Non-Traditional Students

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Non-traditional students

Are you thinking of returning to college after spending a few years - or more - in the workforce? With over half of our students being between the ages of 19 and 29, we understand that your needs may be different than those of students right out of high school.

You may have family and work responsibilities that must be met at the same time you're taking classes and making time to study. But now is a great time if you're considering enrolling at M State to shift your career focus, develop additional skills or simply to enrich your life. We've added classes that meet at more convenient times, and our list of eCampus courses and programs continues to grow each semester.


Credit for prior learning

M State students may apply to obtain course credit based on previous relevant life, learning, military and work experience. The experience shall be from non-credit and experiential settings, recent and relevant, and of satisfactory performance.

The maximum number of credits awarded for prior learning may be up to one-third of the number required for the student's major or program. College credit granted will be based on the demonstration and/or documentation of relevant college-level learning, not solely on hours of experience. Experience must meet outcomes identified in the college-approved program or course outline.

Demonstration or documentation of prior learning experience must be germane to the outcomes identified in the college-approved program or course outline required by the student's major or program.

The college considers recency as relevant college level learning experiences that took place no more than five years prior to the student's application for prior learning credit. Recency requirements may vary by major or program as determined by faculty.

Students may submit self-employment and/or volunteer experience for consideration. The program or major faculty will establish criteria for evaluating such experience on a case-by-case basis. Faculty will establish criteria for evaluation.

Per Minnesota Statute 197.775 Subdivision 2, the college will award credit for training or service in the military if the courses meet the standards of the American Council on Education (ACE) or the equivalent.

Prior learning credit awarded for college-level learning shall be noted on the official student transcript with a grade of CR. These credits may not be transferable unless the student completes an AA or AS degree. A CR grade is not included in computing the student's GPA.

A non-refundable fee will be collected for each prior learning credit being requested.

To inquire about credit for prior learning, email

Last modified: August 14th, 2017 at 08:08pm