MS•MBA

The MS•MBA is an 84-credit (minimum) program that awards both an MBA and a Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS). The program consists of at least 40 credits of MBA courses (34 MBA core and 6 elective credits) and 44 credits of MSIS courses (29 MSIS core and 15 elective credits).

Students take 18 credits in the Fall Semester and 21 credits in the Spring Semester of their first year (3 of which are completed in a one-week intensive course in January). They take 8 credits in the summer between their first and second years, 19 credits in the fall of the second year, and 18 credits in the spring.

All incoming students are required to attend MS•MBA Pre-Term (MG 600 MBA Orientation), which carries a fee of $300.

MS•MBA Curriculum—84 cr

Fall—18 cr

  • ES 700  Executive Presentations (1 cr)
  • ES 740  Career Management (2 cr)
  • ES 741  Career Community I (0 cr)
  • OB 713  Managing Organizations and People
  • FE 721  Financial Management
  • MK 723  Marketing Management
  • AC 710  Financial Reporting and Control
  • QM 716  Data Analysis for Managerial Decision Making

January Intensive (required)

IS 717 IT Applications in Management

Spring—21 cr

  • ES 701  Executive Written Communication (1 cr)
  • PL 700  Current Topics in Law and Ethics (2 cr)
  • ES 742  Career Community II (0 cr)
  • IS 710  IT Strategies for a Networked Economy
  • OM 725  Creating Value through Operations and Technology
  • FE 727  Economics and Management Decisions
  • SI 750  Competition, Innovation & Strategy
  • 3-credit elective

Summer—8 cr

  • IS 707  Systems Architecture
  • IS 889  Telecommunications and Business
  • IS 705  Issues in Managing Networked Systems (2 cr)
  • Internship (optional)

Fall—19 cr

  • ES 743  Career Community III (1 cr)
  • IS 883  Designing Systems for Data Management
  • IS 714  Mastering IT Strategy
  • Required MSIS elective
  • Three 3-credit electives

Spring—18 cr

  • Three required MSIS electives or two required MSIS electives and January Intensive course
  • Three 3-credit electives

Please note: If a student drops from the MS•MBA program, all MSIS required courses will be counted toward the MBA, and the student will be required to graduate when he or she has fulfilled the 64-credit degree requirement. Students must also fill out a program change form with their advisors.

Students who receive a “W,” “F,” or “I” grade in a Core class, excluding Executive Skills classes and PL 700, cannot continue to be cohorted in the following semester.

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 & Business Analysis. Students must complete a concentration enrollment form through the appropriate department. Concentration requirements are subject to change and are separate from MS•MBA degree requirements.

Energy & Environmental Sustainability

Required Foundation Course (1 Unit)

The following course is required:

  • SSI 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.

School of Management Courses:

  • MK 849 Debiasing Decision Making (.5 unit)
  • OB 835 Leading Sustainable Enterprises (1 unit)
  • OM 845 Clean Technologies and Supply Chains (1 unit)
  • PL 882 Public Policy Analysis (.5 unit)

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)
  • 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

Entrepreneurship

Required Courses (2)

Students must take one of the following courses:

  • PL 850 Social Entrepreneurship
  • SI 852 Starting New Ventures

Students must take one of the following courses:

  • SI 855 Entrepreneurship
  • HM 801 From Bench to Bedside—Translating Biomedical Innovation from the Laboratory to the Marketplace

Elective Courses (3)

Students must take three courses selected from the following list. Students may also count additional courses from the list above toward their three 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 817 Health Information Technology
  • IM 836 Competing in High-Growth Economies
  • MK 852 Marketing Analytics
  • MK 854 Branding
  • MK 857 Service Marketing Management
  • MK 859 Business Marketing
  • MK 864 Pricing Strategy and Tactics
  • 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
  • PL 864 Managing Political, Economic, Social, and Technology and Country Risk
  • SI 814 Intellectual Property Strategies (formerly FE 814)
  • SI 835 Real Estate Management
  • SI 836 Foundations of Environmental Sustainability
  • SI 839 Design and Innovation Strategy
  • SI 842 Real Estate Development
  • SI 856 International Entrepreneurship
  • SI 859 Strategy Implementation
  • SI 870 Strategies for Sustainable Development (formerly PL 870)
  • SI 871 Strategies for Bringing Technology to Market
  • SI 874 Entrepreneurial Sales Strategy

Finance

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

International Management

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)
  • 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.

Leadership & Organizational Transformation

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 850 Social Entrepreneurship
  • PL 864 Managing Political, Economic, Social, Technology and Country Risks
  • SI 830 Corporate Strategies for Growth
  • SI 839 Design and Innovation Strategy
  • SI 859 Strategy Implementation

Marketing

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

Operations & Technology Management

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:

  • 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

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.

Strategy & Business Analysis

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:

  • 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
  • SI 863 Strategic and Financial Analysis and Design

Elective Course (1)

One course from the following list is required:

  • IM 836 Competing in High-Growth Economies
  • PL 815 Competitive Decision Making (formerly FE 815)
  • PL 850 Social Entrepreneurship
  • PL 864 Managing Political, Economic, Social, Technology and Country Risks
  • SI 836 Foundations of Environmental Sustainability
  • SI 852 Starting New Ventures
  • SI 856 International Entrepreneurship
  • SI 871 Strategies for Bringing Technology to Market
  • SI 874 Entrepreneurship Sales Strategy (offered every other year)

Course Overload

Students required to take a course load beyond 18 credits will automatically be granted a waiver for additional charges up to the number of credits prescribed in their curriculum for that semester. In order for charges to be waived:

  • The student’s cumulative GPA at the Graduate School of Management must be 3.70 or higher.
  • The student must be in the final two semesters of the program (Fall/Spring).
  • The student must complete a Course Overload Tuition Waiver form, available in the Graduate Programs Office.

Academic Standards

A minimum of 84 credits are required for MS•MBA completion. The flat, per-semester tuition for full-time students encompasses 12–18 credits per semester. Summer courses are always charged at the per-credit rate. Full-time tuition will also cover credits in excess of 18 if the student’s curriculum requires it. Students may take up to a maximum of 22 credits in their final Fall Semester and 21 credits in their final Spring Semester without additional charge. A student may graduate with up to 90 credits at the same tuition rate.

The curriculum and courses are subject to change as recommended by faculty, deans, and administrators of SMG.

Degree Completion

Students enrolled in the MS•MBA program must:

  • Complete all MBA core courses and approved electives for a total of 40 credits.
  • Complete all MSIS core courses and approved electives for a total of 44 credits. Note that 1-credit Curricular Practical Training (CPT) courses for international students cannot be used to satisfy MBA or MSIS requirements. Physical education (PDP) courses also cannot be used to satisfy MBA or MSIS requirements.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70 in each degree.
  • Have no “I” grades.
  • Have no “MG” grades.

Academic Performance Review

The Graduate Programs Office monitors MS•MBA students’ academic performance at the end of the Fall, Spring, and summer semesters. A student must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70 (on a 4.0 scale) to be in good academic standing (i.e., to graduate). MS•MBA students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70 (on a 4.0 scale) in each of the MBA and MSIS programs to be in good academic standing. Coursework taken outside the Boston University School of Management will not be calculated into the student’s GPA.

The MBA Faculty Program Development Committee (PDC) has final responsibility for decisions regarding students with poor academic performance. The PDC determines whether students will be permitted to stay in the MS•MBA program, and if so, what specific steps must be taken to regain good academic standing. Students with a GPA below 2.70 after the fall, spring, or summer terms may be referred to the MBA PDC for review.

After 18 credits attempted, MS•MBA students with a GPA less than 2.30 will be automatically withdrawn from their respective program. Students with a GPA between 2.30 and 2.69 after 18 credits may be dropped from the program or receive a written warning with recommendations for improvement.

Students are not permitted to take additional credits, beyond the semester in which they have completed their degree requirements, to improve their GPA.

Please be aware that a student’s GPA can also affect eligibility for continuing financial aid including scholarships and loans. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress (at least a 2.70 GPA) in order to be eligible for continued Federal Stafford Loan funding.