MS/MBA

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Questrom School of Management offer a coordinated Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering/Master of Business Administration program which prepares recent graduates or practicing professionals who are committed to careers in industry for positions as manufacturing managers. Individuals taking courses on a full-time basis complete the program in two calendar years and receive two degrees.Students applying to this program must use the Questrom School of Management application. Forms and application instructions may be obtained from the Questrom School of Management, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.

Program Requirements


Students pursuing the joint MS/MBA at the Questrom School of Business and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the College of Engineering (ENG) must give special attention to the course requirements of both schools. Students should meet with their academic advisors in both schools before the first semester and as needed during the program.

Requirements for Dual Degree

Students must meet all of the requirements for the degree in each school AND must take at least 80 credits at Boston University. Students must take a minimum of 32 credits from the College of Engineering and 40 credits from Questrom. The 8 remaining credits may be taken at either school. No courses can be doubled-counted towards both degrees. Students who pass the Questrom waiver exam or transfer credit for a course must take a Questrom course to replace it.  Note that if a student wishes to pursue both degrees separately, a total of 96 credits are required.

Manufacturing Engineering Requirements

Students must take a minimum of 32 credits (8 courses) for the engineering portion of the dual degree, including both core courses and electives. The 32 credits may include a thesis or an engineering practicum, depending upon preference. All engineering courses are four credits. The credits must be structured as follows:

MS (With Thesis) MS (Without Thesis)
Core Requirements – 4 courses from:

ME 510 Product Systems Analysis

ME 517 Product Development

ME 518 Product Quality

ME 560 Precision Machine Design

ME 584 Manufacturing Strategy

Core Requirements – 4 courses from:

ME 510 Product Systems Analysis

ME 517 Product Development

ME 518 Product Quality

ME 560 Precision Machine Design

ME 584 Manufacturing Strategy

Mathematics – 1 course from:

EK 500 Probability with Statistical Applications

EK 501 Mathematical Methods I: Linear Algebra and Complex Analysis

EC 505 Stochastic Processes

MA 511 Introduction to Analysis I

MA 555 Numerical Anlysis I

MA 561 Methods of Applied Mathematics I

ME 500 Engineering Mathematics

ME 512 Engineering Analysis

ME 542 Advanced Fluid Mechanics

ME 566 Advanced Engineering Mathematics

PY 501 Mathematical Physics

Mathematics – 1 course from:

EK 500 Probability with Statistical Applications

EK 501 Mathematical Methods I: Linear Algebra and Complex Analysis

EC 505 Stochastic Processes

MA 511 Introduction to Analysis I

MA 555 Numerical Analysis I

MA 561 Methods of Applied Mathematics I

ME 500 Engineering Mathematics

ME 512 Engineering Analysis

ME 542 Advanced Fluid Mechanics

ME 566 Advanced Engineering Mathematics

PY 501 Mathematical Physics

Engineering/Physical Science Elective –  1 course from:

Any 500 or 700 level course

Engineering/Physical Science Elective – 1 course from:

Any 500 or 700 level course

Research Requirements – 2 courses:

ME 900 Research
ME 901 Thesis

Manufacturing Elective – 1 course from:

ME 507 Process Modeling and Control
ME 514 Simulation for Manufacturing
ME 526 Simulation of Physical Processes
ME 535 Green Manufacturing
ME 555 MEMs: Fabrication and Materials
ME 579 Nano/Microelectronic Device Manufacturing

Practicum – 1 course

ME 925 Practicum

Other Manufacturing Engineering Considerations

Availability of Summer Courses: Engineering courses are typically offered during the Fall and Spring semesters. Some engineering courses may be available during the summer, depending upon faculty availability.

Taking Engineering and Business Courses Concurrently It is advisable to take both engineering and business courses concurrently because 1) the juxtaposition of studying in two fields helps with integrating concepts from both disciplines and 2) it avoids having to take three to four technical courses at the same time.

Engineering Practicum: Students who elect not to write a research thesis are required to participate in an engineering practicum (ME 925). In the practicum, students work on team-based manufacturing projects in industries in which they have no prior experience, broadening their knowledge, network and capabilities.

Students from GE: Students from the GE Engineering Leadership Program are automatically granted 8 engineering credits and the Mathematics and Manufacturing elective requirements are waived.

School of Business Requirements

Students must take 40 credits of business courses at the Questrom School of Business.

School of Business Considerations

Team building in the MBA Program: Special attention is given to team building in the first semester of full-time study in the MBA Program. In the first year, students are assigned to a cohort: a group of 50-55 students who take core courses together. Through this model, students often establish strong professional and personal bonds with their colleagues in their cohort.

Prerequisite Courses: The MBA curriculum has a course sequence with a strict policy on having the appropriate prerequisite(s).

Prerequisites in the part-time core courses are:

  • OB 712 – None
  • AC 711 – None
  • FE 722 – OB 712/713, AC 710/711(or concurrently)
  • MK 724 – AC 710/711 (or concurrently)
  • QM 717 – OB 712/713
  • FE 730 – OB 712/713 (Recommended: QM 717)
  • IS 711 – OB 712/713, AC 710/711, QM 716/717
  • OM 726 – OB712/713, AC 710/711, QM 716/717 (Recommended: MK 723/724, FE 721/722)
  • SI 751 – OB 712/713, AC 710/711, MK 723/724, OM 725/726

Course Sequencing:

  • Full-time MBA: In the Fall semester, OB 713, AC 710, QM 716, MK 723, and FE 721 are offered during the day for first-year, full-time students. Four more core courses, IS 710, FE 727, OM 725, and SI 750 are offered during the day.
  • Part-time MBA: All of the core courses are offered during the evening in the Fall and Spring semesters, with select core courses in the Summer Session.

MBA Electives: There are many MBA electives offered in the Fall and Spring semesters, some of which are day sections. However, most electives are offered during the evening. A smaller number of electives are offered (evenings) in the Summer Session.

MBA Programs of Study (40 Credits) Part -Time MBA Program (40 Credits)
OB 713 Managing Organizations & People 3cr OB 712 Managing Organizations & People 4cr
AC 710 Financial Reporting & Control 3cr AC 711 Financial Reporting & Contro 4cr
FE 721 Financial Management 3cr FE 722 Financial MAnagement 4cr
SI 710 IT Strategies for a Networked Economy 3cr MK 724 Marketing Management 4cr
OM 725 Creating Value Through Operations & Tech 3cr QM 717 Data Analysis for Managerial
Decision-Making 4cr
SI 750 Competition, Innovation & Strategy 3cr FE 730 Economics & Management Decisions 4cr
PL 700 Bsuiness Law and Ethics 2cr IS 711 IT Strategies for a
Networked Economy 4cr
ES 704 Career Toolkit 2cr OM 726 Creating Value Through Operations & Tech 4cr
ES 700 Executive Presentations 1cr PL 700 Business Law and Ethics 2cr
ES 701 Executive Written Communications 1cr ES 707 Managing Career Growth 1cr
ES 705 Career Portfolio Program 1cr One of the following:
Two Additional Questrom 3-credit Electives 6cr ES 700 Executive Presentations
ES 701 Executive Written Communication

Overlap Between ENG and Questrom School of Business Curricula

Dual Degree students are matriculated in both schools at the same time, and are considered to be full members of both student bodies. Students are eligible to register for courses in both schools, although the university designates student enrollment in the College of Engineering for two semesters and in the Questrom School of Business for three semesters. During the engineering enrollment, registration for business courses may be blocked until the student obtains the necessary advising code from the academic advisor at the Questrom School of Business.

Summer Options

It is possible to complete the 80 credits by taking courses in the summer sessions(s) following the first and/or second year(s). Please see the advisors in both schools regarding exceptions to standard course planning.

It is also possible to gain valuable experience during the summer(s) by pursuing an engineering co-op or management internship. More information about opportunities for hands-on experience may be obtained from the Career Center at the Questrom School of Business and the College of Engineering.