A master’s degree from BU can lead you down various new paths in life. With hundreds of thousands of alumni working in a variety of industries, you are sure to find a program that will help pave the way toward your dream career.
Keep reading to explore the various career outcomes for our most popular graduate programs!
A master’s degree from the Department of Economics at Boston University is an impressive credential on a professional resume or Ph.D. application. Our stellar ranking and reputation are based on the strength of our standing as a leading research institution, our accomplished faculty, and our rigorous, yet flexible curriculum.
Within our Economics Department, there are several different paths for a Master’s degree. We have a Master of Economics, Master of Economic Policy, and a Master of Global Development Economics. The Master of Economics program is a one year program that prepares students for careers as economic analysts in the business world, the consulting industry, a central bank or government. Our Master of Economic Policy program is three semesters and gives students a strong foundation in economics with the management methods appropriate for students interested in careers as policy analysts and decision-makers in government, nonprofit institutions, international organizations, and the private sector. Finally, the Master of Global Development Economics program is three semesters long and is designed for those seeking rigorous training in economics supplemented by training in the related disciplines of international relations, public health, and politics.
Our master’s graduates have gone on to become cabinet ministers, investment bankers, consultants, Ph.D. candidates, researchers, policymakers, and Forbes’ 30 under 30 economists. They hold prominent positions at firms and organizations such as Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, the Federal Reserve System, the World Bank, Bank of America, Cornerstone Research and PwC, while some have also become entrepreneurs—founding their own start-ups and firms around the world.
Are you passionate about computer science and want to take your skills to the next level? The Computer Science Department offers master’s degrees in several sub-disciplines including Computer Science, Computer Science with a specialization in Data-Centric Computing, Computer Science with a specialization in Cyber Security, and Artificial Intelligence.
Our CS graduates have pursued high-level opportunities with companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, Adobe and IBM, and have secured positions as Computer and Information Research Scientists, Software Development Engineers and Developers, and Information Security Analysts.
As a computer science master’s student, you’ll be joining a world-class community of faculty, students, and staff. During your time at BU, you’ll engage with faculty like Emily Whiting, Director and Founder of the BU Shape Lab, and Co-Director of the BU Computer Graphics Lab, and John Byers, who researches the empirical study of Internet platforms (such as Airbnb, Groupon, and Yelp) and is the Founding Chief Scientist and a member of the Board of Directors at Cogo Labs, a start-up based in Cambridge, MA.
Many of our students also conduct research of their own alongside faculty mentors. One of our current Ph.D. students, Andrea Burns (GRS ‘23), was recently selected as one of twelve nationwide recipients of the 2021 Google Ph.D. Fellowship. Her research focuses on the intersection of computer vision and natural language processing.
In addition to its annual career fair, the department hosts its student showcase, CS Day, sponsors a range of professional development programs such as the Grace Hopper Celebration of Computing event, and provides its students access to numerous field-related outlets.
Would you like to get a master’s degree, industry connections, and consulting portfolio all at once? As a Statistical Practice master’s student at Boston University, you can do just that! Our students acquire fundamental training in statistics and learn to apply this knowledge to real-world problems in fields as diverse as economics, law, management, and the sciences.
One of our distinguished alumna, Sylva Collins, obtained her master’s and doctorate degrees in Statistics and later joined the FDA’s Division of Biostatistics—ensuring the safety of products including regulatory drugs and therapeutic biologics. She currently serves as the Director of the Office of Biostatistics for the US Food and Drug Administration.
The department offers numerous opportunities throughout the year for students to meet working data science practitioners and industry professionals at both on-and off-campus colloquia and events, where our students showcase their portfolios and demonstrate their ability to undertake professional-level projects. Our students fare extraordinarily well in both academia and the statistical industry post-grad, pursuing successful careers at companies like Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, State Street and Wellington Management.
Learn more about the opportunities that will be available to you through our MS in Statistical Practice program!
Earth and Environment
Are you an aspiring scientist eager to dedicate your career to preserving our Earth? At Boston University’s Department of Earth & Environment, you can do just that! With a master’s degree in Energy & Environment, or in Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences, our alumni have pursued positions such as environmental consultants, electricity market analysts, and research associates.
During your time at BU, you’ll take classes with faculty like Cutler Cleveland and Sucharita Gopal, who were recently awarded a grant through Microsoft’s AI for Earth Program, which supports the development of cloud-based analytical workflows for urban and regional-scale integrated assessments of energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and mitigation pathways.
You may also interact with other members of our distinguished faculty including Professor Robert Kaufmann, who was recently featured on MoneyGeek to discuss green finance, and Cédric Fichor, whose advisee recently received the NASA FINESST fellowship to further their research on quantifying the fat of dissolved organic carbons from marshes in the Mississippi River Delta using airborne imaging spectroscopy.
Our graduates have pursued high-level opportunities as consultants in government, industry, and nonprofit organizations, including US Environmental Agency, The World Bank, McKinsey and Company, Earthwatch Institute, and Apple.
Whether you’re planning to advance your career as a biostatistician or pursuing a Ph.D. degree in the future, a master’s degree in Biostatistics from Boston University will help you achieve that goal! Our graduates leave prepared for successful careers in biomedical research, pharmaceuticals, and research positions in government agencies, NGOs and nonprofits.
One of our remarkable alumni is recent graduate, Sandeep Menon (GRS’10), who currently serves as the senior vice president of early clinical development at Pfizer and was recently the first recipient to be awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by the Department of Biostatistics. He shares, “Biostatisticians have the tools to enhance decision-making in the healthcare industry… Always be that curious student and be brave to try new things.”
The MS in Biostatistics will provide you with an exceptional foundation in statistical theory as well as concrete experience in applying advanced statistical knowledge to current research in the field. Our culture of personal mentoring and faculty advising, frequent career development workshops, and events with our successful network of alumni will open the door to your future.
Take the next step and learn more about pursuing your MS in Biostatistics here!
Pursuing a master’s degree in biology is an excellent step in achieving your goal of turning your passion into a career. As a top-ranked research university, your education at BU will be shaped by our accomplished faculty and rigorous curriculum.
During the program, you will work with professors like Meg Younger and Cheryl Knott, who have both recently been awarded selective grants to fund their research. Dr. Younger’s lab does research on mosquitos, examining how they detect and encode human odor; she was recently named a 2022 Searle Scholar and awarded $300,000 of research funding. Dr. Knott was awarded a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Services for her research on the conservation of wild orangutans on the island of Borneo.
The MS in Biology program will provide you with an exceptional foundation to work as a researcher in your chosen field after graduation or to apply to top Ph.D. programs. With your choice of three tracks of study and four areas of concentration, the possibilities are endless.
Take your passion for psychology to the next level at Boston University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. What is more exciting than earning a graduate degree in your field and jump-starting your career in just one year? With BU’s MA in Psychology, you can do just that!
Located in Boston, a city known for its world-class healthcare providers, you will have countless opportunities for a career in psychology after earning your degree. Many graduates have applied their advanced training in psychology to work in research, mental health, human services, administration, and business.
One of our distinguished alumni is Dr. Amy Janes (GRS ‘07), who recently joined the National Institute on Drug Abuse Intramural Research Program leading the Cognitive and Pharmacological Neuroimaging Unit. Further, Dr. Janes was appointed as the President-Elect of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), the longest-running group in the U.S. addressing drug addiction.
The MA in Psychology program at BU gives you the unique opportunity to work closely with a member of our accomplished faculty to complete a directed study. These studies cover a wide range of specialized areas in psychology, and you can complete a directed study in your area of interest to gain expertise and hands-on experience for your future career.
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