What are the requirements to apply (i.e., application instructions)?

Please visit our graduate admissions page for the full instructions on how to apply, application requirements, and priority application deadlines.

Do I need to take the GMAT or GRE?

Standardized test scores are not required for admission to graduate programs at Metropolitan College. Students who have already taken standardized tests can strengthen their applications by submitting the results. For the GRE, use Institutional Code 3087; for the GMAT, select the appropriate program of study at Boston University.

What English proficiency examinations are required for international applicants?

For the latest information about English proficiency examinations, please review the International Graduate Student Application page.

What are the application deadlines?

Metropolitan College offers rolling admission, so the sooner you submit your application, the sooner you will receive an admission decision. Admission reviews occur on an ongoing basis and are granted for September, January, and May of each year (fall, spring, and summer), with additional starts in October, March, and July for most online programs (Fall 2, Spring 2, and Summer 2). We do, however, encourage students to apply by our priority application deadlines for full consideration for admission, which can be found on our graduate admissions page.

As an international student, I know that BU’s International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) is a valuable resource for my visa and other important questions? How do I contact ISSO?

For comprehensive information about ISSO, including contact information, visit their website.

How much does this program cost if I study full-time on campus?

To qualify for full-time tuition status, you must be a graduate student taking 12–18 credits per semester (additional charges apply to all full-time students enrolled in more than 18 credits). Full-time students pay tuition on a per semester basis. For our tuition rates, please visit our Tuition & Fees webpage.

How much does this program cost if I study part-time online or on campus?

To qualify for part-time tuition status, you must be a graduate student enrolled in fewer than 12 credits each semester. All part-time students (online and on campus) pay tuition on a per credit basis. For our tuition rates, please visit our Tuition & Fees webpage. NOTE: All online students are enrolled as part-time students, and are advised to take 1–2 courses (4–8 credits) each semester.

Does the program offer any scholarships or financial aid?

MET’s Graduate Financial Aid office offers comprehensive financial assistance for graduate students. Our goal is to ensure that all students with the drive and determination to complete one of our programs have the opportunity to do so. We can assist through a variety of lending options, including Federal Loans, Graduate Plus Loans, Private Loans, and Graduate Assistantships.

Additionally, all applicants to programs within the Administrative Sciences department (business and management programs) are automatically considered for a merit scholarship. Each merit award is worth $200/course for all required courses within your master’s degree program (8, 10, or 12 courses, for a total award of $1,600, $2,000, or $2,400). For eligibility requirements, please visit our merit scholarship webpage. For other scholarship opportunities, please visit our general MET scholarships webpage.

For more information about financial aid, please visit the MET Graduate Financial Aid website.

Is this program offered completely online? Would I ever have to come to campus?

Administrative Sciences graduate programs are available in a fully online format with no requirements to come to campus (except for graduation, which we encourage!). Whether studying from home, the field, or the road, students in MET’s online degree and certificate programs have 24/7 access to cutting-edge course material, online lectures, discussion boards, and interactive multimedia content to help them maximize their learning experience in smart and exciting ways.

How much time does it take to complete the program either part-time or full-time master’s degree or graduate certificate?

Most master’s degree programs* offered through the Administrative Sciences department are 10-course programs, which can be completed in 3 semesters (12–16 months) as a full-time student or in 5 semesters (20–24 months) as a part-time student. This includes our Master of Science programs in Applied Business Analytics, Enterprise Risk Management, Financial Management, Global Marketing Management, Project Management, and Supply Chain Management.

All graduate certificate programs have 4 required courses and can be completed in 1–2 semesters (4–8 months) as a full-time student or 2–3 semesters (8–12 months) as a part-time student.

*Our Insurance Management program is an 8-course online-only program which can be completed in 4 semesters (16 months). Our Administrative Studies master’s is a 12-course on-campus-only program that will take at least 6 semesters (24 months) to complete as a part-time student.

Do I need to have a specific background (educational or vocational) in order to apply?

Students do not need a specific educational or vocational background to be eligible for admission. The admissions committee does, however, value both academic and professional experiences, and will consider your history in the review of your application.

Is this program going to teach me skills that I can use in my current or future job (i.e., theoretical vs hands on skills)?

Yes! Our curricula focus on emerging trends, combining theoretical learning and practical application to provide career advantages to our students. Coursework builds expertise through rigorous, practical, and interactive learning, emphasizing a hands-on approach to concepts taught in class. Many of our students have said that they learn something in class one day and use it in their job that very same week.

What is the difference between a master’s degree and a graduate certificate? Can I change my mind if I start in one program and want to switch to the other?

MET offers tremendous flexibility to our students: part-time or full-time enrollment, online or on-campus formats (and an ability to combine both online and on-campus courses within your program), and 3–6 term starts per year (3 for on-campus students, 6 for online students). MET also understands that “life happens” and sometimes students require a break within their program. You may complete your part-time program in as few as 20 months, but can take up to 6 years to complete your degree if need be.

Our master’s degrees are generally 10-course programs (with the exception of Insurance Management, which is 8 courses, and Administrative Studies, which is 12). Our graduate certificate programs require only 4 courses. Students must apply for admission to both our master’s degree programs and graduate certificate programs (and admissions standards are the same for entry to both). Once enrolled, however, a graduate certificate student can continue into a master’s degree program without needing to reapply. NOTE: Students who enroll in graduate certificates are considered non-degree students, and are thus ineligible for federal financial assistance.

Is there a difference in the application process for the Master of Science degree programs and the graduate certificate programs?

The admissions standards for all programs within the Administrative Sciences department are very similar. This includes similar standards used for entry to both our graduate certificate and master’s degree programs. We encourage students to apply to the program that best fits their educational and career goals.

The only difference between the application criteria for graduate certificate programs and master’s degrees is the application fee ($25 for graduate certificates and $85 for master’s degrees). NOTE: Students who enroll in graduate certificates are considered non-degree students, and are thus ineligible for federal financial assistance.

Is online learning self-paced or are classes scheduled?

MET’s online programs are asynchronous, designed for students who seek to learn on their own terms and on their schedule. Online students study with the same BU faculty who teach on campus, and benefit from easy access to recorded lectures from professors and visiting experts, readings, support material, case studies, student services, and other resources—most of which are available any time, day or night. Online students log on to each class and complete assignments and exams as in a traditional college course. You may interact frequently with faculty and fellow students through lively discussion forums, group projects, and live classroom sessions. While coursework can be accessed online 24/7, assignments must be completed by the due dates specified by your professor.

Many courses will schedule a live classroom meeting each week. Using web conferencing tools, you will join the classroom for a session that might include a live lecture, presentations, office hours, or other interactive activities. These sessions are recorded so that you can review them later.

When do classes meet on campus?

Most on-campus courses at MET are offered in the evenings (6–8:45 pm), Monday–Thursday, catering specifically to working professionals. MET also offers an array of afternoon courses, designed specifically for our full-time on-campus students.

What do demographics of the current student population look like?

Our department enrolls students from across the country and around the globe. We welcome career starters who just completed their bachelor’s degree, career advancers who bring years of work experience to the classroom, and career changers who come to us from a completely different discipline of work. Our students range in age from 20 to 60. The average age is 25 for our on-campus programs and 35 for our online programs.

What BU resources are available to me as an online student?

Boston University is dedicated to supporting you throughout your experience as an online student. Our online student resources webpage contains information and documents that will guide you through the application and registration process, assist you with technical issues, and introduce the many resources you can access as a Boston University student (including career development, tutoring, libraries and bookstores, student health services/behavioral medicine, and disability services).

What BU career and academic resources are available to me as an on campus student?

On-campus students can tap into the University’s world-class resources—including 13 libraries, the Center for Career Development, the Educational Resource Center, the BU Bookstore, the BU Bus, and the Fitness & Recreation Center (FitRec). On-campus students also work to grow their professional network and make new friendships by joining one of BU’s many graduate student groups. BU also provides assistance in finding housing for students relocating to Boston for their program.

What BU career and academic resources are available to me as an online student?

Online students can use the many of the resources of the University, including the libraries and the Center for Career Development. Learn more about resources available to online students.

Is this a MBA program?

No. Unlike a general MBA program, which offers broad-based skills in business, our specialized master’s programs in business and management combine core business coursework with areas of deep focus through extensive specialization courses, allowing you to set yourself apart for your career in management. Our areas of focus include business analytics, financial management, enterprise risk management, global marketing management, insurance management, project management, and supply chain management.

Is Metropolitan College accredited? Does Metropolitan College maintain any memberships?

As one of the 17 degree-granting colleges of Boston University, Metropolitan College shares accreditation with BU. In addition, the College offers several programs that have specific accreditation and recognition. View the list of our Rankings & Accreditation.

If I have any further questions, who should I contact?

For questions about admissions, or financial aid, or for specific information about a program, please contact our Graduate Admissions Advisors at 617-358-8162, or at adsadmissions@bu.edu.