Courses FAQ

Two types of distance learning course formats are available:

  • Online courses
  • Instructor-led CD-ROM-based courses offered in business-related subjects by our School of Business and Technology

Learn more about course formats.

While every course is different, and may require specific software such as a statistical analysis program or a project management tool, all courses require that you have Microsoft Word installed on your computer.

Yes. Excelsior College recognizes college-level courses completed at other regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as appropriate military experience. Contact your military consultant or our Center for Military Education at for evaluation. Academic advisors evaluate student transcripts from other colleges and universities during the evaluation process, and there is no limit on the number of transfer credits accepted. Credits transferred must apply to specific degree requirements.

Excelsior College supports many of the most popular browsers. This includes Internet Explorer versions 7 and 8, Firefox version 3, and Safari version 3 and 4.

To use the Excelsior College Web site, Blackboard, and other online tools, you will need a variety of up-to-date software packages on your computer. Many of these are free to download and update, while others may require you to purchase them. For a full list of the software necessary, visit the Recommended Software page.



The number of courses taken at one time largely depends on your available free time. In an effort to ensure students are positioned for success, Excelsior does limit the number of credits one can register for at any given time (undergraduates 16 credits; graduate students 12 credits). We suggest you make a course load decision based upon a realistic assessment of the amount of time you can devote to your studies. If you are enrolled in an Excelsior program, your academic advisor can assist you in developing a plan. Servicemembers should consult a military education counselor or education services officer (ESO).

For course related technical answers or assistance, contact Excelsior College Technical Support.

For assistance with CD-ROM please refer to the For Help email address located on the front of your CD-ROM.

You must first have an account with MyExcelsior to register for courses. Visit MyExcelsior to set up your free account. Once you have an account, you can search for courses, register, and check your registration status online. Registration for courses is also available via a downloadable form that can be printed out, completed, and submitted to Excelsior College along with the appropriate payment or payment instructions. Visit Registering for Courses for more details.

No, you don't need to be an enrolled student to take courses.

Yes. Most courses require textbooks or other materials. Students can purchase texts at a discount through the Excelsior College Bookstore.

Yes. Course add/drop deadlines and procedures are on our Add/Drop policy page.

Course add/drop deadlines and procedures are on our Add/Drop policy page.

Excelsior College has a weekly posting requirement for online courses. Students must post at least once per week in a discussion for each course. However, please refer to your syllabus for specific course requirements as they may exceed the College's minimum expectations.

Please refer to our Withdrawal from a Course policy page for detailed information about course withdrawal deadlines, procedures, refunds, financial liability, and special instructions for military students.

To register online, you must use a major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover) or debit card to pay your course tuition.

You can access and take WebCT courses from any personal computer that has Internet access with an Internet Explorer or Netscape Web browser. Visit Help to check your computer system and browser compatibility.

You can take CD-ROM courses from any personal computer that has a CD-ROM drive. See Course Formats to learn more.

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Our Web site will be unavailable during the following times:  

All Systems
Every Wednesday
5:00 - 7:00 a.m. EST
and the third Saturday in May and November from 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. EST

Courseware System
Every Sunday
3:00 - 3:45 a.m. EST

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