We know you have questions. The good news is we have answers for you. For years, parents and families just like you have been looking to us for answers to their questions. Below are our most common ones.
What makes Questrom unique?
Questrom students are agile, driven, and curious. They’re drawn to the ethical and sustainable sides of business, focusing on social impact, not just profits. They thrive in an environment that boasts a cutting-edge curriculum, world-renowned faculty, and an address in Boston—a national hub for innovation in technology, healthcare, entrepreneurship, and everything in between. To stay ahead, we’re transforming every day. We’re reshaping existing programs, creating new ones, and seeking fresh ways to expand our students’ experience to ensure they gain valuable skills, insights, and connections from our vibrant community and enter the workforce as highly effective leaders.
What degree does a Questrom student earn?
Questrom offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree with concentrations available in Accounting, Business Analytics, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Systems, Law, Management & Organizations, Marketing, Operations & Technology Management, Strategy, and a self-designed Independent Concentration. Students may also select a multidisciplinary concentration from amongst Global Business, Health & Life Sciences Sector, Real Estate, and Retailing. The Questrom School of Business curriculum is balanced between a core of requirements and a broad variety of electives. Our aim is to develop competence with flexibility.
What is the Academic and Career Development Center (UDC)?
The UDC is dedicated to undergraduate student services including academic advising, curricular planning, and career exploration and assessment. Academic Advisors in the UDC help students create a four-year plan for their Questrom experience and provide guidance regarding class selection, participation in co-curricular activities, and transitioning from high school to college. Career Advisors in the UDC advise students on the internship and job search process and related career management skills. The mission of the Undergraduate Academic & Career Development Center (UDC) is to support the Questrom community by providing intentionally designed programs and services to enrich the academic, personal, and professional development of students in a respectful, inclusive, and equitable learning environment.
Why can’t the academic and career advisors fully disclose all information on the interactions my child has with advisors?
While we are always happy to communicate with parents on how to collectively support students there are federal regulations known as FERPA that restrict us from fully sharing all details including but not limited to the number of appointments students attended, the content discussed in meetings, academic records and on-campus interview details.
Does Questrom offer academic support with course work?
Our professional academic advisors can assist students to develop their academic skills such as time management, study skills, and other tools for academic success. Further, students in the LOCK Honorary Service Society provide individual tutoring for certain business classes at no charge to students. More information about this program is here. The Educational Resource Center, located on the sixth floor of the Yawkey Center for Student Services (100 Bay State Road), offers additional university academic and support resources.
Does Questrom have an Honors Program?
Yes! The Questrom Honors Program offers students an extraordinary opportunity to create, innovate, and make a difference in the world around them by taking part in specialized colloquia and seminars lead by leading Questrom faculty. Academically qualified freshmen are invited to apply to join the Honors Program as sophomores.
Can Questrom students study abroad?
Questrom encourages all students to participate in a study abroad experience. The UDC collaborates with the BU Study Abroad to coordinate student participation in study abroad programs.
What unique career support offerings does Questrom offer?
Questrom career services has two dedicated teams to support students, the Career Advisors in the Undergraduate Academic & Career Development Center (UDC) and the Industry Relations Managers at the Feld Center for Industry Alliances. These two teams work together to ensure that students have focused career plans, support the development of a rich network of industry-related professionals, and have a plethora of opportunities to connect with employers on campus for networking and interviews. Additionally, students are enrolled in required career courses over their four years to ensure all students are successful in developing career-relevant experience and are prepared for their careers as young professionals.
What is covered in the career courses?
The Questrom career curriculum starts with developing a foundation of exploration through exploring students’ skills, interests, and values as they relate to their academic and career interests. Students all develop their first college resume and connect with an upper-class Questrom student for an informational conversation which supports the development of professional communication, expands their network, and builds community within Questrom. Future career courses are more tool based discussions around using social media for job and internship searches, developing strong marketing materials through cover letters and LinkedIn, and fine-tuning basic and advanced interviewing skills.
How many students receive internships at Questrom, and what kind of employers recruit here?
Questrom students intern across functions and industries at companies including PwC, Macy’s, TJX, IBM, Accenture, Fidelity, J.P. Morgan, Amazon, Trip Advisor, BNY Mellon, Liberty Mutual, Charles Schwab, Sapient Nitro, KPMG, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and even Google! On average, Questrom students engage in about three semester-long internships throughout their academic career and many have completed as many as five internships prior to graduation allowing them more flexibility in how and where they build skills and explore.
What career resources exist for international students?
We have career services staff that are dedicated specifically to providing international student programing and developing global employer relationships. In addition to specialized job search guides for international students on the UDC website, we also host specialized international student events on the nuances of networking in America, the importance of storytelling and small talk at events, international student job search panels with alumni, collaborative workshops on using your CPT and OPT with the ISSO and international student networking events with alumni and international Questrom MBA’s. These programs support international students in a successful global job search!
Everyone says that networking is the number one way students land jobs; what programing does Questrom provide to help students build networks?
One of the most compelling reasons to attend Questrom is our incredible alumni network! The UDC Career Team and Feld Center work to host a number of opportunities for students to connect with alumni including virtual mock interviews, on-campus networking events, information sessions, and panel discussions. Additionally, employers are consistently on campus to network with students through Meet and Greets in our Atrium, employer hosted information sessions and workshops, and of course our annual career fair. For more information on our placement statistics please see our Undergraduate Employment Stats.
What types of career services does the UDC offer?
Our goal is to teach students the skills they need to succeed in their future careers and that starts with building strong relationships. Students come for career advising sessions to talk through developing targeted resumes and cover letters, and eventually, this will build to a more strategic conversation on how students can develop their unique story to help them stand apart in their job search. We cover everything from enhanced interviewing skills and salary negotiation, to developing a targeted company list and fine-tuning their ideal industry’s and functions that meet their career interests. One-on-one career advising is an excellent complement to the career courses. It helps us engage in more tailored conversations that relate to the students’ specific needs.
Are there clubs and organizations specifically for business students?
Students are encouraged to get involved in Questrom’s student organizations and service groups. In any given year, there are approximately 30 Questrom-affiliated student clubs and organizations that span the professional (such as the Accounting Association or the Marketing Club) to affinity-group based (such as herNetwork and the Black Student Business Association) to social impact and service (such as the LOCK Honorary Service Society and the Global Business Brigade). These organizations are an excellent way for a student to enhance their in-classroom learning and engagement, and to develop their own leadership capacity.