When undergraduate business students are exploring their future career plans, many times graduate school comes to mind. In order to support your exploration process, we have compiled a number of resources for you. The Boston University Center for Career Development maintains a number of graduate school related resources including information about application timelines, entrance exams, and financing. For a complete overview of the CCD’s graduate school resources, please visit their guide and general website.
For further information about business specific graduate programs, please review the program specific information on the tabs below. As always, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with a UDC Career Advisor if you are considering going to graduate school.
Common Business-Related Graduate Programs
If you are looking to pursue an MBA or M.B.A., you would hold a master’s degree in business administration (management). The MBA degree originated in the United States in the early 20th century when the country industrialized and companies sought scientific approaches to management. This is often a step taken when you are ready to advance your career, acquire new management techniques, grow your network and become a leader in your chosen field.
Things to consider: Most MBA programs require at least three-five years of work experience to be considered for admission. When job searching, read through your company’s benefits package carefully, as some organizations will offer tuition remission.
A Master’s degree in Finance is a postgraduate program designed to prepare graduates for careers in Finance. The degree is often titled Master of Finance or Master in Finance (abbreviated M.Fin., MiF), or Master of Science in Finance.
Things to consider: These programs are often only a yearlong commitment and are more focused than the MBA. Students who have strong skills in quantitative analysis tend to do well, and though it can be helpful often no previous work experience is required.
Additional Business-Related Graduate Programs and Certifications
A law school (also known as a law center or college of law) is an institution specializing in legal education, usually involved as part of a process for becoming a lawyer within a given jurisdiction. At Boston University, the Preprofessional Advising Office provides comprehensive advising services to students interested in applying to law school. To schedule an appointment with a Pre-Law Advisor, call the office at 617-353-4867, or pay them a visit on the 4th floor of the Yawkey Center for Student Services.
CFA – The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program is a professional credential offered internationally by the American-based CFA Institute (formerly the Association for Investment Management and Research, or AIMR) to investment and financial professionals. Four years of related work experience is required in order to receive your CFA.
CPA – Certified Public Accountant is a professional credential offered by the American Institute of CPAs. Requirements to sit for the CPA exam vary from state-to-state.
CFP – Certified Financial Planner is a professional credential offered by the CFP Board.
The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) is a multidisciplinary master’s degree in leadership studies. It is an alternative to, not a substitute for, the traditional Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. The MSOL degree is multidisciplinary and focuses more on people and organization issues, and relatively less on business topics such as finance, accounting and marketing.
The Master of Computer Science (MCS) is a Professional Master’s degree program designed for: Computer science professionals currently working in business, government, or industry who want to advance their careers.
The Master of Science in Project Management (M.S.P.M.), also known as Master in Project Management (M.P.M.) is a professional advanced degree in project management. While programs may vary, most curricula are designed to provide professionals with the knowledge, skills and abilities to lead and manage effectively.
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