MS in Administrative Studies

The Master of Science in Administrative Studies (MSAS) is a multidisciplinary program designed to provide the opportunity for focused graduate study in one of five specialized or industry-specific areas of interest. Each of the concentrations will allow students to develop creativity, global awareness, communication skills, and the ability to use technology to increase productivity and efficiency.

Degree candidates have six years from the date of their first course to complete the program.

MSAS Concentrations

The department also offers an on-campus Master of Science in Project Management.

Department Vision

The programs of the Department of Administrative Sciences are designed to meet emerging challenges and complex problems in our ever-expanding global business environment. Our programs, whether they are certificate or degree, are designed around an understanding that the future of business is volatile: solutions that work today may be obsolete tomorrow, and long-term success depends on critical thinking and the ability to make informed decisions based on accurately researched data, improvisation, and authentic, hands-on experience.

The department recognizes that today’s fast-paced—and often volatile—global economy demands a new breed of business leader who is able to think strategically and holistically about business, and able to understand the interconnected nature of the twenty-first-century economy. Today’s business leaders must be strategic visionaries who can prepare organizations for innovation and change in the global environment.

Faculty

The administrative sciences department boasts a cadre of full-time faculty who reflect the values, quality, and prestige of a world-renowned institution. Department faculty are international and have exceptional academic credentials, excellent teaching abilities, highly recognized publishing records, significant contributions to research, and strong credibility due to their prior corporate experience. In addition to being recognized internationally in their academic fields, many of our faculty have experience on government and private boards, as consultants, entrepreneurs, and advisors to entrepreneurial initiatives.

Accreditation

Internationally renowned for its quality curriculum, teaching, and faculty, the Administrative Sciences department has been recognized by the world’s leading accrediting bodies for its excellence in management education. The department’s programs are accredited by AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and its Master of Science programs in Administrative Studies (Boston) and management (online) are accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Program Accreditation System (EPAS). In addition, the Master of Science in Project Management program is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).

Dual Concentration Option

This is a unique opportunity for students to obtain additional specialized knowledge by completing two administrative studies concentrations. Students can qualify for a second concentration by completing (1) the prerequisites, (2) the concentration requirements for each concentration, and (3) a minimum of three additional concentration courses (15 concentration courses). The exact number of courses needed may be more than 15 depending on the student’s concentrations and the courses selected.

Dual Degree Option

Actuarial science, computer information systems, computer science, or telecommunication with administrative studies.

Appreciating the converging nature of management skills and technology, the administrative sciences department has a special relationship with Metropolitan College’s computer science and actuarial science departments. Students in either program are able to apply 8 credit hours from one degree toward a second degree, thereby reducing their coursework on the second degree by two courses. Students must be accepted independently by appropriate departments, but they may request that application materials, such as references and transcripts, be forwarded from their initial program to their second.

International Opportunities

Online and Boston-based graduate students can participate in a variety of international study experiences through the Administrative Sciences department. These include obtaining a second degree from a foreign partner institution (dual degree program); taking a partner institution’s online course (for our online students); participating in one of the department’s intensive courses abroad; or attending a foreign university. Dual degree students (both campus-based and online) are able to earn a second degree from a foreign university with a reduction in that school’s graduation requirements; in most cases, a student can obtain an MSAS from Metropolitan College and an MBA from a foreign institution in two years of full-time study (with classes in English).

The department strongly believes that international opportunities are a vital part of today’s business education, and strives to make opportunities available to our students whether part-time, full-time, or online. MET partner institutions are located in a variety of countries, including England, France, Germany, Mexico, and Taipei. Information about a range of international opportunities is available from the department or, for online students, the online program coordinator.

Admission Information

In order to determine suitability for the Master of Science in Administrative Studies program, the administrative sciences department reviews each student’s academic background in relationship to their current professional standing. Candidates for admission to the MSAS degree program must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution; they are selected on the basis of academic transcripts, academic and personal references, and, in some cases, interviews.

For questions regarding the process of application to the Master of Science in Administrative Studies program, please contact the Department of Administrative Sciences at 617-353-3016 or adminsc@bu.edu, or visit www.bu.edu/met/admissions.

International Applicants

Applicants who require an I-20 visa from Boston University must submit an International Student Data Form (ISDF), along with financial and other documentation as required by the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO). Since financial aid is not available to foreign students, each international applicant will be asked to provide a financial declaration showing adequate funding for both tuition and living expenses for the duration of the program. All credentials must be submitted in English. International students must submit copies of current or recently issued visa or I-20 documentation. Boston University will not issue an I-20 without this information. Additional information may be obtained on the ISSO website.

International students must demonstrate an understanding of English, including the ability to read and write with proficiency. Students whose native language is not English must submit results from the following:

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-Based Test (iBT), with a minimum total score of 84, and minimum scores in each section as follows: Reading—21; Listening—18; Speaking—23; and Writing—22
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with a minimum total score of 6.5, and minimum scores of 6.5 in each section

The institutional code for Metropolitan College graduate programs is 9034.

Transfer of Credits

A maximum of two graduate-level courses (8 credits), completed with a grade of B+ or better and not used toward another degree, may be transferred from an accredited university with approval from the Administrative Sciences department. The courses must have been completed no more than two years prior to matriculation. To request transfer of credits to the MSAS, students must fill out a transfer of credit form and attach all pertinent information.

Part-time students who hold a bachelor’s degree, but have not yet applied as degree candidates, may enroll in a maximum of two courses on a space-available basis. Before registering in any of our graduate courses (600 level or higher) you will need to provide the department with an undergraduate transcript confirming your degree from an accredited university. Please note that only two courses taken prior to acceptance into the MSAS program will be counted toward the degree.

Good Standing

No grade lower than B- may be applied toward degree, certificate, or diploma requirements. Students with less than a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation must make satisfactory progress toward achieving a minimum of 3.0 by the following semester, and must be in a position to graduate with a 3.0 or better within the remaining program courses. While grades of B or B- are considered passing, these grades will not assist in raising an unsatisfactory GPA to a satisfactory level. Therefore, students must obtain a minimum grade of B+ during a probation period.

Students who, in the determination of the department and based on past academic performance, are not in a position to raise their GPA to the necessary level to graduate within the remaining courses will be dismissed from the program. Students who have not removed themselves from academic probation after one semester for full-time status (three semesters for part-time status) will be dismissed from the program.

Prerequisites

All students must demonstrate proficiency in mathematical skills for management by taking MET AD 510 Mathematics for Management.

International students are required to demonstrate proficiency in written and oral English skills. International students must take MET AD 501 Business Communications for International Students unless waived by the department.

Department courses to satisfy the prerequisites are:

  • MET AD 501 Business Communications for International Students (4 cr)
  • MET AD 510 Mathematics for Management (2 cr)

Note that prerequisites cannot be applied toward degree requirements.

Waiver Policy

A waiver exam is available for AD 510 Mathematics for Management. Students must take this waiver exam prior to the start of classes or must sign up for AD 510 in the first semester.