Credit for Prior Learning

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The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) understands that knowledge gained outside the classroom is extremely valuable. As a result, we offer a number of Credit for Prior Learning opportunities that make it possible for you to earn credit for your previous education, work experience, and learning outside the classroom.    

  • Transfer Credit: Bachelor’s degree candidates are eligible to transfer up to 105 academic credits from previous educational institutions and from the options listed below.  
  • Credit by Examination: CUNY SPS recognizes several college-level examination programs that offer nationally recognized, subject-area examinations.
  • Credit for Non-Collegiate Learning: Hundreds of formal courses, professional certifications, and examinations that are taken outside of traditional degree programs have been evaluated for college credit.

The credit predictor tool helps students identify prior learning from military, workplace, or volunteer experiences that may qualify for college credit.

The total of prior learning credit from portfolio evaluation, examination, non-collegiate learning, and corporate or military training cannot exceed 45 credits. The total of all prior learning credit, including transfer credit, cannot exceed 105 credits. To earn a CUNY SPS bachelor’s degree, students must complete 15 credits of CUNY SPS coursework.

The Credit for Prior Learning Experience

For adult learners, college should not be “one size fits all.” CUNY SPS grad Yasmeen Mohammed explains how Credit for Prior Learning accelerated her bachelor’s degree completion by allowing her to earn credit for college-level learning acquired through her extensive work experience.

After graduating a semester early, Yasmeen is poised for career advancement as the country reopens.

To find out more about credit for prior learning at CUNY SPS, please contact us at (332) 208-4097. Prospective students and applicants may schedule a meeting with an academic advisor to obtain an unofficial credit evaluation for an undergraduate degree program.

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