External Transfer Information

We are excited that you are interested in the Boston University Questrom School of Business! With approximately 2,500 undergraduates, Questrom affords students the opportunities that come with being a part of a smaller community within a large university setting.  Our curriculum is innovative, integrated, and global in approach.  You will be exposed to diverse viewpoints in your classes every day.

Below you will find information of interest to students considering transferring to the Boston University Questrom School of Business from another college or university.  Review this information carefully as it will help you decide if Questrom is the best fit for you to continue your business education.

Transfer Criteria

Questrom accepts transfer students for entry in both the fall and spring semesters.  Students transferring from institutions outside of Boston University have an average GPA of 3.5.   Visit the BU Admissions website for more information regarding application requirements.

There are no specific pre-requisite course requirements to transfer to Questrom.  However, transfer students who have taken, minimally, calculus, microeconomics, and macroeconomics courses in addition to other liberal arts coursework at their previous colleges will find themselves further along in our curriculum (outlined below) with more time to focus on management coursework.

Questrom Curriculum

The sequential nature of the Questrom curriculum means that ALL transfer students must complete a minimum of five full-time academic terms at Boston University to earn the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree.  This is due to the prerequisite nature of the business core curriculum.

Additional coursework may be required depending upon the amount of transferred coursework as all students must reach a credit total of 129 credits.  Transfer students are required to fulfill all degree and residency requirements of the Questrom School of Business.

Required Courses Elective Courses
CAS EC101 & EC102CAS WR100


SMG SM131 & SMG FE101 (2cr.)

SMG AC221 & SMG AC222

SMG QM221 & SMG QM222


SMG OB 221

SMG  LA245

SMG SM151 (2cr.)

Cross-functional Core (17cr.)


4 SMG Concentration Electives

Career Management Seminars: SM 209, 308, 408

3 Distribution Requirements

  • 1 Humanities Elective
  • 1 Social Science Elective
  • 1 Natural Sci/Math/Comp Sci Elective

4 Liberal Arts Electives

1 Non-Management Elective

2 Free Electives or more

129+ Credit Rule –
Some of you may have a credit deficiency and therefore must take additional Free Electives to reach the minimum of 129 credits to graduate.


A typical progression through the Questrom curriculum for a transfer student is as follows:

A typical progression through the SMG curriculum for a transfer student is as follows:

Minimum Grade Requirement for SM131 and FE101

ALL Questrom students must earn grades of B- or higher in the two gateway courses: SMG SM131 (Business, Society and Ethics) and SMG FE101 (Introduction to Finance).

Students who do not achieve B- in one or both of the classes but wish to remain in the Questrom School of Business must retake the course in which they did not achieve the B- during one of the two subsequent academic terms and earn at least a B-.  Students earning less than a B- after taking SM131 and/or FE101 twice are required to transfer out of the Questrom School of Business and into another school/college at Boston University.


Upon completion of the Cross-Functional Core semester, which is typically the fourth semester of enrollment after transferring, students enroll in coursework toward their Questrom concentration(s).  These are upper-level courses in a student’s specific area of interest.  Concentrations available to Questrom students are:

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • International Management
  • Law
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Operations & Technology Management
  • Organizational Behavior

Most concentrations are comprised of four (4) upper-level management courses.   International Management and Management Information Systems have additional requirements.  Further information about concentrations can be found here.

What Courses/Credits Will Transfer?

To find out how many of your credits will transfer, submit syllabi for all courses you have taken and are currently taking to the Boston University Registrar. Include your name and birthdate in the body of your email and on each syllabus submitted.

Typically you will earn transfer credits for

  • Courses in which you earned a grade  of C or better AND
  • that have content and depth similar to a course offered at BU in the following areas:
    • Liberal Arts: May count towards foundation courses (calculus, writing, microeconomics, or macroeconomics), Liberal Arts distribution requirements, or Liberal Arts electives
    • Other Non-Management courses (e.g., communications, engineering, education, etc.): These are awarded non-management or free elective credit toward the required 129 degree credits
    • INTRODUCTORY LEVEL finance, financial accounting, managerial accounting, business statistics, organizational behavior, information systems and business law: MAY be awarded non-management elective credit with the option to pursue waiver exams (see information, below)
  • AP, IB, A-Levels, German Abitur, and other similar international exam-based curricula in liberal arts subjects.
    • You must achieve a certain score to receive credit
    • These credits will be applied to your liberal arts electives or requirements

Waiver Exams for Required Management Courses

Transfer students who have completed coursework in the following areas may be eligible to take a waiver exam to test out of the equivalent Questrom courses.

  • financial accounting
  • managerial accounting
  • business statistics
  • organizational behavior
  • business law
  • management information systems
  • introductory finance

Initially, you will receive non-management elective credit for this course work.   If you believe you qualify to take a waiver exam so that your past coursework can fulfill the equivalent Questrom School of Businesscore requirements, you will work with the transfer advisor in the Undergraduate Program Office to receive approval to take the exam.

If you are not approved to sit for the waiver exam, or if you do not pass a waiver exam, your will retain elective credit for the coursework and must then take the core course requirement at the Questrom School of Business.

For More Information

This website is an excellent place to start to answer most of your transfer-related questions about Boston University.

  • Transfer students with general Questrom program questions can contact Karen Plescia, Assistant Director in the Questrom Undergraduate Program Office, at kplescia@bu.eduor 617-353-2650.
  • Admissions-specific questions should be addressed to the following offices:
  • For U.S. citizens, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@bu.edu or 617-353-2300
  • For international students, contact the International Student Advisor in Admissions, at 617-353-4492.
  • Questions related to transfer credit evaluations should be directed to the Office of the University Registrar credeval@bu.edu at 617-353-3612.