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 Admission, Matriculation, and Enrollment). For the purposes of this policy, the time limit for program completion is calculated based on the academic policy date.

Non-cumulative Time Limits

Time limits for programs in the School of Undergraduate Studies and School of Graduate Studies.

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

  • Master of Business Administration: 10 years
  • Master of Sciences in Management: 10 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 Undergraduate Studies and School of Graduate Studies 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.

Cumulative Time Limits

The following time limits apply to programs in the School of Nursing, School of Undergraduate Studies and School of Graduate Studies.  These time limits to program completion are 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
  • 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 Science in Cybersecurity:  5 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 each enrollment in the same nursing degree program (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:

The time limits for all nursing degree programs began with all enrollments on or after September 1, 2001. Students enrolled prior to September 1, 2001 (with no time limit on enrollment), were subject to the time limit on enrollment starting on September 1, 2001.

  • 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, 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.
  • Bachelor of Science in nursing students enrolled on or after September 1, 2008 are required to complete the degree requirements within a 7-year period of enrollment.
  • RN-MS in nursing students enrolled prior to September 1, are required to complete all degree requirements within a 12-year period of enrollment.

January 1, 2005 the BS in nursing program implemented significant changes to the degree. Students enrolled with the ten-year time limit were granted an additional ten-year period of enrollment starting on January 1, 2005.

January 1, 2005 the RN-MS in nursing program implemented significant changes to the degree. Students enrolled with the twelve-year period of enrollment were granted an additional twelve-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.

Technology Degree – Request for an Extension

For Technology degrees, students may seek an extension of the time limit by completing an appeal form, which will outline a plan for completion. Students must submit this appeal to the School of Undergraduate Studies or the School of Graduate Studies no less than on trimester before reaching the degree completion time limit. Extensions are granted at the discretion of the dean/designee.