The Nichols College difference

If there’s one thing that is a constant in the business world, it’s change. Here at Nichols College, we recognize that. And we don’t just teach you how to keep up in a changing landscape. We teach you how to thrive in it.

We’ve designed our advanced professional degrees and programs not just to make you stand out tomorrow, but to make you shine where you are today, too. You’ll come to see everything we do here at Nichols is fueled by innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit, from the technology that powers our flexible learning options to a unique emphasis on leadership and communication not normally found in traditional MBA and MSA programs.

Above all, we want you to know that wherever you are in your life and career, this is doable. Bring us your goals and a desire to learn, and in return we offer you the keys to your success: Knowledge and skills that will start paying off in your job today. A field-tested faculty who bring relevant industry expertise to the classroom. A pace and flexibility that fits every life. An acute awareness of what hiring managers are looking for in today’s professional market. And an affordable business education that offers incomparable value for your time and money.

I encourage you to join us for a class and experience the Nichols difference firsthand. We would love to show you around campus and discuss your goals and how Graduate & Professional Studies can help you attain them. And we look forward to working with you to bring about the change you’re looking for in your career and your life.

Kerry Calnan, C.M.A.
Executive Director, Graduate & Professional Studies

About GPS - Business and professional education that fits your life.

Located in Dudley, Mass., Nichols is a private college with a singular focus—developing future business leaders by committing ourselves to helping our students build successful careers on their own terms.

Graduate & Professional Studies (GPS) started in 1974 with an enrollment of just 11 students but now offers one of the largest MBA programs in Central Massachusetts, offering graduate programs, certificate programs, and corporate programs and partnerships.  With small, highly interactive classes and a focus on career advancement and professional development, GPS engages students in a creative, relevant and dynamic journey of business and leadership education.

We take a realistic and supportive approach to our GPS programs, understanding that people learn best when they’re able to learn how and when they want. Our mission is to develop tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business and professional education that offers the flexibility to accommodate each student’s work and life demands.

As a student, you want value that includes a solid business education and a memorable college experience. As a graduate, you want to know you’ve expanded your career opportunities and that you’ll make an impact both today and in whatever career path you choose in the future. At Nichols, we can give you all of the above.

Nichols College GPS offers you:

  • A world ready business education
  • A mentoring faculty of experienced business professionals
  • The flexibility to learn when and how it works for you—in the classroom or online in real-time
  • Unique business skills seminars that are pillars for student professionalism
  • Career services for life
  • Networking opportunities beyond the classroom

Did you know?

  • Nichols is ranked nationally as 12th best business school for salary potential by for 2016-2017.
  • Nichols is ranked nationally as 10th Best Value Business School by for 2016.
  • Nichols is named one of the 14 "Specialty Business Schools" in the country by US News and World Report for 2017.

Our vision:
Nichols College is a college of choice for business and leadership education as a result of its distinctive career-focused and leadership-based approaches to learning, both in and out of the classroom.

Our mission:
Within a supportive community, Nichols transforms today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business and professional education.

Founded in 1815, Nichols College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

The GPS Team