"Having an opportunity to obtain credits by writing a portfolio of my life experience and creating my own degree plan were key for me."

-UWW student

credit for experience

because what you've done in life matters.

UMass UWW gives you the opportunity to earn up to 30 academic credits for your life and work experience.

You've seen a lot. You know a lot.  You've done a lot. You may not have a college degree (yet), but we bet you could teach a course on life. At UMass UWW, we respect the life and work experience you bring into our program. We believe the experiences you have had, and the skills and wisdom you have gained over the years matter and are worthy of academic credit.  

how getting credit for experience works.

the prior learning portfolio

As a UMass UWW student, you will take a course called Writing About Experience. In this course, you will be supported in writing a portfolio of essays about what you have learned through your life and work experiences. This portfolio is then evaluated for academic credit.  You will be eligible to receive up to 30 credits towards your degree, with the average student earning 15 credits. And the credits you earn this way are counted as residency credits (UMass Amherst credits) and not transfer credits, making it easier for you to graduate. 

credit for professional trainings and certifications

You know all those professional trainings you have attended over the years and the certifications you have received?  It's time to start digging up your documentation because as a UMass UWW student you will have the opportunity to earn credit for your professional and military training and certifications. And the best part is there is no per-credit cost for the transfer credits you earn this way which can mean huge savings for you- savings of time and money. 

graduate in less time. Save money. 

By granting credit for experience, UMass UWW helps you accelerate your degree and saves you money. For example, let's say you earned 15 credits for experience. That's 5 courses you don't have to take at 1/5 the cost. Check out our tuition and fees page for a breakdown of cost savings.   

get credit where credit is due. 

By granting credit for experience, we're steadfast in our commitment to helping you graduate as quickly and affordably as possible with a great education from a world class university.