Get ready to speak the language of business—from the moment your first class begins.
The Questrom School of Business curriculum is balanced between a core of requirements and a broad variety of electives. Our aim is to provide a cohesive learning experience that enables students to develop competence with flexibility.
For students who begin as freshmen in Fall 2019, they will engage in a year-long foundational program through SM131 and SM132, where they will be enrolled with the same classmates in both classes across the fall and spring semester, with common learning experiences in both classes. In addition, this will be achieved through the Boston University Hub, a University-wide general education program that helps to develop six essential capacities — knowledge, skills, and habits of mind — that will equip them to thrive in their personal, professional, and civic lives.
Listed below are the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. Keep in mind, this is only a sample curriculum of a student entering Questrom as a freshman. Your actual path will depend on your concentration, as well as other academic opportunities such as a minor or study abroad. This outline doesn’t include advanced placement (AP, IB, etc.) or other transfer credit.
CAS = College of Arts & Sciences (liberal arts courses)
QST = Questrom School of Business
Upon completion of the BSBA program, students will be able to demonstrate:
- An ethical perspective
- Core business knowledge
- Core business skills
- Leadership and collaboration
- A systems perspective
- A global perspective
- An innovative approach.
QUESTROM CURRICULUM YEAR 1: FALL
Business, Ethics, and the Creation of Value (QSTSM131)
This course explores local and global ethical problems that managers face in markets for goods, services, labor, or capital. Through identification and discussion of the basic business disciplines, students uncover the interdependencies in the creation, delivery and capture of value. Students explore the complex analyses necessary to make ethical decisions vis-?-vis a multiplicity of stakeholders and in service of diverse personal and institutional goals. Stresses written and oral communication skills and logical reasoning as an ingredient for sound analysis and rational business planning. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Ethical Reasoning.
Introductory Microeconomic Analysis (CASEC101)
The first semester of a standard two-semester sequence for those considering further work in management or economics. Coverage includes economics of households, business firms, and markets; consumer behavior and the demand for commodities; production, costs, and the supply of commodities; price determination; competition and monopoly; efficiency of resource allocation; governmental regulation; income distribution; and poverty. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Critical Thinking. In 2019-20 this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Ethical Reasoning, Critical Thinking.
Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences I (CASMA121)
Students may receive credit for not more than one of the following courses: CAS MA 121 or CAS MA 123. Differentiation and integration of functions of one variable. Same topics as CAS MA 123, but with less emphasis on mathematical generality and more on applications. Especially suitable for students concentrating in the biological and social sciences. Carries MCS Divisional credit in CAS. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Quantitative Reasoning II. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Quantitative Reasoning II, Social Inquiry II, Critical Thinking.
Calculus I (CASMA123)
Students may receive credit for not more than one of the following courses: CAS MA 121 or CAS MA 123. Limits; derivatives; differentiation of algebraic and transcendental functions. Applications to maxima, minima, and convexity of functions. The definite integral; the fundamental theorem of integral calculus. Carries MCS divisional credit in CAS. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Quantitative Reasoning II. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Quantitative Reasoning II, Critical Thinking.
Explore Your Career (QSTES110)
Questrom freshmen only. Required for all Questrom freshmen. This is the first in a series of required Questrom career management and skills development courses designed to equip students with the knowledge, tools, and skills needed to explore career opportunities and build their career management capabilities. This first year class will focus on career exploration within the broader context and scope of business careers. Students will explore personal values, interests, and skills as the foundation for career management. They will learn skills for exploring traditional and emerging industries, organizations, and occupations that align with their business and career aspirations. They will learn and apply basic career search tools and techniques as they begin their careers as Questrom students.
Liberal Arts Elective
QUESTROM CURRICULUM YEAR 1: SPRING
Measuring Financial Value (QSTSM132)
This course offers an overview of fundamental financial analyses, such as time value of money, interest rates, basic valuation of cash flow streams, and basic stock and bond valuation. The content is relevant to understand a broad class of problems and decisions for businesses or individuals. It offers applications across decision domains. The teaching materials include online problem solving and case writing. Students may not take SM132 and FE101 for credit.
First-Year Writing Seminar (CASWR120)
Topic-based seminar in critical reading and writing. Engagement with a variety of sources and practice in writing in a range of genres with particular attention to argumentation, prose style, and revision, informed by reflection and feedback, including individual conferences. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: First-Year Writing Seminar.
Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis (CASEC102)
The second semester of a standard two-semester sequence for those considering further work in management or economics. National economic performance; the problems of recession, unemployment, and inflation; money creation, government spending, and taxation; economic policies for full employment and price stability; and international trade and payments. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Social Inquiry I. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
Two Liberal Arts Electives
QUESTROM CURRICULUM YEAR 2: FALL
Financial Accounting (QSTAC221)
Basic concepts underlying financial statements and accounting procedures used in preparing statements of financial position, income statements, and statements of cash flow. Stresses the interpretation, analysis, and evaluation of published financial statements.
Introduction to Information Systems (QSTIS223)
Provides students with an understanding of the important role that information and information technology play in supporting the effective operation and management of business. Elaborates on the themes of "place to space" and the implications for business of the digital enterprise. Focuses on learning IS concepts in the context of application to real business problems.
Introduction to Law (QSTLA245)
Provides a broad overview of the American judicial system and fundamental legal issues. Examines dispute resolution, torts, contracts, criminal law, business organizations, employment law, intellectual property, and international law. The goal is to understand not only the basic rules of law but also the underlying social policies and ethical dilemmas.
Probabilistic and Statistical Decision-Making for Management (QSTQM221)
Exposes students to the fundamentals of probability, decision analysis, and statistics, and their application to business. Topics include probability, decision analysis, distributions, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, and chi-square. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Quantitative Reasoning I.
QUESTROM CURRICULUM YEAR 2: SPRING
Managerial Accounting (QSTAC222)
Sophomore requirement. Introduces the basic principles, methods, and challenges of modern managerial accounting. Covers traditional topics such as job-order costing, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting and variance analysis, profitability analysis, relevant costs for decision making, and cost-plus pricing, as well as emerging topics such as Activity-Based Cost (ABC) accounting. The material is examined from the perspective of students preparing to use management accounting information as managers, to support decision making (such as pricing, product mix, sourcing, and technology decisions) and short- and long-term planning, and to measure, evaluate, and reward performance. Emphasizes the relationships between accounting techniques and other organizational activities (such as strategy and motivation).
The Dynamics of Leading Organizations (QSTMO221)
This course is about understanding, analyzing, and navigating the complexities of contemporary organizational life. After taking this course, you will be able to: (1) Understand yourself, including your personal tendencies, and sharpen your ability to interact and communicate with others in ways that make you more effective at work; (2) Formulate strategies for collaborating, building effective teams, and carving out your role within them; (3) Analyze, predict, and influence others' behaviors, organizational hierarchies, power structures, and cultures; and (4) Apply the principles of organizational behavior to craft feedback, manage conflict, and lead in your work environments. This is done through in-class simulations, individual self-reflection, active participation in class, team exercises, exams, readings, and group projects and presentations. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Teamwork/Collaboration.
Modeling Business Decisions and Market Outcomes (QSTQM222)
Examines the use of economic and statistical tools for making business decisions. The course emphasizes linking data analysis to spreadsheet modeling of decision making. Topics include multiple regression, causal inference, forecasting, demand modeling, and optimization. Case studies apply concepts to practical business problems. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Quantitative Reasoning II.
Management Communications (QSTES275)
Persuasive written and oral communications are essential skills that are required for success in every business discipline. In this course, students will learn how to communicate clearly and persuasively. Course objectives include learning how to inspire action through compelling, high- impact communications by taking a point of view and supporting it with logic and evidence, generating insights with meaningful conclusions and recommendations, and understanding and applying the principles of logical reasoning to organize information and lead an audience to action. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing, Research, and Inquiry, Oral and/or Signed Communication, Research and Information Literacy.
Build Your Career Toolkit (QSTES210)
Builds upon ES110 to provide students with fundamental tools to assist them with individual career management. It is the second course in the Questrom's four year career management curriculum. Importantly, as sophomores, students will begin to chart their career path, work with The Feld Career Center (FCC), practice interviewing, develop a search strategy, and continue to build their personal "brand." 1 cr.
QUESTROM CURRICULUM YEAR 3: FALL
Introduction to Corporate Finance (QSTFE323)
Component of QST SM323, The Cross Functional Core. Introduces students to the themes of financial decision making: valuation and risk management. The focus is on the problems of forecasting, capital budgeting, working capital management, project risk management, and financing in a cross-functional context. A semester-long business-plan project explores the interaction between marketing, operations, management information systems, and finance decisions. The course compares the financial objectives of the manager and the investor. Introduction to the time value of money, securities valuation, portfolio diversification, and the cost of capital. 4 cr.
Marketing Management (QSTMK323)
Component of QST SM323, The Cross Functional Core. Introduces students to the field of marketing management: analysis, planning and implementation of marketing strategies as the means for achieving an organization's objectives. Students analyze cases and participate in workshops that focus on key marketing management tasks: marketing research, consumer behavior, segmentation and targeting, sales forecasting, brand management, distribution channels, pricing, promotion and advertising strategies, and marketing ethics. A semester-long business plan project where students collect primary and secondary research explores the interactions and the cross functional integrations between marketing, operations, and finance, while leveraging business analytics. cr. 4
Operations Management (QSTOM323)
Component of QST SM323, The Cross Functional Core. Focuses on the elements of operations management that are of particular importance in the context of new product development. These include: product and process design, process analysis, supply chain configuration, inventory management, and capacity and production planning. A semester-long business plan explores the interaction between operations management and marketing, information systems, and finance decisions.
Component of QST SM 323, The Cross Functional Core. Teaches quantitative methods and modeling techniques that will improve the student's ability to make informed decisions in an uncertain world. The two major modules of the course are models for optimal decision-making and decision- making under uncertainty. The first module focuses on methods and predictive models for decision-making; how optimization models are used to identify the best choice; and how choices change in response to changes in the model's parameters (sensitivity analysis). The second module covers the measurement and management of risk and Monte Carlo simulation. Throughout the semester, we will perform hands-on analysis that will improve Excel modeling skills; discuss the ethical use of data analytics; and learn to recognize pitfalls and biases in quantitative decision-making. cr. N
QUESTROM CURRICULUM YEAR 3: SPRING
Implement Your Career Plan (QST ES310)
Students may choose their remaining courses from Questrom electives, remaining Liberal Arts Electives, Non-Business Electives, and/or Free Elective
QUESTROM CURRICULUM YEAR 4: FALL
Students may choose from Questrom electives, remaining Liberal Arts Electives, Non-Business Electives, and/or Free Elective
QUESTROM CURRICULUM YEAR 4: SPRING
Strategy, Innovation, and Global Competition (QSTSI422)
Provides students with a powerful set of tools which will prepare them to analyze, formulate, and implement business firm strategy with the aim of attaining sustainable competitive advantage. Adopts the perspective of the general manager, challenging student knowledge in each functional area in the effort to create integrative strategies that serve the needs of shareholders, as well as other stakeholders inside and outside the company. The course includes conceptual readings, which elucidate the fundamental concepts and frameworks of strategic management, as well as case analyses. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing-Intensive Course, Creativity/Innovation.
Students may choose from Questrom electives, remaining Liberal Arts Electives, Non-Business Electives, and/or Free Elective