The MA/MBA Program

Training in the related fields of management and economics is professionally desirable in an increasing number of areas. Boston University meets this need by providing a coordinated program leading to a degree combining a Master of Business Administration with a Master of Arts in Economics.

Obtaining the two degrees separately would normally require six semesters in residence, but through careful course selection and by eliminating overlapping courses, the dual degree may be obtained in five semesters (80 credits). The entire program may thus be completed in two calendar years (two academic years and one summer for well-prepared students, two academic years and two summers for less well-prepared students).


All applicants apply directly to the Questrom School of Business stating their intention to apply to the dual degree program. They will only be considered for admission for the MA in Economics after they have been admitted to the MBA. Applicants to this program should have or be expecting a bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and they should have adequate preparations in economics and mathematics.  The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required, and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test is recommended. Applicants currently enrolled in either the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or the Questrom School of Business may not apply beyond the end of the first semester of enrollment.

Course Requirements

Candidates normally register for three semesters in the Questrom School of Business and two semesters in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GRS), but may cross-register and take courses in both Schools in any semester. Students must successfully complete a minimum of 40 credits in Questrom and 24 credits in the Department of Economics; the other 16 credits may be taken in Questrom, the Department of Economics, or, with prior approval, elsewhere in the University. Requirements in quantitative methods and micro- and macroeconomic theory are the same as those for the MA in economics. The minimum requirements for the respective degrees must be fulfilled in this dual degree program, with the exception of preapproved substitutions caused by overlapping courses. For the M.A. requirements, refer to the section entitled, “Master of Arts in Economics;” for the M.B.A. program and course requirements, go to Boston University’s School of Management.

Comprehensive Examination

See “Comprehensive Examination” in the “MA in Economics”.