Springfield College Boston

Transforming careers and communities

The School of Professional and Continuing Studies bachelor’s and master’s degree programs are perfect for adults who wish to transform their careers and their communities. Whether you’ve been out of school for five, 10, even 20 or more years, you’ll find that we make the transition as easy for you as possible. Beginning with weekend programs that can often be completed in 16 months, School of Professional and Continuing Studies programs are designed for adults who care about people above all else.

SHS Boston

Program Highlights:

  • Attend classes only on weekends, typically two weekends per month
  • Finish your degree in as little as 16 months
  • Receive undergraduate credit for college-level life, school, and work experiences
  • Earn a degree from a well-respected, fully accredited private college
  • Enjoy an affordable tuition, with financial aid opportunities
  • Learn in a small class that values and reflects a diverse world
  • Take advantage of the adult-centered Academic Success Center
  • Get valuable, hands-on experience right from the start

Frenchi King '09

“I can proudly say that I have an undergrad degree from Springfield College.”

Frenchi King '09

The Campus Guide

The Campus Guide includes essential information for students attending this campus, such as academic support services, ID cards, class cancellation information, and a resource for restaurants and hotels in the area.

Greetings! I would like to take this opportunity to extend my personal welcome to you as a student at Springfield College Boston.

At the Boston campus you are treated with respect for your life, work, family, and community and life experiences. The sharing of these experiences with your fellow students and faculty increases total awareness and critical thinking which is the key to our program’s success. Open, ongoing, and authentic dialogue is the foundation of our educational approach.

The willingness to assist you in succeeding with your educational endeavors is sincerely shared by all the faculty and staff at Springfield College Boston. We look forward to providing the very best learning environment for you throughout your Springfield College experience.

Again, welcome

James R. Whitley, JD, MPH, MS
Assistant Dean/campus Director

Student Support

Academic Support Services

Springfield College Boston has an Academic Success Center that offers readily and easily accessible services. The Center is a resource for students and instructors alike and focuses on writing support services, resource support services, research skills, and developing sustainable study skills. Reference tools connect directly to information, materials, and resources for writing, APA, organization, analysis, critical thinking, reflection/reaction essays, public speaking, and study tips.

All services are coordinated with the assistance of a resource specialist and focus on the development of sustainable skills to help students become independent learners.

The support services are available on a drop-in basis during regular campus hours, class hours of operation or by appointment. A student may self-elect to seek assistance or follow through on a recommendation.

We strongly encourage students to take advantage of the Academic Success Center services by contacting Teisha Twomey at (617) 242-3361, ext. 229, ttwomey@springfieldcollege.edu to set up an appointment or learn more about these services and free reference tools.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Students with documented physical, learning, or psychological disabilities may be eligible for reasonable academic accommodations to help them succeed in their academic program. It is the student’s responsibility to make a request for such accommodations and to provide appropriate documentation administered by a qualified professional such as psychologists, medical doctors, or agencies specializing in the diagnosis of such disabilities. Students must submit current documentation. If you have questions about services for students with disabilities, please contact Assistant Dean/Campus Director James Whitley at (617) 242-3361, ext. 225, jwhitley@springfieldcollege.edu.

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Technology Support Services

For assistance in all areas related to technology (gmail, Moodle, PrideNet), please contact Venatia Gilmer-Jones at 617-242-3361, ext. 226, vjones@springfieldcollege.edu, or Shakowa Neal at (617) 242-3361, ext. 227, sneal@springfieldcollege.edu.

Class Cancellations, Delays, Closing

Notification of campus class cancellation, openings, delays, or closings will be available through PrideNet, College e-mail, or turning to the following stations:

  • WFXT (Fox 25)
  • WBZ-TV (4)
  • WHDH (7 NEWS)

Immunization Requirements

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires all incoming students to complete forms regarding immunization and meningococcal disease.

Academic FAQs

What is the role of my academic advisor?

Think of your academic advisor as your partner in education. Your advisor is responsible for ensuring that you understand the School of Professional and Continuing Studies program and sequencing of courses and for monitoring your academic progress so that all graduation requirements are met. However, it is ultimately your responsibility to ask questions and to keep track of your own progress.

What is a syllabus and what information is usually included in it?

A syllabus is your guide to understanding what is expected in a course. The instructor will give you a syllabus no later than the first class. This document will include contact information for the professor, class and Moodle assignments, grading criteria, and academic policies.

What is a pre-course assignment?

Pre-course assignments are reading, writing, and project activities that are preparation for the first class of the course that you will be taking. You will find the vital information you need prior to your first class in the syllabus. It contains the instructor’s contact information, course objectives, required texts, and the pre-course assignment. The syllabus must be downloaded from the School of Professional and Continuing Studies website. You may be required to submit your pre-course assignment in the learning management system called “Moodle.”

Do I have to complete any academic work between classes?

Yes. Education is continuous and class meetings are just one aspect of the learning process. You are expected to complete all assignments as indicated on the course syllabus and the web-enhanced between-class assignments that incorporate the learning management system called “Moodle.” This applies for all School of Professional and Continuing Studies courses. These assignments are critical to your academic success. They also enable you to qualify for federal financial aid as a college student taking courses in our accelerated course format. Therefore, you must allocate some of your time between classes for learning activities that might include reading, writing, analyzing, reflecting, interacting with others, research, and interacting online with fellow students and the instructor. Assignments must be completed before each class session so you will be prepared for the classroom learning experience.

What happens if I miss a class?

You are expected to attend all class sessions and workshops for the courses in which you are enrolled. If you must miss all or part of a class session, you must notify the instructor in advance and make arrangements to make up course assignments. If you miss more than one class session, you may withdraw from the course or you may receive an “F” grade for the course depending on when the absences take place.

What happens to financial aid when I add/drop a course?

Your eligibility for a grant may be lost or reduced when a course is dropped. In some cases, your eligibility may increase if a course is added. Your eligibility for a loan may also change. Check with the staff person handling financial aid at the campus before making final arrangements to add or drop a course so that you will know the impact, if any, in your specific situation.

How is my financial aid impacted when I take less than a full-time load (12 credits undergraduate, 9 credits graduate)?

Aid is based on full-time enrollment unless your enrollment status is specifically stated as part-time. Many grants are available only to full-time undergraduate students. Pell grants are required to be adjusted for less than full-time status. Cost of attendance changes due to enrollment less than full-time status may also reduce loan eligibility.

If I have a disability, how can I get assistance and support?

Support services and accommodations are available to any student with a documented disability. If you require reasonable accommodations to assist you with your studies, you must provide current and appropriate documentation. For information regarding the type of services available to you, please contact Assistant Dean James R. Whitley at (617) 242-3361, ext. 225, jwhitley@springfieldcollege.edu

How do I receive credit for experiential learning in the undergraduate program?

The portfolio course (Human Services Portfolio Development, HUSB 307) teaches a process that identifies each student’s college-level learning and utilizes methodologies that enhance the student’s ability to think conceptually and analytically. Students identify, categorize, and organize their knowledge and present this knowledge through a course equivalent process. Once the knowledge has been identified, students must decide if and how this knowledge relates to learning that is typically credited at the college level. The Human Services Portfolio Development course provides a framework to assist students in reflecting upon and articulating their college-level experiential learning. These policies and procedures are based upon guidelines established by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).

When is my portfolio due?

The portfolio must be submitted at least six months prior to your anticipated graduation date to allow for the timely review and possible revision of submitted materials.

Why do I need a student ID card?

As a matriculating student, you are required to have a Springfield College photo identification card. The card should be carried at all times and must be used for identification purposes in accessing campus buildings and grounds, borrowing material from the Babson Library, and attending college-sponsored events. In addition, commercial organizations within your community may offer discounts if you present your student identification card when purchasing their products or services.

Where do I find out the latest info about School of Professional and Continuing Studies courses, programs, and activities?

You can find the latest information regarding School of Professional and Continuing Studies courses, programs, and activities through e-mail announcements sent to your Springfield College e-mail address, other campus correspondence to students, campus bulletin boards, academic course schedules, and the School of Professional and Continuing Studies website. When viewing the School of Professional and Continuing Studies website, be sure to access the link leading to your campus location.

How can I access computers for email, research, and/or word-processing?

The campus Computer Lab located in Room #114,gives you access to the Babson Library to conduct research for your course assignments and the opportunity to use the word processor. The computers in the lab are equipped with computer software applications for student use that include spreadsheets, Internet research, and library search services. You are able to access e-mail through your Springfield College PrideNET account. Your Springfield College email account is the mandatory mode of communication between you and the College. Routinely, the College will make you aware of general announcements pertaining to the entire Springfield community. You will use your e-mail account to communicate with School of Professional and Continuing Studies faculty and administration, Business Office, Financial Aid Office, Library, and any other College office in which you will do business.

Are online courses available at School of Professional and Continuing Studies?

Online courses are offered through both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs to matriculated School of Professional and Continuing Studies students. See your advisor for details or check the School of Professional and Continuing Studies home page for the schedule.

Campus Information

Bookstore and MBS Direct

Hours of operation during September and January terms:

  • Monday - Thursday - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday - 8 am to 4 pm
  • Saturday - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday - Closed
  • Call during summer months for hours.

It is located in the student union on the main Springfield College campus at 263 Alden St., Springfield, MA 01109 (413) 748-3596

You may shop online for apparel and other accessories.

MBS Direct is a virtual bookstore, with online services available to students 24/7. The virtual bookstore offers students of Springfield College Boston the opportunity to purchase books, use their book vouchers, and to have their purchase shipped to home, office, or the campus. Please contact Venatia Gilmer-Jones (617) 242-3361, ext. 226, or email vjones@springfieldcollege.edu for more information regarding MBS Direct.

Identification Cards

Students enrolled in Springfield College Boston will be issued a student identification card with an assigned student identification number. This card is used for identification purposes in accessing college buildings and grounds, borrowing material from the Babson Library and attending college sponsored events. The first Springfield College Identification Card is issued to a student at no charge. Replacements for lost or stolen cards will cost $35. Photos for identification cards are taken during the New Student Orientation. If you have questions about obtaining an ID card, please contact Shakowa Neal at (617) 242-3361, ext. 227.

Emergency Information

Safety on Campus

Springfield College and the School of Professional and Continuing Studies is serious about safety at all of our campuses. Please visit here to register for SC Alert and Rave Guardian applications.

Sexual Misconduct Chart


The access code for entering the building will be given during new student orientation. For the security of the campus and building, this access code is only for students, staff, and faculty of Springfield College Boston.

  • Punch in the code and # key on the wall panel (left of the double glass doors).
  • Push the door in after you hear it click.
  • Parking is free for Springfield College students.
  • Please stop at the Security Booth and announce that you are a Springfield College student.
  • If you are visiting us on the weekday, please let them know how long you will be visiting the campus.
  • Parking spaces marked “Visitor Parking” are for guests of tenants visiting for one hour.
  • If you are going to be more than one hour, you must obtain a DAY PASS and clearly display it on the dashboard of your vehicle.
  • Parking spaces marked “Reserved” or “Visitor Parking” are for authorized users only.
  • During the weekend students may park in any vacant space except those marked Reserved or Visitor Parking.
  • Vehicles may not be parked using more than one parking space. Vehicles may not park outside of the line of the parking space. Vehicles parked using more than one parking space or parked outside of the lines of the parking space will be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense.
  • Vehicles are prohibited from parking in areas not designated for parking and such areas may or may not have “No Parking” signs posted. Vehicles parked in areas not designated for parking will be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense.
  • Violators of any of the Flatley Company’s Parking Regulations are subject to being ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense. As a courtesy, the Flatley Company may not ticket violators on their first and second offense, but is under no obligation to do so.


The Constitution Inn
c/o by the YMCA of Greater Boston
150 Third Avenue, Charlestown Navy Yard
Boston, Massachusetts
(617) 241-8400, Fax (617) 241-2856
Reservations/Group Sales (800) 495-9622 or (617) 242-2778

Holiday Inn
30 Washington Street
Somerville, Massachusetts 02143
(617) 628-1000, Fax (617) 776-5238


There are a variety of restaurants, delicatessens, pizza shops and more located near the campus. The Staff Assistant, Eleanor Reyes, maintains the binder of menus located at the front desk.

Open Houses

Do you want to learn more about Springfield College School of Professional and Continuing Studies. Would you like to meet faculty or talk to students? Would you like help with you application or financial aid forms? Come see us during an Open House, or schedule a time that is more convenient for you.

Scheduled Open Houses

Thursday, September 29, 2016  6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 22, 2016  noon to 3:00 p.m.

All open houses are held at Springfield College Boston located at The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street, Suite 1M4, Boston, Massachusetts 02129.

For more information or to RSVP please contact:
Keith Moore, Assistant Director for Recruitment and Outreach
Email: kmoore@springfieldcollege.edu
Phone: (617) 242-3361, ext. 222
Fax: (617) 242-3025

Fall Term 2016

Undergraduate and Graduate Schedule

  • September 10-11
  • September 17-18
  • September 24-25
  • October 1-2
  • October 8-9
  • October 15-16
  • October 23
  • October 29-30
  • November 5-6
  • November 12-13
  • November 19-20
  • December 3-4
  • December 10-11

Cancellations or Campus Closing Make-up Date is December 17

Spring Term 2017

Undergraduate and Graduate Schedule

  • January 14-15
  • January 21-22
  • January 28-29
  • February 4-5
  • February 11-12
  • February 18-19
  • March 4-5
  • March 11-12
  • March 18-19
  • March 25-26
  • April 1-2
  • April 8-9

Cancellations or Campus Closing Make-up Date is April 16

Summer 2017 Term

Undergraduate Schedule

  • May 6-7
  • May 13-14
  • May 20-21
  • June 3-4
  • June 10-11
  • June 17-18
  • July 8-9
  • July 15-16
  • July 22-23
  • August 5-6
  • August 12-13
  • August 19-20

Cancellations or Campus Closing Make-up Date is August 26

The Schrafft Center

529 Main Street, Suite 1M4
Boston, MA 02129
Phone (617) 242-3361
Toll free (866) 272-9056
Fax (617) 242-3025

Name/Title Ext. E-mail Address
James Whitley, JD
Assistant Dean/Campus Director
225 jwhitley@springfieldcollege.edu
Gayle Crump-Swaby, EdD, MSW
230 gcrump-swaby@springfieldcollege.edu
Venatia Jones
Assistant Director for Administration
226 vjones@springfieldcollege.edu
Keith Moore
Assistant Director Recruitment and Outreach
222 kmoore@springfieldcollege.edu
Shakowa Neal
Administrative Assistant
227 sneal@springfieldcollege.edu
Eleanor Reyes
Admissions Assistant
221 ereyes@springfieldcollege.edu
Teisha Twomey
Resource Specialist
229 ttwomey@springfieldcollege.edu
Sherri VandenAkker, PhD
228 svanden@springfieldcollege.edu


James R. Whitley, Assistant Dean / Campus Director

James R. Whitley

Assistant Dean/Campus Director

Courses Regularly Taught
Senior Seminar, Graduate Project, Fiscal Management

Springfield College Contact Information
(617) 242-3361 ext. 225

Highest Degree
JD, Northeastern University

Other Degrees and Certifications
MS, Harvard University; MPH, Boston University; BA, Cornell University

Areas of Expertise
Public health, health policy, law, poetry, advocacy, higher education administration, management

Service Experience, Community Involvement, and Other Areas of Interest
Board member, Boston ECE Providers Council; Board member, United Somali Youth

Gayle-Crump Swaby

Gayl Crump-Swaby, EdD

Assistant Professor

Courses Regularly Taught
Diagnosis and Psychopathology, Psychopharmocology for Mental Health Counselors, Group Counseling, Clinical Internship

Springfield College Contact Information
(617) 242-3361 ext. 230

Highest Degree
EdD, Nova Southeastern University

Other Degrees and Certifications
MSW, Boston University; BSW, Oakwood University; Moral Reconation Therapy Certificate, Global Assessment of Individual Needs (GAIN) Certified; Distant Learning Leader Certificate

Areas of Expertise
Children, youth, and families; cultural diversity; women and girls; substance abuse

Service Experience, Community Involvement, and Other Areas of Interest
Clinical supervision and training; board member, Walker Home and School; JP/Roxbury Family Resource Center, Trauma Treatment; treatment with ex-offenders

Sherri SHS

Sherri L. VandenAkker, PhD


Courses Regularly Taught
Communication Skills, Literature

Springfield College Contact Information
(617) 242-3361 ext. 228

Highest Degree
PhD, University of Massachusetts

Other Degrees and Certifications
MS, University of Massachusetts; BA, Mount Holyoke College; University of Kent at Canterbury (U.K.); Graduate Certificate, University of Massachusetts Boston, Instructional Technology for Educators

Areas of Expertise
Rhetoric and composition theory, 20th Century American poetry, creative writing, documentary film, instructional technology

Keith Moore

Keith E. Moore

Assistant Director for Recruitment and Outreach

Springfield College Contact Information

Highest Degree
MEd, Troy University

Other Degrees and Certifications
BA, Chicago State University; Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies/Student Personnel Administration, Springfield College

Areas of Expertise
Housing and residence life programming and staffing, higher education leadership, data systems, and motivational speaking

Service Experience, Community Involvement, and Other Areas of Interest
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Boston Graduate Chapter; Director of education, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Springfield Chapter; member, American College Personnel Association; Standing committee for LGBT; Board member, Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I); Site coordinator, Humanics in Action Day; Advisor, Alpha Phi Omega (service fraternity)

Lisa Owens

Adjunct Faculty

Courses Regularly Taught
Critical Overview in Human Services, Issues in Research, Group Project in Community Development and Change

Springfield College Contact Information

Highest Degree
MS, Springfield College School of Human Services

Other Degrees and Certifications
BS, Springfield College School of Human Services; Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Boston University

Areas of Expertise
Structural racism and United States social welfare policy, health equity and public policy, participatory action research, designing and implementing community based projects, youth leadership and youth organizing, nonprofit management and leadership

Service Experience, Community Involvement, and Other Areas of Interest
Past board member, City Life Vida Urbana (housing rights and economic justice); Haymarket People's Fund (racial justice community foundation); Boston Women's Fund (social justice foundation focused on women and girls)

Cheryl Snyder

Cheryl M. Snyder

Adjunct Faculty

Courses Regularly Taught
Economics and Social Change, Advocacy and Policy Analysis, Integrative Core Seminar II: Global Economy, Culture, and Community, Human Services and Health, Dynamics of Case Management

Springfield College Contact Information

Highest Degree
MSW, Boston College

Other Degrees and Certifications
BA, Boston College

Areas of Expertise
Community organizing and coalition building, advocacy: legislative and administrative, policy analysis and policy development, project management, program development and program evaluation, grant writing and grant management; innovative, creative, problem-solving

Service Experience, Community Involvement, and Other Areas of Interest
Volunteer, past board member, and president, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work's Alumni Association; Active volunteer, 350MA's South Shore Node, and 350.org

Photos of Campus


Keith Moore, Assistant Director for Recruitment and Admissions
Email: kmoore@springfieldcollege.edu
Phone: (617) 242-3361, ext. 222
Fax: (617) 242-3025
Toll Free: (866) 272-9056

Hours of Operation

Business Day Hours of Operation
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
class days only
Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
class days only

Springfield College Boston The Schrafft Center 529 Main Street, Suite 1M4 Boston, MA 02129

Springfield College School of Professional and Continuing Studies
263 Alden Street, Springfield, MA 01109
(413) 748-3000