At University of Maryland Global Campus, our students bring a wealth of experiences—from the workplace and community and volunteer activities—to the classroom. We value the learning you've acquired outside of the classroom, and we offer ways to turn those experiences into credit by demonstrating what you know.

Benefits of Prior Learning

  • 节省时间: 的 average degree-seeking student at ballbet体育 who works full-time completes 9 credits of coursework per year. Successful completion of a 投资组合 (a written description of your college-level learning and a collection of documents that verify your college-level learning) or course-challenge examinations can cut years off of the degree-completion process.
  • 省钱: Credits awarded through the Prior Learning assessment are evaluated for a fee that is lower than the cost of 学费.
  • Gain understanding: 的 投资组合 process helps you understand the many ways you have acquired learning through your full- or part-time jobs and community and volunteer activities outside the classroom.
  • Value knowledge: Earning credit through Prior Learning programs helps you find value in lifelong experiential learning.

How to Earn Prior Learning Credit

ballbet体育 provides two Prior Learning programs designed to translate experiential learning into college credit: Course Challenge and 投资组合. 

Course Challenge

通过 Course Challenge, you can earn credit by passing the equivalent of a final exam. Credit can be earned for almost any undergraduate course for which ballbet体育 can prepare and administer a suitable examination or assessment. Some courses are excluded. 读了 Course Challenge criteria to see if you qualify. 


投资组合 provides a unique way for you to document your college-level learning through previous experience. You are guided through the process in two courses:

  • EXCL 301: During this 3-credit course, you create a portfolio describing and documenting your learning experiences. 的 portfolio is evaluated by faculty members who determine the amount of credit you should be awarded.
  • EXCL x001: In this noncredit course, which is offered online twice each semester, you are given access to EXCL 301 course materials, and you work at your own pace to develop additional portfolios for faculty review.

Please read our frequently asked questions about portfolio development before applying for these courses. 

How to Apply for 投资组合

To apply for 投资组合, visit Prior Learning 在Myballbet体育.

Application Deadlines

Applications for EXCL 301 and EXCL x001 must be submitted before registering for the course. For specific session dates, please view the academic calendar.

Learn More About Prior Learning Programs

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