Master of Science in Administrative Studies concentration in Innovation & Technology

The Master of Science in Administrative Studies concentration in Innovation & Technology focuses on unique aspects of technological and innovative firms, ranging from start-ups to large multinational companies. Students are exposed to concepts needed to be effective managers in a wide variety of roles (from marketing to product development to project management to human resources) in high-tech and biotech companies as well as in more traditional environments such as consumer electronics and manufacturing, retail, health care, and financial services. Emphasis is placed on the challenges of rapidly changing markets and industries, high research and development costs, international competition, and highly mobile professional employees.

Students who complete the Administrative Studies master’s degree concentration in Innovation & Technology will be able to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of critical and innovative thinking, a global business perspective, enhanced communication skills, as well as the technical tools and techniques necessary for business decision-making.
  • The ability to understand and apply the directly relevant concepts and typologies describing: a) varieties of innovation, and the particular “commercialization” process; b) types of contexts and their implications, i.e., the effect of institutional settings and organizational value networks (financial and cultural norms) on the innovation process; c) methods of strategic, entrepreneurial, and marketing analysis; d) the changing basis of competitive advantage over time and dimensions for describing this factor; e) modern approaches to adding value to products and services such as inter-organizational alliances and attention to user interfaces, user experience, and consumer branding; and f) the organizational roles such as business and channel developers that relate to these processes.
  • The ability to apply research-based concepts concerning innovation to analyze and manage/facilitate the commercial development and improvement of products, services, and processes that add value for stakeholders. Students will be able to accomplish this in a range of settings such as established companies and smaller or new ventures.

Students enrolling in MET AD 571 Business Analytics Foundations:

International students are required to demonstrate proficiency in written and oral English skills, and must complete the following course:

Techniques for effective written and verbal communications. This course is a special offering for students for whom English is a second language. Prerequisite course: credits can not be used toward the MSAS degree.   [ Var cr. ]

Sum1 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
SA1 IND Mendlinger EPC 206 MW 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Fall 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Mendlinger CAS 324 M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

MET AD 501 can be satisfied only by obtaining a B grade or better, or by passing the department’s waiver exams. Prerequisites cannot be applied toward degree requirements.

Students are expected to satisfy the program prerequisites in their first semester.

A total of 48 credits is required.

All students must satisfy the degree core courses, concentration requirements, concentration electives, and free electives as indicated. Waived courses from core or concentration areas must be replaced by an elective course in order to meet the 48-credit-hour requirement.

Degree Core Courses

(Five courses/20 credits)

Introduction to the concepts, methods and problems of accounting and financial analysis. Includes accounting principles, measurement and disclosure issues, financial statement analysis, time value of money, cash flow projection and analysis, capital budgeting and project evaluation, bond and equity valuation, cost of capital and capital structure. 4 cr.   [ 4 cr. ]

Sum1 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
SA1 IND Mcgue HAR 324 TR 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Fall 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Mcgue EPC 203 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
D1 IND Chee SOC B63 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Cohen ARR
BCP IND Turner S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

The course examines the concepts and applied techniques for cost effective management of both long-term development programs and projects. Project management principles and methodology are provided with special focus on planning, controlling, and coordinating individual and group efforts. Key topics of focus include overview of modern project management, organization strategy and project selection, defining a project and developing a project plan and scheduling resources, project risk analysis, work breakdown structures, and project networks. MS Project will be introduced in this course to provide hands-on practical skills with the above topics. Mastery of key tools and concepts introduced in this course provides a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace.   [ 4 cr. ]

Sum1 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
SA1 IND Cipriano EPC 204 MW 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
SA2 IND Keegan FLR 121 MW 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
SO1 IND Bernardin ARR
Fall 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Cipriano SHA 202 M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
B1 IND Russell CAS 324 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
C1 IND Keegan FLR 134 W 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
D1 IND Maltzman CGS 515 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Greiman ARR
BCL IND Kieffer S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
BCP IND Kieffer U 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Provides a detailed examination of how businesses can successfully use Internet and Web technology. Students are introduced to the concepts and issues of electronic commerce. Topics include comparison of e-commerce procedures, payment mechanisms, applications in different industry sectors, security, the challenges of starting and maintaining an electronic business site, as well as a comparison with traditional business practices.   [ 4 cr. ]

Sum1 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
SA1 IND Shahossini FLR 121 MW 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
SO1 IND Becker ARR
Fall 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
E1 IND Goncalves CAS 222 M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
E2 IND Chee SED 140 T 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm
E3 IND Shahossini KCB 102 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
E4 IND Lee KCB 107 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Becker ARR

This course considers macroeconomic factors of relevance to the firm: aggregate economic activity, cyclical movements, and fiscal and monetary policies. The course reviews the problems of decision-making relating to demand, production, costs, market structure, and price, and provides an analysis of the interplay between governments, economic systems, labor, and multinational corporations (MNCs). Topics include: the basis for the existence, organization, and growth of MNCs; a comparison of major economic and government systems; areas include the impact on the firm's business transactions and trade due to taxation, regulation, legal environments and labor influences. This course additionally investigates the relationship between the interaction of national culture and development. Topics range from developing nations' rain forest and species management to pollution generated by developed nations. Culture, policy, and development are also discussed in relation to the impact of the business interactions (agriculture, fishing, technology transfer, etc.) among developing and developed nations.  [ 4 cr. ]

Sum1 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
SA1 IND Goncalves HAR 408 TR 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
SA2 IND Lee KCB 103 TR 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Fall 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Lee EPC 206 M 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
B1 IND Lee CAS 233 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Addresses the specifics of new product and service development and fostering innovation and technology to increase performance. Topics include generating and screening initial ideas; assessing user needs and interests; forecasting results; launching, and improving products and programs; bringing innovation to commercial reality.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Unger SHA 206 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
D1 IND Unger EPC 208 R 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm
O1 IND Unger ARR

Concentration Requirements

(Four courses/16 credits)

Examines various approaches to developing high tech innovation based economies as a route to self sufficiency and growth. Factors studied include both structural reforms in the political, legal and economic areas, and government sponsored initiatives in higher education, basic research, private venture capital, grants to support new product development by promising ventures, and the creation of science and technology parks and incubators. Students independently research, write, and present studies of the strategies of various countries. This will be augmented by case studies, reading, and guest speakers on strategies being employed in such countries as Taiwan, Thailand, and Brazil.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Park CAS 233 M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Prereq: MET AD648
Marketing approaches have been significantly altered with the advent of the Internet. This course provides a view of marketing for the twenty- first century. Special emphasis is provided on the impact of new Internet marketing techniques, research using data mining and metrics, search engine optimization, reaching consumer markets through the new business models associated with social communities, blogs, and other Web 2.0 structures. 4cr.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Kanabar CAS 426 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Pandit ARR

Includes opportunity assessment and feasibility analysis, concept development, budgeting and financial operations, financial and human resource management, legal and organizational issues, role of boards and external advisors that lead to the writing of a business plan.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Leybourne CAS 218 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Examines legal issues that affect high technology firms. Topics include copyright, reverse engineering, trade secrets, patents, international legal differences, the Uniform Commercial Code, and product liability. Cases drawn from high tech industries are used to emphasize current and future developments.   [ 4 cr. ]

Sum1 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
SA1 IND Saradjian EPC 209 TR 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Fall 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Saradjian EPC 208 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Concentration Electives

(Two courses/8 credits)

Prereq: AD100 Pre-Analytics Laboratory
This course presents fundamental knowledge and skills for applying business analytics to managerial decision-making in corporate environments. Topics include descriptive analytics (techniques for categorizing, characterizing, consolidation, and classifying data for conversion into useful information for the purposes of understanding and analyzing business performance), predictive analytics (techniques for detection of hidden patterns in large quantities of data to segment and group data into coherent sets in order to predict behavior and trends), prescriptive analytics (techniques for identification of best alternatives for maximizing or minimizing business objectives). Students will learn how to use data effectively to drive rapid, precise, and profitable analytics-based decisions. The framework of using interlinked data-inputs, analytics models, and decision-support tools will be applied within a proprietary business analytics shell and demonstrated with examples from different functional areas of the enterprise.   [ 4 cr. ]

Sum1 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
SA1 IND Ritt FLR 266 MW 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
SO1 IND Rabinovich ARR
Fall 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
E1 IND Ritt FLR 266 M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Rabinovich ARR

Provides a market oriented, strategic planning framework to address a broad range of tourism and regional economic and development issues that relate to tourism industry development and growth. The interplay of private, public and government organizations is discuss as they relate to the development of a comprehensive tourism plan. The combination of theory and practice will prepare students to analyze tourism markets, assess area, regional and national weakness and strengths as well as the security, infrastructure/logistics, marketing and costs associated tourism. Topics include: importance of tourism to the economy, developing the tourism strategy, ecotourism, research and analysis, positioning and marketing, funding tourism and developing new attractions.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Billington KCB 104 M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

This course helps students to develop an understanding of the impact of business processes on the organization's performance and provides students the key tools to analyze and improve processes in both manufacturing and service sectors.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Maleyeff EPC 204 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Maleyeff ARR

This overview course examines the management issues involved with assessing the security and risk environments in both the private and public sectors in order to assure continuous system-wide operations. The course studies the elements of risk assessment and operational continuity using the project management framework of planning, organizing, and control. Students are exposed to the role of the firm in crisis response and management as well as the terms, systems, and interactions necessary to assure continuous operations. Topics include: the role and need for comprehensive assurance strategy and planning; the security aspects of the firm; an overview of the system-wide structure?as well as the organizations within that structure?designed to plan for and respond to local or national crisis; the social and emotional impact on the workforce as well as its effect on productivity; and the organizational infrastructure relating to national, regional, and international compliance. 4 cr  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Carroll CAS 233 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Carroll ARR

Prereq: METAD571
Become familiar with the foundations of modern marketing analytics and develop your ability to select, apply, and interpret readily available data on customer purchase behavior, new customer acquisition, current customer retention, and marketing mix optimization. This course explores approaches and techniques to support the managerial decision-making process and skills in using state-of-the-art statistical and analytics tools. Students will have an opportunity to gain basic understanding of how transaction and descriptive data are used to construct customer segmentation schemas, build and calibrate predictive models, and quantify the incremental impact of specific marketing actions.   [ 4 cr. ]

Sum1 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
SA1 IND Grosz COM 213 MW 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Fall 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Lee CAS 229 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

The course provides an introduction to the main concepts of Global Responsibility and its impact on management. It addresses many issues surrounding what are commonly referred to as Corporate and Social Responsibility as well as the issues of related sustainability. The course covers topics such as: Marketing, Finance, ethics, Risk Assessment, Communication and Strategy. The course is designed to help understand why corporate social responsibility is important in the public and private sectors and enable students to examine how the organizational can be impacted by CSR.  [ 4 cr. ]

This course analyzes the managerial activities required to support manufacturing and service industry international strategies to assure that that products/services are delivered/provided in the quality and timely manner expected through the use of global supply chains, outsourcing relationships and multi-country operations. The course focuses on contemporary strategic issues that affect both large and small corporations and includes: the strategic role of the internet, international trade and logistics, cross cultural teaming, supply chain dynamics, information management, inventory scheduling and control, international coordination and transportation and customer service. 4cr.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Stodder MCS B33 M 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
D1 IND Gunes Corlu CAS 208 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

The course will provide students the qualitative and quantitative methods and tools used by today's logistics and transportation managers, and will use an applied problem-solving approach. Specifically, the course will emphasize decision-making in the areas of transportation management, warehouse and distribution center operations, and logistics network design that includes an understanding of key tradeoffs and the effect of variance in a logistics system.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Stodder CAS B25B M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Rainey ARR

Explores decision making and policy formulation in organizations. Includes goal setting and the planning process, rational models of decision making, evaluation of alternatives, prediction of outcomes, cost-benefit analysis, decision trees, uncertainty and risk assessment, and procedures for evaluation of outcomes.   [ 4 cr. ]

Sum1 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
BNR IND Cleary S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Fall 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Zlatev FLR 134 T 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm
E1 IND Zlatev EPC 209 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Zlatev ARR
BHA IND Cleary U 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Prereq: MET AD630, MET AD731
A review of the legal and regulatory issues that govern the financial industry. The course reviews SEC regulations as well as the financial legal environments that affect the financial system, the operations of financial firms and protect shareholders and company employees. The course provides a historical context in which the legal and regulatory systems have evolved and relates that history to today's complex financial environment.  [ 4 cr. ]

A communications skills course designed to better understand the nature of conflict and its resolution through persuasion, collaboration, and negotiation. Students will learn theories of interpersonal and organizational conflict and its resolution as applied to personal, corporate, historical, and political contexts. Students will assess their own styles, skills, and values, and develop techniques to better resolve disputes, achieve objectives, and exert influence.   [ 4 cr. ]

Sum1 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
SA1 IND Costin HAR 316 MW 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Fall 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Williams EPC 206 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

What does it mean to be a good leader? Can key elements of good leadership be identified? This dynamic course will start with an exploration of traditional and contemporary models of leadership, leadership development and management training. From there, participants will assess their own personal skills, preferences, aptitude and readiness to confront the challenges of leadership through a series of exercises, simulations and hands-on activities. Key elements of leadership, such as visiting, communicating, decision-making, team building and motivating will be studied and practiced. This course combines a thorough review of the theoretical aspects of leadership with the opportunity for "real world" applications through experiential learning.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
SA1 IND Mendlinger BRB 121 MW 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Using case studies and lectures, this course focuses on developing appropriate market mix strategies and sound competitive analysis for the goods and services industries. Emphasis is placed on understanding consumers' needs and wants, the competitive environment, effective market communications, and proper positioning techniques.   [ 4 cr. ]

The course explores the issues that managers face when attempting to get work accomplished through other individuals or teams as they arise in organizations that employ numerous professionals and that emphasize innovation in their products, services, and internal processes. The relationship between individuals, organizations and the larger social context is studied. Focus Topics include: motivation, incentive systems, team and work flow management. The course discusses management techniques, effective verbal and nonverbal communication methods and negotiation skills as they pertain to the different aspects of managing individuals or teams. Successful managers have developed the ability to understand the nature of conflict and its resolution through persuasion, collaboration, and negotiation. Students will learn theories of interpersonal and organizational conflict and its resolution as applied in personal, corporate, historical, and political contexts.  [ 4 cr. ]

Prereq: MET AD731
Provides an analysis of the economics of innovation and the means by which firms secure the necessary capital to begin or expand operations. Procedures for raising venture capital through investment institutions and individuals are discussed.  [ 4 cr. ]

Reviews the process whereby organizations establish and pursue goals within internal and external constraints, resources, and opportunities. Topics include strategy and tactics; the process of strategic choice and adjustment; resource assessment; environmental and competitor analysis; stakeholders and values; and strategy implementation, control, and valuation.   [ 4 cr. ]

Topics include, the shift toward international service economies, the increasingly large service component in "non-service" industries, integrating service in the development of products and the critical role employees play in delivering service quality.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 748 Addresses special characteristics of the life science and medical fields that affect the process of turning new technologies and innovative approaches into successful useful products and services, in such areas as gene therapy, diagnostics, and pharmaceuticals, medical imaging systems and artificial hearts, computer/internet based ?health care management information systems?, telemedicine, and bio-informatics/ genomic research tools. Emphasizes development of skills in assessing complex markets and devising useful ?business models? for cost effective commercialization and reduced time to market. Cases, readings, guest lectures, and group projects involving developing original commercialization plans and/or consulting to startup and established companies on these issues.   [ 4 cr. ]

Provides the student with an understanding of different legal systems as they relate to international business transactions. The seminar builds the analytical skills required to evaluate legal processes, law, and legislation-related events in international business dealings.   [ 4 cr. ]

Techniques and procedures for conducting international trade. The course focus is practical. Topics include operations, government agencies and import/export channel networks, and the evaluation of international opportunities. Designed to provide students with the skills and tools necessary for international trade.   [ 4 cr. ]

Sum1 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
SO1 IND Zlatev ARR
Fall 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Zlatev SHA 210 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Introduces the student to the contemporary word of international business through an examination of the social, cultural, economic, ecological and commercial aspects that impact global operations. Emphasis is on both the thorough understanding of the effect that international business has on the different functional aspects of the enterprise as well as the manner in which firms organize, operate and formulate strategies in order to maximize their chances of successful operations.  [ 4 cr. ]

Through the use of an international business simulation, students develop the ability to manage in the shifting international environment by integrating finance, strategy, and marketing skills to expand their company globally. By selling, exporting, or manufacturing in up to fourteen countries the simulation is intended to provide the student with a "real life" approach to international expansion, environmental stability, inflation and currency issues, financial operations as well as international sales and manufacturing issues. The objective of the course is to offer an overview of the factors affecting global business operations in a stimulating learning environment that is enjoyable and challenging. Intensive course.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
SA1 IND Becker FLR 109 W 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
SA1 Becker FLR 121 F 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
SA1 Becker FLR 121 SU 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
SA1 Becker FLR 121 M 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
SA1 Becker FLR 121 TW 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
SA1 Becker FLR 121 TW 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
SA1 Becker 121 R 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Those in leadership and managerial positions are often confronted with difficult decisions that have far-reaching implications and the ability to balance competing social and ethical values. This practical course explores different ways of approaching challenging ethical dilemmas through theories, cases, contemporary issues, and exercises -- and in the context of various cultures and business and organizational settings. 4 cr.  [ 4 cr. ]

Historical background of the judicial system. The principles of law as they relate to business transactions; law of contracts, sales, agency, and property; legal aspects of business organizations; creation, corporate structure, and dissolution; securities, regulation, antitrust and labor laws.  [ 4 cr. ]

Strategy concerns the long-term direction, scope and performance of an organization within its specific context. While senior managers are normally responsible for strategic planning, the implementation of strategy is most effective if managers at all levels ensure that their actions, performance goals, resource applications, etc. are aligned with the efforts of other functions and departments, and with the major strategic orientation of the firm. This module aims to develop critical understandings and insights about strategy and strategic management at the business unit level.  [ 4 cr. ]

The course is designed to prepare the student to undertake a comprehensive survey of the regional or national economic, social, logistical/infrastructure and attraction market to determine the most appropriate allocation of resources and strategic positioning. Students are exposed to the development of tourism and regional development plan, the basis for segmentation and target markets. The methods and tools of market and economic research are presented and the role/interplay of private, local, national and international intuitions are discussed as they relate to data gathering and plan assessment and implementation.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O1 IND Costin ARR

Choose two courses from the following:


(One graduate-level course/4 credits)

Students are encouraged to use this graduate-level course to broaden their understanding of business innovation and technology. This course may be selected from other Administrative Sciences offerings or Metropolitan College departments as well as from other Boston University schools and colleges, with an advisor’s approval.

View all Administrative Sciences graduate courses.