MBA/MS in Manufacturing Engineering

The Master of Business Administration / Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering is offered as a dual degree, administered jointly by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Questrom School of Business. Students who pursue this specialized degree come out with not only the manufacturing engineering specialty but also the skill set of a great manager. This unique coupling yields well-prepared graduates who are fully equipped to become top manufacturing managers in the industry.

Within this program, students study the latest manufacturing innovations in information processing, materials, devices, systems, process controls, and management science. Specific areas of research include biomaterial processing, fuel cells, energy storage devices, supply chain management, and nano engineering.

Key Facts

  • Number of credits: 80
  • Program length : 4-5 semesters
  • Full-time or Part-time: Full-time only
    • Students may complete the MBA portion of the degree on a part-time basis.
  • Deadline to apply: Round 1 – October 15, Round 2 – January 7, Final Round – March 12

Program Requirements

Students must successfully complete 80 credits total and meet the requirements of each degree, including 40 credits at Questrom and 36 at the College of Engineering (ENG). The remaining four credits are free electives that can be completed at either school.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has established four core areas of study: Manufacturing or Dynamic Systems Theory, Design and Control in Manufacturing Processes, Manufacturing Management, and Engineered Materials.  A variety of courses are offered within each of those four core areas. All students must successfully complete at least one course in three of the four core areas to satisfy the core requirement.  In addition, students must complete two courses from one of six Mechanical Engineering concentration areas.

For courses counted toward the MS, a student must obtain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (or “B”). Courses for the MBA must be completed with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.7 (“B-”). Both schools require that MBA/MS dual-degree requirements be completed within six years of matriculation.

Curriculum Map

MG700: Ethical and Global Foundations (1 Credit) PL700: Introduction to Business Law (1 Credit)
PL727 Organizations, Markets, and Society (3 Credits) IS710: IT Strategies for a Networked Economy (3 Credits)

Internship (Optional)

MG790: Ethical Leadership in a a Global Economy (3 Credits)

Global Engagement Elective (3 Credits)

Internship (Optional) ENG Elective (4 Credits)
QM716: Business Analytics: Data Analysis and Risk (3 Credits) OB713: Leading Organizations and People (3 Credits)

ENG Core* (4 Credits)

ENG Core* (4 Credits) ENG Capstone (4 Credits)
AC710: Financial Reporting and Analysis (3 Credits) SI750: Competition, Innovation, and Strategy (3 Credits) ENG Core* (4 Credits) ENG Concentration Course (4 Credits)
OM725: Creating Value Through Operations and Technology (3 Credits) MBA Elective (3 Credits) ENG Concentration Course (4 Credits) ENG Elective (4 Credits)
MK723: Marketing Management (3 Credits) Free Elective, Either Schools (Questrom 3 Credits) Free Elective, Either School (3 or 4 Credits) ENG Elective (4 Credits)
FE721 Finance 1 (3 Credits)
ES721 Teaming (0 Credits) ES721 Teaming (0 Credits) ES723: Career Management (0 Credits)
ES722: Executive Communication (0 Credits) ES723: Career Management (0 Credits) ES724: Professional Skills (1 Credit)
ES723: Career Management (0 Credits)

Blue: MBA; Pink: MS (Manufacturing Engineering); Green: Either

*ENG core must be selected from three of the four subject areas: Manufacturing or Dynamic Systems Theory, Design and Control in Manufacturing Processes, Manufacturing Management, and Engineered Materials.

A minimum of five ENG courses must be technically oriented.

**The MBA/MA Manufacturing Engineering dual degree requires that students complete 40 credits at the Questrom School of Business, 36 credits at the College of Engineering, and at least 4 credits from either school (one to two electives, depending on where they are taken).

Please note this is a sample guide for full-time students. It is by no means a firm map of courses, and each individual’s schedule will vary.  Students should meet with their advisor from both the Questrom School of Business and the Department of Mechanical Engineering for assistance with course selection. The curriculum and courses are subject to change as recommended by deans, faculty, and administrators of the Questrom School of Business and the College of Engineering.

Learning Goals

Master of Business Administration


Learning in the MBA program is heavily experience and team-based, emphasizing the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy (particularly analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in the cognitive realm), and cuts across traditional educational categories. In the first semester of the full time program, student teams are formed and engage in projects that combine application of content from multiple courses, culminating in competitive presentations and products. There is also a major simulation carried out by a separate set of teams that lasts several days and mimics iterative decision-making in the real world. Courses are heavily interactive, and cases are widely used in the classroom.

MBA Learning Goals

The learning goals of the MBA program have been adopted by the MBA Program Development Committee as the competencies all graduates of the program should attain. From these learning goals the program has developed measurable objectives, which are regularly assessed and results are fed back into the curricular process.

Specifically, the learning goals of Boston University’s MBA program are as follows:

  • We develop graduates with self-awareness and strong career management skills
  • We develop graduates who can apply integrative leadership, have strong communication skills, and can perform well and contribute appropriately on teams
  • We develop graduates who understand the strategic implications and application of technology within business
  • We develop graduates who possess a management-systems perspective. Graduates will have an understanding of core, functional, business knowledge; and will be able to successfully apply critical and analytical thinking within a management-systems perspective
  • We develop graduates who possess an ethical, global, perspective


While students are attending both the College of Engineering and Questrom, they pay only one set of tuition. However, if a student exceeds 18 credits in a given semester, he or she will be charged additional tuition.

Students who take summer Questrom courses while considered an engineering student must pay extra tuition for those courses. Please note that summer courses taken at Questrom may not be applied toward the MS degree.

Students with merit-based scholarships from the College of Engineering should not expect scholarship awards from the Questrom School of Business as well.


Graduates of this program go on to careers as plant managers, operations managers, manufacturing managers, product managers, and market managers, among others.

Admission Process

Applicants interested in the joint MBA/MS in Manufacturing Engineering should submit a completed application to the Graduate Questrom School of Business only. The Questrom School of Business will then forward the application on to the College of Engineering. Please note that although you submit only one application, there will be two separate admission decisions, one by the Department of Engineering and the other by the Questrom School of Business.  Please see the application checklist for what is needed to apply to the Questrom School of Business.

Contact Us

Contact the Questrom School of Business at (617) 353-2670 or contact the College of Engineering at (617) 353-9760 for program-specific questions. We’re also available on chat through MSM/AIM/Yahoo/Google Talk; our screen name is BostonUMBA.