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 2 degrees separately would normally require 6 semesters in residence, but through careful course selection and by eliminating overlapping courses, the dual degree may be obtained in 5 semesters (80 credits). The entire program may thus be completed in 2 calendar years (2 academic years and 1 summer for well-prepared students, 2 academic years and 2 summers for less well-prepared students).


Prospective students are required to submit two applications: one to the Questrom School of Business and one to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Admission into the MBA/MA program requires application reviews and decisions by both the Questrom School of Business and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Only those applicants who are admitted to the MBA program will be reviewed for the MBA/MA program. If you are not admitted to the MBA program but still wish to be considered for a Master of Arts, you will need to contact the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to inquire about applying to the Master of Arts program. Prospective students are encouraged to apply early in order to meet the deadlines of both schools. Applicants should have—or be expecting—a bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by the Graduate School of Arts & 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 & 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 3 semesters in the Questrom School of Business and 2 semesters in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, 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 MA requirements, refer to the Master of Arts in Economics page; for MBA requirements, please visit the Questrom School of Business.

Comprehensive Examination

A comprehensive examination testing general knowledge of economic theory and quantitative methods is required.

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