Time Limit for Academic Programs Completion

Statement of Policy

Excelsior College degree programs are designed, within limits, to be completed at a student’s own pace. However, students must make continuous progress toward their academic goals. Students will be academically dismissed if they do not complete their program within the published program time limits. (See Requirements for Credit Accumulation). For the purposes of this policy, the time limit for program completion is calculated based on the academic policy date.

Time Limits

Time limits for programs in the School of Business & Technology, School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts, and School of Public Service.

This time limit to program completion is NOT cumulative; if enrollment is not continuous for the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity: 7 years
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology: 10 years
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology: 7 years
  • Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology: 10 years
  • Master of Business Administration: 10 years
  • Master of Sciences in Management: 10 years
  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity: 5 years
  • Master of Health Science: 7 years
  • Master of Arts in Liberal Studies: 6 years
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice: 6 years
  • Master of Public Administration: 6 years
  • Certificate in Homeland Security: 3 years

The time limit for program completion will reset anytime a student applies for admission for re-enrollment to the College.

Request for Time Limit Extensions

Students in the School of Business & Technology, School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and School of Public Service may seek an extension of the time limit. To request an extension, students must submit a request in writing via email or the Message Center outlining why the extension is warranted and the plans to complete their degree programs. For Technology degrees, requests must be submitted no less than one trimester before reaching the degree completion time limit. Extensions are granted at the discretion of the dean/designee.

Schools of Nursing Program Time Limits

This time limit to program completion is cumulative if enrollment is not continuous for the following programs:

  • Associate in Applied Science (Nursing): 7 years
  • Associate in Science (Nursing): 7 years
  • Bachelor of Science (Nursing): 7 years
  • RN-MS (Nursing): 12 years
  • Master of Science (Nursing): 7 years

The time limit to program completion will not reset when the student applies for admission for re-enrollment to the College. Students will have the balance of time remaining to program completion upon completing the enrollment agreement document (i.e., If student withdraws after 3 years in the Associate in Science (Nursing) degree and re-applies after one year, they will have 4 years remaining to complete the program).

Exceptions:

  • Associate Degree nursing students enrolled prior to September 1, 2001, are required to complete all degree requirements within a 7-year period of enrollment.
  • Bachelor of Science in nursing students enrolled prior to September 1, 2001, but before July 1, 2008, are required to complete all degree requirements within a 10-year period of enrollment. January 1, 2005 the BS in nursing program implemented significant changes to the degree. Students were granted an additional 10-year period of enrollment starting January 1, 2005.
  • RN-MS in nursing students enrolled prior to September 1, 2001 but before July 1, 2008, are required to complete all degree requirements within a 12-year period of enrollment. January 1, 2005 the RN-MS in nursing program implemented significant changes to the degree. Students were granted an additional 12-year period of enrollment starting January 1, 2005.

Note: The time limit will be reviewed for all nursing students seeking admissions for re-enrollment in a program. The time frame for completion will be determined based on progress toward program completion at the time of withdrawal and the curriculum requirements in place at the time of the new academic policy date.