Prior Learning and Competency Assessments

Many of our students come to the Pace University/NACTEL program with either a number of years experience in the industry or with some prior training. Because of that, Pace has created a Prior Learning Assessment system designed to allow you to earn credit toward this degree based on knowledge you’ve acquired through work or other non-credit bearing training or classes.

There are two options you can consider for Prior Learning Assessment:

  • Portfolio Assessment
  • Competency Assessment

Prior Learning Assessment does not include the transfer of credits earned at other accredited institutions.

Portfolio Assessment

When you create a Prior Learning Portfolio, you submit information about specific past experiences and accomplishments to Pace for academic credit assessment. In certain cases, you may have had learning experiences previously evaluated and assigned credit by a national group (i.e., the military or the American Council on Education). Because this type of assessment is conducted on a course-by-course basis, you will need to create and submit a separate portfolio for each course you wish to by-pass. Portfolios are then evaluated by Pace faculty with expertise in the subject matter. All training or prior learning must be directly related to individual course work within the Pace University/NACTEL program.

In general, the contents of each portfolio should include:

  1. Title Sheet
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Resume
  4. Autobiography/Educational Goals Statements
  5. Statement of How Prior Learning or Experience Relates to Degree Plan
  6. Detailed Description of Prior Learning or Experience
  7. Identification of the Learning
  8. Documentation (certificates, licenses, official school transcripts, etc.)
  9. Annotated Bibliography/Resources
  10. Copy of the Student’s Transcripts, if applicable
  11. Suggestions for Evaluation

Because this can be an overwhelming and complicated task, Pace has created a special 2 credit Prior Learning Assessment Course that will walk you through this process.

Competency Assessment

If you only have one or two courses for which you’d like credit, you might opt to take a Proficiency Exam for individual classes. The cost for each exam is equal to one credit, and you must receive a score of 85% or better to be awarded credit and allowed to by-pass the course. Exams must be proctored, and the time and date pre-arranged.

These assessments are designed not only to illustrate that you possess sufficient knowledge and skill in a specific area, but also to ensure that you have the foundation necessary for successful completion of the Pace University/NACTEL program.

To take a Proficiency Exam, submit a request in writing to your Advisor.










Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary program of 120 credits designed for transfer and advanced students. Eligible applicants should have completed a minimum of 24 college credits.

Many of the people we see in the liberal studies program are eclectic learners who have been resistant to boxes and the academic timeline. We want to nurture those aspects of their learning experience. The standard path doesn’t work for everyone, and we do not want to exhaust anyone’s resilience or patience with a college experience. There is a lot of respect for someone who has chosen Pace as their last college stop.

Stephanie Hsu, Associate Professor

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program gives students the opportunity to create an individualized plan of study so they can focus on the courses that are most relevant to their interests and career goals. When choosing a concentration, the student works closely with advisers from the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Studies, Marketing and Management Concentration

Earn this degree from the Lubin School of Business, which is dully-accredited in business and accounting from AACSB international, as elite distinction shared by fewer than 3% of institutions worldwide. Large and small businesses alike can benefit greatly from marketers who are adept at applying mathematics and data analytics to their strategic marketing efforts.

Pace University’s online BBA in Business Studies with a Marketing and Management concentration prepares students to become highly sought-after marketing professionals. Students will take an in-depth look into marketing techniques, organizational business structures, including cultural differences in multinational business operations. In addition to developing a modern marketing and managerial skillset, the program develops well-rounded business professionals who are able to work in teams and analyze challenges from varying business perspectives.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Studies, Finance Concentration


Our BBA in Business Studies with a Finance concentration prepares students for the corporate world by giving them an in-depth look into financial management. With the help of experienced practitioners, students learn to analyze a firm’s current and future financial condition, manage firm assets, identify sources of short and long-term financing, and time financial strategies.
Graduates from our program are well-versed in securities and investments, money and capital markets, and investment risk analysis, and can go on to pursue careers as financial advisors, bankers, accountants, and financial analysts.

    Degree Requirements


    Bachelor of Science in Professional Technology Studies, Business Technology Leadership Concentration

    The need for technology experts with effective business leadership skills has increased as the field of Information Technology continues to advance. Students in the Business Technology Leadership degree will graduate with leadership skills and credentials to propel their career forward.

    • A strong foundation in technical aspects of technology leadership
    • Business skills necessary to be a dynamic leader in the organization
    • An understanding of effective communication between individuals from diverse domestic and international culture

    Since these courses are highly technical and offered only at the Bachelor’s level, you must meet ALL the prerequisite requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in order to participate.

    Degree Requirements

    Bachelor of Science in Professional Technology Studies, Telecommunications Concentration


    The online Bachelor of Science in Professional Technology Studies, Telecommunications Concentration prepares students for many intermediate and advanced positions in the telecommunications industry.

    The goal of this program is to prepare students for successful professions in a global economy, even in the midst of rapid technological change. The B.S. Professional Technology Studies, Telecommunications Concentration provides:

    • A solid understanding of emerging telecommunications technologies, including Fiber Optics, Broadband, Voice Over IP and Wireless
    • A strong base in the fundamental industry concepts and practices
    • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills using computer technology
    • A keen awareness of telecom industry management and operations
      Teamwork, communications and career development skills and best practices

    Degree Requirements