Time Limit on Transfer Credits

Excelsior College's generous transfer policies are designed to maximize the value of your prior education. We accept as many credits as we can. Previously earned credit will be awarded, when applicable, to meet content distribution areas and degree specific requirements.

Time limits exist in some degree programs to ensure that transfer credits meet present-day academic standards. General guidelines for time limit on transfer credit are noted below.

For detailed degree-specific transfer guidelines, please consult the corresponding Excelsior College school catalogs.

All Degrees - Information literacy: Excelsior College will not consider credits earned more than 5 years prior to the date of enrollment.

  • Undergraduate business component: Excelsior College will not consider credits earned more than 20 years prior to the date of enrollment.
  • AS in Business, BS in Business, BS in Accounting (NYS CPA Track): Excelsior College will not consider business credits earned more than 20 years prior to the date of enrollment.
  • BS in Business to MBA dual degree programs: Excelsior College will not consider business credits earned more than 20 years prior to the date of enrollment. Undergraduate Business courses that meet waiver for the graduate Foundation Cores of Marketing, Business Ethics, Finance, Organizational Behavior and Quantitative Analysis will not be considered if earned more than 10 years prior to the date of enrollment.
  • MS in Management, MBA, and BS in Business to MBA dual degree programs: Excelsior College will not consider graduate-level credits earned more than 10 years prior to the date of enrollment.
  • BS in Health Care Management to MBA dual degree: Excelsior College will not consider credits earned more than 20 years prior to the date of enrollment toward the undergraduate professional business core requirements. In addition, we will not consider credits earned more than 10 years prior to the date of enrollment toward the graduate component.
  • MS in Health Science degree specializations: Excelsior College will not consider credits earned more than 7 years prior to the date of enrollment toward the specializations in this degree.
  • BS in Natural Sciences: Excelsior College will not consider science credits earned more than 10 years prior to the date of enrollment.
  • General education component (associate degree in nursing programs only): For Anatomy/Physiology, Microbiology, and Information Literacy, Excelsior College will not consider credits earned more than 5 years prior to the date of enrollment. There is no time limit for other transfer credits in the general education component.
  • Nursing component: Excelsior College will not consider nursing theory credits earned more than 5 years prior to the date of enrollment.
  • IT degree programs: Information technology and computer science courses will not be considered if earned more than 10 years prior to the date of enrollment.
  • Cybersecurity programs: Excelsior College will not consider credits earned more than 10 years prior to the date of enrollment.
  • Electronics/computer courses: Excelsior College will not consider credits earned more than 10 years prior to the date of enrollment. A time-limit appeal form (PDF) may be submitted with the undergraduate application.

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Step-by-step Assistance

Our admissions team can help you apply to Excelsior College. Contact them for help in:

  • Finding the right degree program.
  • Submitting transcripts and other paperwork.
  • Getting transfer credit for previous college work, military training, or other experience.
  • Understanding the application process.