University accepts credits over 10 years old for Doctorate

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  1. MarylandScorpio

    MarylandScorpio New Member

    Hi All

    I have MBA and Doctorate classes that are over 10 years old. Is there Universities that accept those credits? I know most, it is seven years?
  2. Tireman 44444

    Tireman 44444 Well-Known Member

    Not that I know of.
  3. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

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  4. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    BTW - invariably, the few schools that I have seen advertise that they take old, old credits, were unaccredited. And I'm sure you don't want any of the ones I have seen - they were what I'd call bottom-of-the-barrel-unaccredited. Mercifully, I have forgotten which of the usual suspects were offering the "Old Credits' Home."

    The scarcity (or possible nonexistence) of valid schools that take outdated credits may have something to do with accreditation. Perhaps the schools are forbidden by recognized accreditors to accept over-aged credits. I'm not entirely sure, though.

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    Nova Southeastern University told me that if I am going to back to finish up my program, I have to start all over again. The Doctorate courses I took between 2012 to 2014 are no longer suitable for the new curriculum and the information has changed.
  6. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Sorry to hear it - but those credits average 7 years and they're in a VERY fast-changing field, so that's to be expected, I think... sort of, anyway. If it were a Ph.D, in Classical Roman Literature, for instance - maybe there'd be a teeny bit of leeway. Probably not much even there, though, given the age alone.

    I'm not being unsympathetic here, TEKMAN. Not at all. I'm sure you put a lot of work into earning those credits and it can't be easy at all for you to see them go unrecognized. I wish you every success in your new studies at Imperial College. You'll be justifiably proud when you get THAT one, I'm sure - and you will, I'm 100% certain.
  7. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

    Depends. Up to 12 years at Open Uni UK.
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  8. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Nice one! Good to know. Too bad it doesn't work that way at Nova Southeastern. Roman Lit., Computer Science - or practically all credits? :)
  9. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Don't be limited by the school's printed literature on credit transfer. Everything is negotiable. (Although, you might not like the outcome of those negotiations.) Have a conversation with someone who makes those decisions and see what can be done.

    Schools set standards. Schools sometimes waive or modify those standards in individual cases. And sometimes they don't.
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  10. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    His case has more to do with curriculum change and less to do with the age of the credits.
  11. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    I think they're both related, Chris. One drives the other. The field is fast-moving -- new tech constantly - so curriculum change is faster - and naturally credits become obsolete faster.

    7 years is nothing really much if you're an Ancient History major, perhaps. The update cycle is slower, I'd think. But for someone studying Computer Security at the highest level, 7 years is more like maybe 20 in a less-volatile, slower-developing field. Ergo, credits expire faster.

    Computer fields are notorious for that. At one point I read an opinion that people should not enrol for a computer course that took any more than 2 years because so much would be outdated by graduation if they did. I assume that necessarily excludes degree programs which are mandated to take longer.
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  12. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    If you got far enough in your doctoral program back in the day, you might try asking schools that have an "ABD completion" program, like Trident, Baker, and Walden, and probably a few others I'm not remembering. They might be more permissive, perhaps?
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  13. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    This may be true in cases where the school requires the student to send their course description, curriculum, or syllabus when deciding whether to accept or reject credit. However, in Tekman's case, the school no longer offered the program he was initially pursuing. Here's a quote from Tekman in another thread: "I was told that I have to start all over again because the program had changed from Ph.D. in Information Assurance to Ph.D. in Cybersecurity Management along with curriculum and faculty."

    Information assurance and cybersecurity management are two different disciplines. Let's say I withdrew from the criminal justice Ph.D. at Liberty and then return after a year. However, when I return, Liberty no longer offers a Ph.D. in CJ. Instead, they offer a Ph.D. in Homeland Security. I am pretty sure that maybe only Transnational Organized Crime would transfer from the courses I have taken in the general track and maybe my research courses. Corrections, juvenile justice, theories of crime, and all the other CJ courses would not transfer. The courses have to be relevant for them to transfer, even if they are a few months old.
  14. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    I don't see the change except 1 course used to be 4 credits, and now it is 5 credits. :)
  15. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    How many courses did you complete before withdrawing?
  16. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    I completed 8 courses.
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