Transfer and Experiential Credit

Transfer and Experiential Credit

Get college credit for what you already know.

You're an experienced adult with valuable skills, so why should you start your 澳门足彩app degree with a blank slate? Through Prior Experiential Learning Assessment (PELA), qualified students who have gained college-level knowledge and competence through learning experiences outside of a traditional classroom can earn credits toward their degree.

Transfer Credit and Prior Learning Assessment Policies

  • Adult learners can transfer up to 90 credits from accredited four-year traditional colleges and universities

— or —

  • Adult learners can transfer a maximum of 82 prior learning credits from the following educational experiences: 
    • traditional college coursework
    • 培训项目
    • professional certifications
    • 审查信贷
    • Prior Experiential Learning Assessment (PELA) 
  • Credits from educational institutions that are not regionally accredited but are approved New York State collegiate programs may be accepted.
  • Students pursuing a degree in Professional Studies may earn a maximum of 27 credits through Prior Experiential Learning Assessment (PELA). 通过佩拉, eligible students can register for an experiential portfolio seminar and work with the Prior Learning Assessment coordinator to document and thoroughly assess prior learning experiences.

Therefore, many students begin their degree program at 澳门足彩app with more than half the credits they need to graduate. To earn a bachelor's degree from 澳门足彩app, students must complete a minimum of 30 credits* in residence.

Please Note: Grades indicating a Pass (P) for the Spring or Summer 2020 semesters will be considered for transfer credit. However, some courses may require a higher grade in order to satisfy certain major requirements.
* Certain majors may require a minimum of 32 credits be completed at 澳门足彩app.

Credit for Prior Experiential Learning

Professional Studies students, except for 护理 majors, with extensive and varied experiential learning may participate in the Prior Experiential Learning Assessment (PELA) Program, which gives students the opportunity to apply for credit for their prior experiential learning. Validated learning, not the experience alone, is the basis for awarding credit. Professional Studies students do not receive credit for “having lived,” but rather for having mastered—through professional, 有创意的, volunteer or other experience—knowledge and skills that are deemed to be at the university level and are applicable in the context of the student’s degree program.

澳门足彩app recognizes that adult learners, through their professional training and experience, attain knowledge and skills that can translate into collegiate credit. Professional Studies students with comprehensive experiential learning  may participate in the Prior Experiential Learning Assessment Program (PELA), which gives students the opportunity to earn credit for their prior learning by:

  • enrolling in GS 111L Experiential Portfolio Seminar, which is a mentored course designed to facilitate the assessment of prior learning for the purpose of developing an experiential learning portfolio — a collaborative effort between the student and PELA coordinator. Students have the unique opportunity to meet at their convenience via telephone, 电子邮件, video conferencing and in person with the PELA coordinator to receive assistance in their pursuit of PELA.


Associate Director, 在线课程


“St. Joseph's PELA program allowed me to turn my ‘on the job experience’ into college credits, 我很感激. I am also honored and humbled to have earned the largest number of PELA credits applicable to my program, while simultaneously pursuing a dual degree. All along, my PELA coordinator guided me through the process.”