Jun 19, 2024  
University Catalog 2022-2023 
University Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Antioch University Los Angeles

AU Los Angeles

Welcome to Antioch University Los Angeles!

I want to personally thank you for your consideration and interest in joining our learning community at Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA). These are unusual times, of course, yet you may find this is also an opportune time to embark on a new academic journey, to advance your educational and professional goals and to prepare yourself for a brighter future.

Please know that the AULA faculty and staff are committed to supporting you on that new direction. Our focus is on supporting your success and helping you finish your chosen program. I am proud of the adaptability our institution has demonstrated and to the deep commitment of our staff and faculty to support students in challenging times.

AULA has rightly earned its reputation as an exceptional university, offering a learning environment as intellectually stimulating as it is academically rigorous. We are exceptional in a variety of other important ways.

For starters, our adult learners range in age from their mid-20s to over 70 years. They bring with them a wealth of lived experience-personal, academic, and professional-that add immeasurable value to campus discourse and to each other’s learning.

We also are an exception to many higher education institutions that hold learning as a domain apart from the world, in which theory and practice are separate rather than integrated for greater  impact. At Antioch, social justice and community engagement are integral parts of our mission to prepare students to become active agents of change in the world.

Our academic programs are also an exception to the cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all approach that can diminish student excitement and constrain their learning.

Our unique Bachelor’s degree completion programs cater to returning students who wish to complete their degree. We offer a BA in Liberal Studies with concentrations in Business and Management, Child Studies, Creative Writing, Liberal Studies, Psychology, Addiction Studies, Queer Studies, and Urban Studies. We also offer four Bachelor’s degrees in Applied Studies that allow students to leverage their technical, occupational and professional training skills and apply these on-the-job skills toward academic credit in recognition of the value of the students’ vocational education and skills.

Our low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program has won accolades from publications including The Atlantic and Poets and Writers magazine, and offers unrivaled mentorship support. Our Teacher Credentialing programs and Master of Arts in Education programs provide training for those who wish to bring about positive educational reform. Our Master of Arts in Urban Sustainability is training the next generation of urban problem-solvers. Our largest program, the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, continues to add groundbreaking specializations, which currently include Psychological Trauma Studies, LGBT-Affirmative Psychology, Addiction and Recovery, Child Studies, Applied Community Psychology, Spiritual and Depth Psychology, and Professional Clinical Counselor. We also offer a Master of Arts in Psychological Studies which can be completed in one year and is perfect for students who want to learn and apply skills in psychological research and gain hands-on experience that they can use to further their career in psychology.

And we take “exception” to the idea that higher education is only for the lucky few. AULA’s Bridge Program has been providing college courses in the humanities to low-income adults, free of charge, since 1999.

I invite you to browse through our website to see firsthand what makes AULA such an exceptional place to learn.

Mark Hower, PhD
Antioch University Los Angeles



Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) is a place where individual spirit thrives and collective community grows.

Beginning with just twelve students in 1972, Antioch University Los Angeles now educates more than 1000 adult students each year. With more than 8,000 distinguished alumni, AULA has been honored to serve the diverse communities of the greater Los Angeles area for over forty years.

Our core values of social justice, service to community, and lifelong learning comprise the heart of our BA degree completion program and master’s degree programs in education and teacher credentialing, nonprofit management, psychology, urban sustainability, and creative writing. Partnerships with community organizations provide our students with unique experiential learning opportunities.

The first AULA campus catalog proclaimed, “We offer a student the opportunity to structure learning experiences out of the abundant resources available within the college walls and in the community outside the college; to accredit that learning as well as recognize the validity of past learning experiences that took place outside the academic structure and which are relevant to degree goals; and to integrate these past and present learning’s into a coherent degree program.”

The AULA of today offers a unique, unconventional graduate and undergraduate education that is centered on the values of social justice, community engagement and life-long learning. In addition to classroom learning, students supplement their education experience with a variety of experiential learning options, including internships, independent study, prior learning and off-site seminars.

Antioch University Los Angeles Purpose Statement

Antioch University Los Angeles provides rigorous progressive education to prepare students for the complexities of today’s diverse societies. Combining dynamic scholarship and creative endeavor with experiential learning and reflective practice, AULA fosters personal and collective agency, global citizenship, and socially conscious leadership.


Antioch University strives to be a democratically-minded and participatory institution of higher education. Antioch University’s governance structure is based on several fundamental assumptions:

  • Antioch University strives to be a unique national educational resource committed to progressive, innovative, and quality education for adult students
  • The governance structure contributes to achieving Antioch University’s mission, priorities and objectives
  • The governance structure clearly articulates and provides for each program’s curriculum to be developed and implemented by the faculty to achieve Antioch University’s educational mission
  • The governance structure provides for appropriate and meaningful involvement of student, faculty, staff, and administration in decision-making processes and facilitates communication, promotes cooperation, and encourages effective and efficient operation
  • The governance structure judiciously uses institutional, human, and fiscal resources to achieve its mission, priorities, and objectives

Antioch University provides a wide range of opportunities for broad involvement in governance. Principal legal and fiduciary responsibility for the University rests with the University Board of Governors, which appoints the University Chancellor to oversee the University’s five campuses and other operations.

Principal operational responsibility for the Los Angeles campus rests with the Antioch University Los Angeles Provost/CEO, who provides campus leadership and is responsible to the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs of Antioch University. AULA’s Provost/CEO, in concert with the faculty Department/Division Chairs and other directors in Academic Affairs, provides campus leadership in the development of curriculum.

The faculty as a whole is responsible for curricular innovation and excellence, for providing a challenging student-centered classroom environment, and for modeling a community of lifelong learning. Student voices related to policy issues should be directed to the appropriate Department/Division Chair or the Provost/CEO. AULA alumni are served by the volunteer Alumni Council. Key campus committees include faculty and staff, and often student and alumni, representation. The campus has several governing and advisory bodies, a wide range of faculty and staff meetings, and community-wide meetings to provide input into campus operations and directions.

AULA Specialized Support Services

The Antioch University Counseling Center

The Antioch University Counseling Center (AUCC), a sliding-fee scale mental health center, has provided distinguished service to the community since 1974. The AUCC offers psychotherapy and counseling at affordable prices to AULA students as well as members of the community. Services are provided under a broad spectrum of therapy models. Current services include individual, family, and group psychotherapy, career counseling, psychological testing, the International Counseling Center, and specialized counseling services for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender clients.

Students experiencing difficulties are encouraged to seek help from the Counseling Center. MAP students can fulfill their requirement for personal psychotherapy by working with licensed professionals at the AUCC.

Campus Services Center

The Campus Services Center (CSC) handles all issues related to campus operations, facilities, parking, equipment, supplies, safety, and security in support of the AULA learning environment. Students may have materials photocopied for a fee. Mailboxes for faculty are located in the Campus Services Center. The Campus Services Center (CSC) is open during all hours of university operation.

Student Mailboxes

The Student Mailbox System is used traditionally at AULA as one of the primary mechanisms for faculty and administration to communicate to students. The use of student mailboxes must adhere to FERPA regulations, state, local, and institutional policies that protect the privacy, security, and confidentiality of student information.

Student mailboxes are located in the Campus Services Center (CSC). All registered students are assigned mailboxes by CSC during the first term of enrollment. AULA will keep students’ mailboxes until the student is no longer registered at the school (e.g., have graduated, are dismissed, or withdrawn). All faculty and staff acting in their official capacity are authorized to distribute mail using the student mailboxes.

Students may retrieve, with their valid student or state-issued identification card, contents of their mailboxes during CSC’s business hours.

Parking and Parking Permits

All students who are registered for academic work at AULA are automatically assessed a parking fee that entitles the students access to parking in designated areas during the campus’ regular hours of operation. Students using the AULA campus parking lot must fill out a Parking Access Card Form in order to receive a parking access card through the Campus Services Center. Parking access card forms are available during New Student Orientation, and are available at the Campus Services Center at all times thereafter.

Parking Fee Exemptions are granted on a quarterly, case-by-case basis. Exemption forms are available in the Campus Services Center. Parking Fee Exemption Forms must be submitted to the Campus Services Center by the end of the term’s Add/Drop deadline. Exemption forms are not accepted for past quarters.

Antioch University Los Angeles is not responsible for any costs associated with misplaced, lost, or stolen parking access cards. There is a replacement fee for parking access cards, payable at the Campus Services Center.

All questions and concerns regarding parking services should be directed to the Campus Services Center.

Student Identification Cards

Student photo identification cards are available to all current students through the Campus Services Center. Validation stickers are available through the Campus Services Center at the beginning of each term. There is a $10.00 charge for replacement student photo identification cards.

Campus Security Act of 1990

In accordance with Federal Law, AULA publishes an annual report of campus crimes. This report is distributed annually through email in the Fall quarter, and is available on AULA’s website here: https://www.antioch.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/aula-2019-annual-security-report.pdf. The United States Department of Education’s Office of Post-secondary Education provides a rapid customized report for public inquires relating to all campus crime data, called the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool. All Antioch University campus crime data can be found on the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting tool website at http://ope.ed.gov/security/.

Facilities, Equipment, and Materials for Instruction

The Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) campus is located in Culver City, California, on the west side of greater Los Angeles, in an area historically known as Fox Hills. The AULA campus is in a large office park which houses a variety of tenants, including small businesses, law firms, and creative agencies. The AULA campus is comprised of three full floors in the Culver 400 building. The campus has over 17,000 square feet of classroom and conference room space, where instruction takes place. All instruction is delivered in English. All dedicated classrooms have built-in audio-visual equipment, enabling use of technology and video playback for instruction. AULA also uses mobile audio-visual equipment to bring technology to smaller conference spaces when needed.

In addition to classroom space, the AULA campus has two computer labs. Each computer lab is just over 800 square feet in size, and is equipped with technology for instruction. The AULA campus also has a library space that occupies over 1,600 square feet, as well as a tutoring and instruction space called the “Teaching and Learning Center” that occupies just over 1,400 square feet.

Campus Leadership

Provost and CEO: Mark Hower
Chief Operations Officer: Sandy Lee
Executive Director, Enrollment Management & Student Services: Emee J. Dacanay
Student Accounts Director: Dawn Jackson
Director, Antioch Counseling Center: Eric Day
Assistant Director of Admissions: Ozzie Rodriguez
University Associate Registrar: Stacey Tulloch-Reid
Financial Aid Counselor: Norma Toledo
Disability Support Services Coordinator: Yaru Wang
Primary/Designated School Officials (international student support): Emee Dacanay & Yaru Wang
School Certifying Officials (VA Benefits): Dawn Jackson, Yaru Wang & Francis Hernandez
Reference & Instruction Librarian (Library Services): Asa Wilder

AULA Academic Procedures

These academic policies and procedures apply across all programs and guide instruction at Antioch University Los Angeles. Information about additional policies specific to each individual academic program is found in that program’s section of this handbook. Policies and procedures for the quarter-based programs (Bachelors, MAP, and EDUCATION) often differ substantially from the semester-based programs (MFA in Creative Writing and USMA). Students are advised to familiarize themselves with the information in this section and in the section specific to their program. 


The University’s mission stresses preparing students for the complexities of today’s diverse societies. AULA’s educational programs foster personal and collective agency, socially conscious leadership, and global citizenship through experiential learning and reflective practice combined with dynamic scholarship. In keeping with this mission, the Antioch University Los Angeles community has adopted the following learning objectives as a yardstick of success. 

The AULA student will be able to:

  • Engage in creative, critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Integrate theory and practice.
  • Exhibit an awareness of self and others.
  • Demonstrate competencies core to one’s field of study.
  • Use knowledge and skills as an effective participant in civic and professional life.
  • Recognize oneself as a global citizen with a responsibility to effect social change.


Program Learning Outcomes

In addition to the above educational objectives, each academic program has its own learning outcomes listed in the individual programs’ sections in this handbook. Every course, workshop, independent study, and internship also centers on learning objectives established by the instructor and stated in the syllabus and on the final Student Learning Evaluation form. The instructor designs course standards and expectations in accordance with the AULA mission and purpose and educational objectives as well as the academic program’s learning objectives and degree requirements. The classroom instructor has authority and responsibility for the content and expectations of the course or other learning activity. The Curriculum Committee and the Provost are responsible for oversight of the curriculum. To earn credit, the student must demonstrate that she or he has met the learning objectives and other requirements spelled out in the syllabus for that learning activity, including attendance requirements. 


Upon enrollment, each student is assigned an academic advisor from their program’s Core, Teaching, or Affiliate Faculty to assist with such issues as program planning, internship placements, graduate and post-graduate study options, academic progress, career paths, and, when necessary, problem-solving. Advisors assist students in meeting University academic requirements and understanding University and program procedures, although students are responsible as individuals for reading and following procedures and policies published in this Catalog and in additional publications. Students are encouraged to seek out their advisors and to utilize them as resources to maximize the learning experience. Faculty advisors post their office hours and also communicate with advisees by phone, e-mail, and electronic conferencing. 

In the quarter-based programs, weeks seven and eight of each term are designated as Advisement Week in advance of registration during week nine. Advisors may extend their office hours during this period in order to meet with students to plan their courses and other learning activities for the next term and to make sure that the student is on track for graduation.

Change of Advisor

After the first term of enrollment, a student may request a change of advisor if they found a faculty member who seems a more appropriate mentor. Faculty members do not object to these requests to change to a different advisor, but the new advisor must have availability to take on a new student advisee. Students should check with the preferred advisor before initiating this change process. A Change of Advisor Request Form is available in the Office of Integrated Student Services (OISS). It needs to be signed by the present and preferred advisors and then turned in to the OISS. 

Independent Studies, Internships, and other Non-Classroom Learning

The AULA curriculum often supplements classroom learning with a rich mix of learning formats, including independent studies, internships, field studies, prior learning, among others. The advisor works with the student to build non-classroom studies into the student’s degree plan in a way that furthers the student’s educational goals and career aspirations. Students in all course-based programs may pursue specialized studies in subjects that are not offered in the schedule of courses by developing a proposal for independent study. All non-classroom learning activities require the permission of the student’s advisor and the participation of an appropriately qualified evaluator who must be approved by the advisor.

Independent studies are most often evaluated by core faculty members. Students are strictly prohibited from providing remuneration to their evaluators under any circumstances. Independent study is not available for MFA students. Internships are another type of non-classroom learning, which provides opportunities for hands-on learning in field-based sites throughout the city. Further, program-specific policies for Independent Studies, Internships, and other non-classroom learning activities appear in the Program section of this handbook. 

Petition for Waiver of Academic Requirements

Petition for Waiver of Academic Requirement forms are available in the OISS and must be completed and submitted to the appropriate Department/ Division Chair. Any exception from the standard requirements of the program in which the student is enrolled require this form be completed. 

Review of Student Progress

Faculty advisors review their advisees’ student learning evaluations and progress toward meeting degree requirements on a regular basis, noting strengths and weaknesses of student academic performance. 

If a student appears to be having difficulty with writing, critical thinking skills, classroom participation, attendance, Incompletes, or other recurring problems, the advisor may make specific recommendations for remediation. In some cases the advisor may determine that the student needs to follow a specific course of learning or register for a limited study load. In this case, the advisor meets with the student and communicates the concerns and actions to be taken. Depending on the seriousness of the issues or the repetitiveness of the problem, the advisor may put the student on academic probation. In this case, a written plan of Remediation must be created by the student with his/her advisor. This plan must be followed by the student or more serious academic consequences may follow. 

Letter of Concern

An advisor, instructor, or staff member may issue a Letter of Concern at any time when a student is not meeting the academic, conduct, or ethical standards of the University. The Letter of Concern is sent to the student, the advisor, and the department chair, and a copy is sent to the OISS to be placed in the student’s file.

Instructors’ Use of the Letter of Concern

An instructor may choose to write a Letter of Concern when a problem with a student’s performance in a course arises. The Letter of Concern is the product of a formal process in which the instructor states her or his concerns and specifies what a student must do to receive credit for the course. In more serious cases, the instructor may use the Letter of Concern to inform the student that credit is not going to be awarded (however, it is important to note that it is possible to receive a no-credit evaluation without having received a Letter of Concern). 

Grade Equivalents

Narrative evaluations are at the core of Antioch University’s evaluation process.  It affirms its belief that a more meaningful and useful evaluation and report can be obtained from narrative evaluations written by the faculty members who award the credit.  For each course or learning activity, the instructor indicates “Credit Awarded.” “Credit Not Awarded”, or “Incomplete” and writes an individualized assessment of a student’s work, identifying areas of opportunity for growth, and highlighting significant accomplishments.  However, we recognize that certain employment or educational circumstances may make letter grade equivalents useful or expedient.  For this reason, options for a “letter grade equivalent” (LGE) are provided in each program.  

In Undergraduate Studies, faculty provide a LGE for each student in each course (with some exceptions as noted below) as of Fall 2021, but these LGEs only appear on narrative evaluations when a student makes a formal request to the Registrar’s Office. 

For all other programs, students may request grade equivalents for courses and learning activities. AULA instructors and evaluators are required by the University to provide grade equivalents for students who request them, except for the exempted learning activities as described below. Students interested in applying to particular graduate programs are advised to inquire whether that institution requires grade equivalents. Similarly, students should determine whether employers or financial institutions require grade equivalent information.

Students in the graduate programs on the quarter system (psychology, education) must approach each instructor individually to request a grade equivalent. The request must be made no later than the final course meeting, although earlier requests may be stipulated by the syllabus. A student who does not request a grade equivalent before the deadline will not have a grade equivalent submitted for that learning activity. MFA in Creative Writing students who wish to request a grade equivalent must approach their faculty mentor during the time when the Project Period Contract is being prepared. Students in the USMA program who wish to request a grade equivalent for core or elective coursework must approach the course instructor during the residency at the beginning of the semester. Grade equivalents for the capstone project must be requested as part of the capstone proposal to the faculty mentor.

When an instructor provides a grade equivalent, they add it to the Student Learning Evaluation. Once a grade equivalent has been submitted for a credit-earning activity, it is included in the student’s permanent file and is available for the Registrar to use in the calculation of a GPA (Grade Point Average) equivalent. Instructors cannot add a grade equivalent to a Student Learning Evaluation form retroactively after the instructor has submitted the form and the student has earned credit for the learning activity. 

University-wide policy prohibits grade equivalents from appearing on the student’s transcript, but these LGEs will be available in the form of a separate report and communication from the Registrar’s Office as needed.

Learning Activities Exempted from Grade Equivalents

Each AULA academic program may designate certain exempted learning activities for which grade equivalents are not available. These include, but are not limited to the following:

  • In the Undergraduate Program, grade equivalents are not available for internships, prior learning, 0-unit courses, or 1-day workshops
  • In the MAP Program grade equivalents are not available for zero unit courses, Applied Psychotherapeutic Techniques of Marriage and Family Therapy (Clinical Traineeship), Workshops, and Personal Psychotherapy
  • In the Education Department grade equivalents are not available for student teaching
  • In the MFA Program grade equivalents are available only for the Project Period of each semester
  • In the USMA Program grade equivalents are not available for fieldwork


Overall Grade Point Average (GPA) Equivalents

Students may request the calculation of an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) equivalent at any time. The GPA equivalent is calculated by the Registrar, using information from all learning activities listed on the AULA transcript as well as transferred units. If a grade equivalent was requested at the time an AULA course was taken and appears on the Student Learning Evaluation form, that grade equivalent is used in the GPA equivalent calculation. For credit-earning activities that have not been exempted, and for which the student was not given a grade equivalent on the Student Learning Evaluation, the Registrar obtains a grade equivalent retroactively from the instructor of the course, Department/Division Chair, or a designated program faculty member. Information about program-specific guidelines for generating GPA equivalents is available from the Department/Division Chair.

The GPA equivalent is based on performance in all non-exempt activities that a student engaged in as part of her or his degree. It does not include learning activities that were recorded as an Incomplete or Administrative Withdrawal. The GPA equivalent calculation does include No Credit coursework and learning activities for which Incomplete was awarded and later converted to a No Credit. If a student repeats a course for which they earned No Credit and if the student earns credit during this subsequent enrollment, only the Credit Awarded grade equivalent is used in the calculation of the GPA equivalent.

Prior to Spring Quarter 2006, GPA equivalents were calculated by other methods. GPA equivalents generated and recorded prior to Spring Quarter 2006 are honored as recorded. GPA equivalents calculated by the Registrar in Spring Quarter 2006 and later are based on combining new grade equivalent data with data from any GPA equivalents calculated earlier, following detailed guidelines available in the Office of ISS.

Beginning in Fall 2021, undergraduate students earning credit for a course are assigned a letter grade equivalent of A (4.0), A/B (3.5), B (3.0), B/C (2.5), or C (2.0). Letter grade equivalents of D (2.0) and F (0) are considered non-passing.   For graduate unofficial grade calculations and undergraduate calculations prior to Fall 2021, a letter grade of B = 3.0, B+ = 3.3, A- = 3.7 and A = 4.0. There is no additional value to an A+.

Transfer Credit Policy

The Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) transfer credit policy is aimed at facilitating the transfer of students and credits from a previous college or university to AULA. The policy seeks to assure maximum utilization of credits earned previously and to encourage students to advance through their education toward the completion of their degree. This policy supports the “Joint Statement on Transfer and Award of Academic Credit (http:// tcp.aacrao.org/misc/joint_statement.php)” approved by the American Council on Education, the American Association of Collegiate Registrar and Admissions Officers and the American Association of Community Colleges. Built into this policy are several of the principles of that statement. Central to the implementation of this policy is the goal to provide equitable treatment for native and transfer students and to ensure that students will not be required to repeat course work completed at an acceptable level of performance at a previously attended institution. 


Determination of Transferability

Antioch University Los Angeles awards credit in transfer for courses completed at academic institutions accredited by the following regional accrediting organizations:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Northwest Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges


Antioch University Los Angeles may also consider accepting transfer credits from academic institutions accredited by national accrediting bodies recognized by the Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) .

Antioch University Los Angeles may accept transfer credit for courses completed at colleges and universities outside of the United States that are accredited or approved by the Ministry of Education (or other appropriate governmental agency) of the country in which they are located. Credit and placement decisions are based on recommendations of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, National Association of Foreign Student Advisors, and selected other professional organizations and agencies that evaluate foreign educational institutions.

AULA does not accept credit from institutions with candidacy for accreditation. AULA accepts credit for transfer only if the units were earned at a time when the school was accredited. Exception: A student holding a Registered Nurse (R.N.) degree from a National League of Nurses-approved program may be eligible for undergraduate transfer credit despite lack of regional accreditation. Transfer of credit to Antioch University Los Angeles will be determined in accordance with the following transferability standards:

  • The educational quality of the learning experience that the student transfers
  • The comparability of the nature, content, and level of learning experience to all programs offered by the University
  • The appropriateness and applicability of credit earned to all degree requirements discussed in this catalog

AULA does not assess transfer credit evaluation processing fees. 


Determining Course Equivalencies

Initial determinations of transfer credit equivalencies are made by the AULA Office of Admissions through a comparison of course descriptions and/ or course titles. The course work evaluated and deemed acceptable based on its content and comparability relative to the program standard/curricula as defined by the program will be initially posted to the student’s permanent University record and then validated and approved by the Office of the Registrar upon the student’s enrollment.


Acceptability and Comparability of Courses

  • Acceptable: Course work adjudicated as acceptable based on its content and comparability relative to program standard/curricula will be awarded transfer credit based on guidelines provided by instructional department directives.
  • Unacceptable: Course work which, by an evaluation of its content, is deemed to be incongruent with program standard/curricula will not be awarded transfer credit (i.e., remedial and vocational courses not relevant to the degree and/or exceeding the maximum allowed for the degree).
  • Deferred: Course work that is referred to a designated subject matter expert (faculty) within the program for his/her further review and final decision. Instructional department faculty will review the course and issue a final acceptability decision (i.e. credit and type of credit to be awarded or no credit awarded) through the respective Department/Division Chair. 


Credit Hour Equivalencies

To convert transfer units to quarter units the following formulas are used:

# semester units x 1.5 = # quarter units or

# trimester units x 1.5 = # quarter units.

Fractions are rounded down to the nearest half-unit.

Antioch University Los Angeles accepts undergraduate transfer credit(s) for courses completed with a minimum letter grade of C or Pass in a Pass-Fail system, if the Pass is equivalent to a minimum of a C.

Antioch University Los Angeles accepts graduate transfer credit(s), for courses completed with a B letter grade or better, or with a Pass, if the course was taken on a Pass/Fail basis. Courses are considered for transfer only if the courses have not been used as part of a graduate degree earned elsewhere.

Please refer to the Admissions and Program sections of this Catalog for additional transfer credit policies and requirements specific to each academic program.


Additional Ways Students May Obtain Credit

AULA recognizes that students have opportunities for learning beyond the traditional or more formal methods of education. Some of these opportunities may be eligible for consideration in the evaluation process based on certain criteria and on the circumstances by which the student obtained an education. 


Evaluation of Examination Credit/Results

  • Course credit by examination based on the results of a local testing program (e.g. APP, CLEP, DSST). This course credit will be eligible for evaluation and transfer credit may be awarded for same within the guidelines of this policy. While the initial evaluation of said course credit will in most cases result in a final decision on the University transfer credit to be awarded, some course credit will need to be deferred to the respective program chair for final decision.
  • Course credit assigned based on Advanced Placement Program (APP) (http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/program/) test results: Course credit is eligible for evaluation and the award of transfer credit is within the guidelines of this policy.
  • Credit based on College Level examination Program (CLEP) (http://clep.collegeboard.org/) test results: Course credit is eligible for evaluation and the award of transfer credit is within the guidelines of this policy. Student may submit official test scores to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation and determination of the award of credit following the guidelines established by the respective programs.
  • Course credit awarded based on Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) Subject Standardization Tests (DSST) (http:// www.military.com/education/timesaving-programs/dantes-college-credit-by-examination-program.html): Course credit based on DANTES-DSST test results is eligible for evaluation and may be assigned transfer credit and the award of credit is within the guidelines of this policy. Student may submit an official original DSST transcript of examination results to the Office of the Registrar and transfer credit will be awarded consistent with the respective program directives for evaluating each subject area.


Military Education Programs

Courses for which credit was earned while in the military must be listed on official military documents (i.e. DD214, DD295, Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript). Other official military documents may be used as the basis for evaluation at the discretion of the Registrar/designee given that they contain the elements necessary for evaluation. Courses that are eligible for evaluation will be awarded transfer credit consistent with the American Council of Education’s Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services (http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/ Pages/Military-Transfer-Guide.aspx). The university will maintain a written record of the previous educational training of veterans and eligible persons, that the record will clearly indicate that credits have been granted, if appropriate, with the training period shortened proportionately and the student notified accordingly.


Appeal of Transferability or Course Equivalencies

Students who wish to appeal the evaluation of transferability of a course may do so through the Office of the Registrar. When making an appeal, students must be prepared to provide supporting documentation (e.g., a course syllabus, course description from the other institution’s catalog, examples of work). The Registrar, in consultation with the respective Department/Division chair, will examine the appeal to determine whether or not the University transfer credit policy was appropriately applied in the initial evaluation. The Registrar/designee will issue appropriate correction if the policy was misapplied. (See Transfer and Intra-University Credit Policy (http://aura.antioch.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1009&/ #38;context=policies_500_6x). The university will maintain a written record of the previous educational training of veterans and eligible persons, that the record will clearly indicate that credits have been granted, if appropriate, with the training period shortened proportionately and the student notified accordingly.



‘The transferability of credits you earn at Antioch University Los Angeles is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the Undergraduate Studies Programs (Bachelors), Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Education Leadership and Change, Master of Arts in Psychology, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and Master of Arts in Urban Sustainability you earn in the undergraduate studies and in all graduate programs, including all certificate programs is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Antioch University Los Angeles to determine if your earned credits will transfer.’

Department Overview

The links below may be used to view general department information, including program policy and procedure, accreditation, areas of concentration or specialization, and other program-specific details.

Current Tuition and Fees

University Tuition and Fees   




Creative Writing and Communication


Undergraduate Studies