Professional Evening MBA (PEMBA)

Students are admitted to the Professional Evening MBA (PEMBA) program as majoring in General Management, Health Sector Management, or Social Impact. MBA students may also pursue a dual degree program offered in conjunction with another Boston University school or college.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MBA program, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Responsible business leadership.
  • Effective communication.
  • Critical and analytical thinking.
  • Collaboration.
  • An entrepreneurial mindset.

Curriculum Options

The PEMBA curriculum contains 31 credits of required core courses and 24 credits of elective coursework. All incoming students are required to attend PEMBA Orientation.

Please note: All students are required to complete the MBA program within a six-year time frame.

Required Courses for All PEMBA Students

Core Required—31 credits

  • QST AC 711 Financial Reporting and Control (3 cr)
  • QST ES 740 Leadership Communication (2 cr)
  • QST FE 722 Financial Management (3 cr)
  • QST MG 730 Ethics (1.5 cr)
  • QST MG 740 Consulting Project Prep (.5 cr)
  • QST MK 724 Marketing Management (3 cr)
  • QST MO 712 Leading Organizations and People (3 cr)
  • QST OM 726 Creating Value through Operations and Technology (3 cr)
  • QST PL 730 Economics and Management Decisions (3 cr)
  • QST QM 717 Data Analysis for Managerial Decision-Making (3 cr)
  • QST SI 751 Competition, Innovation, and Strategy (3 cr)
  • Capstone Project Requirement (3.0 cr)*: students must complete one 3-credit course from a list of approved experientially based electives.

*Currently approved experiential electives:

  • QST HM 840 Health Sector Consulting
  • QST IM 845 Asian Field Seminar
  • QST IM 851 European Field Seminar
  • QST IM 860 Social Impact Field Seminar
  • QST IS 860 Analytics Consulting: Data Driven Business Solutions
  • QST MK 838 Behavior Change Practicum
  • QST MO 840 Management Consulting Field Project
  • QST SI 858 Innovation Ecosystems
  • QST SI 868 International Consulting Project


    Eight elective courses at 3 credits each, or any combination of approved Questrom coursework totaling 24 credits. This can include Questrom electives, approved graduate electives from other schools at BU, or directed studies.

    Single-Degree Programs

    Cohorted PEMBA—55 cr

    In the Cohorted program, students move through the first five core curriculum courses with the same group of students. The cohort experience enhances the role of teams and continuity of content between courses. Students are automatically enrolled in three courses for the fall semester, two courses for the spring semester, and one course during the first summer session.

    Students must follow the prescribed curriculum to remain in the cohort.

    Since cohorted students take five of their core courses before their electives, it is important to build a relationship with your MBA Center advisor to plan out the best elective program to fit your professional goals.

    Flex PEMBA—55 cr

    We strongly advise that all PEMBA students follow the sequence of courses presented on the curriculum map, as it promotes the program’s goals. Not all core courses are offered year-round, and only a limited number of courses are offered during the summer.

    Dual Degree Programs

    Thirty-one credits must be completed in residence at Questrom School of Business and consist of the required Core, Ethics, and Executive Skills classes. Students who waive core courses are required to take an additional Questrom elective. If any Questrom course is counted toward the other degree program, students may experience greater flexibility in fulfilling degree requirements but still must meet required total degree credits. Please contact your advisor for MBA requirements.

    Dual degree candidates must fulfill the degree and residency requirements of both schools. Dual degrees available to PEMBA students include:

    MBA/MA in International Relations

    For information on the MA portion of the degree, please contact the Department of International Relations in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at 617-353-9349 or

    MBA/JD in Law Management

    For information on the JD portion of the degree, please contact the School of Law at 617-353-3100 or

    MBA/MS in Product Design & Manufacture Engineering

    For information on the MS portion of the degree, please contact the College of Engineering at 617-353-2670 or

    Degree Completion

    Single-Degree MBA

    To qualify for the MBA degree, students (except for dual degree students) must:

    • Complete all required courses (MBA Core courses, Ethics, Leadership Communications courses, and any additional requirements, such as internships required for some Social Impact students) and approved electives for a total of 55 credits. A student may transfer and/or waive no more than the equivalent of 24 credits. At least 31 credits must be taken at Questrom School of Business. Note that 1-credit Curricular Practical Training (CPT) courses for international students cannot be used to satisfy MBA degree requirements. PDP (physical education) courses also cannot be used to satisfy MBA requirements.
    • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70
    • Have no “I” grades or “MG” grades in classes that are counting toward the MBA

    Dual Degrees

    To qualify for the MBA, students enrolled in a dual degree program must:

    • Fulfill the requirement of at least 31 credits in the PEMBA program. If any credits are transferred or waived by exam, additional elective credits must be taken to satisfy the 31-credit residency requirement. Note that 1-credit Curricular Practical Training (CPT) courses for international students cannot be used to satisfy MBA degree requirements. Physical education (PDP) courses also cannot be used to satisfy MBA requirements.
    • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70 in the MBA portion of the program
    • Have no “I” or “MG” grades in classes that are counting toward the MBA