July 21, 2017

Elms College announces new business-focused degree-completion options

Staff report

(IObserve photo/courtesy of Elms College)

CHICOPEE – Elms College Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership has announced new bachelor’s degree-completion programs that will prepare students for success in the worlds of entrepreneurship, accounting, and management and marketing.

Business has long been an exciting career option. Startups were beginning to resurge in the United States in 2015, but the need for more entrepreneurs is vital to economic growth and job creation, according to a Kaufman Foundation survey. A 2014 Forbes Magazine survey found that 90 percent of startups fail, and 42 percent said the reason they fail is a lack of market need for their products. A business degree from Elms College will set students on the path to success and Elms is looking to make degree completion as accessible as possible by building programs that work for adult learners.

Elms College currently offers a healthcare management degree-completion program in partnership with Holyoke Community College (HCC), with classes held online and at HCC. With the addition of the three new programs, Elms provides four business-focused bachelor’s degree-completion options designed to be flexible for adult learners, with classes held online and face-to-face on the Elms campus and local community college campuses:

  • Bachelor of arts degree completion in entrepreneurship and management. This major provides students with hands-on real-world experience in creating new ventures and presenting new ideas to the market.
  • Bachelor of arts degree completion in accounting. This major teaches students how to identify and analyze diverse opportunities while using 21st-century skills and technology in accounting.
  • Bachelor of arts degree completion in management and marketing. This major gives students a strong foundation in business management and marketing principles.
  • Bachelor of arts degree completion in healthcare management. This major prepares students for leadership roles in healthcare administration, a fast-growing field.

Eligible students for Elms degree-completion programs will have earned an associate’s degree from an accredited college, with a minimum GPA of 2.25.

These programs, like Elms’ other business programs, are accredited by IACBE, the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education.

Classes in these programs will begin in the fall 2017 semester. Contact Elms for complete program delivery options by emailing or visit