Academic Programs

Health Sector Management

J.D./M.B.A. in Law and Health Sector Management

The regulation and financing of health care today is increasingly subject to public policy and control. Day-to-day management decisions must be made with a sophisticated understanding of the role of legal constraints. Boston University's J.D./M.B.A. program in Law and Health Sector Management, offered in conjunction with the Boston University School of Management, equips selected students with an understanding of the interaction of legal and management principles in the field of health services delivery. Students can earn both the J.D. and the M.B.A. in Health Sector Management degrees in an accelerated program of four and one-half years, rather than the usual five.


Program Requirements

The Health Sector Management Program allows dual degree students to apply some BU Law courses applicable to Health Care toward the M.B.A (with the School of Management's consent). Students also may apply to the J.D. degree up to 12 credits of graduate-level work taken at the BU Graduate School of Management. The remaining requirements for the M.B.A. in Health Sector Management consist of basic M.B.A. courses plus specific Health Sector Management courses.

NOTE: Due to ABA accreditation requirements, the number of credits for a GSM course that may be applied to the J.D. degree may vary from what the Graduate School of Management offers for that course. Please check with the Law Registrar's Office to determine how many LAW credits will apply to a GSM course.

The required School of Management courses include instruction in managing organizations and people; financial reporting and control; marketing; data analysis; financial management; economics and management decisions; operations and technology; IT strategies; competition, innovation and strategy; executive communications; career development; business law and ethics; and relevant health sector courses.

  • Specific M.B.A. in Health Sector Management requirements:
    1. M.B.A. courses:
    OB 712 Managing Organizations and People (must be taken first)
    ES 707 Managing Career Growth-*NOTE: OB 712 and ES 707 are taught by the same professor and must be taken together.*
    AC 711 Financial Reporting and Control
    MK 724 Marketing Management (must take AC 711 before or concurrently)
    QM 717 Data Analysis for Managerial Decision-Making (must take OB 712 before)
    FE 722 Financial Management (must take OB 712 and AC 711 before)
    FE 730 Economics and Management Decisions (must take OB 712 before; recommend taking QM 717 before)
    OM 726 Creating Value Through Operations and Technology (must take OB 712, AC 711, and QM 717 before; recommend taking MK 724 and FE 722 before)
    IS 711 IT Strategies for a Networked Economy (must take OB 712, AC 711, and QM 717 before)
    SI 751 Competition, Innovation and Strategy (must take OB 712, AC 711, MK 724 and OM 726 before). Recommend taking SP 751 in the fall or spring semesters. Executive Communications (One of these courses will meet the requirement: ES 700, ES 701).
    PL 700 Business Law & Ethics (may be waived with completion of appropriate course work at LAW)
    HM 703 Health Sector Issues and Opportunities
    One of the following coures:
    -HM 710
    Health Service Delivery: Strategies, Solutions and Execution
    -HM 717 Drugs, Devices and Diagnostics: New Challenges, Strategies and Execution
    Two of the following elective courses:
    -HM 710
    Health Services Delivery: Strategies, Solutions and Execution (will count as elective if not taken as part of HSM core)
    -HM 717 Drugs, Devices and Diagnostics: New Challenges., Strategies and Execution (will count as elective if not taken as part of HSM core)
    -HM 801 Bench-to-Bedside-Translating Biomedical Innovation from the Laboratory to the Marketplace
    -HM 817 Health Information Technology
    -HM 833 Health Sector Marketing
    -HM 840 Health Sector Consulting
    -IM853 India Field Seminar
    -OM 840 Managing and Improving Quality: Six Sigma Green Belt Certification (course project must be health sector field)
    -SI 814 Intellectual Property Strategies in Life Sciences and Technology
    -SI 852 Starting New Ventures (business plan developed; must be within health sector field)

    The law courses that apply toward the M.B.A. may vary. Students should consult both the BU Law and the School of Management to determine which law courses may apply.


Admissions Requirements

Students must apply separately to, and be accepted by, both the School of Law and the School of Management. Students usually apply to the School of Management before or during their first year at the School of Law, and begin the M.B.A. part time during their second year of law school.

For M.B.A. admissions:
GSM (Graduate School of Management) application
An official score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) OR the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) from the past 5 years (the LSAT will NOT be accepted in lieu of the GMAT)
Two letters of recommendation
Three required essays
Official copies of all university-level transcripts (both undergraduate and graduate)
Current resume

Although work experience is not a requirement of admissions,many candidates do have some post-graduate experience. As such, candidates with little or no work experience should be stronger in other admissions criteria such as GPA and GMAT.

Application deadlines for GSM: October 16th, January 8th, March 12th

For more information on the M.B.A. in Health Sector Management, please contact Alicia Clemente, Assistant Director, Boston University Graduate School of Management at 617/353-4725.

For GSM admissions information, please contact Johanna Beers, Assistant DIrector, Boston University School of Management, 617/353-2670.