Professional Evening MBA (PEMBA)

Students are admitted to the Professional Evening MBA (PEMBA) program as majoring in General Management, Health Sector Management, or Social Impact. MBA students may also pursue concentrations or a dual degree program offered in conjunction with another Boston University school or college.

Learning Goals

Upon completion of the MBA program, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • An ethical perspective
  • Core business knowledge and skills
  • Leadership
  • A management-systems perspective
  • A global perspective
  • An innovative approach

Curriculum Options

The PEMBA curriculum contains 32 credits of required core courses (25 required for those students completing the Accelerated Core) and 24 credits of elective coursework (27 for students completing the Accelerated Core). All incoming students are required to attend PEMBA Orientation, which appears on the first-semester schedule as MG 705 PEMBA Launch.

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 705 PEMBA Launch (1 cr)
  • OB 712 Leading Organizations and People (3 cr)
  • AC 711 Financial Reporting and Control (3 cr)
  • FE 722 Financial Management (3 cr)
  • MK 724 Marketing Management (3 cr)
  • QM 717 Data Analysis for Managerial Decision Making (3 cr)
  • FE 730 Economics and Management Decisions (3 cr)
  • IS 711 IT Strategies for a Networked Economy (3 cr)
  • OM 726 Creating Value through Operations and Technology (3 cr)
  • SI 751 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 Accelerated 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 727 Business Communications (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—56 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 your Graduate Academic & Career Development Center advisor to plan out the best elective program to fit your professional goals.

Flex PEMBA—56 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.


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 on the Grad Center website. Concentration requirements are subject to change and are separate from MBA degree requirements.

Dual Degree Programs

Thirty-two credits must be completed in residence at 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.