Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program

How it Works–Program Prerequisites and Requirements
You enter this program with an accredited associate’s degree, including courses in accounting, marketing and business with a minimum GPA of 2.25; satisfy Elms’ core requirements; complete 15 hours of community service; and earn a required 42 residency credits to complete your Elms College degree in 20 months (10-eight week sessions).

Degree Completion in Entrepreneurship and Management
The degree completion program in Entrepreneurship and Management prepares students by combining the foundations of business management with practical experience in creating new ideas, evaluating opportunities, engaging in hands-on approaches to decision making, and launching or growing businesses. Students systematically develop competencies in pioneering new products, conceptualizing business models, optimizing business operations, and analyzing market trends.

Gain Experience in Lean Entrepreneurship Through Hands-on Learning
Entrepreneurship and Management students can bring their own innovation, passion or business ideas into the classroom to determine market opportunities; design and implement business strategies; and launch new ventures.

  • You’ll gain a transferable skill set by acquiring practical experience in implementing ideas, managing team dynamics in stressful situations, and making decisions that have an immediate impact on businesses.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills will be put to the test in real-world scenarios, such as launching product or service ideas, or making the critical decision to not move forward with certain ventures.
  • Master the Build-Measure-Learn model, a methodology central to lean entrepreneurship.
  • Learn from experienced entrepreneurs. Faculty teaching in the entrepreneurship courses have launched businesses and can share their experience and first-hand knowledge to help guide students through launching and scaling ventures.

Course Schedule & Flexible Delivery
Courses in entrepreneurship are held on Thursday evenings at the Elms College campus, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Students can attend class in person, or use WebEx to attend live online. All courses in management or the business core are available 100% online or live in-person at our off-site location. Students can select the learning method that fits their schedule best for each course. Off-campus courses are held Saturdays at our Holyoke Community College location.

Recommended Course Sequence

Session 1 – Spring 1
ENT 200  Customer Discovery & Business Model
REL 215  World Religions

Session 2 – Spring 2
ENT 102  Lean Launchpad
BUS 248  Global Business Environment

Session 3 – Summer 1
BUS317 Business and Society
BUS342 Managerial Communications

Session 4 – Summer 2
ENT 340 Startup Sales and Marketing
BUS 481 Career Development

Session 5 – Fall 1
ENT 320 Startup Finance
BUS 345 Human Resource Management

Session 6 – Fall 2
ENT 330 Building the Team Startup Culture & HR
BUS 375 Organizational Behavior

Session 7 – Spring 1
ENT 481 Capstone in Entrepreneurship
BUS 311 Principles of Financial Management

Session 8 – Spring 2
BUS 341 Gender and Diversity
BUS 480 Business Strategy

Session 9 – Summer 1
ENT 360 Social Entrepreneurship
ENT or BUS Elective

Session 10 – Summer 2
ENT or BUS Elective
ENT 482 or 485 Entrepreneurship Internship or Co-Op (outside of classroom)