Middled-aged Latina college student on the computer, smiling with her young son

"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

We respect what you bring to the table. The experiences you have had, and the knowledge, skills and wisdom you have gained over the years matter and are worthy of up to 105 academic credits. Of the 105 credits you have the opportunity to bring in or earn for your prior coursework, prior learning, and work & life experience, up to 75 can be transfer credits and up to 30 can be UMass Amherst residence credits.  75 + 30 = 105. The best part? Earning credit this way saves you time and money. 

the details

prior coursework
UMass Amherst has a generous transfer credit policy. Learn more about what prior coursework is likely to transfer in.

professional or military trainings and certifications
In your first semester as a UWW student your advisor will ask you to dig up and put together documentation of any professional or military trainings and certifications you have that are directly related to what you're studying. The best part is the credits you are able to earn this way help fulfill your degree concentration. Even better? 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.

credit evaluations & exams
There are a number of organizations that offer credit by examination or conduct official evaluations of professional trainings. Learn more about credit evaluations and exams.

credit for basic training
All U.S. veterans and active duty service members receive 3-4 credits for completing basic training. Learn more about our support for military families.

In your second semester as a UWW student you will write 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 residence credits (UMass Amherst credits) and not transfer credits, making it easier for you to fulfill the university's degree requirements. Even better, the cost of these credits are about 1/5 the cost of course credits. Learn more about cost savings from writing a portfolio.