Professional Evening MBA (PEMBA)

Students are admitted to the Professional Evening MBA (PEMBA) program in one of the following: General Management, Health Sector Management, Public & Nonprofit Management, or a dual degree program offered in conjunction with another Boston University school or college.

Curriculum Options

The PEMBA curriculum contains 32 credits of required core courses (25 required for those students completing the concentrated core) and 24 credits of elective coursework (27 for students completing the concentrated core). All incoming students are required to attend PEMBA Orientation, which appears on the first-semester schedule as MG 600 MBA Challenge.

Please note: All students are required to complete the MBA program within a six-year time frame.

Required Courses for All PEMBA Students

Core Required—32 credits

  • MG 700 Ethical Foundations (1 cr)
  • OB 713 Leading Organizations and People (3 cr)
  • AC 710 Financial Reporting and Control (3 cr)
  • FE 721 Financial Management (3 cr)
  • MK 723 Marketing Management (3 cr)
  • QM 716 Data Analysis for Managerial Decision Making (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 and Technology (3 cr)
  • SI 750 Competition, Innovation, and Strategy (3 cr)
  • PL 700 Introduction to Business Law (2 cr)
  • ES 707 Managing Career Growth (1 cr)
  • At least one of: ES 701 Executive Written Communication or ES 700 Executive Presentation (1 cr)

Electives

Eight elective courses at 3 credits each, or any combination of approved Questrom coursework totaling 24 credits. This can include Questrom electives, approved graduate electives from other schools at BU, or directed studies.

Required Courses for PEMBA Students in Concentrated Core

Core Required—25 credits

  • MG 705 PEMBA Launch (1 cr)
  • OB 715 Topics in Leading Organizations and People (2 cr)
  • AC 712 Topics in Financial Reporting and Control (2 cr)
  • FE 717 Topics in Financial Management (2 cr)
  • MK 713 Topics in Marketing Management (2 cr)
  • QM 711 Topics in Business Analytics (2 cr)
  • PL 714 Topics in Managerial Economics (2 cr)
  • IS 716 Topics in Analytics and Info Tech Strategies (2 cr)
  • OM 710 Topics in Operations Management (2 cr)
  • SI 718 Topics in Corporate Strategy and Innovation (2 cr)
  • MG 760 Integrated Core Simulation (2 cr)
  • PL 700 Introduction to Business Law (2 cr)
  • ES 722 Executive Communication (1 cr)
  • ES 707 Managing Career Growth (1 cr)

Electives

Nine elective courses at 3 credits each, or any combination of approved Questrom coursework totaling 27 credits. This can include Questrom electives, approved graduate electives from other schools at BU, or directed studies.

Single-Degree Programs

Cohorted PEMBA—64 cr

In the Cohorted program, students move through the first five core curriculum courses and ES 707 with the same group of students. The cohort experience enhances the role of teams and continuity of content between courses. Students are automatically enrolled in three courses for the Fall Semester, two courses for the Spring Semester, and one course during the first summer session.

Students must follow the prescribed curriculum to remain in the cohort. However, the program does allow one (and only one) core course to be waived either by licensure (CPA or CFA) or by examination.

Since cohorted students take five of their core courses before their electives, it is important to build a relationship with the Graduate Programs office advisor to plan out the best elective program to fit your professional goals.

Self-Paced PEMBA—64 cr

We strongly advise that all PEMBA students follow the sequence of courses presented on the curriculum map, as it promotes the program’s goals. Not all core courses are offered year-round, and only a limited number of courses are offered during the summer.

Core (36 cr)

  • OB 712 Leading Organizations and People (4 cr)
  • AC 711 Financial Reporting and Control (4 cr)
  • FE 722 Financial Management (4 cr)
  • MK 724 Marketing Management (4 cr)
  • QM 717 Data Analysis for Managerial Decision-Making (4 cr)
  • FE 730 Economics and Management Decisions (4 cr)
  • IS 711 IT Strategies for a Networked Economy (4 cr)
  • OM 726 Creating Value through Operations & Technology (4 cr)
  • SI 751* Competition, Innovation, and Strategy (4 cr);
    Course formerly coded as SP 751)

*Must be taken after completion of OB 712, AC 711, MK 724, and OM 726.

Business Law (2 cr)

PL 700 Introduction to Business Law (2 cr)

Executive Skills (2 cr)

Executive Communication
At least one of:

  • ES 701 Executive Written Communication (1 cr)
  • ES 700 Executive Presentation (1 cr)

Career Development

  • ES 707 Managing Career Growth (1 cr)

HSM Requirements & Electives (12 cr)

  • HM 703 Health Sector Issues and Opportunities (3 cr)
  • HM 710 Health Service Delivery: Strategies, Solutions, and Execution (3 cr) OR
    HM 717 Drugs, Devices, and Diagnostics: New Challenges, Strategies, and Execution (3 cr)
  • Two HSM electives (3 cr each)

General Electives (12 cr)

Four elective courses, 3 cr each, or a combination of approved Questrom coursework totaling 12 cr. Can include Questrom electives, approved graduate electives from other schools at BU, or directed studies.

Note: Similar to the regular PEMBA program. Two HSM Electives can be chosen from the full list.


40 credits come from the required Core, Law & Ethics, and Executive Skills classes. (See Required Courses above.)

Requirements and Electives—12 cr

  • AC 840  Nonprofit Financial Accounting
  • Three Public & Nonprofit Management (PNP) elective courses (3 cr each)

General Electives—12 cr

Four elective courses at 3 credits each or any combination of approved Questrom coursework totaling 12 credits. This can include Questrom electives, approved graduate electives from other schools at BU, or directed studies.

PNP-track students are required to complete a 300-hour paid internship in a public, private, or nonprofit organization. PEMBA students may waive the internship requirement with applicable work experience, pending permission of the PNP faculty director.

Concentrations

Once enrolled, students have the opportunity to formally concentrate in Energy & Environmental Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Management, Leadership & Organizational Transformation, Marketing, Operations & Technology Management, or Strategy & Innovation. Students must complete a concentration enrollment form through the appropriate department. 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 849 Debiasing Decision Making (.5 unit)
  • 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 847 Strategic Analysis of Environmental & Energy Sustainability Projects (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 Marketing Analytics
  • MK 854 Branding
  • MK 856 Consumer Behavior
  • MK 859 Business Marketing
  • 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 838 Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship
  • SI 839 Design Thinking and Innovation
  • SI 842 Real Estate Development
  • SI 845 Technology Strategy
  • SI 856 International Entrepreneurship
  • 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
  • SI 874 Entrepreneurial Sales Strategy

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 who started in Fall 2013 and later
  • 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 students who started in Fall 2013 and later, FE 810 counts as a required course, and they will only have to take one elective. For all other 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

Required Courses (2)

One course from the following list is required:

  • IM 836 Competing in High-Growth Economies**
  • PL 834 Macroeconomics in the Global Environment (formerly FE 834)
  • PL 864 Managing Political, Economic, Social, Technology and Country Risk (formerly SP 864)

One course from the following list of Field Seminar Courses is required:

  • IM 845 Asian Field Seminar
  • IM 851 European Field Seminar
  • IM 852 Brazil Field Seminar
  • IM 853 India Field Seminar
  • IM 842 Business in Asia Pacific—Field Course* (International MBA Program students only)

Elective Courses (2)

Functional Courses

Students must take one course from the following list:

  • IM 836 Competing in High-Growth Economies**
  • FE 827 International Financial Management
  • MK 853 Global Strategic Marketing
  • SI 856 International Entrepreneurship (formerly SP 856)
Environmental/Regional Courses

Students must take one course from the following list:

  • PL 864 Managing Political, Economic, Social, and Technology and Country Risk (formerly SP 864)**
  • PL 834 Macroeconomics in the Global Environment** (formerly FE 834)
  • SI 868 International Consulting Project
  • CAS IR 520 The State and Public Purpose in Asia

*Students in the International MBA Program who take IM 842 may waive one of the two elective courses.
**Students may not use the same course as both a required course and an elective course.

 

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)

The required elective that is not chosen above, can be chosen here.

  • OB 815 Career Management & Work-Life Integration
  • OB 830 Leading the Mission-Driven Organization
  • OB 835 Leading Sustainable Enterprises
  • OB 840 Management Consulting Field Project
  • OB 847 Leading High-Performance Teams and Project Groups
  • 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
  • MK 857 Service Marketing 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)

Students must also take one of the following:

  • A fourth Marketing elective (any other elective with an MK designation)
  • OM 880 Product Design and Development
  • HM 833 Health Sector Marketing
  • IS 841 Advanced Business Analytics: Data Mining
  • IM 851 European Field Seminar
  • SI 874 Entrepreneurial Sales Strategy
  • SI 839 Design and Innovation Strategy
  • 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

Dual Degree Programs

Forty credits must be completed in residence at the Questrom School of Business and consist of the required Core, Business Law, and Executive Skills classes. Students who waive core courses are required to take an additional Questrom elective. If any Questrom course is counted toward the other degree program, the course must be replaced with a Questrom elective. Please contact your advisor for MBA requirements.

Dual degree candidates must fulfill the degree and residency requirements of both schools. Dual degrees available to PEMBA students include:

MBA/MA in International Relations

For information on the MA portion of the degree, please contact the Department of International Relations in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at 617-353-9349 or irgrad@bu.edu.

MBA/JD in Law Management

For information on the JD portion of the degree, please contact the School of Law at 617-353-3100 or bulawadm@bu.edu.

MBA/JD in Health Law Management

For information on the JD portion of the degree, please contact the School of Law at 617-353-3100 or bulawadm@bu.edu.

MBA/MS in Manufacturing Engineering

For information on the MS portion of the degree, please contact the College of Engineering at 617-353-2670 or mfg@bu.edu.

Single-Degree MBA

To qualify for the MBA degree, students (except for dual degree students) must:

  • Complete all required courses (MBA Core courses, Business Law, Executive Skills courses, and any additional requirements, such as internships required for some Public & Nonprofit Management students) and approved electives for a total of 64 credits. A student may transfer and/or waive no more than the equivalent of 24 credits. At least 40 credits must be taken at the Questrom School of Business. Note that 1-credit Curricular Practical Training (CPT) courses for international students cannot be used to satisfy MBA degree requirements. PDP (physical education) courses also cannot be used to satisfy MBA requirements.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70
  • Have no “I” grades or “MG” grades in classes that are counting toward the MBA

Dual Degrees

To qualify for the MBA, students enrolled in a dual degree program must:

  • Fulfill the requirement of at least 40 credits in the PEMBA program. If any credits are transferred or waived by exam, additional elective credits must be taken to satisfy the 40-credit residency requirement. Note that 1-credit Curricular Practical Training (CPT) courses for international students cannot be used to satisfy MBA degree requirements. Physical education (PDP) courses also cannot be used to satisfy MBA requirements.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70 in the MBA portion of the program
  • Have no “I” or “MG” grades in classes that are counting toward the MBA