Looking for an MBA or MS program that will accept credits from 20 years ago...any options out there?

Discussion in 'Business and MBA degrees' started by Lori Jensen, Mar 23, 2021.

  1. Lori Jensen

    Lori Jensen New Member

    I have 19 credit hours from an MS Technical Communications program from 2001. Are there any universities that will consider accepting my credit hours...any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. AsianStew

    AsianStew Moderator Staff Member

    Which school did you get the college credits from? There are a few schools that may do so, but up to 12-15 credits and at most 24.
    Excelsior College will take up to 24 credits towards their MBA program if your courses are similar in nature.
    Amberton University will take up to 12 credits towards their MAPD (Pro Dev), this is a very affordable program.
    You can also take a look at Walden University as they take up to 15 credits for their Masters. I suggest the Tempo Learning competency based degrees.
  3. Lori Jensen

    Lori Jensen New Member

    Thank you -- that's great info. My credit hours were from Colo State...great school. Unfortunately, they will not transfer them. Looking for another, more understanding institution. I so appreciate your help. Thanks!
  4. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    That's going to be tough. The path of least resistance might be to find a competency-based master's program that you can accelerate through as you might be able to finish that faster than you can find a program willing to take your credits.
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    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    Your chance is slim! Highly recommend starting all over with an institution with a good reputation. Nowadays, the online option is very much unlimited.
  6. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    Agree with LearningAddict: an MBA from WGU might be your best bet both in terms of time and money. One of the tricky parts about technical courses is that they "expire" faster than others. I know some schools will accept transfer credit in all but tech disciplines for 10 years, but only technical courses for 5 years.
  7. SweetSecret

    SweetSecret Member

    OP, if you can finish your credits fast then Walden would likely be your best bet just because of the Tempo program. If you have time to devote to it then the credits can be gained fast. I believer ErieHiker finished 12 credits on a single Tempo term (3 months). Walden accepts any regional, national, CHEA (i.e. DEAC), or any accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Dept of Education. Their website says they limit to credits in the past 10 years for graduate coursework, but it is worth checking because it may depend on how much the information in the courses change.

    I do second WGU though if you do well with tests. I would rather write personally, but the reality is that I despise both. C'est la vie!
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  8. Courcelles

    Courcelles Active Member

    WGU won’t take credits on the graduate level, even recent ones, but if you like to write, the MSML is absolutely for you. I did it in five months despite getting COVID, and the format was only three tests and 14 essays (three PowerPoints, too).

    I’ve never quite understood why graduate credits expire so quickly, even in non technical fields, but undergraduate ones don’t, but I doubt anywhere is going to take these particular credits anymore.
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  9. nyvrem

    nyvrem Active Member

    the extremely out of the box answer

    University of Portsmouth in the UK has a 'learning at work' Masters in professional studies / or some other area if your credits fit in.

    the program is meant for people who have prior graduate level credits and wish to finish a Masters degree.

    You can read more about it here.


    There's a chance they might take all of your credits and let you know how much it'll cost to finish up a masters. it's pretty cheap last time I checked. like 4k pounds if you 'transferred' in the max amount of credits and just did their research module to get the masters.
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  10. Dr. Mayes

    Dr. Mayes New Member

    Try Thomas Edison State University or Excelsior College

  11. Futuredegree

    Futuredegree Active Member

    did you find a program that would accept them? I think Amberton University or Excelsior College would be your best bet

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