Elms Partnership

Information Sessions @ HCC

Holyoke Community College and Elms College have partnered to create a unique weekend program that offers students the best of both colleges. The result is an affordable bachelor's degree from Elms College that can be completed in just 20 months---with classes that are held on the HCC campus. Degrees are offered in accounting and information systems, business management, early childhood leadership, health services administration, and psychology.

How It Works

Students enter the program after they have completed their required associate's degree at HCC. During the course of 20 months, they take classes that satisfy Elms' core requirements as well as the requirements of their chosen degree program. Held on the HCC campus, classes run for four hours on Friday evening (5:30-9:30 p.m.) and four hours on Saturday (either 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 1-5 p.m., depending on the program). Classes are taught by both HCC and Elms faculty. By including up to 18 credits of classes from HCC and 42 credits from Elms, students are able to complete their coursework in 10, seven to eight-week sessions over a 20-month period. This uniquely affordable program saves students thousands of dollars. Those who complete the program are awarded an Elms College Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

Who Is Eligible

All graduates who have earned an associate degree from HCC or any accredited institution are eligible to apply to this program.


  • Accounting and Information Systems
  • Business Management and Marketing
  • Health Care Management
  • Psychology


The following application materials are required for each applicant:

  • A completed application with a $30 non-refundable application fee
  • A letter of recommendation
  • Personal goal statement approximately 100-250 words in length
  • Associate's Degree (required)
  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • Official high school transcripts or GED scores

Please submit these materials to:

Division of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education
Attn: HCC and Elms College Partnership
Elms College
291 Springfield Street
Chicopee, MA 01013

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for students who qualify. For information regarding financial aid, please visit Elms College Financial Aid information  or contact 413.265.2249.

Applicants applying for financial aid must first apply for an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov and then complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.gov.


Elms College provides a full-time program coordinator to facilitate academic advising, course registration and orientation on the HCC campus. For more information, visit the Elms College website or contact:

Dianne Jester-Wieland, M.A.
Program Coordinator - HCC

Elms: 413.265.2382
HCC: 413.552.2721
Mobile: 413.427.6553


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040