Jul 18, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

Since 1976 Marylhurst has recognized that valuable education can occur outside a college classroom and can provide a context for college-level achievement. Credit for prior learning (CPL) allows degree-seeking students to earn credit toward an undergraduate degree for learning gained through life experience, such as employment, company-sponsored training, community service, volunteer activities, independent research, spiritual practice, home life and travel.

Students are encouraged to confer with the CPL adviser to determine the appropriate assessment pathway for their experiential learning. Students should plan to complete all forms of prior learning assessment at least one academic term before their intended graduation date to allow sufficient time to make alternative plans if they are not successful in earning the credits required for graduation.

Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio (PLA)

Through a partnership with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning* (CAEL), Marylhurst offers a 6-week online course where students learn to write and present written portfolios that demonstrate how their life-long learning qualifies for college credit. The PLA course guides students through a step-by-step method for developing their first three written portfolios. Faculty experts in each subject review submitted portfolios and make credit recommendations.

Students may submit additional PLA portfolios for credit evaluation with the continued assistance of PLA academic advisers. A maximum of 45 prior learning college credits may be earned.


*CAEL is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping adults succeed in higher education and has been influential in the advancement of credit for prior learning opportunities. 

Credit by Examination

Marylhurst accepts credit earned through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), DSST (Dantes), New York University Foreign Language Proficiency Examination (NYUFLPE), and the Excelsior College Examinations (UEXCEL) programs. The university’s Credit by Examination Guidelines outline the minimum scores that must be attained for credit to be granted, the maximum number of credits accepted by Marylhurst for each examination, and the general restrictions on the applicability of credits received. 

Interested students should speak with an academic adviser about the appropriateness of exams for meeting requirements within their degree program. 

Credit for Military and Non-Traditional Education and Experience

Marylhurst University accepts credit for armed service education and training according to the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE). Marylhurst University also accepts credit for non-traditional learning transcripted through the American Council on Education (ACE) according to the same guidelines given for traditional coursework. 

Policy on Credit for Prior Learning

A maximum of 90 credits for prior learning may be applied toward a bachelor’s degree. Of those, up to 45 may be earned through Credit by Examination, and up to 45 may be earned through other forms of CPL (PLA portfolio and CPL accepted in transfer from other regionally accredited colleges and universities.) The 90-credit limit does not apply to training transcripted by American Council of Education (ACE), military experience, or credit for Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.  

CPL may be applied to any requirement of a degree or certificate program as appropriate, including the major, minor, or concentration, and the Marylhurst Core. Limitations do apply to credits categorized as professional/technical. Credit for prior learning assessed by other higher educational institutions or agencies, such as ACE and CLEP, are not considered residential.