DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST)

DSST exams are organized by the United States Department of Defense’s Defense Activity for Non–Traditional Education Support (DANTES) program to provide students credit by examination. Please visit University of Cincinnati Testing Services for more information and testing availability.

Current DSST Exam Award Key

Please utilize the key below to determine if you are eligible for DSST credit. A criterion–referenced score of 400 is required. All awarded credits are three credit hours.

*Please review the Breadth of Knowledge (BoK) Definitions for more information if needed.

These are the current DSST/UC course equivalencies that use criterion–referenced scores.
Examination UC Course Equivalency BoK*
A History of the Vietnam War HIST 1000 BLOCK  
Art of the Western World ARTH 1000 BLOCK FA, HP
Astronomy PHYS 1000 BLOCK NS
Business Law II BLAW 4000 BLOCK  
Civil War and Reconstruction HIST 1000 BLOCK  
Criminal Justice CJ 1001  
Foundations of Education EDST 1001  
Fundamentals of Cybersecurity IT 2000 BLOCK TI
General Anthropology ANTH 1000 BLOCK  
Health and Human Development HPE 1001  
Here's to Your Health HPE 1001  
History of the Soviet Union HIST 1000 BLOCK  
Human Resource Management OLHR 3000  
Introduction to Business MGMT 1053  
Introduction to Computing IT 1000 BLOCK  
Introduction to Geography GEOG 1004  
Introduction to Law Enforcement CJ 1000 BLOCK  
Introduction to Modern Middle East HIST 1000 BLOCK  
Management Information Systems IS 1000 BLOCK  
Money and Banking ECON 4030  
Organizational Behavior MGMT 2000 BLOCK  
Personal Finance FIN 2081  
Principles of Finance ACCT 2081  
Principles of Physical Science I SCI 1000 BLOCK NS
Principles of Supervision MGMT 2080  
Principles of Statistics STAT 1034  
Substance Abuse SACN 2000 BLOCK  
Technical Writing ENGL 3071  
The Civil War and Reconstruction HIST 1000 BLOCK  
Western Europe Since 1945 HIST 1000 BLOCK  

Two–Digit (Norm–Referenced) Scores

If you took a DSST Exam with norm-referenced scoring (two–digit scores), you may refer to DSST Exam Key dated May, 2017.

If you experience an eAccessibility barrier, you may Report an eAccessibility Concern.

Ineligible for Credit

Completion of the DSST Exams below will not result in credit earned at UC.

  • Business Ethics & Society
  • Business Mathematics
  • Computing and Information Technology
  • Environental Science
  • Ethics in America
  • Ethics in Technology
  • Fundamentals of College Algebra
  • Fundamentals of Counseling
  • History of the Soviet Union
  • Introduction to Geology
  • Introduction to World Religions
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • Math for Liberal Arts
  • Physical Geology
  • Principles of Advanced English Composition
  • Principles of Public Speaking