Computer Requirements




Internet connection

56K modem

Broadband (cable or DSL)

Email capabilities

Email address

Email address


Adobe Acrobat® Reader 7
Windows Media Player 9

Adobe Acrobat® Reader 8
Windows Media Player 11




Operating System

Windows 2000

Windows XP Service Pack 2

(only one needed)

MS Internet Explorer 6.0
Firefox 1.5.x

MS Internet Explorer 7.0
Firefox 2.0

Some courses do not offer support for Macintosh systems.  If you choose to use a Macintosh computer to access your course, you may experience a loss in functionality for some areas of the site.  To check if a course is Mac-compatible, please contact; be sure to include the title of the course you are interested in.




Operating System

Mac OS 10.1

Mac OS 10.4

(only one needed)

Safari 1.3.1
Firefox 1.0.2

Safari 2.0.1
Firefox 1.0.2

A note about Windows Operating Systems:

As of July 11, 2006, Microsoft announced that it will no longer support or provide security updates for the Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, or Windows ME operating systems. Microsoft also ended support of Windows XP Service Pack 1 on October 10, 2006. Microsoft has determined that these systems are outdated and could potentially expose customers to security risks; therefore, the Excelsior College minimum computer system requirements have been updated to reflect this change. Please note that in order to receive technical support from Excelsior College, you must meet our minimum system requirements.

Read Microsoft's support bulletin: End of Support

Supported Browsers:

Web browsers listed under the "Browser" sections above have been tested extensively and are validated for use with our Web site.  Browsers not shown in this chart (i.e. AOL, Opera) may not work with our Web site; it is strongly recommended that you use a supported browser.  In order to receive technical support from Excelsior College, you must meet our system requirements.



Update Java Software

You will need to have Java software installed in order for certain areas of the courseware system to function properly. Visit the General Questions to learn more about the Java software.

To install this software, visit the Java Web site and click on Download J2SE JRE. (Note: Be sure to select the JRE version of the software). You will be prompted to accept the license agreement, then follow the instructions to download and install the software.

For Mac OS X, download and install the latest version of Java for Mac OS X. To determine if your course supports the use of a Mac, please email

Contact Help

Excelsior College has partnered with Gatlin Education to offer our online certificate programs.

To ensure that you receive accurate and timely support, please reference the contact information below:

Question or Problem Contact Information
Registration for the Excelsior College Web site Excelsior College Technical Support
Course Registration Excelsior College Technical Support
Access to online courses Gatlin Education Customer Service
Course Content Gatlin Education Customer Service
Gatlin Education Customer Support
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time, Monday - Friday.

To contact Gatlin Education Customer Support:

* Email

* Call 817-870-2870

Excelsior College Technical Support
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time, 7 days a week.

To contact Excelsior College Technical Support:

* Complete an online Technical Support Request Form:
o Excelsior College Help Online

* Email

* Call Toll Free 877-84-A-TECH (877-842-8324)
In order to best address your problem, we will ask you for the following information:

* Your full name
* Student ID and/or the last four digits of your Social Security number
* Your current address
* A detailed description of the problem, as well as any error messages you are receiving

You can also leave a message 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Please note: Technical Support will be unavailable from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time on the first and third Thursday of every month.

Contact Us


1-888-647-2388 x11-8211 
or 518-608-8211

Fax: 202-683-6139

Program Method

Open enrollment with completion times ranging from 6 to 12 months. Led by an instructor / facilitator; most programs include all materials, including textbooks.

New Programs

Do you only need the training for Payroll Fundamentals or Payroll Mastery?  

The Center for Professional Development now offers individual programs, for students that do not require the combination class.  

Each program is $895 and 40 clock hours.  You can locate the payroll courses in the Business section.  Our payroll programs qualify for A.P.A. CEU's for recertification.