The Questrom School of Business offers flexibility in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) program, allowing students to customize the degree by choosing from concentration options from within and across a number of disciplines.

All Questrom students must complete at least one Functional Concentration; Functional Concentrations present a deep exploration of a specific functional area in the study and practice of management.

Students may also choose to complete a Cross-Functional Concentration, which provides a breadth of exposure regarding a particular industrial sector or an area of business, through a cross-section of related courses from within Questrom and across the University.

Students are required to declare a Functional Concentration by March 1st of their junior year. Students can declare or change their concentration by completing a Concentration, Minor & Graduation Form.

Please see the University Class Schedule and the Electives Chart to determine when courses are offered. Concentration requirements are subject to change.

Functional Concentrations:

AC Required Courses
Sixteen credits in total are required. All courses are four credits except as noted. All Accounting concentrators must take the following courses:
AC347 Intermediate Accounting I
AC348 Intermediate Accounting II

AC “B” List
And eight credits from the following list
AC414 Financial Statement Analysis
AC430 Accounting Research 2 cr
AC445 Advanced Managerial Accounting
AC469 Princ. of Income Taxation I
AC541 Advanced Accounting
AC555 Not for Profit Accounting 2 cr
AC565 Auditing
AC579 Princ. of Income Taxation II

Please Note: Requirements to sit for the CPA exam vary from state to state. Students should check with the state in which they intend to practice to ensure they have met specific requirements.

Current or potential Accounting Concentrators should click here to review an information sheet about the Accounting Concentration and the CPA exam. 

What can I do with a concentration in Accounting? Please visit the Feld Career Center’s page on Accounting.


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Four courses in total are required.

EP “A” List
Three courses from the following list are required:
SI444 Entrepreneurship OR OB456 Leadership & Management of Social Enterprises
SI445 Managing the Growing Enterprise
SI451 Organizing for Design and Innovation
SI482 Strategy for Technology-Based Firms

EP “B” List
Concentrators who take three courses from the “A” list must take one course from the “B” list. Those who take four courses from the “A” list do not need to take a course from the “B” list. Note that only either SI444 or OB456 may count towards the concentration but not both.
FE450 Private Equity: Leveraged Buyouts
FE455 Financing New Ventures
IS472 Electronic Commerce
LA430 Entertainment Law (offered in Los Angeles)
MK435 Intro to Music Business & Music Marketing (offered in Los Angeles)
MK463 Services Marketing and Management
MK466 Selling and Partnership Development
OB448 Negotiations
OM467 Global Supply Chain Management
QM450 Business Analytics
SI435 Entertainment Management (offered in Los Angeles)
SI453 Strategies for Environmental Sustainability
SI471 Int’l Entrepreneurship
SI475 Global Management Experience

Advisor Addendum
Students with a Specific Career Path should consider taking the following courses to prepare them for their chosen path to meet their entrepreneurial vision.
As a guide to the likely course plan you should consider the following:

EP “B” List
Consulting
SI482 Strategy for Technology-Based Firms
QM450 Business Analytics

Entertainment
LA430 Entertainment Law (offered in Los Angeles)
SI435 Entertainment Management (offered in Los Angeles)
MK435 Intro to Music Business & Music Marketing (offered in Los Angeles)

Family Owned Business
OB455 Managing the Family Firm
OB460 The Leadership Challenge

Intellectual Property
SI464 Intellectual Property Strategies

International
SI471 Int’l Entrepreneurship
SI474 Global Management Experience
OM467 Global Supply Chain Management

Investment Banking Private Equity or Venture Capital:
FE450 Private Equity: Leveraged Buyouts
FE455 Financing New Ventures

New Media / Social Media
IS472 Electronic Commerce
MK486 Digital Marketing Strategy
MK463 Services Marketing and Management

New Product Development
SI451 Organizing for Design and Innovation
MK463 Services Marketing and Management
MK466 Selling and Partnership Development

Sustainability and Social Enterprise
SI453 Strategies for Environmental Sustainability
OB456 Leadership & Management of Social Enterprises

You are encouraged to meet with the Concentration Liaison as you do your course planning to consider your alternatives.

What can I do with a concentration in Entrepreneurship? Please visit the Feld Career Center’s page on Entrepreneurship.


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Four courses in total are required.

The following three courses are required:
FE Required Courses
FE442 Money, Financial Markets, and Economic Activity
FE445 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
FE449 Corporate Financial Management

FE “B” List
Finance concentrators must choose their remaining elective from among the following courses:
AC414 Financial Statement Analysis
AC445 Advanced Managerial Accounting
FE427 International Financial Management
FE429 Futures, Options, and Financial Risk Management
FE450 Private Equity: Leveraged Buyouts
FE454 Investment Banking
FE455 Financing New Ventures
FE456 Fixed Income Analysis
FE469 Real Estate Finance
FE 498 Directed Study in Finance (4 credits)

What can I do with a concentration in Finance? Please visit the Feld Career Center’s page on Finance.

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Four courses in total are required.
Based on career or graduate school plans, or to develop a broad, generalized program students may prefer to take courses in an area in which no concentration is offered. In these instances, students may choose a General Management concentration. Any four Questrom elective courses can be used to fulfill the requirements for this option. Students who concentrate in General Management cannot double concentrate with another Functional Concentration, but may do so with a Cross-Functional Concentration.

What can I do with a concentration in General Management? Please visit the Feld Career Center’s page on General Management.

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Five to nine courses in total are required, depending on the foreign language requirement.
IM Required Courses
FE427 International Financial Management
IM345 International Business Environment (also offered in London)

IM “B” List
One course from the following list is required as well as one additional course as explained at the end of this section.
IM445 Multinational Management 
MK467 International Marketing Management
OB444 Leading in a Global Economy 
OM467 Global Supply Management
PL435 Business Strategy & Public Policy – New course in Spring 2016
SI471 Int’l Entrepreneurship
SI475 Global Management Experience

Additional IM requirements

— Students concentrating in International Management must
1) complete a language other than English through the fourth-semester level,
OR
2) obtain a certificate of proficiency in a foreign language from CAS,
OR
3) earn a score of 560 or above on an SAT II foreign language exam as described in the foreign language section of the bulletin.
— All International Management concentrators must also complete one CAS International Relations course.
— All International Management concentrators must complete a study abroad program sponsored by Boston University Study Abroad or a non-BU study abroad program of no less than 6 to 8 credits approved by the Questrom Undergraduate Program Office and BU Study Abroad. Please note that only students considered to be international according to university regulations may fulfill this requirement through participation in Boston University’s programs in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Students completing the International Management concentration are required to take one additional Questrom elective in order to satisfy their fourth Questrom elective requirement. This elective may be taken in any Questrom department.

What can I do with a concentration in International Management? Please visit the Feld Career Center’s page on International Management.

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Four courses in total are required.

LA “A” List
Three courses from the following list are required:
LA346 Law and Ethics
LA349 Intellectual Property, the Internet, and Public Policy
LA355 Employment Law and Public Policy
LA360 Real Estate Law
LA430 Entertainment Law (offered in Los Angeles)
LA450 Advanced Business Law
PL430 The U.S. Healthcare System in Transition
PL435 Business Strategy and Public Policy– New course in Spring 2016

LA “B” List
Law concentrators are required to take one additional 300-level or higher Questrom elective. Concentrators should choose this fourth elective after consulting with a member of the law faculty. It is strongly recommended but not required that this fourth elective be a non-law course.

What can I do with a concentration in Law? Please visit the Feld Career Center’s page on Law.

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Five courses in total are required.

One of the following CAS programming courses is required:
CAS CS108: Introduction to Applications Programming
CAS CS111: Introduction to Computer Science I

MIS Required Courses
The following three MIS courses are required:
IS465 Managing Data Resources
IS467 Networking and Data Communications
IS469 Designing Information Systems

MIS “B” List
One course from the following list is required:
IS428 Managing Data Security
IS472 Electronic Commerce
IS479 Innovating with Information Technology (Offered only in Summer)
IS498 An approved four-credit directed study with an MIS faculty member
SI451 Organizing for Design and Innovation

Students pursuing the MIS concentration as part of a double-concentration with Accounting, Finance or Marketing may use a course from their second concentration to fulfill their MIS “B” List requirement.

What can I do with a concentration in Management Information Systems? Please visit the Feld Career Center’s page on Management Information Systems.

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Four courses in total are required.

MK Required Course:
MK447 Marketing Research

MK “B” List
Three courses from the following list are required:
MK435 Introduction to the Music Business and Music Marketing (offered in Los Angeles)
MK445 Consumer Behavior
MK449 Business Marketing
MK463 Services Marketing and Management
MK465 Retailing Management
MK466 Selling and Partnership Development
MK467 International Marketing Management (also offered in London
MK468 Advanced Marketing Strategy (Offered only in Summer)
MK469 Communication and Digital Media Strategies
MK470 Pricing Strategy and Tactics
MK475 Luxury Brands – New course in Spring 2016
MK486 Digital Marketing Strategy
MK487 Branding
MK498 An approved four-credit directed study with a Marketing faculty member

What can I do with a concentration in Marketing? Please visit the Feld Career Center’s page on Marketing.


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Four courses in total are required.

OM Required Courses:
The following two courses are required:
OM440 Operations Strategy
OM441 Operations Analysis

OM “B” List
At least one course must be chosen from the following “B” list:
OM443 Supply Chain Modeling Practicum
OM447 Service Operations Management
OM453 Project Management
OM465 Improving Quality: Six Sigma Certification
OM467 Global Supply Management

OM “C” List
The fourth elective may be chosen from the “B” list (recommended), or in consultation with the OM Concentration Liaison from a selection of Questrom elective courses that have a cross-functional link to operations and technology management (the OM “C” List).
AC445 Adv. Managerial Accounting
FE449 Corporate Financial Mgmt
IS469 Designing Information Systems
MK463 Services Marketing and Management
OB441 Human Resource Mgmt
OB448 Negotiations
QM450 Business Analytics
OM498 Directed Study in Operations and Technology Management (4 credits)
SI451 Organizing for Design and Innovation
SI453 Strategies for Environmental Sustainability

What can I do with a concentration in Operations & Technology Management? Please visit the Feld Career Center’s page on Operations & Technology Management.

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Four courses in total are required beyond OB221.

OB Required Courses
Two courses are required:
OB441 Human Resource Mgmt
OB460 The Leadership Challenge

OB “B” List
One must be chosen from the following electives:
OB442 Leading High Performance Teams and Project Groups
OB444 Leading in a Global Economy
OB448 Negotiations
OB456 Leadership & Management of Nonprofit Organizations
SI445 Small Business Management

OB “C” List
The fourth elective can be:
– One of the above OB electives or
– An approved, behaviorally-oriented class from another functional area.

Approved Suggestions:
IS472 Electronic Commerce
IS479 Innovating with Information Technology – Offered only in Summer
LA346 Law and Ethics
LA355 Employment Law and Public Policy
MK445 Consumer Behavior
MK463 Services Marketing and Management
MK468 Advanced Marketing Strategy – Offered only in Summer
MK469 Communication and Digital Media Strategies
MK486 Digital Marketing Strategy
OB498: An approved four-credit directed study with an OB faculty member
OM440 Operations Strategy
OM447 Service Operations Mgmt
OM453 Project Management
OM465 Improving Quality: Six Sigma Certification
PL430 The U.S. Healthcare System in TransitionNew course in Spring 2012
PL435 Business Strategy & Public Policy – New course in Spring 2016
SI435 Entertainment Management – Offered in Los Angeles
SI443 The Art of the Start
SI444 Entrepreneurship
SI451 Organizing for Design and Innovation
SI453 Strategies for Environmental Sustainability
SI471 International Entrepreneurship

What can I do with a concentration in Organizational Behavior? Please visit the Feld Career Center’s page on Organizational Behavior.

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Four courses in total are required:

SI ‘A’ List:
Students must choose at least one course from the following list
SI432 Corporate Strategy: Formulation and Implementation – New course in Spring 2016
SI482 Strategy for Technology-Based Firms

SI “B” List
At least two courses from the following list are required.  Concentrators who take BOTH courses from the “A” list may take one “B” list course.
IM345 International Business Environment (also offered in London)
SI451 Organizing for Design and Innovation
SI453 Strategies for Environmental Sustainability


SI “C” List:
One course from the following “C” list is required.  However, concentrators who take two “A” list courses and two “B” list courses, or one “A” list course and three “B” list courses are not required to take a “C” list course.
FE449 Corporate Financial Management
FE450 Private Equity: Leveraged Buyouts
FE455 Financing New Ventures
FE469 Real Estate Finance
IM445 Multinational Management
IS472 Electronic Commerce
MK467 International Marketing Management
MK468 Advanced Marketing Strategy
MK469 Communication and Digital Media Strategies
OB444 Leading in a Global Economy 
OB448 Negotiations
OM467 Global Supply Chain Management
PL430 The US Health Care System in Transition
SI435 Entertainment Management(offered in Los Angeles)
SI469 Real Estate Development
SI475 Global Management Experience
COM CM561 Media Disruption

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Cross-Functional Concentrations


Four courses in total are required.

Health & Life Sciences Sector Required Course:
PL425 Introduction to the Health Sector: Issues and Opportunities

Health & Life Sciences Sector “B” List
And 12 credits from the following list:
CAS AN210 Medical Anthropology
CAS EC387 Introduction to Health Economics
CAS RN209 Religion, Health, and Medicine
CAS SO215 Sociology of Health Care
CAS SO323 Markets in Biomedicine and Health Care
CAS SO418 Sociology of Medicine
SAR HS325 Introduction to Global Health
SPH PH510 Introduction to Public Health
PL430 The US Health Care System in Transition
SI464 Intellectual Property Strategies –
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Four courses in total are required:

Real Estate Required Course:
FE469 Real Estate Finance

Real Estate “B” List:
Concentrators must choose at least one course from the following list:
LA360 Real Estate Law
SI469 Real Estate Development

Real Estate “C” List
Concentrators must take two courses from the “C” list.  If one takes BOTH courses from the “B” list, then one course from the “C” list is required.
CAS AH205 History of World Architecture
CAS AN309 Boston: An Ethnographic Approach
CAS GE100 Introduction to Environmental Science
CAS GE201 World Regional Geography
CAS GE/IR 304 Environmentally Sustainable Development
CAS GE309 Intermediate Environmental Analysis and Policy (prereq: CAS GE 100 and EC 101)
CAS SO244 Urban Sociology
CAS SO306 Boston’s People & Neighborhoods

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Boston University offers a minor in Sustainable Energy. We list this minor here as an option for Questrom students because it also fulfills the objective of providing exposure to a specific industry sector through a cross-section of related courses from within Questrom and across the University. Sustainable Energy is listed as a minor on students’ transcripts.

The minor in Sustainable Energy consists of seven courses (26 credits), all of which must be completed with a grade of C or higher:

Four Required Principal Courses:
GE 150 Sustainable Energy
ENG EK 225 Introduction to Energy Conversion and Environmental Engineering – Note: For this requirement, ENG students should substitute EK 335 – Introduction to Environmental Engineering; EK 408 – Introduction to Clean Energy and Storage Technologies; or EC 417 – Electric Energy Systems: Adapting to Renewable Resources
SM131 Business, Society, and Ethics (A Questrom core course)
FE101 Introduction to Finance (A Questrom core course)

One Required Practicum:
SI430 Multidisciplinary Sustainable Energy Practicum – Note: Students must complete GE 150, EK 225, and SMG SM131 prior to taking the Practicum.

One course in quantitative environmental modeling, chosen from (prerequisites in parentheses):
CAS GE375 Introduction to Quantitative Environmental Modeling (CAS MA 115 or CAS MA 213)
CAS GE302 Remote Sensing of the Environment (CAS GE 100 or CAS GE 101 or CAS GE 104 or CAS GE 110 or CAS ES 101 or CAS ES 105; or CASBI117 or CASPY105 or consent of instructor)
CAS GE365 An Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (CAS MA 113 or CAS MA 115)
CAS GE550 Modeling Environmental and Social Systems (CAS GE 375 or consent of instructor)
CAS EC414 Introduction to Econometrics (CAS EC 305; or equivalent)
QM450 Business Analytics (FE323;  IS323 ;MK 323; OM 323)
QM323 Analytics (A Questrom core course, so this requirement is automatically satisfied upon successful completion of QM323)

One additional course chosen from the following, or from the modeling courses listed directly above (prerequisites in parentheses):
CAS GE250 The Fate of Nations: Climate, Resources, and Institutions
CAS GE304 Environmentally Sustainable Development
CAS GE460 Resource Economics and Policy (CAS GE 309 and CAS MA 121; MA122 recommended)
CAS GE512 Climate Change Policy Analysis and Modeling (CAS EC 303 ; CAS MA 121 ; CAS CS 111)
CAS GE519 Energy, Society and Environment (CAS GE 304; or equivalent)
CAS GE521 Environmental Law and Policy
CAS GE555 World Oil Markets (junior, senior, or graduate standing. CASEC102 or equivalent recommended)
CAS GE560 Energy Transitions (CAS GE 309, which can be take concurrently; or graduate standing)
CAS IR536 European Environmental Policy (junior standing or consent of instructor)
CAS IR594 Global Environmental Policy and Negotiation
CAS IR599 Science, Politics and Climate Change
CAS EC571 Energy and Environmental Economics (CAS EC 201 or CAS EC 211 or CAS EC 501)
ENG EK133 Wind Energy
ENG EK335 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
ENG EK408 Introduction to Modern Energy Generation and Storage Technologies
ENG ME430 Energy Conversion (ENG ME 304)
ENG EC/ME/SE543 Sustainable Power Systems: Planning, Operation, and Markets (Graduate/Senior status and consent of instructor)
ENG EK546 Assessment of Sustainable Energy Technologies (CAS PY 105 or CAS CH 101 or CAS ES 105; or equivalent, CAS MA 121 or equivalent; graduate or junior/senior standing)
ENG EC/MS573 Solar Energy Conversion (ENG EK 408; Graduate standing or permission of the instructor. ENG EC471 is suggested)
SI480 The Business of Technology Innovation (junior standing, ENG students only)
SI453 Strategies for Environmental Sustainability (SMG SI 422 previous or concurrent)

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 Concentration Liaisons

ConcentrationFaculty Liaisons
please click to see faculty profile and contact information
AccountingPatricia Doherty
EntrepreneurshipJoe LiPuma
FinanceTed Chadwick
Kathryn Griner
Keith Osher
Mark Roberts
Mark Williams
General ManagementRobb Dixon
International ManagementEarl Rideout
LawRachel Spooner
Management Information
Systems
Jeffrey Allen
MarketingCarol Meier
Deborah Utter
Operations and Technology
Management
Paul Morrison
Organizational BehaviorSandra Deacon
Strategy and InnovationJohn Kirks

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