Management Lessons from the Start

Unlike most schools, you begin your management training the first semester of freshman year.

On your first day of class, you’ll begin ‘decoding’ an annual report. Right away, you’ll start talking business. By the end of freshman year, you will know more than juniors in most other programs.

By junior year, you’ll write a full business plan for a product you and your classmates will research and propose. You’ll have skills that will give you a leg up, first in interviews, then on the job. Plus, you’ll do all this in the School’s state-of-the-art building.

Through the Management Honors Program, a select group of outstanding students will have the opportunity to develop into a generation of management leaders.

Academic Options at the School of Management
When you come to the School of Management, you’re working toward the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and your major is Business Administration and Management. SMG students select a concentration from among ten managerial disciplines:
  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • International Management
  • Law
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Operations & Technology Management
  • Organizational Behavior
Students also have several additional academic options available to them including minors, independent studies, study abroad opportunities and the option of pursuing a dual degree. For more information on academic options and course requirements, please visit the Undergraduate Program Office’s website, the Virtual UPO.

Teaming and the Strategic Applications of Technology

Our curriculum creates an environment that builds leaders, and emulates a successful organization. Organizational areas such as finance and marketing affect one another, so our academic departments interact with each other. And you learn to keep an eye on interdependencies in analysis and decision-making.

By learning in, and about, teams, you’ll value how individuals and groups can better communicate—and build on each other’s strengths—to achieve common goals.

“If you don’t understand technology, you don’t understand business.” You’ll hear that a great deal in the hallways here. Which is why we weave an understanding of the strategic uses of technology into most of our courses. You don’t learn programming—you learn strategy.

On-the-Job Learning

Internships give you a chance to try out your skills, test classroom learning, and sample a career. SMG’s Feld Career Center helps students find the best match for their talents and career paths.

We present theory in the context of case studies from real companies, such as The Gap and OnStar. We reinforce it with hands-on projects that matter. We weave team learning into everything. And we set high expectations—for both teams and individuals.

The Liberal Arts: The Foundation of Broader Vision

Successful leaders hold a broad, global perspective. They see many approaches to the same problem; they ask better questions to reach better solutions; and they know how to keep learning. This can only come from a well-rounded liberal arts education.

Degree requirements for the full-time, four-year Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) program are 18 core courses and 15 electives. All required courses are distributed between the School of Management and the College of Arts and Sciences. Plus, you can sample electives in many of the other Boston University Schools and Colleges.

Dual degrees are available to School of Management undergraduates through many other undergraduate schools or colleges in the University.  The most popular dual degrees for SMG students include Economics, International Relations, and Communications.  A variety of minors are also available to undergraduates.

Study Abroad

The School of Management undergraduate program considers study abroad a crucial component of the curriculum. Students have the opportunity to incorporate international experiences into their business education with a variety of study abroad programs available through the School of Management and Boston University Study Abroad. Qualified students may choose to spend a semester, summer or academic year abroad studying management, languages, the liberal arts and/or working at an international internship for academic credit.

It all adds to a program that gives you skills and knowledge that recruiters love.