MS Engineering Credit for Life Experience

If you have years of experience in the engineering profession, you may be eligible to earn credit toward your degree. Early in your application process, contact the Distance Learning Center to discuss the possibility of receiving Credit for Life.


This procedure applies only to the Master of Science in Engineering program and specifically to the review process for receiving Credit for Life.


Students who have been admitted in full standing to the Master of Science in Engineering program are eligible.

Policy Statement

  • The maximum number of credits granted for life experience will not exceed 6 credits.
  • The number of credits granted for life experience combined with transfer credits may not exceed 12 credits required by the degree.
  • Each course may have specific submittal requirements, along with limits on the dates of those experiences. Credit will be granted for specific equivalencies and number of credits for a particular course. No partial credit will be given.
  • A separate portfolio demonstrating life experience must be prepared for each course.
  • Two affidavits from supervisors/employers are required. Use the Master of Science in Engineering Program Credit for Life Affidavit form. Affidavits should be submitted directly to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Master of Science in Engineering Program. *Note: If you are submitting multiple portfolios for Credit for Life separately, two affidavits are required per submission. If you are submitting more than one portfolio at the same time, two affidavits are sufficient for the entire portfolio group.
  • The portfolio must contain all required documents and must be provided as a single submission for review. Note: Affidavits will be placed in the student’s portfolio by UW-Platteville upon receipt.
  • After receiving the student’s complete portfolio, a faculty committee within the Master of Science in Engineering program will review the documents. All decisions of the committee are final.
  • There will be a review period of 60 to 90 days beginning after all affidavits and the portfolio have been received.
  • A review fee of $500 per course is required. This must be paid at the time the portfolio is submitted for review. This is a NONREFUNDABLE review fee. Make check payable to University of Wisconsin-Platteville. A processing fee may also be required.

Portfolio Contents

  1. A cover letter including a statement identifying the course for which credit is requested.
  2. Current résumé/vitae.
  3. Documentation that the learning outcomes/competencies for the specific course have been met. See specific course listing for specific submittal requirements.
  4. Verification of Experience: Affidavit from supervisor/employer.
    1. A minimum of two affidavits are required (use the Master of Science in Engineering Affidavit form.)
    2. Forms should be submitted directly to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Master of Science in Engineering Program
  5. A Synthesis Essay—Indicate how previous experiences relate to specific competencies or objectives.

All documentation can be submitted either by hard copy, electronically or fax. PDF format or Microsoft Word is required for electronic submissions.


  • Contact the Master of Science in Engineering Program Coordinator and request a copy of the Credit for Life Experience Policy and the specific course objectives for review.
  • Complete the top portion of the Credit for Life Experience Request form. Attach a brief (2 paragraph) statement about why you are requesting the credit. This information will be used as the initial step in evaluation. Once approved, you may begin developing your portfolio for final review.
  • Submit all supporting documents and the review fee to the Master of Science in Engineering Program Coordinator, who will distribute the documents to the faculty committee for review. Mail portfolio to:
    MS Engineering Program
    100 Ottensman Hall
    University of Wisconsin-Platteville
    1 University Plaza
    Platteville, WI 53818-3099
  • The Dean of Graduate Studies will review and approve the faculty committee’s recommendations.
  • All completed and approved forms will be forwarded to the Distance Learning Center for transcription of credits and then filed in the student’s records.

Credit for PMP Certification

Project Management Courses

Those individuals who have successfully attained their Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) may be awarded credit for PM Project Management Techniques I (PM 7010) upon presentation of a notarized copy of their PMP Certificate issued by PMI or verification of the certificate through the PMI website.

There is no review fee for posting of the Project Management credits.


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