Admission Requirements

  • Completed application and $30 application fee
  • Goal statement for graduate study
  • Two letters of recommendation, academic or professional
  • Current Resume
  • Copy of official transcripts
  • Interview with the MBA Program Director

Academic Requirements Prior to Admission

Candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree with a 3.0 or higher grade point average. Applicants must also carry a grade of B or higher in the following prerequisite coursework:

  • Principles of Accounting II
  • Economics II
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Principles of Finance
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing

Applicants who do not have the prerequisite coursework can enroll in the Accelerated Foundations course (BUS 501) and the Excel Foundations course (BUS502) prior to formal matriculation in the program. Both courses are an 11 week, 3 credit course.

Prerequisites for the Accounting Track

Some of these prerequisites are waived for candidates who are not interested in becoming certified public accounting (CPA) exam candidates.

  • Intermediate Accounting I and II
  • Taxation


2018-2019 Tuition for the MBA program is $796.00 per credit hour. A one time only comprehensive fee of $520.00 is charged and an $80.00 technology and $20.00 registration fee at the time of each registration.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What concentrations are offered within the MBA program?

There are six concentrations:

  • Accounting
  • Financial Planning
  • Healthcare Leadership
  • Healthcare Innovation
  • Management
  • Lean Entrepreneurship

Q: Where do I start the application process?

The application is available on our website, or you may contact the MBA program at for further information.

Q: Can I take classes online?

Yes. Classes are structured in a flexible format and may be taken on-campus, online or a combination of both. The online courses must be taken live, during the actual face-to-face session.

Q: When are classes held?

Classes are held one night a week: Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Q: How long is each session?

Each session is 11 weeks long.

Q: How many sessions are there?

There are 4 sessions in an academic year: Intersession, Spring, Summer, Fall.

Q: How many credit hours is each track of the MBA? And, how long does it take to complete the program?

  • Accounting – 30 credits (15 mos.)
  • Financial Planning- 36 credits (18 mos.)
  • Healthcare Leadership – 36 credits (18 mos.)
  • Healthcare Innovation – 36 credits (18 mos.)
  • Management – 36 credits (18 mos.)
  • Lean Entrepreneurship – 36 credits (18 mos.)

Q: What is the cost per credit?

Tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is $796.00 per credit hour.

Q: Are there any fees associated with the program?

There is a one-time comprehensive fee of $520.00 and a technology fee of $80.00 per session and $20.00 registration per session.

Q: Are there any scholarships?

While Elms College does not offer any specific scholarships for its graduate programs, there are outside scholarships available. Feel free to check out these websites:, or The Elms College FAFSA code is: School Code: 002140.

Q: Can I get financial aid?

Yes, most graduate applicants qualify for financial aid when taking two courses per semester. You will need to fill out a FAFSA first, and then contact the Financial Aid office at Student Financial Aid Services (413)265-2249 or email

Q: Do you offer VA benefits?

Yes. VA benefits are coordinated through the Registrar’s office. Please contact the Registrar, Brooke Andersen at (413)265-2236 or via email at

Q: What if I do not have a business undergraduate degree? Can I still apply to the MBA program?

Yes! Elms College offers two bridge course, Accelerated Business Foundations and Excel Foundations for the MBA. These courses are designed to provide students with the background necessary to “bridge” the gap into a business program. Accelerated Business Foundations is an eleven week course comprised of four business modules: Accounting, Finance, Economics, Marketing and Management. Excel Foundations for the MBA gives the student an introduction to Excel and it’s financial applications to provide a platform of knowledge to enter into the accounting and finance based classes of the MBA program.

Q: When do I need to apply?

The master of business administration program has a rolling admission policy. Two months prior to the next semester start date is preferred.

Q: What do I need to complete my application?

  • A signed completed application
  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A one page personal goal statement
  • Copy of your current resume
  • An interview with the director of the master of business administration program

Q: Do you require the GMAT?

No. The GMAT is not a requirement.