Eligibility and Transfer Options

How can I find out if I am eligible?

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credits are available to students of all ages. You must be admitted as a degree-seeking student at Morgan State University to receive credits. PLA credit is earned when a student at MSU proves competency in a specific area of study. Students can inquire about PLA credits by contacting the following: Transfer Center, Registrar, Academic Advisor, and the Office of Assessment in Academic Affairs.

What requirements can CPL be used for?

Credits awarded through CPL options can fulfill major, minor, elective, or general education requirements. Please contact your academic advisor/mentor to assist you in determining the academic areas in which CPL credits might be used best.


What programs accept CPL?

CPL may be used for any of our programs as long as the course in which the credit has been given meets requirements for that program.

Do policies differ from department to department?

Departments have varying policies as to any CPL (credit by exam, retroactive credit, etc.,) that will be deemed equivalent to their courses. Once the equivalency is determined and posted to the student's record, it will be acceptable in any department/program in which that course meets a degree requirement.

Can CPL credits be transferred between departments and programs within this institution?

Yes, once the equivalency is determined and posted to the student's record, it will be acceptable in any department/program in which that course meets a degree requirement.

Does MSU accept CPL credit from other institutions?

CPL awarded by all accredited institutions of higher education is evaluated in the same manner as regularly graded coursework from these institutions. The credit awarded is adjusted to the CPL policies of Morgan State. Every attempt is made to ensure that credit for prior learning applies to both a student's degree program and university requirements for graduation. CPL policies of MSU determines the total number of credits that will be awarded.

Must I be a MSU student to receive CPL credit?

Yes, you must be admitted and enrolled before credit will be posted to your MSU transcript.