EXCEL Overview

Three professional majors are available through the EXCEL Adult Degree Completion Program at Grace University.  They are:

  • Business Leadership
  • Psychology
  • Christian Ministry

This program enables students to attend classes year round to complete the EXCEL requirements.  Completion time depends upon the number of credits transferred, but many students complete their degree within 16 months. Forty-two hours are met through a succession of upper level (300-400 level) courses which meet for five or six weeks each, one evening per week, from 6:00pm-10:00pm.  Some EXCEL courses are offered in an online format, also covering either five or six weeks.  Remaining credits can be achieved by transfer credits or by taking additional classes.  The compressed nature of these courses is consistent with standards of good practice for adult degree completion programs. 


EXCEL Online Courses

EXCEL now offers online accelerated courses!  Though the EXCEL Program is not yet available entirely online, the online courses we currently offer provide an even more convenient way to move towards completing your degree. 

Online courses are available in all three EXCEL majors and in Bible and Theology. Many of our online instructors also teach in the EXCEL classroom and have a strong desire to provide an interactive and academically challenging environment for both types of course delivery.  

Call Angie at 402-449-2804 to sign up for the next available course.

Prerequisites to EXCEL

To enter the EXCEL Program, 60 credit hours of previous college work (from accredited institutions of higher education) are required.  An associates degree may meet this requirement.  These 60 hours are then used to meet a portion of the general education credits required for a degree in the program (see breakdown below).

Applicants with less than 60 credit hours will also be considered for admission but may need to take additional hours before beginning EXCEL classes.  Grace University does offer elective and general education courses in an accelerated format that can help students meet the 60 credit hour pre-requisite.  

Credit Hours Required

A total of 124 credit hours are needed to obtain a degree through the EXCEL Program.

EXCEL Major Requirements (45 hours or 48 hours)      

The EXCEL Program is made up of a combination of upper-division Bible/Theology courses and major-specific courses.  Included in the EXCEL Major is a business elective course for Business Leadership majors, an introductory or an upper level psychology elective for Psychology majors and a ministry internship for Christian Ministry majors.

General Education Requirements (79 hours or 76 hours)

The following general education courses are required as part of the general education requirements:
             Science, Math, or Computer Science
             English Composition
             Speech or Oral Communication


Nine of the general education credits must be upper division courses (300-400 level). To meet the general education requirements, students may transfer credit from other accredited higher education institutions, obtain credit through EXCEL elective courses or EXCEL courses which are not in the student’s own major.  The student may also acquire credit from life experience (max: 36 hours) through the Documented Experiential Learning Analysis (DELA) or properly documented professional and/or military training. See the EXCEL Advisor for more information regarding these options.


Q:  What is the EXCEL Program?

A:  EXCEL is a program designed to help the busy adult finish his or her bachelor degree quickly and conveniently.  Classes are offered year round and meet just one night per week.  Some courses are also available online. 

Q:  If I have never been to college before, can I still enroll in the EXCEL Program?

A:  Absolutely!  Because EXCEL offers both professional and general education courses, students with no previous college credit can still accomplish their goal of finishing their degree in a convenient evening format. 

Q: What majors can I choose from in EXCEL?

A: The three majors offered are Psychology, Business Leadership & Christian Ministry.

Q:  What are the entrance requirements for EXCEL?

A:  Applications for the program are accepted year round and admitted students are encouraged to enroll in the next available session.  To be accepted into the EXCEL Program, the following items are required:

  • Application for Admission
  • Writing Sample
  • Spiritual Life Reference Form (Christian Ministry students only)
  • College transcripts (2.0 GPA or higher is recommended)

Q: How many of my past college credits will transfer?

A: Our transfer policy is designed to maximize your previous academic work.  Students pursuing the Business Leadership or Psychology majors can transfer up to 82 of the 124 credit hours required to graduate.  Christian Ministry majors can transfer up to 78 credits.

Q: Are there any specific courses I should have already completed before enrolling in EXCEL?

A: EXCEL graduates need to complete at least one course in each of the subject areas listed below.  These requirements can be transferred from other institutions or completed while enrolled in EXCEL.

  • English Composition
  • Speech
  • Humanities (i.e. Art, Foreign Language, Philosophy)
  • History
  • Math, Computer Information, or Science (only one subject area is required)

Q:  How long will it take me to finish my degree through this program?

A:  The average EXCEL student completes a degree in six semesters or approximately 16 months.  Completion time will vary based on how many college credits are transferred.  An academic advisor will be glad to do a review of your college transcripts to determine an estimated time of completion for you.

Q: Is the EXCEL Program affordable?

A: Absolutely!  Our goal is to help make your education as affordable as possible.  We offer scholarships specifically for EXCEL students (for students who qualify) as well as an interest-free monthly payment plan.  Private scholarships (i.e. churches, foundations, and other local businesses/corporations), federal and state grants & scholarships, federal student loans, corporate tuition assistance, and military benefits are also accepted. 

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