Professional Evening MBA – North Campus
What type of applicant does BU look for?
The Admission Committee looks for three primary factors when they review an application:
- A record of academic excellence — so we can be assured that you will thrive in our dynamic learning environment
- Evidence of managerial and leadership potential — to indicate the value you will bring to future employers
- Diversity of thought — to ensure that you will be challenged by people who have different fields of reference within your teams and in the classroom
We are committed to enrolling qualitatively excellent incoming classes that represent global, ethnic, and demographic diversity. It is our policy to encourage prospective students to consider our management programs regardless of race, color, religious creed, gender, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, eligible veteran status or any other category protected by law.
When is the deadline to apply?
We have several deadlines throughout the year. Please see our deadlines page for additional information.
Where do I send my official application components (i.e official transcripts)?
All documents should be mailed to:
Boston University School of Management
Graduate Admission Office
595 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
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.
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.
Who should write my recommendations?
While it is your choice to decide who to ask to write your letters of recommendation, we suggest recommendations come from an employer or someone you have worked with in a professional setting.
Do I need to take the GMAT or GRE?
Yes. All applicants must take the GMAT or GRE. There are no exceptions. 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 class, please visit the PEMBA class profile.
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.
Do I need to interview?
Interviews are by invitation only. Upon receiving your application, we will determine whether an interview will be necessary. If you are invited to interview, you will be required to do so before your application will be reviewed. We do not offer informational interviews, but instead strongly encourage you to attend one of our information sessions instead.
Do I need to come to campus for my interview?
Yes. We ask that all Professional Evening MBA students complete their interview in-person, at our Boston Campus. If circumstances preclude you from joining us on campus (i.e you’re on a project out of town) please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make alternate arrangements.
Is work experience required?
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.
Are there any prerequisite courses? Do I need an undergraduate degree in business or a professional business background?
For our Professional Evening MBA 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. 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 email@example.com 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 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 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.
Are official documents, such as transcripts and GMAT or GRE 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.
Do I need to complete all essays?
Yes, essays and requirements vary by program. Please see the online application for more information about the requirements for your program.
Program and Transfer
Where is the Boston University North Campus located?
The North Campus is located in Chelmsford, MA. It is approximately 30 miles north of Boston – just off of routes 3 and 495. The North Campus location provides students who work and/or live north of Boston, in Southern New Hampshire and the surrounding area the ability to be part of the #1 ranked evening MBA program in Boston, but in a more convenient location. Get driving directions.
When can I enroll at the North Campus?
The fall semester is the only enrollment period for North Campus. Unlike the Boston Campus, North Campus does not offer a spring entry term.
What is the class schedule at the North Campus?
Classes are typically offered Monday through Thursday evenings. Depending on your schedule, you can expect to attend class two nights a week, from 6-9 PM.
How many classes will I take each semester?
North Campus students take approximately two classes a semester including summers.
Do I have to take classes during the summer?
Yes. North Campus students are required to take classes during the summer. We offer two summer sessions so students should expect to take classes during at least one of those sessions.
What is a cohort program?
Students at our North Campus are placed into a cohort. This structures the program, so students take the same sequence of classes with the same group of students. In most cases, the cohort will graduate at the same time.
How long will it take to finish the evening program at the North Campus?
The average time to complete the program is between 3 and 3 and ½ years.
If I am admitted to the North Campus can I take any courses at the Boston Campus?
Students must complete the core curriculum at the campus at which they were admitted. Students at either campus can take elective courses as they choose at the alternate campus on a space available basis.
Can I pursue a concentration? What concentrations are offered?
Yes, concentrations are available to all of our Professional Evening MBA students. Those who successfully complete the requirements for one or more concentrations receive a Certificate of Concentration upon graduation. Not all electives are offered at the North Campus, so some will need to be taken in Boston in order to fulfill the requirements for a specific concentration.
Do I need to pursue a concentration?
No, it is not necessary to pursue a concentration.
If I plan to enroll at the North Campus can I apply to the Public and Nonprofit MBA program or the Health Sector MBA program?
Yes. North Campus students may apply to either program. However, the courses in these specialty programs are only offered at the Boston Campus.
Can I take classes at another Boston University graduate school?
Yes. Any evening MBA student may cross register for elective courses offered at other Boston University Schools and Colleges.
Can I take any of my classes online?
No. The Boston University MBA program does not offer any online courses. Non MBA online courses are available through Boston University Metropolitan College. However, not every school offers evening classes.
Are the same classes offered at both locations?
All core classes and our most popular elective options are offered at the North Campus. Additionally, North Campus students may take elective courses at the Boston Campus and vice versa on a space available basis.
Is the faculty the same at the North Campus as Boston Campus?
Yes. One of the benefits of our Professional Evening MBA program is that the same esteemed faculty teach both our full-time and part-time students, as well as at both campuses.
What career services are available for North Campus students and alumni?
The Feld Career Center is located at the Boston Campus. North Campus students as well as North Campus alumni have access to all the same services available to all our Boston Campus Professional Evening MBA students. This includes access to the BU’s powerful alumni network. The Feld Career Center hosts a number of events annually, which include workshops, panels, networking events and professional development seminars. It also has a job posting website and offer counseling services such as résumé critiques and one-on-one career plan sessions.
Do North Campus students have an advisor?
Yes. A member of the Graduate Programs Office serves as the primary academic advisor for all North Campus students.
Are there study abroad opportunities for North Campus students?
Yes. International Field Seminars are two week intensive electives conducted abroad by BU faculty. Recent International Field Seminars include trips to Asia, Europe, India and Brazil.
Can I switch between programs? Between the Professional Evening MBA and Two-Year MBA program? North Campus and Boston Campus?
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 (email@example.com) 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 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (617) 353-2673 for more information.
Can I waive out of a core class if I have a strong academic background in that area?
MBA or MS·MBA 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.
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.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Are scholarship opportunities available?
We do not offer any merit based scholarships for our Professional Evening MBA, however there are various options to help you manage the cost of tuition including federal and private loans, as well as deferred payment plans. There are also a number of outside scholarships available. Please visit out Tuition & Financial Aid section to learn more.
How do I apply for Financial Aid?
The Federal Direct Stafford Loan is available to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents. The maximum loan eligibility is 20,500 per academic year. Learn more about financing your MBA at our tuition page.
Will taking evening classes at the North Campus cost the same as evening classes at the Boston Campus?
Yes. Tuition and fees are the same at both campuses. Learn more about tuition.
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 email@example.com or to call us at (617) 353-2670. We’re also on Chat on MSN/AIM/ Yahoo/Google—our screen name is BostonUMBA.