Accelerated BA/MBA

Why enroll in an accelerated program at Elms College?

Our accelerated program allows you to earn your MBA at the same time as your undergraduate business degree.  You’ll fast-track your graduate studies by completing your courses faster and earning two degrees in five years.

You’ll also pay less tuition: Undergraduate students enrolled in this program can take up to 6 MBA classes at half the graduate tuition cost. Students can begin taking MBA classes during their junior year, one night a week, either in our flexible hybrid format or completely online. (Once you have completed your undergraduate studies, the discount is no longer available.)

Hybrid format classes mix the best of both worlds – online and on campus. You have the option to complete your coursework in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting, online, or a combination of both. 

What are the accelerated BA/MBA degree options and requirements?

Elms College undergraduate students can choose to pursue a combined BA/MBA accelerated degree program in one of three  MBA* concentrations: accounting, healthcare leadership, and management.

The BA/MBA in accounting is a four-and-a-half year, 150-credit program for accounting majors. This program offers accounting students the 150 credits required to sit for the CPA exam in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

The BA/MBA in healthcare leadership or management is a five year 156-credit program for students who wish to obtain an advanced degree in business management or healthcare leadership. 

Once enrolled, students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 in all undergraduate courses. Prior to full matriculation into the MBA program, each student will be re-evaluated by the MBA program director. 

*Non-business undergraduate students applying for acceptance into the MBA program must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better and complete the bridge class, Accelerated Business Foundations. A student wishing to pursue an MBA in accounting who does not have a bachelor’s degree in Accounting will need to complete additional coursework before applying. 

What's the Next Step?

Take a look at the curriculum for our program, contact us to learn more, or sign up for a campus visit and meet with faculty and students in the program. Ready to apply? You can do it online.

Accelerated BA/MBA applicant requirements are:

  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.25 and combined SAT score of at least 1,000.
  • Completed and signed application.
  • One-page personal goal statement.
  • Letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or employer.

Contact Us

Division of Business
Donna Graziano
MBA Program Coordinator