Academic Progress and Graduation

University Policy

Questrom School of Business Policy


To obtain a bachelor’s degree, most students must have completed a minimum of 129 credits. As a guide for completing the four-year undergraduate program, students should keep in mind that sophomore status usually is attained by satisfactorily completing 32 credits of coursework; junior status, 64 credits; and senior status, 96 credits. The number may vary depending on the college of enrollment. No more than 16 credits completed with the grade of “D” may be counted toward a Boston University degree. Per the Policy on Repeated Courses for Undergraduate Students, all “D” grades for repeated courses, as well as those taken just once, are factored into a student’s GPI and GPA. In the event of more than 16 credits of “D” work, the academic advisor, after consultation with the student, determines which of the courses with “D” grades may be applied to the degree.

The University trustees award degrees upon the recommendation of the faculty of the Questrom School of Business. Degree candidates must meet all requirements as published in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration section of this website. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for a degree. All degree requirements must be completed within seven years of matriculation in an undergraduate degree program. Students must declare their concentration and graduation date three semesters prior to their expected date of graduation. Physical education courses and ROTC credits cannot be applied toward the degree or the final cumulative grade point average.


The University trustees award degrees upon the recommendation of the faculty of the programs within the Questrom School of Business. Students must fulfill the requirements of their respective program (MBA, MS in Mathematical Finance, MSMS, MS·MBA/MBA + MSDi, or other dual degree programs). To graduate, master’s students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70 from Questrom and have no “I” or “MG” grades in courses counting toward their degree requirements.

Doctoral candidates, regardless of field of study or degree, must follow dissertation requirements set forth by the University and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3. Please see the most recent Guide for the Writers of Dissertation and Theses, prepared by Mugar Library, for all-University requirements, dissertation format and submission, and filing charges. The final version of the approved dissertation and accompanying signature sheet must be submitted to Mugar Library; the signature sheet must also be submitted to the Graduate Programs office. PhD degree requirements are complete only when the dissertation has been certified as meeting the standards of the Questrom School of Business and has been accepted by Mugar Library.

Students must submit a graduation application at least seven months before the date they expect to complete degree requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate the process for graduation. The application is available on the Graduate Programs office website, and should be submitted for a September, January, or May graduation.

Time Limit for Graduate Degree Completion

There is a time limit for completion of degree requirements of six years for graduate programs. Leaves of absence do not extend the six-year time limit for completion. A student may petition for an extension of the time limit for a valid reason. A letter of petition must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Programs. This letter must state the reason for the request, the proposed graduation date, and the specific plan of study—including a detailed map of specific courses and when they will be taken—to complete all degree requirements. The extension is subject to departmental and Program Development Committee approval. Students who do not graduate within the six-year time limit must petition for extension of the time limit or face withdrawal from the program.