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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. 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:

Competency Exams

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:

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:


Academic Division Contact Information

Automotive Technology

Dean Robert Lilley, Ed.D.

Business & Professional Studies

Dean Susan Maggioni, Ph.D.

Health Sciences

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 or call 781-239-2775.