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Nichols College

Learn. Lead. Succeed

4+1 MBA Program

Get 2 degrees in 5 years to get ahead—and in the lead

Many of today’s college students feel they need a master’s degree to advance their skills and stand out in today’s job market. That’s why we’re offering students who graduate successfully from Nichols the opportunity to enroll in our 4+1 Master of Business Administration Program. In just one more year at Nichols, you can get more business know-how—and you’ll earn another important credential valued by recruiters.

Program Details

With the 4+1 MBA Program at Nichols, you can…

Earn your master’s faster. After you earn your bachelor’s, graduate courses are taken in accelerated seven-week sessions in the evenings in our HyFlex format, so you can complete your MBA in as little as one year. You start by taking 7 credits of MBA courses your senior year.

Learn in our space or yours. Graduate classes are delivered in our flexible HyFlex format. With our HyFlex conferencing technology, you get to choose each week whether to attend class on campus or in real time online. Even if you attend online, you’ll be able to participate actively in class.

Save on tuition. You’ll get tuition savings on your graduate degree by completing it in only one year, and we include 7 free graduate credits* and a 10% Nichols alumni discount. Plus, you’ll start earning a salary sooner than you would with a traditionally-paced master’s program.

Earn more over your career. You can earn significantly more on day one of your career and over time by entering the job market with a master’s versus just a bachelor’s. In fact, NACE salary reports suggest you can earn up to a 200% return on investment on your graduate degree within only 5 years. The Nichols 4+1 MBA Program is designed with return value in mind—and can help you get there faster.

On top of it all, you’ll learn from faculty who’ve “been there” and have deep experience in their field. And you’ll benefit from the same kind of skill building, professional development and leadership studies you experienced as a Nichols undergraduate, all taken to another level.

How to Enroll

You must be a full-time undergraduate day student at Nichols to participate in the 4+1 MBA Program. You must have at least a 3.0 GPA to be accepted, and to remain in the program, you must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA during your entire time at Nichols. As a 4+1 student, you would start your graduate coursework in the fall semester of your senior year. You can apply at any time (from first year to senior year). You can take a maximum of 7 graduate credits while you’re enrolled in the Nichols full-time undergraduate day program.

*As long as you don’t exceed 19 credits in the fall or spring of your senior year (including the graduate coursework), you won’t have to pay for the 7 graduate credits.

We want to talk to you!

We’re here to help—so contact us if you have questions about our 4+1 MBA Program. For prospective students who are considering Nichols, call or email Steve Kligerman, admission counselor, at 508-213-2377 or For current Nichols students, call or email Nora Luquer, Associate Director of Admissions, Graduate & Professional Studies, at 508-213-2295 or