Business & Management (Administrative Sciences)

The business and management programs of the Administrative Sciences department are designed to meet emerging challenges and complex problems in our ever-expanding global business environment. Our programs, whether they are degree or certificate, are designed around an understanding that the future of business is unpredictable: solutions that work today may be obsolete tomorrow, and long-term success depends on critical thinking and the ability to make informed decisions based on accurately researched data, improvisation, and authentic, hands-on experience.

The department recognizes that today’s fast-paced, and often volatile, global economy demands a new breed of business leader who is able to think strategically and holistically about business, and able to understand the interconnected nature of the twenty-first-century economy. Today’s business leaders must be strategic visionaries who can prepare organizations for innovation and change in the global environment.

Accreditation

The Administrative Sciences department’s programs are accredited by AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In addition, the Master of Science program in Project Management is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).

International Opportunities

Online and Boston-based graduate students can participate in a variety of international study experiences through the Administrative Sciences department. These include taking a partner institution’s online course or participating in one of the department’s intensive courses abroad.

The department strongly believes that international opportunities are a vital part of today’s business education, and strives to make opportunities available to our students whether part-time, full-time, or online. Information about international opportunities is available from the department or, for online students, the online program coordinator.

Dual Degree Option

Degree candidates may use 8 credits from one degree toward a second degree offered within the department of Administrative Sciences or through the departments of Actuarial Science or Computer Science, thereby reducing their work by two courses. Students must apply to, and be accepted independently by, each department (references and transcripts may be forwarded from the first degree program to the second).

Admission Information

The Administrative Sciences department reviews each student’s academic background in relationship to their current professional standing. Candidates for admission to graduate degree programs
must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution; they are selected on the basis of academic transcripts, academic and personal references, professional experience, and, in some cases, interviews.

For assistance regarding the application process, please contact the Administrative Sciences admissions department at 617-358-8162 or ADSadmissions@bu.edu, or visit www.bu.edu/met/admissions.

International Applicants

Applicants who require an I-20 from Boston University must submit an International Student Data Form, along with financial and other documentation as required by the International Students & Scholars office (ISSO). Since financial aid is not available to foreign students, each international applicant will be asked to provide a financial declaration showing adequate funding for both tuition and living expenses for the duration of the program. All credentials must be submitted in English. International students must submit copies of current or recently issued visa or I-20 documentation. Boston University will not issue an I-20 without this information. Additional information may be obtained by visiting www.bu.edu/isso.

Proof of English proficiency is required of all applicants by submitting official results from one of the following tests:

  • The TOEFL Internet-Based Test (iBT), with a minimum total score of 84, and minimum scores in each section as follows: Reading–21; Listening–18; Speaking–23; Writing–22
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with a minimum total score of 6.5, and required minimum scores of 6.5 in each section

This requirement is waived for applicants whose native language is English, or for applicants who have received, or expect to receive, an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited college or university where the primary language of instruction is English.

For information, visit the TOEFL website at www.toefl.org or the IELTS website at www.ielts.org. Information may also be obtained at United States embassies or consulates. For the TOEFL examination,
the institutional code for Metropolitan College graduate programs is 3087. There is no institutional code for the IELTS—request that official test scores be mailed to: Boston University Metropolitan College, Graduate Admissions & Enrollment Services, 808 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 270, Boston, MA 02215 (USA).

Students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL/IELTS requirements may wish to contact Boston University’s Center for English Language & Orientation Programs (CELOP). Call 617-353-4870 or visit
www.bu.edu/celop for more information.

Transfer of Credits

Prior to starting a degree program, a maximum of two relevant graduate-level courses (8 credits), completed with a grade of B+ or better and not used toward another degree, may be transferred from an accredited university with approval from the Administrative Sciences department. To request transfer of credits, students must fill out a Transfer of Credit form and attach all pertinent information.

Part-time students who hold a bachelor’s degree, but have not yet applied as degree candidates, may enroll in a maximum of two courses on a space-available basis. Only two courses taken prior to acceptance into a program will be counted toward the degree.

Good Standing

No grade lower than B– may be applied toward degree or certificate requirements. Students earning below a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) will be placed on academic probation status. Students on academic probation must make satisfactory progress toward achieving a minimum of 3.0 by the following semester, and must be in a position to graduate with a 3.0 or better within the remaining program courses. While grades of B or B– are considered passing, these grades will not assist in raising an unsatisfactory GPA to a satisfactory level. Therefore, students must obtain a minimum grade of B+ during a probation period.

Students who, in the determination of the department and based on past student performance, are not in a position to raise their GPA to the necessary level to graduate within the remaining courses will be dismissed from the program. Students who have not removed themselves from academic probation status after one semester for full-time status (three courses for part-time status) will be dismissed from the program.

Prerequisites

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

  • Students enrolling in MET AD 571 Business Analytics Foundations must complete the online Pre-Analytics Laboratory (AD 100).
  • International students are required to demonstrate proficiency in written and oral English skills by taking MET AD 501 Business Communications for International Students (4 cr), unless waived by the Administrative Sciences department.

Note that prerequisites cannot be applied toward degree requirements.

List of Business & Management Programs