MS in Administrative Studies

The Master of Science in Administrative Studies (MSAS) is a multidisciplinary program designed to provide the opportunity for focused graduate study in one of four specialized or industry-specific areas of interest. Each of the concentrations will allow students to develop creativity, global awareness, communication skills, and the ability to use technology to increase productivity and efficiency.

Degree candidates have six years from the date of their first course to complete the program.

MSAS Concentrations

View all business and management programs offered through the Administrative Sciences department.

Dual Concentration Option

This is a unique opportunity for students to obtain additional specialized knowledge by completing two administrative studies concentrations. Students can qualify for a second concentration by completing (1) the prerequisites, (2) the concentration requirements for each concentration, and (3) a minimum of three additional concentration courses (15 concentration courses). The exact number of courses needed may be more than 15 depending on the student’s concentrations and the courses selected.

Dual Degree Option

Appreciating the converging nature of management skills and technology, the Administrative Sciences department has a special relationship with Metropolitan College’s Computer Science and Actuarial Science departments. Students in either program are able to apply 8 credit hours from one degree toward a second degree, thereby reducing their coursework on the second degree by two courses. Students must be accepted independently by the appropriate departments.

Admission Information

In order to determine suitability for the Master of Science in Administrative Studies program, the administrative sciences department reviews each student’s academic background in relationship to their current professional standing. Candidates for admission to the MSAS degree program must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution; they are selected on the basis of academic transcripts, academic and personal references, and, in some cases, interviews.

For questions regarding the process of application to the Master of Science in Administrative Studies program, please contact the Department of Administrative Sciences at 617-353-3016 or, or visit

International Applicants

Applicants who require an I-20 visa from Boston University must submit an International Student Data Form (ISDF), 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 all previously issued visa or I-20 documentation. Boston University will not issue an I-20 without this information. Additional information may be obtained on the ISSO website.

International students must demonstrate an understanding of English, including the ability to read and write with proficiency. Students whose native language is not English must submit results from one of the following:

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (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; and Writing—22
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with a minimum total score of 6.5 and required minimum scores of 6.5 in each section

The institutional code for Metropolitan College graduate programs is 3087.

Applicants are exempt from language testing if they:

  • Completed a four-year undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university where English is the certified standard language.
  • Are from a country where English is the standard language: Australia, The Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Provence of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

For information on these tests, visit the TOEFL website at or the IELTS website at Information may also be obtained at United States embassies or consulates.

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 for more information.

Transfer of Credits

A maximum of two 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. The courses must have been completed no more than two years prior to matriculation. To request transfer of credits to the MSAS, 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. Before registering in any of our graduate courses (600 level or higher) you will need to provide the department with an undergraduate transcript confirming your degree from an accredited university. Please note that only two courses taken prior to acceptance into the MSAS program will be counted toward the degree.

Good Standing

No grade lower than B- may be applied toward degree, certificate, or diploma requirements. Students with less than a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) will be placed on academic probation. 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 academic 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 after one semester for full-time status (three semesters for part-time status) will be dismissed from the program.


International students are required to demonstrate proficiency in written and oral English skills. International students must take MET AD 501 Business Communications for International Students unless waived by the department.

The department course to satisfy the prerequisites:

  • MET AD 501 Business Communications for International Students (4 cr)

Note that prerequisites cannot be applied toward degree requirements.