External Transfer Information
We are excited that you are interested in the Boston University School of Management! With approximately 2,500 undergraduates, the School of Management affords students the opportunities that come with being a part of a smaller community within a large university setting. Our curriculum is innovative, integrated, and global in approach. You will be exposed to diverse viewpoints in your classes every day.
Below you will find information of interest to students considering transferring to the Boston University School of Management from another college or university. Review this information carefully as it will help you decide if the School of Management is the best fit for you to continue your business education.
The School of Management accepts transfer students for entry in both the fall and spring semesters. Students transferring from institutions outside of Boston University have an average GPA of 3.5. Visit the BU Admissions website for more information regarding application requirements.
There are no specific pre-requisite course requirements to transfer to the School of Management. However, transfer students who have taken, minimally, calculus, microeconomics, and macroeconomics courses in addition to other liberal arts coursework at their previous colleges will find themselves further along in our curriculum (outlined below) with more time to focus on management coursework.
School of Management Curriculum
The sequential nature of the School of Management curriculum means that ALL transfer students must complete a minimum of five full-time academic terms at Boston University to earn the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree. This is due to the prerequisite nature of the business core curriculum.
Additional coursework may be required depending upon the amount of transferred coursework as all students must reach a credit total of 129 credits. Transfer students are required to fulfill all degree and residency requirements of the School of Management (SMG).
|Required Courses||Elective Courses|
|CAS EC101 & EC102
SMG SM131 & SMG FE101 (2cr.)
SMG AC221 & SMG AC222
SMG QM221 & SMG QM222
SMG OB 221
SMG SM151 (2cr.)
Cross-functional Core (17cr.)
4 SMG Concentration Electives
Career Management Seminars: SM 209, 308, 408
|3 Distribution Requirements
4 Liberal Arts Electives
1 Non-Management Elective
2 Free Electives or more
A typical progression through the SMG curriculum for a transfer student is as follows:
Minimum Grade Requirement for SM131 and FE101
ALL SMG students must earn grades of B- or higher in the two gateway courses: SMG SM131 (Business, Society and Ethics) and SMG FE101 (Introduction to Finance).
Students who do not achieve B- in one or both of the classes but wish to remain in the School of Management must retake the course in which they did not achieve the B- during one of the two subsequent academic terms and earn at least a B-. Students earning less than a B- after taking SM131 and/or FE101 twice are required to transfer out of the School of Management and into another school/college at Boston University.
Upon completion of the Cross-Functional Core semester, which is typically the fourth semester of enrollment after transferring, students enroll in coursework toward their SMG concentration(s). These are upper-level courses in a student’s specific area of interest. Concentrations available to SMG students are:
Most concentrations are comprised of four (4) upper-level management courses. International Management and Management Information Systems have additional requirements. Further information about concentrations can be found here.
What Courses/Credits Will Transfer?
To find out how many of your credits will transfer, submit syllabi for all courses you have taken and are currently taking to the Boston University Registrar. Include your name and birthdate in the body of your email and on each syllabus submitted.
Typically you will earn transfer credits for…
- Courses in which you earned a grade of C or better AND
- that have content and depth similar to a course offered at BU in the following areas:
- Liberal Arts: May count towards foundation courses (calculus, writing, microeconomics, or macroeconomics), Liberal Arts distribution requirements, or Liberal Arts electives
- Other Non-Management courses (e.g., communications, engineering, education, etc.): These are awarded non-management or free elective credit toward the required 129 degree credits
- INTRODUCTORY LEVEL finance, financial accounting, managerial accounting, business statistics, organizational behavior, information systems and business law: MAY be awarded non-management elective credit with the option to pursue waiver exams (see information, below)
- AP, IB, A-Levels, German Abitur, and other similar international exam-based curricula in liberal arts subjects.
- You must achieve a certain score to receive credit
- These credits will be applied to your liberal arts electives or requirements
Waiver Exams for Required Management Courses
Transfer students who have completed coursework in the following areas may be eligible to take a waiver exam to test out of the equivalent SMG courses.
Initially, you will receive non-management elective credit for this course work. If you believe you qualify to take a waiver exam so that your past coursework can fulfill the equivalent School of Management core requirements, you will work with the transfer advisor in the Undergraduate Program Office to receive approval to take the exam.
If you are not approved to sit for the waiver exam, or if you do not pass a waiver exam, your will retain elective credit for the coursework and must then take the core course requirement at the School of Management.
For More Information
This website is an excellent place to start to answer most of your transfer-related questions about Boston University.
- Transfer students with general School of Management program questions can contact Karen Plescia, Assistant Director in the School of Management’s Undergraduate Program Office, at email@example.com 617-353-2650.
- Admissions-specific questions should be addressed to the following offices:
- For U.S. citizens, contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-353-2300
- For international students, contact the International Student Advisor in Admissions, at 617-353-4492.
- Questions related to transfer credit evaluations should be directed to the Office of the University Registrar email@example.com at 617-353-3612.