NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces a new program that will allow highly motivated and hard-working students to complete a general business administration degree in three years, instead of the traditional four. MCLA is the first and only institution out of the nine universities in the Massachusetts State University System to offer this innovative program.

Enrollment in MCLA’s Three-Year Business Administration Degree Program is full-time, across six regular semesters, plus two summer semesters. The program includes on-campus, hybrid and online courses, as well as summer internships. The program’s general business concentration allows students the flexibility to earn a business degree that conforms to their needs in a shorter time frame.

“The three-year accelerated program is a great opportunity for committed and goal-oriented students who want to go on to graduate study or enter the workforce earlier, and, at the same time, save on college expenses,” said Monica Joslin, MCLA dean of academic affairs.

The Three-Year Business Administration Degree Program supports Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker’s call to reduce college costs, as a three-year business student will save on a full year’s worth of room and board.

Although most students generally take one or two summer classes during their time at MCLA, students in this program will enroll in additional courses during the summer sessions, and/or internships.

“Completing the Three-Year Business Administration Degree Program makes college more affordable, and lets you join the workforce a year ahead or start a graduate degree more quickly, all with the same high-quality educational experience as a four-year degree student,” said Dr. Thomas Whalen, assistant professor of business administration.

According to Gina Puc ’07, director of admission, business administration continues to remain one of the most popular majors among students in Berkshire County and beyond. 

Prospective students are interested in this new option, Puc said, as many of them look for ways to save both time and money. The program also allows students to take advantage of and maximize any early college credits they may have earned in high school through dual enrollment courses or Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

Excellent candidates for the Three-Year Business Administration Degree Program will enter with AP or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit. However, all motivated, hard-working students may apply. High school students should contact MCLA admissions advisors to help plan which high school courses will complement a Business Administration major.

Once accepted into the program, students will be matched with a business faculty advisor to guide their course selection and internship placement.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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