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.

Once enrolled, students have the opportunity to formally concentrate in Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Management, Marketing, Operations & Technology Management, and Strategy & Business Analysis. Students who wish to graduate with a formal concentration must complete a concentration enrollment form through the appropriate department. Students may also customize their programs by choosing from a broad array of advanced-level electives.

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.

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.