Credit for Prior Learning

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 Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) 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 90 academic credits from previous educational institutions and from the options listed below.  
  • Credit by Portfolio Evaluation: Prepare portfolios that reflect the knowledge and expertise that you have learned outside the classroom (18 credits maximum).
  • Credit by Examination: CUNY SPS recognizes several College Level Examination Programs that offer nationally recognized, subject-area examinations (30 credits maximum).
  • 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, and corporate or military training cannot exceed 45 credits.  The total of all prior learning credit, including transfer credit, cannot exceed 90 credits.  To earn a CUNY SPS bachelor’s degree, students must complete 30 credits of CUNY SPS coursework.  

To find out more about credit for prior learning at CUNY SPS, please contact us at (212) 652-2869. Prospective students and applicants may schedule a meeting with an academic advisor to obtain an unofficial credit evaluation for an undergraduate degree program.