Photo of Cassie Sarno '19, MBA '20

Why Elms for your Accelerated BA/MBA?

  • Earn two degrees in five years or less.
  • Begin MBA classes during your junior year.
  • Specialize in accounting, financial planning, healthcare leadership, management, or lean entrepreneurship.
  • Study in a flexible environment — our hybrid classes combine in-class meetings with online discussion.

Fast-Track Your MBA and Set Yourself Apart

The accelerated BA/MBA program at Elms College puts you at the forefront of business leadership. Beginning as early as your junior year, you will take graduate courses to expand your skills in accounting, financial planning, healthcare leadership, management, or entrepreneurship. In five years you will earn two degrees, positioning yourself a step ahead of your peers as an ambitious, multitalented business expert.

Revolutionize Business Leadership

The MBA program emphasizes ethics to give students a framework for responsible leadership. Accelerated BA/MBA majors are prepared to lead their companies in a positive direction that balances organizational goals with respect for the greater good.

Seminar-style courses challenge you to think critically, analyze issues from multiple perspectives, and communicate your ideas clearly. Our expert faculty bring a wealth of experience to the classroom, putting case studies into context and dissecting current examples of business strategy. Accelerated BA/MBA students benefit from taking classes alongside experienced industry professionals, making the leap from textbooks and theory to real-world insights.

The accelerated BA/MBA program helps you develop holistically. You will gain both the soft skills and technical expertise that make for an effective leader. Whether you are focused on becoming a change agent in the Western Massachusetts economy, or a thought leader on the global business scene, our program will help you get there.

100% Hired

Accelerated BA/MBA accounting majors from the classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016 are all employed in their field – many had job offers before graduating. Students in this track can earn both degrees in 4.5 years. One of the main benefits of our accelerated accounting courses is that students earn the 150 credits required to sit for the CPA exam in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Students in the healthcare leadership, management, financial planning, and entrepreneurship tracks can earn their degree in five years, covering 156 credits.

Convenient Timeline

Undergraduate students enrolled in the program can take up to six MBA classes at half of the graduate tuition cost. Students can begin taking their MBA classes during their junior year, one night per week, in a flexible hybrid format that combines in-class meetings with synchronous online discussions.

Quick Info

Required Credits

150

Degree Option

Bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree and master of business administration (MBA) degree

Click to view course requirements for the accelerated BA/MBA .

Students will receive a B.A. in one of the following disciplines: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Healthcare Management, Management, or Sports Management. The core business requirements are listed below for your convenience.

Business Core Requirements (40 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
ACC 2001ACC 201Accounting I3
ACC 2002ACC 202Accounting II3
BUS 2201BUS 221Computer Applications3
BUS 2402BUS 242Principles of Management3
BUS 2408BUS 248Global Business Environment3
BUS 2502BUS 252Principles of Marketing3
BUS 2600BUS 260Legal Environment of Business3
BUS 3101BUS 311Principles of Financial Management3
BUS 3402BUS 342Managerial Communication3
BUS 4800BUS 480Business Strategy3
BUS 4801BUS 481Career Development3
BUS 4802BUS 482Internship4
ECN 2102ECN 212Economics II3

Required courses that also satisfy college core requirements (6 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
ECN 2101ECN 211Economics I3
MAT 1009MAT 109Statistics3

Core MBA courses (15 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
BUS 6000BUS 600Managerial Finance and Data Analysis3
BUS 6100BUS 610Globalization and Social Responsibility3
BUS 6200BUS 620Leadership and Teamwork3
BUS 6300BUS 630Current Events Impact on the Economy3
BUS 6400BUS 640Cases and Readings in Strategic Management3

Courses for Accounting concentration (15 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
ACC 6103ACC 613Business Law and Ethics for Accountants3
ACC 6203ACC 623Advanced Cost Accounting3
ACC 6003ACC 603Corporate Taxation3
ACC 6303ACC 633Non-Profit and Government Accounting3

Courses for Healthcare Leadership concentration (21 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
ACC 6002ACC 602Accounting for Managers3
HCL 6105HCL 615Business Dynamics of Healthcare3
HCL 6205HCL 625Budgeting in Healthcare3
HCL 6300HCL 630Policy, Law, and Ethics in Healthcare3
HCL 6305HCL 635Managing Human Capital in Healthcare3
HCL 6500HCL 650Information Systems in Healthcare and Nursing3
HCL 6600HCL 660Global Issues in Healthcare3

Courses for Management concentration (21 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
ACC 6002ACC 602Accounting for Managers3
BUS 6102BUS 612Legal Environment of Managers3
BUS 6202BUS 622Production and Operations Management3
BUS 6204BUS 624Organizational Behavior & Development3
BUS 6402BUS 642Managing Innovation and Technology3
BUS 6502BUS 652Strategic Human Resource Management3
BUS 6602BUS 662Global Marketing Management3

Lauren Picard '17, MBA '18

Photo of accelerated BA/MBA graduate Lauren Picard '18“Whether it’s educationally, personally, or professionally, I feel like the accelerated BA/MBA program is very well rounded. That’s a different dynamic that Elms brings to the forefront, compared to other colleges in the surrounding area.”

After earning her BA in business management and marketing in 2017, and her MBA in business management in 2018, Lauren obtained a position as an associate district manager with human resources giant ADP.