Academics Overview

A Nichols College education is all about Value and Success

Transform Yourself!

John Merjuste, Class of 2010Your success is our #1 priority. The Nichols model of business education provides confidence and the tools you need to transform your life — 180 degrees if you want. And our technology makes it easy to access course work, register, view grades and track your account any time.

Many of you choose Nichols because of the reputation of our approachable, business-savvy faculty, who are dedicated to your growth and will help you graduate as an individual able to respond to challenges and accept responsibility. Expect major catalysts for learning to include relevant classroom discussions and case studies.

Nichols academic programs increasingly emphasize leadership and scholarly activities surrounding global issues. In your classes, you will be engaged in issues that have ethical and global perspectives, as well as have many opportunities to travel to abroad to see international business first hand.

Customize Your Degree

graduation photo We offer two undergraduate degree programs:

You will work in a specialization or major within your chosen degree program requiring the completion of approximately 40 courses. Each one provides a solid background for a number of careers and can give you a foundation for advanced graduate studies.

Internship Programs

An internship is a limited, intensive learning experience outside of the traditional classroom in a supervised, work-based learning environment. Many of our business majors  intern at top-tier venues, including Madison Square Garden, the Boston Red Sox, Abbott Labs, and MTV...just to name a few!

Well-placed internships give our students valuable work experience, increased self-confidence, a network of contacts and a stellar work portfolio. Furthermore, your internship experience will give you the edge needed to land that first job out of college.

Currently, Nichols requires an internship for five of our majors:

The Value of a Nichols Education

Our outcome assessments confirm the value of a Nichols College education. We use two major approaches to assess your learning experience, as follows:

Nichols Earns Top Scores in National Survey
Nichols College ranks among top colleges in the 2010 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) released by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, showing superior marks in the level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, and student-faculty interaction.

Every year NSSE asks fourth-year students at hundreds of colleges and universities to reflect on the time they devote to various learning activities to determine student success in college. Nichols scored higher in key categories than the average of 13 of its peer colleges and higher than the NSSE 2010 average.

Here’s a sample of the indicators that Nichols graduates will be successful in the workplace:

Acquiring Job or Work Related Knowledge and Skills
Solving Complex Real-World Problems
Speaking Clearly and Effectively
Working Effectively with Others

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Senior Portfolio Assessment
The quality of student work as shown in portfolios is evaluated. Portfolios demonstrate professional and intellectual development both in and out of the classroom.


Nichols College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization. Accreditation indicates that Nichols meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality and has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs.

In addition, Nichols College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Olathe, Kansas. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE: Master of Business Administration; Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Accounting, Business Communication, Criminal Justice Management, Economics, Finance, General Business, General Business Education, Human Resource Management, Management,  Marketing, Sport Management; Associate in Business Administration.

Download our 2012 IACBE Annual Report