Prior Learning

MSU-Northern Adult LearnerYou already know a lot…

Earn the college credit you deserve, and save time and money!

The knowledge that you acquired outside the classroom is extremely valuable. At Montana State University-Northern we have a process for turning this learning from professional experience into academic credit. You'll enroll in a course that will teach you how to build an experiential learning portfolio that you can use to earn college credit. You can earn your degree faster and save money!

There are many types of learning that can be evaluated with a portfolio:

  • Work experience and job skills
  • Employer training programs
  • Military service
  • Independent study
  • Volunteer or community service
  • Other training or skills

Here is how it works:

  • Online and Telephone Guidance
    College Credit Specialists are ready to address your questions about earning college credit for what you know. Request a call with a Specialist by visiting
  • Portfolio Development Courses
    If you are ready to seek college credit, we offer a course that explains how to create a portfolio that shows what you know so it can be evaluated. Look for CAEL 100 in our course catalog.
  • Portfolio Evaluation and Credit Recommendations
    Learning Portfolios are evaluated for college credit by expert faculty drawn from a wide range of schools across the country. If credit is awarded it will appear on your transcript!

For more information, contact
Your Academic Advisor