MBA/MS in Manufacturing Engineering
The Master of Business Administration / Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering is offered as a dual degree, administered jointly by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Management (SMG). Students who pursue this specialized degree come out with not only the manufacturing engineering specialty but also the skill set of a great manager. This unique coupling yields well-prepared graduates who are fully equipped to become top manufacturing managers in the industry.
Within this program, students study the latest manufacturing innovations in information processing, materials, devices, systems, process controls, and management science. Specific areas of research include biomaterial processing, fuel cells, energy storage devices, supply chain management, and nano engineering.
Students must successfully complete 80 credits total and meet the requirements of each degree, including 40 credits at SMG and 36 at the College of Engineering (ENG). The remaining four credits are free electives that can be completed at either school.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering has established four core areas of study: Manufacturing or Dynamic Systems Theory, Design and Control in Manufacturing Processes, Manufacturing Management, and Engineered Materials. A variety of courses are offered within each of those four core areas. All students must successfully complete at least one course in three of the four core areas to satisfy the core requirement. In addition, students must complete two courses from one of six Mechanical Engineering concentration areas.
For courses counted toward the MS, a student must obtain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (or “B”). Courses for the MBA must be completed with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.7 (“B-”). Both schools require that MBA/MS dual-degree requirements be completed within six years of matriculation.
|FIRST YEAR FALL (18 Credits)||FIRST YEAR SPRING (19 Credits)||SUMMER||SECOND YEAR FALL (19 Credits)||SECOND YEAR SPRING (19-20 Credits)||SUMMER||FALL (6-8 Credits)|
|ES700 Executive Presentations (1 Credit)||ES701 Executive Written Communications (1 Credit)||
|ES743 Career Community III (1 Credits)||
ENG Core* (4 Credits)
|Internship (Optional)||Free Elective Either School (3 or 4 Credits)|
|ES740 Career Management (2 Credits)||PL700 Introduction to Business Law (2 Credits)||
MBA Elective (3 Credits)
|ENG Concentration Course (4 Credits)||ENG Capstone (4 Credits)|
|ES741 Career Community I (0 Credits)||ES742 Career Community II (0 Credits)||MBA Elective (3 Credits)||ENG Elective (4 Credits)|
|OB713 Managing Organizations and People (3 Credits)||IS710 IT Strategies for a Networked Economy (3 Credits)||ENG Core* (4 Credits)||ENG Elective (4 Credits)|
|FE721 Financial Management (3 Credits)||OM725 Creating Value Through Operations and Technology (3 Credits)||ENG Concentration Course (4 Credits)||Free Elective Either School (3 or 4 Credits)|
|MK723 Marketing Management (3 Credits)||FE730 Economics and Management Decisions (3 Credits)||ENG Elective (4 Credits)|
|AC710 Financial Reporting and Control (3 Credits)||SI750 Competition, Innovation, and Strategy (3 Credits)|
|QM716 Data Analysis for Managerial Decision-Making (3 Credits)||ENG Core* (4 Credits)|
Purple: MBA; Blue: MS (Manufacturing Engineering); Green: Either
*ENG core must be selected from three of the four subject areas: Manufacturing or Dynamic Systems Theory, Design and Control in Manufacturing Processes, Manufacturing Management, and Engineered Materials.
A minimum of five ENG courses must be technically oriented.
**The MBA/MA Manufacturing Engineering dual degree requires that students complete 40 credits at the School of Management, 36 credits at the College of Engineering, and at least 4 credits from either school (one to two electives, depending on where they are taken).
Please note this is a sample guide for full-time students. It is by no means a firm map of courses, and each individual’s schedule will vary. Students should meet with their advisor from both the School of Management and the Department of Mechanical Engineering for assistance with course selection. The curriculum and courses are subject to change as recommended by deans, faculty, and administrators of the School of Management and the College of Engineering.
Master of Business Administration
Learning in the MBA program is heavily experience and team-based, emphasizing the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy (particularly analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in the cognitive realm), and cuts across traditional educational categories. In the first semester of the full time program, student teams are formed and engage in projects that combine application of content from multiple courses, culminating in competitive presentations and products. There is also a major simulation carried out by a separate set of teams that lasts several days and mimics iterative decision-making in the real world. Courses are heavily interactive, and cases are widely used in the classroom.
MBA Learning Goals
The learning goals of the MBA program have been adopted by the MBA Program Development Committee as the competencies all graduates of the program should attain. From these learning goals the program has developed measurable objectives, which are regularly assessed and results are fed back into the curricular process.
Specifically, the learning goals of Boston University’s MBA program are as follows:
- We develop graduates with self-awareness and strong career management skills
- We develop graduates who can apply integrative leadership, have strong communication skills, and can perform well and contribute appropriately on teams
- We develop graduates who understand the strategic implications and application of technology within business
- We develop graduates who possess a management-systems perspective. Graduates will have an understanding of core, functional, business knowledge; and will be able to successfully apply critical and analytical thinking within a management-systems perspective
- We develop graduates who possess an ethical, global, perspective
While students are attending both the College of Engineering and SMG, they pay only one set of tuition. However, if a student exceeds 18 credits in a given semester, he or she will be charged additional tuition.
Students who take summer SMG courses while considered an engineering student must pay extra tuition for those courses. Please note that summer courses taken at SMG may not be applied toward the MS degree.
Students with merit-based scholarships from the College of Engineering should not expect scholarship awards from the School of Management as well.
Applicants interested in the joint MBA/MS in Manufacturing Engineering should submit a completed application to the Graduate School of Management only. The School of Management will then forward the application on to the College of Engineering. Please note that although you submit only one application, there will be two separate admission decisions, one by the Department of Engineering and the other by the School of Management. Please see the application checklist for what is needed to apply to the School of Management.