MBA/MS in Media Ventures

The College of Communication no longer admits students to the MBA/MS in Media Ventures. Students who are continuing in this program should note the following degree requirements.

The Master of Business Administration/Master of Science (MBA/MS) in Media Ventures is offered as a dual degree, administered jointly by the College of Communication (COM) and the Questrom School of Business. The dual degree is designed for creative and enterprising students who want to take advantage of the explosion of technology and the opportunities that emerging media provide.

The focus of this degree is on the business of creating innovative content in the 21st century entertainment media landscape. The MBA/MS in Media Ventures program is a five-semester, bicoastal program that benefits from the strengths of College of Communication, Questrom School of Business, and the Los Angeles program.

This dual degree attracts students from a variety of backgrounds and industries. As the communication industries become more global, our program brings together a great network.

Application for Admission

Application for the MBA/MS Media Ventures is closed for the 2015/2016 application cycle.

Requirements for the Dual Degree

Students pursuing the Questrom School of Business’s MBA Program and the MS in Media Ventures Program at COM must give special attention to the course requirements of both programs. Students should meet with the COM Media Ventures advisor and the academic advisor in the MBA Program in the first semester, and as needed during the program.

This is a two-year, five-semester option where students pursue an MBA with Boston University Questrom School of Business before joining the single MS degree program in Media Ventures at the College of Communication. Students must complete at least 40 credits at Questrom and 40 credits at COM. Students who pass the Questrom waiver exam or transfer credit for a course must take a Questrom course to replace it.

Students must meet all of the requirements for the degree in each school and must take at least 80 credits at Boston University.

Requirements for the MS in Media Ventures

Students must take a minimum of 48 credits for the COM degree.

Fall Semester (Boston campus)

  • COM FT 701 Media in Evolution (4 cr)
  • COM FT 554 The Media Money Trail: Funding, Expansion, and the Road to Profitability
  • COM FT 728 Creating New Ideas  (4 cr)
  • COM EM 500 Emerging Media Studies (4 cr)
  • Elective (students may choose one course from a list of electives in Journalism, Film and Television, Mass Communication, Advertising, Public Relations, and Emerging Media Studies)

Spring Semester (Los Angeles Program)

  • COM CM 561 HL B1 Multi-Platform Entertainment Marketing: Design Thinking
  • COM CM 561 HW Careers in the Entertainment Industry
  • COM FT 552 Modern Media Ventures (4 cr)
  • COM FT 953 Internship (4 cr)

The Spring Semester also includes two thesis workshops. The first focuses on the steps the students must take to refine their individual thesis projects. The second is an intense workshop in presentation skills.

Summer Semester (Los Angeles Program)

  • COM FT 856 Graduate Media Seminar
  • COM FT 954 Internship (4 cr)
  • COM FT 825 Thesis Project (4 cr)

Requirements for the MBA

Students must take 40 credits of MBA courses at the Questrom School of Business. They must satisfy all of the required core courses. Courses that are waived or transferred do not count toward the 40-credit residency required for the MBA.

MBA Considerations

Team-Building in the MBA Program

Special attention is given to team-building in the first semester of full-time study in the MBA program. In the first year, students are assigned to a cohort: a group of 50–55 students who take core courses together. Through this model, students often establish strong professional and personal bonds with their cohorted colleagues.

Course Sequencing

Full-time MBA: In the Fall Semester, OB 713, AC 710, QM 716, MK 723, and FE 721 are offered during the day for first-year full-time students. Four more core courses, IS 710, FE 727, OM 725, and SI 750, are offered during the day in the Spring Semester for first-year full-time students.

MBA Electives

In the Fall and Spring Semesters, there are many MBA electives offered, some of which are day sections. However, most electives are offered during the evening. A smaller number of electives are offered (evenings) in the Summer Session.

Full-Time MBA Program of Study (40 credits)

  • MG 700 Ethical and Global Foundations (1 cr)
  • MG 790 Ethical Leadership in a Global Economy (3 cr)
  • PL 727 Organizations, Markets, and Society (3 cr)
  • OB 713 Leading Organizations and People (3 cr)
  • AC 710 Financial Reporting and Analysis (3 cr)
  • FE 721 Finance 1 (3 cr)
  • MK 723 Marketing Management (3 cr)
  • QM 716 Business Analytics: Data Analysis and Risk (3 cr)
  • FE 727 Economics and Management Decisions (3 cr)
  • IS 710 IT Strategies for a Networked Economy (3 cr)
  • OM 725 Creating Value through Operations & Technology (3 cr)
  • SI 750 Competition, Innovation & Strategy (3 cr)
  • PL 700 Introduction to Business Law (2 cr)
  • ES 721 Teaming (0 cr)
  • ES 722 Executive Communication (0 cr)
  • ES 723 Career Management (0 cr)
  • MBA elective (3 cr)
  • Global Engagement elective (3 cr)

Summer Options

It is possible to complete the 80 credits for the COM and MBA degrees by taking courses in the Summer Session(s) following the first years. Please see the advisors in both schools regarding exceptions to standard course planning.

It is also possible to gain valuable experience during the summer between the first and second year by pursuing a management/media internship. More information about opportunities for hands-on experience may be obtained from the Career Center at the Questrom School of Business and the College of Communication.

Full 5-Semester Curriculum

Fall Semester

  • Executive Presentations (1 cr)
  • Career Management (2 cr)
  • Leading Organizations and People (3 cr)
  • Finance 1 (3 cr)
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis (3 cr)
  • Marketing Management (3 cr)
  • Data Analysis for Managerial Decision Making (3 cr)

Spring Semester

  • Executive Written Communication (1 cr)
  • Current Topics in Law and Ethics (2 cr)
  • IT Strategies for a Networked Economy (3 cr)
  • Creating Value through Operations and Technology (3 cr)
  • Economics and Management Decisions (3 cr)
  • Competition, Innovation & Strategy (3 cr)
  • MBA elective (3 cr)

Fall Semester

  • Career Community III (1 cr)
  • MBA elective (3 cr)
  • Media in Evolution (4 cr)
  • Media Business Entrepreneurship (4 cr)
  • Creating New Ideas (4 cr)

Spring Semester

  • Multiplatform Entertainment Promotion and Marketing (4 cr)
  • Careers in Hollywood (4 cr)
  • Modern Media Ventures (4 cr)
  • Internship (start-up) (4 cr)

Summer Session

  • Graduate Media Seminar (4 cr)
  • Internship (Traditional Media) (4 cr)
  • Thesis Project (4 cr)