FAQs

Application Process

How do I begin an application?
We ask all interested applicants to fill out our online application and follow our admission procedures.

When are your deadlines?
Deadlines vary by program. Visit our deadlines and admissions process pages for more information.

What is the reapplication policy?
The Graduate Admissions Office keeps all records on file for one year. In order to reapply you must follow the reapplication procedure as outlined on our website.

Where do I send my official application components (i.e. official transcripts)?
All documents should be first uploaded. If admitted into the program, candidates should mail official documents to:

Boston University School of Management
Office of Graduate Admissions
595 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Are official documents, such as transcripts and GMAT scores, required?
To expedite the admissions process we ask that you upload unofficial documents at the time of your application submission. Admitted candidates are required to submit official copies of all documents after that have decided to enroll in the program.

How long will I have to wait for my admission decision?
If your application is submitted in its entirety by the required deadline, we aim to release the decision to you in four to six weeks. This precludes our doctoral programs. For the anticipated decision response dates, please visit our application deadlines page.

Who should write my recommendations?
While it is your choice to decide who to ask to write your letters of recommendation, we suggest applicants to our MBA programs use recommendations from an employer or someone you have worked with in a professional setting. Applicants to the MS in Mathematical Finance program may use an academic letter of reference.

Requirements

What tests are required for admission?
Test requirements vary by program. Visit our admission process page for detailed information on your program. Please note, all applicants to our MBA Programs are required to take the GMAT or GRE, and there are no exceptions. Applicants to the MS in Mathematical Finance and PhD Programs may submit either GMAT or a GRE scores.

Is there a minimum GMAT or GRE requirement for any program?
No. There is no minimum GMAT or GRE score an applicant must receive in order to be considered for admission. We accept students with a range of scores. Having a score that exceeds the average does not guarantee admission, nor does a score below the average necessarily mean that you will not be accepted. To see the averages of our current classes, please visit the class profile pages.

Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
No. There is no minimum GPA requirement in order to be considered for admission. To see average GPAs for each program, please consult our class profiles.

Do I need to interview?
Interviews are by invitation only. Upon receiving your application, we will determine whether an interview will be necessary. We do not offer informational interviews, but strongly encourage you to attend one of our information sessions instead.

Do I need to come to campus for my interview?
No, though we encourage you to visit campus, it is not necessary to come for your interview. We offer off-campus interviews in many major cities around the world, as well as ample opportunities to conduct your interview by telephone or Skype.

Is work experience required for any of the MBA programs you offer?
We do not have a minimum work experience requirement applicants must meet in order to be admitted. With few exceptions, accepted students have at least two 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. To see the averages of our current classes, please visit the class profile pages.

Do I need an undergraduate degree in business or a professional business background?
No. 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. A large percentage of our MBA students do not have an undergraduate business background.

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 mba@bu.edu before starting the application process.

Do I need a TOEFL/IELTS/PTE score?
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 this 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 mba@bu.edu 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 is the minimum TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores you accept?
TOEFL: Minimum scores of 600 on the PBT or 95 on the IBT are recommended.  BU’s TOEFL code is 3087, department code is 02.

IELTS: A student must score a minimum of 6.5 across each band.

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.

Do I need to complete all essays?
Yes, essay questions and requirements vary by program. Please see the online application for more information about the requirements for your program.

Program and Transfer

Which programs do you offer?
We offer a portfolio of management programs. You may choose your degree here.

Can I switch between programs? Between the part-time MBA and full-time MBA program? Health Sector & Public and Nonprofit MBA?
This depends on where you are within the process:

Application in Progress: If you have started, but not yet submitted an application, you may not change programs without losing all of your inputted data. In this case, please submit the application you have started and follow the steps below.

Application Submitted: Once you have submitted your application, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office with a written request to change your application to the program for which you’d like to be considered. The Admission Committee will consider your request and will notify you of the outcome. Please note, you may only be considered for one program per semester.

Enrolled student: Once you have enrolled in a program, changing programs is handled on a case by case basis. Students wishing to switch between programs should work with their advisor in the Graduate Programs Office.

Can I take MBA courses at Boston University via distance learning? Do you have online courses?
No. All of our MBA programs are only available in-person, at the School of Management, located in Kenmore Square.

Can I take classes before applying?
In most instances, a student must be matriculated in the Boston University Graduate School of Management in order take courses at the School. Those interested in taking one or more courses without matriculating need to meet certain, specific criteria in order to register as a guest student. There are four categories of eligible guest registrants:

  1. Current graduate students of other schools or colleges within Boston University.
  2. Current MBA students registered at another AACSB accredited institution.
  3. MBA alumnus/a from Boston University Graduate School of Management or another AACSB accredited MBA program.
  4. Graduate students at Consortium institutions (Boston College, Brandeis University, Tufts University, and Hebrew College).

If you satisfy any of these requirements, you can contact the Graduate Programs Office at (617) 353-2673 or gpo@bu.edu for more information about guest student registration.

Can I transfer into the MBA program?
While we do not have a formal transfer application process, students currently enrolled in other MBA Programs are welcome to apply through the standard application process.

Can I transfer credits from classes I have previously taken?
Pending approval, we accept transfer credit for the Full-Time MBA and MS•MBA Programs, as well as the Professional Evening MBA Program. You will need to follow the general admission process and requirements and be admitted into a program before we can determine if transfer credits will be accepted. In order to transfer credit, courses must be from AACSB accredited institutions. Please note that transfer credit will not count towards MBA core courses, nor will it count towards the requirements for a concentration. To determine whether or not a course will transfer into the MBA Program at Boston University, you will be required to submit the course syllabus, course description, and official transcript. In some cases, waiver exams are offered to students who are ineligible for the transfer of credit process. Please contact the Graduate Programs Office at (617) 353-2673 for more information.

Are there any prerequisite courses?
For our MBA programs, there are no prerequisites. We do have several requirements should you wish to apply for our Mathematical Finance degrees. For a complete list visit our curriculum page.

Can international students study part-time?
Usually not. If your reason for entering the United States is to enroll in the full-time MBA Program, you will be eligible for a University-sponsored student visa that entitles you to full-time study only. International students who are looking to study in our part-time program must have a visa that allows them to do so, such as an employer-sponsored working visa.

Can I waive out of a core class if I have a strong academic background in that area?
Due to the highly integrated nature of the Two-YearMBA/MS·MBA curriculum, waivers are not offered for core courses

PEMBA students with a strong undergraduate record or who have completed comparable graduate-level coursework at another college or university may wish to demonstrate their mastery of a core subject by taking the applicable waiver exam. Note that students are not permitted to waive out of Managing Organizations and People; IT Strategies for a Networked Economy; Competition, Innovation, and Strategy; or any of the executive skills core courses. Waiver exams are offered on specific dates at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Students who successfully pass a waiver exam will be awarded credit for the class. With proof of a CPA or CA license, students may waive out of and receive academic credit for Financial Reporting and Control. With proof of a CFA® charter or having passed three levels of the CFA® exams, students may waive out of and receive academic credit for Financial Management. Students who have earned a JD from a U.S. institution, or are a member of a state Bar Association in the U.S., can automatically waive out of and receive academic credit for Current Topics in Law and Ethics.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

How do I apply for Scholarships & Financial Aid?
Admitted candidates to the Full-time MBA Programs, MS in Mathematical Finance and Doctoral Programs are considered for merit-based scholarships. You do not need to submit any additional information to be eligible for a merit-based award. Notification about scholarship is included in the acceptance packet. The Federal Direct Stafford Loan is available to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents. Learn more about our financial aid offerings.

Do you offer financial aid to international students?
Yes, all applicants to our Full-Time programs are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships provided that their application is submitted by the final admission deadline. A separate application is not required. In addition, international students can finance their graduate education with private education loans provided they apply with a creditworthy U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a U.S.-based address.

Still have questions about admissions?

The Graduate Admission team is here to support you during the admission process. Please feel free to email us at mba@bu.edu or to call us at (617) 353-2670. We’re also on Chat on MSN/AIM/ Yahoo/Google—our screen name is BostonUMBA.