One-Year International MBA
When are your deadlines?
We have several deadlines throughout the year. Please see our deadlines page for additional 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.
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.
Where do I send my official application components (i.e official transcripts)?
All documents should be mailed to:
Boston University School of Management
Office of Graduate Admissions
595 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
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 complete all essays?
Yes, in order for your application to be reviewed, you must have submitted all required essays.
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 IMBA 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. 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?
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 full-time programs 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
Program & Transfer
What is the format of the International MBA?
This 64 credit program begins with intensive coursework in Beijing and Shanghai, China, from early May until late July. Students then return to Boston to complete the remaining MBA coursework, possibly including an international field seminar. Students have the option of accelerating their program to 12 months (May to May) by taking an additional course during the spring semester. They may also spread the credits out (to 14 or 18 months) for a multitude of reasons, including taking additional electives or completing a summer internship.
Can I start the MBA in Boston and then do the China portion?
No. Because the courses taught in Asia comprise the initial core courses of the MBA Program, the only option is to participate in International MBA China as the first module in the MBA Program.
Can I participate in a dual-degree program as an International MBA student?
Yes, with the exception of the MS•MBA. Please note however, that these dual degree programs cannot be accelerated, so a longer stay in Boston will be necessary to complete degree requirements. Some dual degree programs require separate applications. Please check the dual degree programs page for more details.
Will I have a chance to travel while I’m aboard?
Yes, but not during the class modules. The program’s intensity makes it difficult to travel much on most weekends because you have classes most Saturday mornings. There are three full weekends scheduled between courses (students often travel outside Beijing/Shanghai at those times), and a break between the Beijing and Shanghai modules. Also, the program’s overseas portion ends at the end of July, so if you wish to remain in China to travel (and your visa status permits), you’ll have some time before you start fall classes in Boston.
Do I need to bring a computer with me to China?
We recommend, but do not require, that you bring a laptop with you. There is wireless access in the apartments in Shanghai and the classroom.
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:
- Current graduate students of other schools or colleges within Boston University.
- Current MBA students registered at another AACSB accredited institution.
- MBA alumnus/a from Boston University Graduate School of Management or another AACSB accredited MBA program.
- 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 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 (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 I begin the program in January?
No. Students are admitted to the International MBA Programs in May only.
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 take MBA courses at Boston University via distance learning? Do you have online courses?
No. Except for the Professional Evening Program which is also available at our Chelmsford location, all of our MBA programs are only available at our Boston location at the School of Management.
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 (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.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
How do I apply for Financial Aid?
Admitted candidates to all Full-time MBA Programs are automatically considered for merit-based award scholarships. You do not need to submit any additional information to be eligible for a merit-based award. Notification about scholarships is included in the acceptance packet. 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 our financial aid offerings.
Do you offer financial aid to international students?
Yes, all applicants to our full-time program are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships provided that their applications are submitted by the admission deadlines. 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 a question about admissions?
The Graduate Admission team is here to support you during the admission process. Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or to call us at (617) 353-2670. We’re also on Chat on MSN/AIM/ Yahoo/Google—our screen name is BostonUMBA.