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SSM Degree Programs

Learn more about our degree programs:

Gateway:

An ideal first step for adults with little or no previous college credit is OPTIONS Gateway. By attending class on the same two nights each week, the 19-month curriculum puts you on a fast track by providing the liberal arts foundation for your bachelor's degree. After completion of Gateway, choose from two OPTIONS bachelor degree programs. A combination of OPTIONS Gateway and an OPTIONS bachelor degree program will provide approximately two-thirds of the 128 required credits for a degree. The remaining credits, if any, will be electives.

Undergraduate Degrees:

SSM employees with at least 48 hours of transferable credit from accredited institutions may begin with a bachelor degree program which can be completed in about 22 months or less. Each program contains the major core requirements or roughly one-third of the 128 required credits for a degree. Outside of class, learning continues with study teams that meet four hours weekly on group projects. Sharing talents, experiences and learning resources, students have a significant opportunity to gain more in-depth knowledge than can be achieved through individual effort alone.

Graduate Degrees:

At the graduate level, there are two master degree programs to choose from. The Master of Business Administration and the Master of Management are both designed to provide a well-rounded business background for adults seeking to enhance their managerial effectiveness and expand educational goals beyond a bachelor's degree. Study teams are not incorporated into the Master of Management and MBA offered on-site to SSM employees.

For more information regarding Gateway, undergraduate, or graduate degree programs please contact Jeff Jewett at jjewett@fontbonne.edu or (314) 719-8049.


With Fontbonne OPTIONS, you may be closer to earning your degree than you thought!

OPTIONS is Convenient...

...with classes that meet the same night each week so you can plan your busy schedule. Students register once for their entire curriculum which can be pursued at one of four SSM locations including SSM St. Joseph Health Center (St. Charles), SSM DePaul Health Center, SSM St. Mary's Health Center, and the SSM Health Care Network Office. Different degree groups form throughout the year at all five locations so you can begin when the time is right for you.

OPTIONS is Practical...

...with instructors who bring relevant business knowledge and upper-level academic credentials to the classroom. Students are motivated career-minded men and women with considerable work and lifetime experiences. Combined, the classroom style is lively and interactive, relating theory to business and world events. In the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Studies (BOS) and Bachelor of Business Adminstration (BBA) programs, learning continues outside the classroom with study teams that meet four hours weekly on group projects. Sharing talents, experiences and learning resources, students have a significant opportunity to gain more in-depth knowledge than can be achieved through individual effort alone. NOTE: Due to the nature of the curriculum, study teams do not meet in OPTIONS Gateway, SSM Master of Managment, or SSM MBA.

OPTIONS is Accelerated...

...with most courses just five to eight weeks in length. And what you learn in class at night, you can begin applying at work the next day. All programs have been pre-sequenced, including breaks, to be completed in about two years or less with the exception of the Master of Management degree program.

OPTIONS is Dedicated to Your unique needs...

...as an adult student by offering an exceptional learning environment, a specialized team of staff members, convenient office hours, streamlined programs that fit your busy lifestyle, class locations close to home or work, and quality academic programs so you can focus on your education.

At Fontbonne OPTIONS, we are focused on you and we are committed to providing the education, resources, and services to help you succeed.