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.

Once enrolled, students have the opportunity to formally concentrate in Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Management, Marketing, Operations & Technology Management, or Strategy & Business Analysis. Students who wish to graduate with a formal concentration must complete a concentration enrollment form through the appropriate department. General Management PEMBA students wishing to join either the Health Sector Management program or the Public & Nonprofit Management program should meet with their advisors to obtain application materials.

Curriculum Options

The Graduate School of Management (GSM) offers Single-Degree PEMBA Programs (Self-Paced, Cohorted, BU North, Health Sector Management, and Public & Nonprofit Management programs) and Dual Degree PEMBA Programs (MBA/MA in International Relations, MBA/JD, and MBA/MS in Manufacturing Engineering).

The PEMBA curriculum is comprised of a minimum of 64 credits, 40 of which must come from the following:

  • 36 required core credits
  • 2 required Law & Ethics credits
  • 2 required Executive Skills credits (one Executive Communication course and Managing Career Growth)

All incoming students are required to attend PEMBA Orientation, which appears on the first semester schedule as MG 600 MBA Challenge.

There is some flexibility regarding completion of the remaining 24 credits.

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

Required Courses for All PEMBA Students

Core—36 credits

  • OB 712 Managing 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 and Technology (4 cr)
  • SI 751 Competition, Innovation, and Strategy* (4 cr)

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

Business Law—2 credits

  • PL 700 Introduction to Business Law (2 cr)

Executive Skills—2 credits

Executive Communication
At least one of:

  • ES 701 Executive Written Communication or ES 700 Executive Presentation (1 cr)
  • ES 707 Managing Career Growth (1 cr)

Career Development
ES 707 Managing Career Growth (1 cr)

Electives

Eight elective courses at 3 credits each, or any combination of approved GSM coursework totaling 24 credits. This can include GSM 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 their 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.

Health Sector Management Curriculum—64 cr

Core (36 cr)

  • OB 712 Managing 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 GSM coursework totaling 12 cr. Can include GSM 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.


Public & Nonprofit Management Curriculum—64 cr

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 GSM coursework totaling 12 credits. This can include GSM 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.


BU North PEMBA Curriculum—64 cr

Year 1 (22 cr) Year 2 (21 cr) Year 3 (15–21 cr) Year 4**
Fall (9 cr) 

  • OB 712 Managing Organizations and People (4 cr)
  • AC 711 Financial Reporting and Control (4 cr)
  • ES 707 Managing Career Growth (1 cr over two Saturdays)
Fall (8 cr) 

  • OM 726 Creating Value Through Operations and Technology (4 cr)
  • FE 730 Economics and Management Decisions (4 cr)
Fall (6 or 9 cr) 

  • Elective (3 cr)
  • Elective (3 cr)
  • Elective (3 cr)
Fall
**If you choose to complete fewer than 21 credits in Year 3, you will need to take any remaining coursework in year 4 to complete the 64 credits required to graduate.
Spring (8 cr) 

  • QM 717 Data Analysis for Managerial Decision Making (4 cr)
  • MK 724 Marketing Management (4 cr)
Spring (8 cr) 

  • IS 711 IT Strategies for a Networked Economy (4 cr)
  • SI 751* Competition, Innovation, and Strategy (4 cr)
Spring (6 cr) 

  • Elective (3 cr)
  • Elective (3 cr)
Summer (5 cr) 

  • FE 722 Financial Management (4 cr)
  • ES 701 Executive Written Communication (1 cr)
    or
    ES 700 Executive Presentation (1 cr)
Summer (5 cr) 

  • Elective (3 cr)
  • PL 700 Introduction to Business Law (2 cr)
Summer (6 cr) 

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

The BU North PEMBA program is a four-year cohorted MBA program. BU North PEMBA students considering taking a course at the Boston campus must consult with their advisor. Students begin elective courses in year three. During years three and four, students have flexibility in scheduling electives. Year three can range from 15 to 21 credits and year four can range from 0 to 6 credits. Students have an option of enrolling in SI 831 and SI 832, the Employer Consulting Project.

Since the BU North PEMBA program is sequenced and cohorted, students are required to meet with their advisor or the Program Director before dropping a course. Dropping a course can have a significant impact on the successful completion of the program.

Dual Degree Programs

Forty credits must be completed in residence at the School of Management and consist of the required Core, Law & Ethics, and Executive Skills classes. Students who waive core courses are required to take an additional SMG elective. If any SMG course is counted toward the other degree program, the course must be replaced with an SMG 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.

Degree Completion

Single-Degree MBA

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

  • Complete all required courses (MBA Core courses, Law & Ethics, 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 Boston University School of Management. 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
  • Have no “MG” grades

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” grades
  • Have no “MG” grades

Academic Performance Review

The Graduate Programs Office monitors students’ academic performance at the end of the Fall and Spring 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). Coursework taken outside the Boston University School of Management will not be calculated into the student’s GPA.

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

Students should be aware that their 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 loan funding.

Single-degree PEMBA students

The MBA Faculty Program Development Committee (PDC) has final responsibility for decisions regarding PEMBA students with poor academic performance. The committee determines whether students will be permitted to stay in the PEMBA 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 completed, PEMBA students with a GPA less than 2.30 will be withdrawn from the PEMBA program. PEMBA 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.

After 36 credits completed, students with a GPA less than 2.30 will be automatically withdrawn from the PEMBA program.

Dual degree PEMBA students

Dual degree students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70 (on a 4.0 scale) in the MBA portion of the dual degree program to be in good academic standing. The MBA Program Development Committee (PDC) reviews students’ academic records when their GPA is below 2.70 at the midpoint (20 credits) in the PEMBA curriculum (including “W” grades), if a student has a GPA that is 2.30 or lower after 18 attempted credits (including “W” grades), or at their discretion. Coursework taken outside the Boston University School of Management will not be calculated into the student’s cumulative GPA.

Dual degree students whose GPA is less than 2.30 at the midpoint (20 credits) in the PEMBA portion of their dual degree curriculum will be automatically withdrawn from the PEMBA portion of their dual degree program.

The PDC has final responsibility for decisions regarding dual degree PEMBA students with poor academic performance. The committee determines whether students will be permitted to stay in the MBA portion of the dual degree program, and if so, what specific steps must be taken to regain good academic standing.