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School of Management

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Academics

The School of Management offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Information Systems (MIS), and Master of Science in Investment Management (MSIM) as well as a doctoral program in accounting, business administration, information systems, strategy and policy, marketing, operations management, and organizational behavior, and a joint degree in information systems (MS/MBA); law (MBA/JD); manufacturing engineering (MBA/MS); economics, international relations, television management, and medical sciences (MBA/MA); public health (MBA/MPH); and medicine (MBA/MD). Other programs include cross-registration with all Boston University graduate and consortium schools, work-study, and consulting opportunities with local firms. Placement experience is required of public and nonprofit management and health care management students. The strongest areas of study are international management, finance, operations, marketing, organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, information systems, and health care management. The most popular courses are finance, marketing, and information systems. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. In addition to the School’s Distinguished Speaker Series, classes and departments regularly bring in guest speakers as part of the curriculum.

Sixty-four total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 30 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Managing Organizations and People
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Financial Reporting and Control
  • Data Analysis for Managerial Decision Making
  • IT Strategies for a Networked Economy
  • Creating Value through Operations and Technology
  • Economics and Management Decisions
  • Competition, Innovation, and Strategy
  • Executive Presentations
  • Executive Written Communication
  • Ethics and Law
  • Career Launch
  • Professional Portfolio Seminar

Required courses for the MS/MBA include:

  • same as MBA, plus:
  • Issues in Managing Networked Systems (3-week intensive)
  • Object-Oriented Programming (on-line)
  • Systems Architecture (3-week intensive)
  • Telecommunications (3-week intensive)
  • Database Management
  • Systems Design for Business Networks
  • Field Project
  • IS Strategy
  • Technology Tools and Methods

Required courses for the MSIM include:

  • Team Learning
  • Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis
  • Corporate Finance
  • Equity Analysis
  • Fixed Income Investing
  • Risk Management
  • Micro and Macro Economics
  • Business Mathematics and Quantitative Methods
  • Introduction to Financial Management
  • Futures and Options
  • Investment Product Design and Management

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by waiver exam and transfer of credit from AACSB-accredited graduate business schools.

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 1 <1/2> years; maximum, 6 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 3 years; maximum, 6 years.

There are 107 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 86% hold a doctorate; there are 39 part-time faculty. Average number of courses faculty teach is 4; average business class size is 44.

Admissions

A bachelor’s degree is required. A strong mathematics background is required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 1160; 400 were accepted; 151 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.28; average GMAT score was 664. Transfers are not accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by through Destination MBA, MBA Minority Scholarships, Sloan Fellowship Program, and Partnership with National Black MBA Association.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores (GRE is accepted for the DBA), a nonrefundable application fee of $125, 2 letters of recommendation, a resume, and 3 essays. The application deadlines are November 15, January 15, and March 15 for fall entry; November 15 for spring entry; February 15, summer. Students are notified of the admissions decision approximately 4 weeks after receipt of application materials. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is around the March 15 deadline.

Financial Aid

About 96% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $25,157 annually; maximum $51,872. Stipends and programs are available for minority students. The FAFSA, the school’s own financial statement, and the previous year’s tax return are required. The application deadlines are April 15 for fall entry; November, spring.

Tuition for all students is $1042 per credit, or $33,330 per year. Books and supplies cost approximately $1380; and other fees, $428, for an estimated annual total of $35,138. Graduate student housing is limited on campus. Most students live off campus. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.

Students

Forty-one percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 98% have had an average of 5 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from the Northeast (50%). Forty percent are women, 19% are minorities, and 21% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 27; ages range from 22 to 59. Twelve percent already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 25%, engineering; 22%, math and science; 18%, social sciences; 16%, business; 10%, economics; and 10%, liberal arts. About 2% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons. In 2006, 327 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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