Master of Business Administration

Students are admitted to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program as majoring in General Management, Health Sector Management, or Public Management. MBA students may also choose to pursue concentrations.

General Management Program

The MBA in General Management is a full-time program.

First Year

Fall (20 cr) Spring (19 cr)
(or 22 w/ optional elective)
Summer
Pre-Term: MG 790 Ethical Leadership in a Global Economy I (2 cr) January Intensive: PL 700 Introduction to Business Law (2 cr) Internship
Module 1:

  • PL 727 Organizations, Markets, and Society (3 cr)
  • QM 716 Business Analytics: Data Analysis and Risk Management (3 cr)
  • AC 710 Financial Reporting and Analysis (3 cr)
Module 3:

  • IS 710 IT Strategies for a Networked Economy (3 cr)
  • OB 713 Leading Organizations and People (3 cr)
  • SI 750 Competition, Innovation, and Strategy (3 cr)
Module 2:

  • OM 725 Creating Value Through Operations and Technology (3 cr)
  • MK 723 Marketing Management (3 cr)
  • FE 721 Financial Management (3 cr)
  • ES 721 Teaming (0 cr)
  • ES 722 Executive Communications (0 cr)
  • ES 723 Career Management (0 cr)
Module 4:

  • Elective (3 cr)
  • Elective (3 cr)
  • Elective (3 cr)—Optional
  • MG 791 Ethical Leadership in a Global Economy II (2 cr)
  • ES 721 Teaming (0 cr)
  • ES 723 Career Management (0 cr)

Second Year

Fall (13 cr) Spring (12 cr)
Semester:

  • Elective (3 cr)
  • Elective (3 cr)
  • Elective (3 cr)
  • Elective (3 cr)
  • ES 723 Career Management (0 cr)
  • ES 724 Professional Skills (1 cr)
Semester:

  • Elective (3 cr)
  • Elective (3 cr)
  • Elective (3 cr)
  • Elective (3 cr)

A minimum of 64 credits is required for single MBA completion. The flat, per-semester tuition for full-time students encompasses 12–18 credits per semester. The curriculum and courses are subject to change as recommended by faculty, deans, and administrators of Questrom School of Business.

Students who receive a “W,” “F,” or “I” grade in a core class, excluding Executive Skills classes and PL 700, cannot continue in the cohorted program.

Health Sector Management Program

The Health Sector Management (HSM) program is available to full-time and part-time students and consists of:

  • 34 credits of MBA core courses
  • 6 credits of HSM core courses and 6 credits of HSM elective courses
  • 18 credits of electives
  • A Health Sector internship

Through the Health Sector Management MBA program, students learn essential management skills and develop the conceptual frameworks necessary to apply them successfully in the field of health care. The program requires a Health Sector internship, which students complete during the summer between the first and second years of the program.

The Health Sector Management curriculum augments the core MBA with required courses that provide an in-depth understanding of the structure and operation of health care systems. Building on the skills acquired in the core MBA program, the Health Sector Management curriculum focuses on health service delivery, life science products, and health sector consulting.

Note: Two of six second-year electives must be HSM electives in addition to HM 710 or HM 717 in the second year.

First Year

Fall (20 cr) Spring (19 cr)
(or 22 w/ optional elective)
Summer
Pre-Term: MG 790 Ethical Leadership in a Global Economy I (2 cr) January Intensive: PL 700 Introduction to Business Law (2 cr) Internship (Required)
Module 1:

  • PL 727 Organizations, Markets, and Society (3 cr)
  • QM 716 Business Analytics: Data Analysis and Risk Management (3 cr)
  • AC 710 Financial Reporting and Analysis (3 cr)
Module 3:

  • IS 710 IT Strategies for a Networked Economy (3 cr)
  • OB 713 Leading Organizations and People (3 cr)
  • SI 750 Competition, Innovation, and Strategy (3 cr)
Module 2:

  • OM 725 Creating Value Through Operations and Technology (3 cr)
  • MK 723 Marketing Management (3 cr)
  • FE 721 Financial Management (3 cr)
  • ES 721 Teaming (0 cr)
  • ES 722 Executive Communications (0 cr)
  • ES 723 Career Management (0 cr)
Module 4:

  • HM 703 Health Sector Issues and Opportunities (3 cr)
  • Elective* (3 cr)
  • Elective* (3 cr)—Optional
  • MG 791 Ethical Leadership in a Global Economy II (2 cr)
  • ES 721 Teaming (0 cr)
  • ES 723 Career Management (0 cr)

Second Year

Fall (13 cr) Spring (12 cr)
Semester:

  • HM 710 Health Service Delivery (3 cr) or
    HM 717 Drugs, Devices, and Diagnostics (3 cr)
  • Elective* (3 cr)
  • Elective* (3 cr)
  • Elective* (3 cr)
  • ES 723 Career Management (0 cr)
  • ES 724 Professional Skills (1 cr)
Semester:

  • Elective* (3 cr)
  • Elective* (3 cr)
  • Elective* (3 cr)
  • Elective* (3 cr)

*Two of the six electives must be HSM electives.

64 credits is the minimum required for single MBA completion. The flat, per-semester tuition for full-time students encompasses 12–18 credits per semester. The curriculum and courses are subject to change as recommended by faculty, deans, and administrators of the Questrom School of Business.

Students who receive a “W,” “F,” or “I” grade in a core class, excluding Executive Skills classes and PL 700, cannot continue in the cohorted program.

Public & Nonprofit Management Program

The Public & Nonprofit Management (PNP) program, also known as the Social Impact MBA program, is available to full-time and part-time students and consists of:

  • 34 credits of MBA core courses
  • 3 credits of PNP core courses and 9 credits of PNP elective courses
  • 18 credits of electives
  • A Public & Nonprofit Management internship

Note: Three of the electives must be PNP electives.

First Year

Fall (20 cr) Spring (19 cr)
(or 22 w/ optional elective)
Summer
Pre-Term: MG 790 Ethical Leadership in a Global Economy I (2 cr) January Intensive: PL 700 Introduction to Business Law (2 cr) PNP Internship (Required)
Module 1:

  • PL 727 Organizations, Markets, and Society (3 cr)
  • QM 716 Business Analytics: Data Analysis and Risk Management (3 cr)
  • AC 710 Financial Reporting and Analysis (3 cr)
Module 3:

  • IS 710 IT Strategies for a Networked Economy (3 cr)
  • OB 713 Leading Organizations and People (3 cr)
  • SI 750 Competition, Innovation, and Strategy (3 cr)
Module 2:

  • OM 725 Creating Value Through Operations and Technology (3 cr)
  • MK 723 Marketing Management (3 cr)
  • FE 721 Financial Management (3 cr)
  • ES 721 Teaming (0 cr)
  • ES 722 Executive Communications (0 cr)
  • ES 723 Career Management (0 cr)
Module 4:

  • OB 841 Fundamentals of Nonprofit Management (3 cr)
  • Elective* (3 cr)
  • Elective* (3 cr)—Optional
  • MG 791 Ethical Leadership in a Global Economy II (2 cr)
  • ES 721 Teaming (0 cr)
  • ES 723 Career Management (0 cr)

Second Year

Fall (13 cr) Spring (12 cr)
Semester:

  • Elective* (3 cr)
  • Elective* (3 cr)
  • Elective* (3 cr)
  • Elective* (3 cr)
  • ES 723 Career Management (0 cr)
  • ES 724 Professional Skills (1 cr)
Semester:

  • Elective* (3 cr)
  • Elective* (3 cr)
  • Elective* (3 cr)
  • Elective* (3 cr)

*Three of the eight electives must be PNP electives.

64 credits is the minimum required for single MBA completion. The flat, per-semester tuition for full-time students encompasses 12–18 credits per semester. The curriculum and courses are subject to change as recommended by faculty, deans, and administrators of Questrom School of Business.

Students who receive a “W,” “F,” or “I” grade in a core class, excluding Executive Skills classes and PL 700, cannot continue in the cohorted program.

Concentrations

Once enrolled, students have the opportunity to formally concentrate in Energy & Environmental Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Leadership & Organizational Transformation, Marketing, Operations & Technology Management, or Strategy & Innovation. Students must complete a concentration declaration form through the Grad Center website. Concentration requirements are subject to change and are separate from MBA degree requirements.

Required Foundation Course (1 Unit)

The following course is required:

  • SI 836 Foundations of Environmental Sustainability

Elective Courses (2 Total Units Required)

The following lists elective options students can choose from with the corresponding EES units the course will earn. Please note that some courses are equivalent to 1 unit, while some are .5. Two .5 courses will equal 1 unit. Students must take an equivalent of 2 units of electives in this area.

Questrom School of Business Courses:

  • MK 867 Marketing Social Change (.5 unit)
  • OB 835 Leading Sustainable Enterprises (1 unit)
  • OM 845 Clean Technologies and Supply Chains (1 unit)
  • PL 851 Sustainable Energy Models and Policies (1 unit)
  • PL 882 Public Policy Analysis (.5 unit)
  • SI 849 Global Sustainability (1 unit)
  • SI 870 Strategies for Sustainable Development (.5 unit or 1 unit with qualifying project)

Courses from other BU schools/colleges:

These courses have been pre-approved and do not require a Graduate Elective Request to enroll. A grade of B– or better is required to count toward the requirement. Students must work with the individual school’s registration processes to enroll in these courses.

  • CAS GE 555 World Oil Markets (1 unit)
  • CAS GE 560 Energy Transitions (1 unit)
  • ENG EC/ME/SE 543 Sustainable Power Systems: Planning, Operation, and Markets (1 unit)
  • ENG EK 546 Assessment of Sustainable Energy Technologies (1 unit)

One Practice/Project Unit (1 Total Unit Required)

Students must take one elective from the following list, and must complete an EES-qualified project within the course of the class.

  • IM 852 Brazil Field Seminar (1 unit for qualified project)
  • IS 855 Digital Transformation: Immersive Interactions and Insights at Silicon Valley (1 unit for qualified project)
  • OB 840 Management Consulting Field Project (1 unit for qualified project)
  • SI 852 Starting New Ventures (1 unit for qualified project)

Required Courses (2)

Students must take two of the following courses:

  • PL 850 Social Entrepreneurship
  • SI 852 Starting New Ventures
  • SI 855 Entrepreneurship

Elective Courses (2)

Students must take two courses selected from the following list. Students may also count additional courses from the list above toward their two electives. Students should select electives that best suit their professional interests, and are, therefore, encouraged to meet with faculty in the Entrepreneurship Department to discuss their course options.

  • FE 850 Private Equity: LBOs
  • FE 854 Entrepreneurial Finance (formerly SI 854)
  • HM 703 Health Sector Issues and Opportunities
  • HM 710 Health Service Delivery: Strategies, Solutions, and Execution
  • HM 717 Drugs, Devices, and Diagnostics: New Challenges, Strategies, and Execution
  • HM 801 From Bench to Bedside—Translating Biomedical Innovation from the Laboratory to the Marketplace
  • HM 817 Health Information Technology
  • IS 827 Platforms and Information Markets
  • MK 845 Social Media Marketing
  • MK 852 Data Driven Marketing Decisions
  • MK 854 Branding
  • MK 856 Consumer Behavior
  • MK 862 Marketing High-Tech Products
  • MK 864 Pricing Strategy and Tactics
  • MK 875 Retailing and Omni-Channel Marketing
  • OB 830 Leading the Mission-Driven Organization
  • OB 844 Managing Organizational Change
  • OB 848 The Leadership Challenge
  • OB 853 Negotiations
  • OM 845 Clean Technologies and Supply Chains
  • OM 865 Idea Lab
  • OM 880 Product Design and Development
  • PL 815 Competitive Decision Making (formerly FE 815)
  • PL 861 Emerging Issues in Business Law
  • SI 814 Intellectual Property Strategies (formerly FE 814)
  • SI 835 Real Estate Management
  • SI 836 Foundations of Environmental Sustainability
  • SI 839 Design Thinking and Innovation
  • SI 842 Real Estate Development
  • SI 845 Technology Strategy
  • SI 856 International Entrepreneurship
  • SI 858 Innovation Ecosystems
  • SI 859 Strategy Implementation
  • SI 868 International Consulting Project
  • SI 870 Strategies for Sustainable Development (formerly PL 870)
  • SI 871 Strategies for Bringing Technology to Market

Required Courses

All of the following courses must be completed:

  • FE 721 Finance I or FE 722 Financial Management
  • FE 810 Finance II
    • Finance II is required for students in the full-time MBA program
  • FE 820 Corporate Financial Management
  • FE 823 Investments

Elective Courses

Two of the following electives must be completed:

  • AC 814 Financial Statement Analysis and Investor Decisions
  • FE 810 Finance II
    • For full-time MBA students, FE 810 counts as a required course, and they will only have to take one elective. For PEMBA students, this course counts as one of the two electives.
  • FE 821 Advanced Corporate Finance
  • FE 822 Fixed Income Markets
  • FE 825 Advanced Topics in Investments
  • FE 827 International Financial Management
  • FE 829 Futures, Options, and Financial Risk Management
  • FE 850 Private Equity: Leveraged Buyouts
  • PL 815 Competitive Decision Making (formerly FE 815)
  • PL 834 Macroeconomics in the Global Environment (formerly FE 834)
  • SI 863 Strategic and Financial Analysis and Design

MBA Core (1)

The following course is part of the MBA core and is also required for the Leadership & Organizational Transformation concentration:

  • OB 712/OB 713 Leading Organizations and People

Required Courses (2 of the following 3)

These courses are designed to develop self-awareness and emotional competence.

  • OB 844 Managing Organizational Change
  • OB 848 The Leadership Challenge
  • OB 853 Negotiations

Elective Courses (2)

Students must take the equivalent of two full semester courses selected from the comprehensive list below, as outlined. Students who take all three of the courses listed above may count one of those toward their two electives.

Leading Change and Transformation in Groups and Organizations (choose 2 of 6)

If you take all three electives listed above, you only need to choose one course from this area.

  • OB 830 Leading the Mission-Driven Organization
  • OB 835 Leading Sustainable Enterprises
  • OB 840 Management Consulting Field Project
  • OB 860 Managerial Decision Making

OR select one (1) course from the list of OB electives above and one (1) course from the following:

  • OM 840 Managing and Improving Quality: Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification
  • OM 855 Project Management
  • PL 845 Improving Your Decisions
  • PL 850 Social Entrepreneurship
  • SI 830 Corporate Strategies for Growth
  • SI 839 Design and Innovation Strategy
  • SI 859 Strategy Implementation

Required Course (1)

The following course must be completed:

  • MK 723/MK 724 Marketing Management

Elective Courses (4)

Students must take four additional courses:

  • Three Marketing electives (any course with an MK designation, including):
    • MK 842 Digital Marketing Analytics
    • MK 845 Social Media Marketing
    • MK 852 Data Driven Marketing Decisions
    • MK 853 Global Strategic Marketing
    • MK 854 Branding
    • MK 856 Consumer Behavior
    • MK 862 Marketing Hi-Tech Products
    • MK 864 Pricing Strategy and Tactics
    • MK 867 Marketing Social Change
    • MK 870 Luxury Marketing
    • MK 875 Retailing and Omni-Channel Marketing
    • MK 878 Managing Marketing Spending

Students must also take one of the following:

  • A fourth Marketing elective (any other elective with an MK designation)
  • HM 833 Health Sector Marketing
  • IM 851 European Field Seminar
  • IS 841 Advanced Business Analytics: Data Mining
  • OM 880 Product Design and Development
  • SI 839 Design and Innovation Strategy
  • COM CM 531 Media Disruption
  • Or another non-Marketing elective specific to the career goals of the student, with the approval of the department

Required Courses (2)

  • OM 725/726 Creating Value through Operations & Technology
  • OM 855 Project Management

Elective Courses (3)

Students must take three additional courses from the following list:

  • IM 845 Asian Field Seminar
  • OM 840 Managing and Improving Quality: Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification
  • OM 845 Clean Technologies and Supply Chains
  • OM 854 Supply Chain Management
  • OM 865 Idea Lab
  • OM 880 Product Design and Development
  • QM 880 Business Analytics: Spreadsheet Optimization and Simulation

or

  • A non-OTM elective specific to your career goals with written approval of the department. Please be sure to forward any exceptions to your academic advisor.

MBA Core (1)

The following course is part of the MBA core and is also required for the Strategy concentration:

  • SI 750/SI 751 Competition, Innovation, and Strategy

Required Courses (3)

Three courses from the following list are required:

  • PL 882 Public Policy Analysis
  • SI 814 Intellectual Property Strategies
  • SI 830 Corporate Strategies for Growth
  • SI 839 Design and Innovation Strategy
  • SI 845 Technology Strategy
  • SI 859 Strategy Implementation

Elective Course (1)

One course from the following list is required:

  • FE 820 Corporate Financial Management
  • IS 827 Platforms & Information Markets
  • MK 853 Global Strategic Marketing
  • MK 854 Branding
  • MK 864 Pricing Strategy & Tactics
  • OB 840 Management Consulting Field Project
  • PL 815 Competitive Decision Making (formerly FE 815)
  • PL 850 Social Entrepreneurship
  • SI 836 Foundations of Environmental Sustainability
  • SI 842 Real Estate Development
  • SI 849 Corporate Sustainability Strategy
  • SI 852 Starting New Ventures
  • SI 855 Entrepreneurship
  • SI 856 International Entrepreneurship
  • SI 868 International Consulting Project
  • SI 870 Strategies for Sustainable Development
  • SI 871 Strategies for Bringing Technology to Market

Executive MBA (EMBA)

The Executive MBA Program (EMBA) is an accelerated MBA degree in general management for mid-career professionals with 10 or more years of experience. The curriculum format is designed so that executives earn their degree in 18 months while continuing to work full time. The integrated modules provide fluency in the academic disciplines of business and students benefit from the powerful community of peers, the program-wide focus on leadership, and collaboration and the immediately applicable knowledge.

The following are content descriptions of the EMBA modules and residence weeks:

First Year

  • EM 705 Introduction to EMBA (2 cr) (Content: Accounting, Statistics, Excel, Case Analysis)
  • EM 700 Residence Week 1: Leadership Challenges and Competencies I (4 cr) (Content: Management Systems, Leadership, Theory of the Firm)
  • EM 710 Quantitative Toolkit (2 cr) (Content: Financial Accounting and Data Analysis Fundamentals, Leadership Portfolio Introduction)
  • EM 715 Module 1: Comprehending the Environment (8 cr) (Content: Strategy of Industry Analysis, Financial Markets, Macroeconomics, Marketing Strategy, Leadership and Collaboration)
  • EM 740 Residence Week 2: Law and Ethics (4 cr) (Content: Business Law Fundamentals, Ethics)
  • EM 745 Module 2: Understanding Organizations (8 cr) (Content: Managerial and Financial Accounting, Operations, Information Systems, HR Structure and Culture, Leadership and Collaboration)

Second Year

  • EM 755 Module 3: Creating Value in the Market (10 cr) (Content: Corporate Finance, Investments, Corporate and Competitive Strategy, Microeconomics, Leadership and Collaboration)
  • EM 840 Leadership and Collaboration (4 cr) (Content: Leadership Principles and Practices, Self-awareness, Collaboration Skills, Team Learning and High-Performing Teams)
  • EM 810 Residence Week 3: Innovation and Change (4 cr) (Content: Perspectives on Theory, Strategy and Design of Innovation and Change)
  • EM 765 Global Perspectives (2 cr) (Content: International Management, Country Analysis)
  • EM 830 Residence Week 4: The Global Environment: International Field Seminar (4 cr) (Content: International Management, Country Analysis, Exploration of International Collaboration Initiatives)
  • EM 775 Module 4: Entrepreneurship (8 cr) (Content: Entrepreneurship, Risk Management–Finance, Value Delivery–Marketing, Leading Change, Leadership and Collaboration)
  • EM 800 Residence Week 5: Leadership Challenges and Competencies II (4 cr) (Content: Leadership, Organizational Development)