MBA/MA in Economics

The Master of Business Administration / Master of Arts (MBA/MA) in Economics is offered as a dual degree, administered jointly by the Graduate College of Arts and Sciences (GRS) and the Questrom School of Business. The program integrates scholarly rigor into the applied case study method of our management education.

Alumna Janna Lorenzen on the MBA/MA in Economics
Janna Lorenzen, MBA/MA in Economics ’10, talks about how the dual-degree program led to her BU.

Training in the related fields of management and economics has become professionally desirable in an increasing number of areas. The Economics program is cited by the Journal of Economic Perspectives as one of the top ten economics departments in North America. The Department of Economics offers a distinguished faculty and an international student body which generate a lively intellectual climate. Graduates of this program go on to a number of careers including investment banking, management, strategy, consulting, quantitative analysis, third world development, environmental policy and working for the public sector. Alumni include a manager of strategic research for Toyota Motor North America and vice president and equity risk manager at Merrill Lynch.

Key Facts

  • Number of credits: 80
  • Program length : 5 semesters
  • Full-time or Part-time: Both full- and part-time basis
    • For part-time students in the MBA/MA in Economics program, please note: (a) Many of your economics classes are only available during the day. You should not expect to be able to complete the MA degree entirely in the evening. (b) You are strongly advised to take two economics core courses per semester in the normal sequence – EC501 and EC507 in the first semester; EC502 and EC508 in the second semester, and attempt the first available offering of the MA Comprehensive Exam upon completion of these courses. Inability to do so may seriously handicap your academic performance and your progress toward the MA degree.
  • Deadline to apply:
      –Two Year MBA: Round 1- October 14, Round 2- January 6
      –Professional Evening MBA (January start): September 16, October 14
      –Professional Evening MBA (August start): October 14, January 6
    *Please note that the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has an admissions decision notification timeline that differs from that of the Questrom School of Business.

Program Requirements

Following acceptance into the joint program, candidates normally register for two semesters in Questrom, followed by three semesters cross-registered in both GRS and Questrom. Students must successfully complete a minimum of 40 credits at Questrom and 24 credits in the Department of Economics; the other 16 credits may be taken at Questrom, the Department of Economics, or, with prior approval, elsewhere in the University.

Tuition and Financial Aid

While students are enrolled in both the MBA and MA degree programs, they pay only one full-time tuition charge each year. For summer course, students pay per credit. If a student exceeds 18 credits in a given semester, he or she will be charged additional tuition.

All dual degree MBA/MA candidates are automatically eligible for the merit based scholarships from the Questrom School of Business. For more information please visit the Questrom School of Business’s Tuition and Financial Aid page.

Admission Process

Applicants interested in the joint MBA/MA in Economics must submit completed applications to both the Graduate College of Arts and Sciences and the Questrom School of Business at the same time. Please see the application process page for the Graduate College of Arts and Sciences and the Questrom School of Business for more information. Regardless of the deadline you choose to meet, if not yet enrolled in Boston University’s MBA program, please be sure to submit your applications to each school at the same time. To view required essays and the admissions checklist for the Questrom School of Business, visit the Admissions Process page.

Contact Us

Contact Maya Howe, dual degree liaison, at the Questrom School of Business at (617) 353-2670 or contact the Department of Economics at (617) 353-4453 for program-specific questions.