Complete your degree part-time or full-time
You know a bachelor’s degree in business can take your career to the next level. Now imagine what you’d gain from a well-respected business school, with a program that’s driven by your unique needs.
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) program at Nichols College is geared towards busy adult learners like you, whether you’re looking to finish your degree or you’re just starting out. And the time you spend will be well worth it—a business degree from Nichols College offers a great return on your investment:
- Nichols is ranked nationally as 9th best business school for salary potential and 8th Best Value Business School by Payscale.com.
- Nichols was awarded “Best Business Education” by the Worcester Business Journal’s Best of Business reader’s poll in 2014 and 2016-2020.
- 96% of 2019 Nichols College graduates were employed or in graduate school within 6 months of graduation.
- We’re accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) and International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
We offer a strong focus on leadership development and passionate faculty who are experienced business professionals and leaders in their field. They’re with you every step of the way to help you achieve this game-changing professional—and personal—milestone.
First Responders get 20% off!
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Online, evening and on-campus accelerated courses
Courses are 7 weeks long, and we have 6 sessions per year. We offer online courses as well as on-campus evening courses. And if you want to earn your degree quickly, you can. We can create a degree completion plan that works for your timeline, whether you want to attend part-time or full-time. Plus, this plan is closely customized to your unique needs, thanks to our program’s design.
You can take up to five courses as a non-degree student. After the fifth course, you’ll need to apply to the Undergraduate Adult Education Program before continuing. In most cases, courses taken as a non-degree student can be applied toward your degree.
Competency Based Education
Competency Based Education, or CBE, is a revolutionary approach to self-guided learning for adult professionals like you who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table but need a degree to move up. Online course materials have no set deadlines, and CBE students can take up to 2 classes at once. As soon as you demonstrate competency in one subject, you earn credit for it and can move on to another course.
Because credits are earned along the way, CBE tuition is also structured differently. You’ll pay a single annual fee for access to the program, and can take as many classes as you want throughout the year.
Credit for Prior Learning
Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is a tool to help you finish your degree faster. You can use CPL to have your college-level learning recognized by Nichols College and officially counted toward your Bachelor’s degree. Earn up to 45 credits for your professional work experience, including workplace training, military service, professional certifications, and volunteer activities.
In our CPL program, you’ll work with an advisor to build a portfolio that details all the valuable work you’ve done throughout your life and how it directly applies to specific college courses. CPL is a great way to apply your real-world learning to your degree path, making it faster, easier, and more affordable to earn your Bachelor’s.
Earning Credits for Prior Learning takes work, but we are with you every step of the way. Your Student Success Coach will be with you from application to graduation. We are here as a resource to make sure that you feel comfortable with the CPL process throughout your undergraduate adult degree. Our CPL team can identify which college credits you may already have work experience in and help you stay organized so the process is smooth and straightforward.
Curious how Credit for Prior Learning can help you earn your degree faster? Contact Sarah Charpentier at Sarah.Charpentier@nichols.edu!
Undergraduate Adult Degree Options
Earn your entire Bachelor of Science in Business Administration online at Nichols, whether you’d like to attend part-time or full-time. Courses are taught by Nichols professors who are trained and skilled in maximizing your learning potential online.
Committed to your success
We’re here to help you reach your unique educational and career goals. That’s why you’ll get a dedicated student success coach to help you with your advising and academic needs. Plus, our faculty are renowned for the outstanding support they give—they’re there to help you succeed today and down the road. And as a graduate, you’ll get lifetime assistance with career planning, courtesy of our Career and Professional Development Center.
Affordability and accessibility
In addition to flexibility, our Undergraduate Adult program offers affordability—and accessibility. Our tuition is competitively priced, at $370 per credit—making us one of the most affordable, high-quality colleges in Massachusetts. And financial aid is available. Plus, we do all we can to keep a Nichols education accessible. Our transfer credit policy and community college partnerships were created to make it easier to transfer credits—you may be able to transfer up to 90 credits. And you may be eligible to earn college credit for work experience through our credit for prior learning policy.