How do I register for a PLA?

First, you will want to review the courses in your program to determine if you meet all the necessary requirements.  See Do I qualify to take a PLA? for information on what those are.

If you do qualify to take one or more PLAs, you will want to reach out to your student advisor so they can upload the PLA Application Form into your student portal documents. This will be in the My Documents section of the portal.  You will need to include a resume/CV at the same time, so have that prepared.

Once you have submitted your application and supporting documents, you will be notified within 3-5 business days if you have been accepted into the program.  At this point you will be registered  within PLA001 in Canvas where you will have access to the Portfolio Project sorted by Department.   You will also submit your final portfolio project within this course.

The following courses cannot be targeted for PLA (Please note, this list may change regularly):
  • Any Graduate Level Course
  • Any General Education Course, including COM300 and SOC300
  • Any Capstone
  • Any Practicum or Seminar
  • Most ITS Courses (Exceptions: ITS325, ITS360, ITS400, ITS415, ITS442, ITS443)
  • ACT425
  • ART100
  • CSC320, CSC372, CSC450, CSC475
  • CMG300
  • COM455
  • HSM471, HSM472
  • HUM300 
  • LIB300
  • MGT315, MGT451
  • MIS407, MIS445, MIS450
  • MKG420
  • MTH410
  • ORG100, ORG300, ORG306, ORG400, ORG423, ORG470
  • PJM330, PJM350

When you upload the PLA Portfolio Project in Canvas, the $150 PLA fee should be charged to your student account within 24 hours.  The non-refundable $150 Portfolio Project review fee must be paid before each submission will be graded. Your project will be graded within 2 weeks by a faculty member approved to teach the course assuming payment has been received.

If you pass your PLA project (grade of 70% or higher) you will receive an "S" (for Satisfactory) and the appropriate credits, which will be applied to your student account and is seen on your official transcript. The credit for this PLA is considered transfer credit and does not impact your GPA. If you do not pass your PLA project, you will have one additional chance to submit the project at no charge.

Students are urged to complete their Portfolio Projects within six months of when permission is granted as course content is updated regularly. Students have a 12-month period to complete their approved PLA Portfolio Projects.