Associate and Bachelor’s Business Programs FAQ

Business General

Do you offer financial aid?

Federal and Financial aid is available regardless of income, with low interest rates and flexible payment options. Excelsior College is the pioneer in offering federal aid for a completely online education. Certificate programs do not qualify for financial aid.

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How can I get credit for my business experience?

You can validate your college-level knowledge in business or in other areas of collegiate study through a number of approved methods, including proficiency examinations such as UExcel® Examinations and College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) subject examinations, and through Portfolio-Based Assessment of your acquired degree-related, college-level learning through your employment, community, volunteer, or other experiences.

What are the General Education Requirements?

Distribution requirements for general education ensure that all students develop basic competence (at least 100-level courses/examinations) in the areas of arts and sciences (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics), as well as specific abilities in written English, ethics, and information literacy.

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Business Associate Degree

Which of my Business Associate degree requirements can and cannot be completed by examination?

You may complete all of the requirements by examination for the AAS in Business degree programs with the exception of the Information Literacy and the Capstone requirements.

Business Bachelor’s Degree

I earned business credits at my community college. Is it applicable toward advanced-level Excelsior College bachelor’s credit?

No. To be considered advanced-level, a course must be taken at a regionally accredited four-year college or university and must be a junior- or senior-level.

Which of my Business Bachelor’s degree requirements can be completed by examination?

If you are enrolled in the BS in Business – General Business concentration, you may complete all of the requirements by examination with the exception of the Strategic Management, International Business and the Information Literacy requirement. However, if you are enrolled in one of the other BS in Business concentrations, you may complete some, but not all, of the specific concentration area requirements in this manner. Please contact your Academic Advisor for specific information.

Will graduate schools accept my Excelsior College bachelor’s degree?

More than 250 graduate institutions, including many of the most traditional and competitive in the country, have admitted our graduates. Many of our graduates have said that the independence and motivation required by Excelsior College provides excellent preparation for graduate school. If you plan to continue in a different engineering or technology area other than the one in which you are currently enrolled at Excelsior, check with the advisors at the graduate school you want to attend to see if you may be asked to take any additional “bridge” courses to meet admission requirements.