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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: challenge exams, competency exams, portfolio assessment through the English exit portfolio, and credentials from 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.

Your Options

Competency Exams


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:


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

Dean Christopher La Barbera, Ph.D.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

Dean Chitra Javdekar, Ph.D.


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