"Could you clarify a few things for me? Excelsior will accept 30
post-degree credits towards a second bachelors even if your first degree is
not from Excelsior? I have at least thirty undergraduate and graduate
credits not related to my first degree since receiving the undergraduate
degree. What else would I need to do, if anything? Would this be as simple
as it sounds? Basically applying to the school and transferring over the
is that a second degree candidate complete at least one quarter of required
credits for the second degree, and that (I think) at least 21 of these be
in the new major/concentration.
Now, since most
bachelor degrees at Excelsior are 120 semester hours, this translates to
presenting 30 hours of new learning, where "new" learning is in
the form of credit earned after completion of the first bachelor degree.
the 30 "new" credits will have to have COHESION with respect to
the degree major or concentration (and the degree as a whole where 9 of the
30 credits are used as filler [[that is, where you present only 21 new
credits in the new concentration and use 9 old credits to complete the 30,
PLUS, present the other require 9 new credits as any appropriate
arts/science credit]]). Note again, that I think the minimum credit in the
new major/concentration is 21 credits of the 30 total required. This from
memory, so should be checked.
explanation is a bit of a dog's breakfast, but basically, if you
present 30 "new" credits comprising a new concentration that meet
program requirements, you get the second degree.
If you are
going for a MAJOR in, say, Business, then the requirement for new credit is
still 30 semester hours, but the Business credit requirement for that
particular degree, is 45 credits. If you have the appropriate 15 Business
credits in your first degree, you need only apply the 30 remaining business
If you do not
have any appropriate Business credit, then, clearly, you are going to have
to supply all of the 45 required Business credits. Additionally, in the
Business program (for example), there is a 3 credit "Ethics"
requirement, 3 credit statistics requirement, and a 6 credit arts/science
requirement for macro and micro economics. Now, if you already have these
in your first degree - fine, if not, you will have to supply them.
So, the second
degree is most economically earned as a degree with CONCENTRATION,
requiring a straight 30 semester hours. The credit must meet concentration
requirements in terms of depth and breadth. It cannot be just any 30
credits. A Concentration, by definition, must have structure.
are available in a wide variety of disciplines, some of which can be
completed using the 2hr 50min $130, GRE subject exams. However, if you have
credit that already meets concentration requirements, and that credit
earned after your first
degree was conferred, and the proposed concentration of the second degree
is substantially different from the first degree, then I do not see that
you will have a problem.
Apply, pays you
money, takes your choice, and . . . congratulations on earning your
second degree. A fine achievement. Well done!
Cost? If you
already have all required credit, then about $1300. Around $850 enrollment
plus around $440, graduation fee. I received my two degree diplomas about a
week or so after conferral.
earned and most flexible second degree for most people is probably the BS
or BA with Concentration in Psychology. I detail this in the BA in 4 Weeks
Second Degree guide.