Credit for Prior Learning: An Alternative Way to Earn College Credit

Learning happens every day.  In school, at work, through community service, or training programs.  Marist recognizes learning can happen in this non-traditional way, outside of the classroom, and has a variety of ways to award credit for this learning.   

Marist refers to this process as Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), and the School of Professional Programs facilitates this process.  Prior Learning Assessment is an alternative way for students to earn credit towards their undergraduate degree.  

Students are required to demonstrate their knowledge, based on previous experience and accomplishments, through the following:


Note:  For students in the Professional Studies Major, credit for Prior Learning Assessment can also be used to satisfy requirements within a concentration or area of study.