Boston University Questrom School of Business marked its 100th anniversary in September 2013. Our proud history includes being one of the very first to admit women, and establishing an MBA in 1925. The School was an early founder of research institutes and one of the nation’s very first to institute specific curricula addressing nonprofit and health care management. We created the Center for Team Learning and the first MS•MBA, a high tech dual-degree that merges technology with today’s business needs. We taught entrepreneurial studies before it had a formal name. We pioneered the move from the operations- and financially-based management models of the past into the network-centric curriculum of contemporary times.
We see our centennial as a reason not to look back, but to look forward and continue to break ground. In a world that is increasingly smaller, we are continually evolving our curricula to address the emerging needs of the next few decades. Today, leaders need to be able to anticipate change, harness it, and make it work for their organizations. They need to be nimble and aware, open and proactive. They need to find ways to add value to their organizations, their communities, and the world.
On March 30, 2015, the School proudly announced its new name, thanks to a generous gift from Allen Questrom (’64) and his wife, Kelli, and the Allen & Kelli Questrom Foundation. Allen Questrom is a retailing industry icon, having successfully transformed several of the nation’s largest department and specialty stores, including JCPenney, Neiman Marcus, and Barneys New York. At $50 million, their gift is the largest in BU history, and furthers the School’s commitment to developing the next generation of innovative leaders.
The Next Century of Leadership
We have evolved our curricula to integrate the three most vital and rapidly growing sectors of the world economy: health & life sciences, digital technology, and social enterprise & sustainability. We’re infusing more discussions of ethics and social responsibility throughout our curricula. We’re adding more internationally based cases and options for international experiences.
With an undergraduate or graduate degree from the Questrom School of Business, you’ll have training that is both deep and broad, forward-looking, and highly desired by recruiters.
Graduates of every program here stand out as builders and leaders. They rise rapidly in their careers. And they develop the staying power needed in an era when technological advancement drives innovation and competitive advantage—in every department of every organization, in all sectors.