Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

PLA may help you earn up to 60 college credits as a result of learning you gained outside the traditional classroom setting. 

PLA saves your tuition dollars by awarding credits for courses in which you demonstrate college level learning; this includes but is not limited to: work history, military and volunteer service and other life experiences.

PLA makes it possible for you to earn your Bachelor Degree in half the time.

PLA participants fulfill a residency requirement of 34 credit hours with the University to earn the degree.

“PLA has transformed my life and helped me achieve my academic dreams.”   


Bonita M. Vaughn
Former Student & Alumna

Eligibility for Enrollment in PLA:

  • Completion of Prior Learning Pre-Assessment – “Am I a Good Candidate?”

  • Completion of ENG 101 and ENG 110 or equivalents

  • Completion of CTE 150 or equivalent

  • GPA of 2.0 or above

  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree

  • Matriculation to MU with all official transcripts on file

  • 5+ years of “college-comparable” prior learning in a volunteer or professional context

  • Application for PLA, authorized by Mentor/Advisor and PLA Director

Follow these Steps to Get Started: 

  • Obtain your degree plan and meet with your Mentor to compare your required courses with your prior learning to find courses in which you may have obtained college learning.

  • Take PLA Pre-Assessment, “Am I a Good Candidate?” for each course being attempted for credit and review with Mentor. 

  • Obtain application signed by your Mentor regarding courses being challenged for PLA credit and take to PLA Director for signature.  

  • Enroll in PLA 130.

Contact the Academic Affairs Office for additional information at 317 543-4890.

PLA & Portfolio FAQs


Martin University

2186 North Sherman Drive,
Indianapolis, IN 46218

Phone (317) 543-3235

Toll Free (866) 344-3114

Fax (317) 917-3393

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