Credit for Prior Learning

  • Custodian of Policy: Registrar

    Relevant Minnesota State System Policy: Board Policy 3.35

    Effective Date: Current

    Last Review: December 2013

    Next Review: 2020


    MSUM recognizes that some students have learned college material prior to admission. This type of learning may occur as a result of job or volunteer experiences. MSUM provides an opportunity for its students to obtain college credit for these learning experiences. The evaluation of this type of learning is done by faculty who teach the subject matter on campus; thus, credits cannot be evaluated in areas in which MSUM does not have faculty expertise. Credit acquired in this manner is generally not transferable to other institutions of higher education and does not meet this university's resident credit requirement. Credit for prior learning is not granted for graduate credits.

    Students who have been admitted to a degree program at MSUM and completed a minimum of 16 credits with a GPA of 2.0 or better are eligible to apply for credit for prior learning. Application includes the presentation of a portfolio of information that validates what has been learned.