Credit for Prior Learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This will enable you to:
- Reduce your education costs
- Accelerate your program completion
- Transform previous learning into higher earnings
Credit-worthy learning experiences outside of the classroom often include:
- Employer or military training programs
- Professional development courses or workshops
- Volunteering/community service
- Independent study (i.e. reading a lot of books on a subject of interest)
Check out this video interview with a MassBay student to learn more about Credit for Prior Learning at Massachusetts Community Colleges
Close-captioned video in English explains how it is possible to get college credit for previous work and life experience.
Options for earning Credit for Prior Learning
We encourage you to set up an appointment with Academic Advising to discuss your background and learning goals. An Advising professional will then help match you with one or more of these Credit for Prior Learning opportunities:
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Credit for certain courses may be earned by scoring 50 or higher on the CLEP exam, which is administered by the College Board. Students may have taken the exam prior to applying to MassBay, or during their time at MassBay.
- Advanced Placement (AP)
Credit for certain courses may be earned by scoring 3 or higher on the AP exam, which is administered by the College Board. Students have generally taken the exam prior to applying to MassBay.
The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) helps service members and veterans pursue their educational goals and earn degrees or certifications both during and after their service. DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), administered by Prometric, allow students the opportunity to receive college credit for prior learning. The cost of these exams may be subsidized for active service members.
College credit for prior leaning can be earned in some subject areas by passing a UEXCEL exam. UEXCEL is a credit by examination program offered in a computer-based format at many test centers. In order for credit to be granted, an official examination transcript report from UExcel showing the test results needs to be sent to MassBay.
- CHALLENGE EXAMS
Credit for certain courses may be earned by showing competency by passing a Departmental Challenge exam. MassBay currently offers Challenge Exams for Computers and Technology (CS 100) and Critical Thinking (CT 100). Students interested in taking the challenge exams should contact the Office of Academic Advising.
- CS 100 - Computers &Technology Fee: $50
- CT 100 - Critical Thinking Fee: $50
Credentialing — Military Service
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. For more information: https://www.massbay.edu/veterans
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. For more information about the program, visit:
Articulation Agreement — Career and Technical High Schools
Graduates from the Commonwealth’s Career and Technical High Schools may be eligible for credit for prior learning through an articulation agreement between the Massachusetts Community Colleges and select Chapter 74 Approved Secondary Career/Vocational Technical Programs. Students in participating programs must present an official high school transcript documenting completion of the program to the Office of Academic Advising. Credits are awarded as transfer credit. For more information about the program, visit: http://www.masscc.org/articulation
Academic Division Contact Information
Dean Robert Lilley, Ed.D.
Business & Professional Studies
Dean Susan Maggioni, Ph.D.
Dean Lynne Davis, Ed.D.
Humanities & Social Sciences
Interim Dean Nina Keery
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Dean Chitra Javdekar, Ph.D.
Credit for Prior Learning may not be applicable to some MassBay programs. If you have questions, email email@example.com or call 781-239-2775.