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Taking the next step in your educational and professional career is a big decision that comes with lots of questions. Feel free to contact us directly at email@example.com at any time to learn more about the BU Questrom Online MBA program. To get you started, below are answers to some of our more frequently asked questions.
What degree is earned at the end of the program?
Students earn a Master of Business Administration from Boston University Questrom School of Business. There is no mention of “online” in the degree conferred.
Can I take the modules in any order?
Students are encouraged to take the modules in sequential order. Upon starting the Online MBA program as a matriculated student, you will start in MOD 0. After MOD 0, you will do MOD 1, MOD 2, and MOD 3 in consecutive order. Modules 4, 5, and 6 technically may be taken in any order after completing modules 0-3. However, students are encouraged to continue in sequential order.
Am I able to take a semester off?
Yes. Students in the Online MBA may take up to six years to complete the program. Students will work with their Student Success Specialist to plan their enrollment each semester, as well as any planned semesters off, to ensure timely completion of the MBA.
Is the GMAT/GRE Required?
The Online MBA is a rigorous program that requires quantitative aptitude. The admissions committee will look for evidence of this in your application via previous coursework. If you feel that you do not have sufficient evidence in your previous coursework to demonstrate this aptitude, you may want to consider submitting a GMAT or GRE score to enhance your application.
Will I have access to university networking or career services
The Online MBA is best suited for mid-career working professionals with several years of work experience. The average work experience for those entering the program in Fall 2020 is 12 years of work experience. The program may not be the best fit for those students looking to make a major career change. While at this time one-on-one appointments with Questrom career staff are not a service offering, Online MBA students may attend any on-campus events that are not restricted to a certain population – similar to all BU and Questrom students. Population restrictions are visible on event calendars and on our recruitment site (Handshake). Online MBA Students will have access to the BU and Questrom online networking platforms and recruitment site. In addition, students will have access to a number of online career resources available to all BU online students.
Am I able to join clubs and student organizations?
Am I able to transfer in MBA or other graduate courses from another program into the Online MBA?
The BU Questrom Online MBA provides learners with the globally-recognized MBA content but through an integrated curriculum design. While by the end of the program you will have received this core MBA knowledge, there are not one to one equivalents with other graduate courses. Therefore, other courses may not be counted toward the degree requirements.
Is financial aid available?
Financial Aid is available through federal funding. All federal financial aid benefits and restrictions apply to enrolled Questrom Online MBA students. Federal aid enrollment requirements apply. See here for additional information.
Does the university offer scholarships?
At this time, due to the affordability of the program, we do not offer scholarships to Online MBA students; however, scholarships are available from a variety of external sources. See here for additional information.
Is the TOEFL required for international students
Candidates who have earned or will have completed at least two years of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at an institution in which the language of instruction was solely based in English are eligible for an automatic TOEFL/IELTS/PTE waiver. Candidates must present evidence of language of instruction with the application for admission (through their transcript/accompanying documents or a link to the institution’s website). Additionally, candidates who have or will have worked for at least two years in a full-time, post-Bachelor’s degree position in the US are eligible for an automatic waiver. If you do not meet these criteria but would like to be considered for a waiver, you can submit a written request highlighting your experience with and proficiency in the English language to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the submission of your application. The admissions committee will consider these requests on a case by case basis. If you are submitting test results with your application, please be advised that tests are valid for 2 years.
What are the minimum TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores you accept?
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 600 on the PBT or 90 on the IBT are recommended. BU’s TOEFL code is 3087, and the department code is 02.
- IELTS: A student’s overall score must be a minimum of 6.5.
- PTE: As more candidates submit the PTE, we are developing updated standards for our requirements. As new information becomes available, it will be posted here.
Is work experience required?
We do not have a minimum work experience requirement that applicants must meet in order to be admitted. With few exceptions, accepted students have at least three years of full-time, post-undergraduate professional experience. The admissions committee takes internships and cooperative education assignments into account, but those experiences are usually considered supplementary. The average work experience for those that enrolled in the Fall 2020 class is 12 years. You can see more about the Online MBA class profile here.
Are there any prerequisite courses? Do I need an undergraduate business degree or a professional business background?
For our online program, there are no prerequisites. The admissions committee looks for good quantitative skills, leadership and analytical ability, and excellent verbal expression. You can demonstrate these competencies through a variety of undergraduate majors and professional experiences.
Do I need a four-year degree?
We require that applicants hold a four-year Bachelor’s degree from an accredited US institution or its international equivalent. If you have earned a three-year degree that is the equivalent of a four-year degree in the US, it will be accepted in the admissions process. For example, if you earned a three-year degree in India, your degree will qualify you to be considered for admission. Regardless of program length, if you are uncertain whether your undergraduate degree meets our qualifications, please contact email@example.com before starting the application process.
When does the program start?
For students starting in the Fall semester, MOD 0 will begin in early August. For students starting in the Spring semester, MOD 0 will begin in late December/early January.
What is a live session and how many live sessions do I need to attend?
Live sessions are synchronous zoom facilitated learning environments with faculty, learning facilitators and students all engaging in “real time” using relevant course content. Live sessions are interactive (i.e., may include breakout groups and polling exercises). There will be several mandatory live sessions that must be attended by each student on a prescribed basis (live sessions are offered most weeks of the term) and last approximately 2 hours each. Though the hope is you will attend the majority of the live sessions, all live sessions are recorded. Each semester there will be multiple live times, typically in am and pm (Boston) time.
Can I switch back and forth between the am and pm sessions?
For the required live sessions, students must attend the session they have been assigned to with their team. For any of the non-required live sessions, students can switch back and forth between am and pm sessions and choose which one fits their schedule that week.
Will I have the same team for each module?
Teams change from MOD to MOD to give students the opportunity to work with a variety of individuals throughout their time in the program.
What is the role of a Learning Facilitator
Each semester, your POD (your 50-person learning group in the module) will have an assigned Learning Facilitator. They serve as your subject matter expert for each module and they are available to help you with all course related material. They will communicate with you on a regular basis about your coursework, hold office hours, and be available for one-on-one meetings. When it comes to questions about your courses, they are your first stop.
What is the role of a Student Success Specialist?
Your Student Success Specialist will support you from the start of your program to graduation. When it comes to your student experience, advising, and university resources, they are your first stop. Your Success Specialist will help you navigate the program and your life as an online student. They will help plan your schedule, share best practices for learning online, suggest ways to engage in the program community, and guide you to the various university resources you may need to enable your success in the Online MBA program. Your personal Student Success Specialist will communicate with you regularly as you continue on this learning journey.
Who are my instructors, and do they change each module?
All modules in the OMBA program are led by the same world-class Questrom faculty who teach in our residential MBA programs. Instructor assignments will change from module to module based on faculty areas of expertise.
What does the capstone entail?
The capstone is a comprehensive learning assignment that may take the form of a group or individual project. The capstone bridges together concepts learned throughout the course and applied either to a prescribed prompt (such is the case in MOD 1 with the automotive capstone) or organically created capstones that emerge from student interest/industry focus.
Are books included in the tuition? How much do books cost?
Tuition for the Online MBA is $24,000 or $4,000 per module. Books are not included in tuition costs. You can see a full breakdown of expenses and the estimated cost of attendance here.