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Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for Prior Learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired.

Credit may be earned in a variety of ways: for example, assessment of your previous life and work experiences, challenge exams, competency exams, and portfolio assessment. Credit may also be awarded through credentialing for certifications and trainings.

Students interested in any of the Credit for Prior Learning programs may contact academic advising to set up an appointment to discuss the best match between their prior learning and MassBay courses for credit.





Contact the Divisional Academic Dean for the course you are interested in for information and the process.

MassBay is committed to veterans seeking postsecondary educational opportunities. In accordance with the VALOR ACT, Massachusetts Bay Community College evaluates credit earned for military education, training, experience, or coursework using the same standards as those applied to coursework from accredited colleges and universities. Students receive accurate and complete academic counseling from the Veterans’ Coordinator in collaboration with the Academic Advising Center. (Quicklink to )


  • The Joint Services Transcript
    The Joint Services Transcript (JST) provides veterans and active service members the opportunity to receive college credit for their relevant military experience. There is no cost for a MassBay evaluation of the official JST.


Important note when reviewing your transfer credits: not all courses accepted for transfer may be applicable to every program, or at every institution. If you have any questions concerning credits that may or may not apply to a program, you may contact the advising center at 781-239-2775 or