriate department. Pre-requisites for IBA 360 are as follows: ADP student, min of 70 credits of which 12 have been earned at Lehman, completion of English composition requirements.

For more information, kindly contact the Adult Degree Program:

Carman Hall Room 128
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West
Bronx, NY 10468
Phone: 718-960-8666
Fax: 718-960-8727
Email:  Adult.Degree@Lehman.Cuny.Edu


Military Service Credits

The college follows the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE) in granting credit for military training, based on the review of a student’s military transcripts.  If you are a veteran and wish to apply for military service credit, you must file an Application for Military Service Credit through the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, located in Shuster Hall Room 201B.  Veterans who are currently enrolled at the college may also be eligible to earn credits for select military training and education pursuant to the rules governing the evaluation of transfer credits as presented in the Undergraduate Bulletin.  To view more information and resources for veterans, click here.

For more information kindly contact the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs:

Office of Veteran and Military Affairs
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West | Shuster 201
Bronx, NY 10468-1589 | V: 718-960-7188
Email:  Veterans.Affairs@Lehman.Cuny.Edu