Students complete the core curriculum in the evening and can choose to be cohorted or Flex Track. PEMBA students have a total of 24 elective credits (eight standard 3-cr electives) over the course of the program and have the option to tailor their coursework to their individual goals. Students who started Fall 2020 or later can use non-binding, undeclared Career Pathways as guides, while students who started Spring 2020 or earlier may elect, at their option, to concentrate in one or more of the seven concentrations. It takes an average of three to three and a half years to complete the program.
The MBA core curriculum has been designed with a particular sequence of courses that provide an overview of management, its fundamental tools, and its key function areas. The curriculum grids listed below will help you understand degree requirements and plan your courses. Please use the PEMBA Checksheet for Entering Fall 2021 and Later or PEMBA Checksheet for Entering Spring 2021 and Earlier as a guide in planning your courses.
You may also get view the program broken down year by year, by referring to our (3-3.5) and (2-2.5) PEMBA Timelines. (These timelines will be updated soon to reflect curriculum changes for the Entering Fall 2021 classes and beyond.) Please note that these are models and that there are many ways to complete the degree within your desired time frame
PEMBA (Entering Fall 2021 and Later)
PEMBA (Entering Fall 2020-Spring 2021)
PEMBA (Entering Fall 2016-Spring 2020)
PEMBA Core Course Prerequisites
PEMBA Core courses are often taken in the order shown on the curriculum grids because the courses build upon each other. However, you are welcome to take the courses in a different order provided you have met the course prerequisites. We also here share with you additional recommended courses, where applicable.
|MO712 Leading Organizations and People||none|
|AC711 Financial Reporting and Control||none|
|FE722 Financial Management||MO712, AC711|
|MK724 Marketing Management||AC711 (or concurrently)|
|QM717 Data Analysis for Managerial Decision-Making||MO712|
|PL730 Economics and Management Decisions||MO712 (Recommended: QM717)|
|IS711 IT Strategies for a Networked Economy (required for Spring 2021 entrants and earlier)||MO712, AC711, QM717|
|OM726 Creating Value Through Operations and Technology||MO712, AC711, QM717 (Recommended: MK724, FE722)|
|SI751 Competition, Innovation, and Strategy||MO712, AC711, MK724, OM726|
Please contact your Academic Advisor in the MBA Center if you have questions about this program.
Health Sector Management MBA
The health sector is undergoing transformational growth and change, offering compelling opportunities and challenges for emerging managers and leaders. We prepare students for leadership roles throughout the health industry, including bio-technology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, health information technology, health systems management, consulting, and public policy.
The program curriculum is designed to combine a strong education in the core functions of health sector management with the flexibility to obtain an enhanced understanding and skill set with the student’s particular areas of interest.
This curriculum provides a developed approach to:
- Build on the functional skills of the core MBA curriculum
- Provide targeted understanding of the nature of the health sector and the application of those basic skills to the sector
- Provide even greater flexibility to address specialized interests within the sector, whether health service delivery, life science products, consulting, or any other focused area
The MBA core curriculum has been designed with a particular sequence of courses that provide an overview of management, its fundamental tools, and its key function areas. The curriculum grids listed below will help you understand degree requirements and plan your courses. Please use the appropriate checksheet as a guide for planning your courses:
- PEMBA HSM Checksheet for Entering Fall 2021 and Later
- PEMBA HSM Checksheet for Entering Fall 2020-Spring 2021
- PEMBA HSM Checksheet for Entering Fall 2019-Spring 2020
- PEMBA HSM Checksheet for Entering Fall 2016-Spring 2019
HSM PEMBA (Entering Fall 2021 and Later)
HSM PEMBA (Entering Fall 2020-Spring 2021)
HSM PEMBA (Entering Fall 2019-Spring 2020)
HSM PEMBA (Entering Fall 2016-Spring 2019)
The following courses are required:
|HM703 Health Sector Issues and Opportunities||Fall (Evening) & Spring (Day)|
|HM710 Health Service Delivery: Strategies, Solutions and Execution||HM710 or HM717||QST HM703||Fall (Evening)|
|HM717 Drugs, Devices, and Diagnostics: New Challenges, Strategies, and Execution||HM710 or HM717||HM703, FE717/721/722, MK713/723/724, SI718/750/751||Fall (Evening)|
|HM820 Strategy, Economics, and Policy in the Health Sector||required for those entering Fall 2019 or later||Fall (Day) & Spring (Evening)|
Elective Courses (2)
These electives can create an intensive and targeted education within any subset of the health sector. Two courses selected from the following list are required:
|HM710 Health Service Delivery: Strategies, Solutions and Execution||counts as HSM elective if not taken as an HSM required course||QST HM703||Fall (Evening)|
|HM717 Drugs, Devices, and Diagnostics: New Challenges, Strategies, and Execution||counts as HSM elective if not taken as an HSM required course||HM703, FE717/721/722, MK713/723/724, SI718/750/751||Fall (Evening)|
|HM801 Bench-to-Bedside: Translating Biomedical Innovation from the Laboratory to the Marketplace||Fall (Evening)|
|HM817 Advances in Digital Health||Spring (Evening)|
|HM820 Strategy, Economics, and Policy in the Health Sector||Fall (Day) & Spring (Evening)|
|HM833 Health Sector Marketing||AC710/711/712 and MK713/723/724||Fall (Evening)|
|HM840 Health Sector Consulting||Spring (Evening)|
|HM848 Driving Health Sector Innovation||Spring (Evening)|
|OM840 Managing and Improving Quality: Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification||OM710/725/726, QM711/716/717||Spring (Evening)|
|OM865 Idea Lab||No longer counts for students starting in Fall 2019||OM710/725/726, MK713/723/724||not offered in 2022-23|
|SI814 Intellectual Property Strategies||OB712/713/715, MK713/723/724, QM711/716/717, AC710/711/712, FE717/721/722, or permission of the instructor.||Spring (Intensive)|
|SI852 Starting New Ventures||Business plan developed must relate to the health sector. No longer counts for students starting in Fall 2019||QM711/716/717, OM710/725/726, MK713/723/724, FE717/721/722||Fall (Evening) & Spring (Evening)|
|ENG BE696 Advanced Deployment of Biomedical Innovations|
* Course will count as a HSM elective if not taken as an HSM core course.
** For students starting in fall of 2019, these courses will no longer count towards HSM.
For full-time students, the program requires a 400 hour Health Sector Internship that students typically complete during the summer between the first and second years of the program.
Students must confirm their internship with the MBA Center. For more information on this process please contact Eric Petersen, MBA Center HSM Liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.358.2788. See the following links for HSM Internship Form (Part I) and HSM Internship Form (Part II).
Faculty Director, HSM Program
HSM Liaison, MBA Center
Social Impact MBA
The aim of the Social Impact MBA program is to develop responsible leaders (of start-ups, established firms, and both for and non-profit organizations) who create innovative products, services, and business models that help address vital social challenges — such as climate change, food security, global health, poverty, discrimination, etc. — and enable them to grow and sustain their organizations over time.
Whether you aspire to work in sustainable finance and impact investing, responsible business, or nonprofit and public management, Questrom’s Social Impact MBA program gives you the opportunity to gain crucial business skills that allow you to create positive social change. You will learn the full array of business fundamentals like strategy, marketing, accounting, and finance, all while simultaneously specializing in topics like social entrepreneurship, sustainable energy and environment, global health, sustainable finance and impact investing, and philanthropy.
Inside and outside of the classroom, the Social Impact MBA program will connect you with best-in-class nonprofit and for-profit organizations through global field seminars, consulting projects, case competitions, guest speakers, and classroom activities. What’s more, studying in Boston puts you at the center of the action, enabling you to engage directly with academic experts and industry leaders in the social impact sector.
The program combines a rigorous core business curriculum with elective courses in the social impact space, a required summer internship, and an engaged alumni community of graduates resulting in a full and vigorous experience for students. The checksheets and curriculum grids listed below will help you understand degree requirements and plan your courses.
- PEMBA Social Impact Checksheet for Entering Fall 2021 and Later
- PEMBA Social Impact Checksheet for Entering Fall 2020-Spring 2021
- PEMBA Social Impact Checksheet for Entering Fall 2019-Spring 2020
- PEMBA Social Impact Checksheet for Entering Fall 2016-Spring 2019
Social Impact PEMBA (Entering Fall 2021 and Later)
Social Impact PEMBA (Entering Fall 2020-Spring 2021)
Social Impact PEMBA (Entering Fall 2019-Spring 2020)
Social Impact PEMBA (Entering Fall 2016-Spring 2019)
Social Impact PEMBA (Entering Fall 2015-Spring 2016)
Required Courses (1)
|SR801 Social Impact: Business, Society, and the Natural Environment||Spring (Day & Evening)|
Elective Courses (3)
To give students guidance on class selection, electives have been grouped into Career Pathways. Three courses selected from the following list are required:
|AC831 Sustainability Reporting||Fall (Evening)|
|FE833 ESG Equity Investing||Spring (Evening)|
|FE854 Entrepreneurial Finance||AC710/711/712, FE717/721/722||Spring (Evening)|
|HM703 Health Sector Issues and Opportunities||Fall (Evening) & Spring (Day)|
|IS811 Responsible AI for Business Analytics||Spring (Evening)|
|IM860 Social Impact Field Seminar||not offered in 2022-23|
|MK838 Behavior Change Practicum||Spring (Evening)|
|MK867 Purpose-Led Marketing||MK713/723/724||Fall (Evening)|
|MO830 Leading Mission Driven Organizations||Spring (Evening)|
|MO833 Executive Compensation: Strategy and Practice||Fall (Intensive)|
|MO848 Leadership Challenge||MO712/713 (OB712/713/715)||Fall (Intensive) & Spring (Evening)|
|OM832 Blockchain and Social Impact||OM725/726, QM716/717||Spring (Intensive) & Summer 1 (Intensive)|
|OM851 Environmentally Sustainable Supply Chains||Spring (Day)|
|PL843 Business Law and Discrimination||Spring (Evening)|
|PL855 The Energy Sector: Structure, Markets, and Regulation||Spring (Evening)|
|SI836 Energy and Environmental Sustainability||PL714/727/FE730||not offered in 2022-23|
|SI849 Corporate Sustainability Strategy||QST SI718/750/751||Fall (Evening)|
|SI852 Starting New Ventures||QM711/716/717, OM710/725/726, MK713/723/724, FE717/721/722||Fall (Evening) & Spring (Evening)|
|SR837 Resource Development for Non-Profits||not offered in 2022-23|
|SR841 Fundamentals of Nonprofit Management||AC710/711/712||Fall (Evening)|
|SR850 Global Entrepreneurship||Fall (Evening)|
- *MK838, SI852, MO840 (OB840) only count towards a degree with a qualifying project.
- Some elective courses may not be offered every year.
- Students wishing to select a Questrom MBA elective not listed above, or wishing for a non-Questrom elective from another BU School or College to apply as a Social Impact elective, must get approval from the Co-Faculty Directors via the MBA Center’s Graduate Elective Request Form.
Social Impact Internship
Students are required to complete a 300-hour internship in a public, private, or nonprofit organization. Students selecting a private sector enterprise must focus their work on corporate social responsibility, sustainability, cause marketing, social enterprise, social impact, philanthropy or work for a socially responsible company. Students must confirm their internship with the MBA Center by completing the pre- and post-internship forms: Social Impact Internship Form (Part I) and Social Impact Internship Form (Part II).Part-time students may waive the internship requirement with applicable work experience, pending permission of the Social Impact Program faculty director. To apply for this waiver please complete the Internship Waiver Form. You will be asked to provide your resume, along with a brief description of your experience, your professional aspirations, and your reason for requesting an internship waiver. MBA+MSDT students are eligible to enroll in the Social Impact Program, and may complete the required internship following the MSDT summer intensive courses.
Co-Faculty Directors of the Social Impact Program:
David Stolow (extra-curricular activities)
MBA Center — Social Impact Program Liaison:
Rafik B. Hariri Building
595 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Fall & Spring
Appts: M-Th 8:30am-6:30pm,
M-T 9am-5pm, W-Th 9am-6:30pm, F 9am-1pm
MASTERS & PhD CENTER
Fall & Spring
Appts: M-Th 9am-5pm,