Why Choose BU?

Key Program Benefits

Model of Professional Education

The Boston University online Graduate Programs in Management were developed to encourage its students to adopt a mindset of continuous professional learning and professional improvement.  The suite of programs, comprised of five individual master’s degree programs and four graduate certificates, allows students to earn additional graduate certificates in the areas of project management, international marketing financial markets and institutions, and risk management and organizational continuity, with additional coursework beyond the master’s degree. Outside of the degree and certificates, students in the program learn to become consumers of knowledge.  They are encouraged to be intellectually curious and hungry for knowledge. In each course, instructors reinforce the importance of continual learning through industry periodicals, the latest research and current news.

Uniquely BU

One of the distinctive traits of Boston University is the focus on community. The University and the faculty of the online Graduate Programs in Management are committed to bringing their students into the BU community through the use of online technology, and into the broader community through key networks and diverse students, faculty and alumni around the world. Online discussion boards, synchronous events and assignments, blended online/on-campus student groups and many other opportunities contribute to the BU experience. The department and its programs are focused on “bringing students together” through an array of activities, ranging from the co-mingling of on-campus and online students in courses to short intensive course opportunities, such as the trip to India and the international business simulation. Students in the online Graduate Programs in Management are encouraged to participate in BU social events and activities, such as watching a BU basketball game online, engaging with any of BU’s Facebook or Twitter pages, or networking with classmates in the “Water Cooler” area of the learning management system. It’s the emphasis on community that is so critical and central to the core of the Boston University mission, and we are committed to making our students, online or on-campus, feel like BU is home.

International Recognition

BU’s Metropolitan College Administrative Science Department programs are internationally renowned for their quality curriculum, teaching and faculty. We are proud to be recognized among the international elite by the world’s leading accrediting bodies for excellence in management education. The department’s programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) which is a distinction awarded only to the very top universities worldwide. The graduate management programs in Boston and online are accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Program Accreditation System (EPAS).  This makes the department one of very few United States universities to hold this important European accreditation. In addition, the Master of Science in Project Management is accredited by the Project Management (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC). While each of these accreditations is impressive in its own regard, the combination of the three speaks to the international recognition of these programs as one of the world’s top business/administration programs. Boston University stands as the only university in the world to simultaneously hold all three prestigious accreditations. Companies and academic institutions worldwide recognize the quality of a Boston University Department of Administrative Sciences degree, placing its students and graduates in a class of their own when it comes to jobs, promotions and international respect.

Commitment to Quality

The Boston University suite of online Graduate Programs in Management, as an extension of the Metropolitan College and the Department of Administrative Sciences, is wholeheartedly committed to excellence and the highest standards of quality in its delivery of the management curriculum. Under the leadership of accomplished, well-rounded, innovative scholars, the quality of who is taught, how they are taught and what they are taught has differentiated and distinguished the program and the department.
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The Administrative Sciences department boasts a cadre of full-time faculty who reflect the values, quality, and prestige demanded by a world-renowned institution such as Boston University. Coming from seven nations, the faculty members have outstanding academic credentials, excellent teaching abilities, highly recognized publishing records, significant contributions to research, and strong credibility due to their prior corporate experience. Holding PhDs from top schools and having held key management positions before coming to BU, these are internationally elite faculty who teach both online and on campus. This gives students of the management programs the same quality experience regardless of delivery mode. In addition to being recognized internationally in their academic fields, many of our faculty members also have experience on government and private boards, as consultants, entrepreneurs, and advisors to entrepreneurial initiatives. The same level of thought and effort goes into selecting course facilitators as faculty members. To match the level of instruction, the college and the department have made a tremendous investment and commitment to distance learning, course design and educational technology, ensuring that students in the online Graduate Programs in Management are learning from the best, with the best, and using the best learning tools available. Understanding the importance of relevant and impactful coursework, the department has instituted quality assurance protocols to ensure continuous improvement of the programs and its courses, including student evaluations and clearly defined learning goals.

Smart Design

The Boston University online Graduate Programs in Management were designed with a fully integrated, interdisciplinary approach to management education. Unlike other management programs, each course within the curriculum is developed to prepare students to think critically, solve problems, and make informed decisions as a business manager. The program has removed the functional and discipline-level silos to ensure that each course taught is fully aligned with the core mission and philosophy of the program.
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Students are able to clearly identify the links between courses and apply those core principles to all course subject matter throughout the degree program. This innovative approach allows the program to remain agile in its course offerings, as each of the instructors, while teaching different topics, is focused on a singular vision and the program’s core principles.

By design, the faculty is comprised of accomplished business professionals with remarkable academic backgrounds. As non-traditional educators, this impressive group is freed from the traditional educational paradigms and is able to approach course and program design collaboratively. Students in the online Graduate Programs in Management benefit from the fusion of classic business theory and interactive experiential learning, resulting in a multi-dimensional educational experience.

Global Classroom

The Boston University online Graduate Programs in Management have created a genuinely international learning environment, where students are able to take courses in different parts of the world, be taught by instructors on different continents, and learn with students of different backgrounds, cultures and locales. Created to mimic 21st century business, students are immersed in a culturally rich educational environment that gives them first-hand exposure to the economics, demography, and politics that influence global business.
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The global classroom is a result of several key initiatives, such as partnerships with a number of the top business schools from around the world. Students in the program are able to study in India with executives from Infosys Technologies Limited and other area companies. During this remarkable overseas experience, students interact with India’s dynamic business environment and explore the interplay of social and religious influences on commerce.

Additionally, the global classroom goes beyond international partnerships and trips abroad, as the faculty is comprised of leading educators and business professionals from seven different countries. The student body is even more diverse, hailing from all 50 states within the United States and 62 countries from around the world.  As a result, students of the online Graduate Programs in Management learn in, from, and with all aspects of global culture.

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