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Boston University, School of Management Executive MBA

Boston University School of Management educates leaders who add value to their organizations, their communities, and the world. The Boston University Executive MBA Program leverages the School's world-recognized strengths in cross-functional curriculum design, global perspective, and team learning and leadership. The hallmark Capstone Project requires participant teams, intensively advised by experienced faculty, to apply their skills in the development of a comprehensive business plan. Our graduates anticipate change, harness it, and make it work for their organizations.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Executive
Total Program Enrollment 30
Tuition (Total) $96,400

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Boston University School of Management Says

Boston University School of Management educates leaders who add value to their organizations, their communities, and the world. The Boston University Executive MBA Program leverages the School's world-recognized strengths in cross-functional curriculum design, global perspective, and team learning and leadership. The hallmark Capstone Project requires participant teams, intensively advised by experienced faculty, to apply their skills in the development of a comprehensive business plan. Our graduates anticipate change, harness it, and make it work for their organizations.

Specializations Offered: General Management
Degrees Awarded: Executive MBA.

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Program Rankings

Bloomberg

#30 Businessweek Executive MBA Programs

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Northeast)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 33% accepted out of 1236 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.35
  • Average Years Work Experience: 16
  • Application Fee: $125

Admission Considerations

Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Work Experience, Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA

Admission Information

Admissions to BU's MBA programs are highly competitive, with only 30 percent of applicants receiving an offer of admission each year. For the full-time program, the mean GMAT score for last year's entering class was 680 with an 80 percent mid-range of 610 to 740. In the evening program, the GMAT mid-range was 530 to 710, and students had an average...Admissions to BU's MBA programs are highly competitive, with only 30 percent of applicants receiving an offer of admission each year. For the full-time program, the mean GMAT score for last year's entering class was 680 with an 80 percent mid-range of 610 to 740. In the evening program, the GMAT mid-range was 530 to 710, and students had an average of five years of work experience.

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Important Dates

Round 1
October

15

Deadline

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School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 1,004
Percent International Students 35%
Total Full-Time Faculty 208

Student Life

The “friendly and helpful” crew here is “antithetical to the expected cutthroat nature of business/business school.” Life at BU is “incredibly social”; there are “school council dances, cohort parties, and classmates always putting together nights out to sporting events, bars, clubs, and fun places in Boston.” From basketball tournaments to bake offs to bowling nights, the cohort competitions also “really bring the MBA class together.” The student body has a large international component (particularly Asia). BU is located centrally in an “amazing city,” (also the epicenter of a healthcare hub), and does a great job of effectively leveraging the numerous surrounding schools. Students “have many places to meet and often participate in a lot of off-campus activities thanks to the incredible learning environment the city creates.” Networking among Boston local professional groups is a huge benefit to getting a degree here.

Career

Students admit that despite the good hire rates and a “gigantic” and “active” alumni net­work, some of the “counselors [at the Career Center] are not very good,” though they are “working on getting better.” Students praise the interview readiness programs as top notch. The company recruiters that the school draws “tend more toward finance, health care and consulting” (in particular health care), and “could be more diverse” to accommodate those students with other focuses. “If you, as a student, want to find a job at TOP compa­nies, you need to make a lot of efforts on your own,” says one student. “The few well-known recruiters on campus get their pick of the litter,” says another. Recent employers of BU students are PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cognizant, Liberty Mutual, AT&T, and Deloitte.

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Students Say

The “well-rounded and comprehensive” MBA program at Boston University’s School of Management offers students the opportunity to tailor their MBA program experience to their life and their career. In the two-year full-time MBA program (an “interactive learning experience addressing the dynamics of global business”), students spend their first year in a fifty or so person cohort (second year classes are generally held in the evenings with part time students); the school also offers a popular dual-degree MS-MBA program in which students can earn a traditional MBA with a concentration and a Master of Science in Information Systems, an “excellent” Health Sector MBA, and a Public & Nonprofit MBA. The Evening program, which takes longer to complete but is designed for working students, is taught by the same professors as found in the full-time two-year program and offers the same electives. The traditional MBA courses are typically case-based and are partnered with additional seminars in Ethics and Business Law, as well as Executive Communications and Executive Presentations that help to “really refine students’ ‘soft’ business skills.” “The administra­tion does a good job getting speakers and industry connections to come on campus,” says a student. Some professors “are really good,” others are “just so-so,” but the top ones “bring out the best out of the student in the class discussions.” There are a good number of team projects throughout the semester (“truly the strength of the school”), and students appreciate the “ample opportunities…to work collaboratively.”The administration (helmed by a well-liked new Dean) “really demonstrates their interest and commitment to the BU MBA student experience”: “Daily through pre-term, and pro­gressively throughout classes and individual lectures and projects, BU MBA administra­tion and faculty consistently surveys students for feedback, ratings and potential changes.” “I have compared it to friends in other graduate programs at other schools. It is remarkable how few headaches I have as a result of the well-managed administration,” says one student.

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Research centers and resources include: Behavioral Lab, Center for Team Learning, Executive Development Roundtable, Human Resources Policy Institute, Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization, and the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

  • International Student Support Groups:

    The School of Management has many student groups which serve international student interests, such as the Chinese MBA Association.

    Additional information can be found at: http://management.bu.edu/graduate/graduate-life/clubs-organizations/

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    The School of Management has many student groups which serve a variety of student interests, such as Cohort Q.

    Additional information can be found at: http://management.bu.edu/graduate/graduate-life/diversity/lgbt/

  • Minority Support Groups:

    The School of Management has many student groups that serve minority students, such as the Latin American MBA Association (LAMBAA). Additional information can be found at: http://management.bu.edu/graduate/graduate-life/diversity/

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    The School of Management Graduate Programs Office maintains a list of MBA students who have excelled in core subjects and are willing to serve as tutors.

  • Research Facilities:

    Research centers and resources include: Behavioral Lab, Center for Team Learning, Executive Development Roundtable, Human Resources Policy Institute, Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization, and the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

  • Study Abroad:

    International MBA summer in China; International Field Seminars for MBA students offered in Europe, Asia, India, and Brazil. Executive MBA International Field Seminar (location varies annually).

  • Women Support Groups:

    The School of Management has services and groups which support women, such as the Women's MBA Association (WMBAA).

    Additional information can be found at: http://management.bu.edu/graduate/graduate-life/diversity/women/

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Boston University School of Management include:

Donald McGrath - Chairman & CEO, Bank of the West

Walter Skowronski - President, Boeing Capital

Edward J. Zander - Chairman, Motorola

Millard s. (Mickey) Drexler - Chairman and CEO, J. Crew Group, Inc.

Christine Poon - Vice Chairman, Pharmacy Group, Johnson & Johnson

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $71,000

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cognizant, Liberty Mutual, AT&T, Deloitte

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Marketing / Sales 27% $83,170
Consulting 23% $107,335
Consulting 19% $110,469
Finance / Accounting 17% $102,912
Financial Services 16% $103,750
General Management 14% $87,346
Information Technology 9% $91,029
Operations / Logistics 6% $84,000
Other 4% $77,500

School Employment Information

Three Month Employment 87%
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