Transferring to Our School

We welcome students who have been or are enrolled as undergraduate degree candidates at another college or university. With approximately 350 undergraduates, SHA offers a close community within a large university.

Hospitality isn’t just any career. It’s the world’s fastest-growing industry, encompassing travel, hotels, food service, and entertainment. Above all, it’s about people. And it offers you dozens of worldwide career paths to success.

The SHA academic program is both challenging and well-rounded. You’ll be immersed in the hospitality field, learning from world-class industry professionals, respected researchers, and seasoned veterans from around the globe.

Below you will find information for students considering transferring to the Boston University School of Hospitality Administration from another college or university, or from another program within BU. Review this information, contact us, or schedule a time to come meet us to help you decide if SHA is the right fit for you.

Internal Transfer

Accelerated Pathway

Accelerated Co-Requisite Pathway is available for current Boston University students interested in SHA. Our academic counselor will meet with you, evaluate your coursework, and map out a personalized study plan for you to complete our degree requirements in a timely manner.

Students interested in learning more about transferring into the SHA program can contact Meg Andrews, Director of Student Services at the School of Hospitality Administration (meg@bu.edu, 617-353-0930).

Curriculum

These are the courses that introduce you to the amazing breadth of the hospitality industry. Seminars, discussions, and lectures help you think critically and advance your knowledge base, while the Field Experience components give you a real-world understanding of what it’s like outside the classroom.

















Please see the suggested course sequencing for SHA students.

In addition to your required SHA courses, you will take at least 12 credits from SHA’s available electives.

External Transfer

Curriculum

These are the courses that introduce you to the amazing breadth of the hospitality industry. Seminars, discussions, and lectures help you think critically and advance your knowledge base, while the Field Experience components give you a real-world understanding of what it’s like outside the classroom.

Please see the suggested course sequencing for SHA students.

In addition to your required SHA courses, you will take at least 12 credits from SHA’s available electives.

Work & International Experiences

In addition to academic coursework, SHA students complete two 400-hour non-credit work experiences (HF140 and HF240) and one international experience (HF440). These internships are designed to give students practical work experience in the field, exposing them firsthand to the hospitality industry in the United States and worldwide.

Transfer Criteria

Visit the BU Admissions website for more information regarding application requirements.

Transfer credit evaluations are completed in the Office of the University Registrar for all admitted students who have completed college coursework in the U.S. You must submit syllabi for all college coursework completed prior to enrolling at Boston University for which you wish to receive transfer credit. Please submit your syllabi as separate PDF or Word attachments (one attachment/syllabus) to credeval@bu.edu. If your syllabi do not fit in one email, you may send multiple emails. Please include your name and date of birth in the body of each email.

Learn more about transfer credits on the Admissions website

SHA suggests taking some of the courses listed below prior to your transfer to help make your transfer go smoothly:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Humanities Courses
  • Social Science Courses
  • Natural Science Courses
  • Foreign Language

For More Information

This Admissions website is an excellent place to start to find answers most of your transfer-related questions about Boston University.

For more specific questions:

  • Transfer students with general School of Hospitality Administration program questions can contact Meg Andrews, Director of Student Services at the School of Hospitality Administration (meg@bu.edu, 617-353-0930).
  • Admissions-specific questions should be addressed to the following offices:
    • For U.S. citizens, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@bu.edu or 617-353-2300.
    • For international students, contact the International Student Advisor in Admissions, at 617-353-4492.
    • Questions related to transfer credit evaluations should be directed to the Office of the University Registrar, at credeval@bu.edu at 617-353-3612.