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MBA Options for Candidates Living and Working in Boston

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Founded as a town in 1630 and then as a city in 1822, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the US. Tourism is a big deal in Boston with its historical landmarks and famous sports teams draw thousands of visitors each year. But more importantly, it’s the economic and cultural hub of New England, and so retains much significance in the hearts and minds of Americans. Boston’s biggest industries are healthcare and education with many associating the area with some of the best universities in the world, including Harvard Business School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The city also has a thriving finance industry, which is attractive to many business school hopefuls.

Among the financial institutions in the Boston area are State Street, Fidelity Investments, the Kraft Group, and Boston Private Financial. Some big businesses are also headquartered in or near the city. The top one is General Electric, but other well-known brands include Staples, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Liberty Mutual Insurance, and Stop & Shop. With such vibrant opportunities within education and employment, Boston attracts many who want to hustle and get down to business. Those who want to live, work, and study in the city can do so here:

Boston University Questrom School of Business

Boston University’s Questrom School of Business has made offering flexible MBA options for those who can’t or prefer not to give up a paycheck and attend school full-time a priority.

Barb Bickart, senior associate dean of MBA Programs and associate professor of marketing says, “We offer a portfolio of programs designed to meet the needs of the working professional.

“Whether you are looking to go deep in an area of specialization and connect with our engaged community in Boston, or earn your degree to advance your career from anywhere in the world, we offer rigorous, high quality options that are right for you.”

The two main options are the Professional Evening MBA (PEMBA) and the Online MBA (OMBA). In the PEMBA, students take 56 credits in total, made up of core courses and electives. To offer more flexibility, the Questrom school allows students to take classes in the evenings, on Saturdays, or in one- to two-week intensive periods. There are even some online options for PEMBA students.

Those who opt for the full-fledged OMBA take 45 credits, which includes six semester-long modules (accounting for about two courses per semester), and students also complete an integrative capstone project. The program’s tuition is US$24,000, making accessible education even more affordable.

“Our MBA programs leverage the strength and expertise of our faculty, Boston University, and the greater Boston ecosystem, with an emphasis on digital technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, the health sector, and the social impact of business decisions,” says Bickart. “Our curricula have been uniquely informed by a global set of engagements with business leaders and educators around the world.”

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Boston College Carroll School of Management

The BC Part-Time MBA allows participants to work at their own speed through evening, online, or hybrid classes, according to the school’s website. Through the program, the school promises students can customize their experience and jumpstart their careers.

One beneficial trait is that part-time and full-time students experience the same faculty and rigorous curriculum, ensuring all students receive the same education. The application process is on par with what you’d expect from a top program and is similar to the full-time program requirements. Many applicants will qualify to waive their GMAT or GRE score, according to the school’s website. Those who are eligible include:

  • Those who earned a bachelor’s degree and earned grades of “B” or better in two or more quantitative undergraduate or graduate business courses
  • Those who have at least three to five years of progressive professional experience or proven record on the job of applied quantitative or analytic skills
  • Those who earned professional certifications with a quantitative focus
  • Those who are an undergraduate alum of the Carroll School or of Boston College and earned a grade of “B” or better in two or more quantitative courses

Finally, there are countless benefits associated with a 180,000-strong alumni network for students and graduates to utilize.

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Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business

The Business Administration part-time MBA at Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business allows students to take as little as two years or as much as seven years to complete the degree, according to the school’s website. Students can take courses at night, on Saturdays, or even online. Like a traditional MBA program, students will take core courses to form business foundations, and they can choose a concentration: corporate finance, corporate renewal, entrepreneurship, healthcare management, international business, investments, marketing, mutual fund management, supply chain management, or technological entrepreneurship.

One of the highlights of the part-time MBA is the opportunity to participate in a 10-day, three-credit study abroad trip. Also, part-time students can participate in the 360 Huntington Fund, a student-managed mutual fund. The application process is pretty much the same as it would be for the full-time program replete with standardized test scores and letters of professional recommendation.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst Isenberg School of Management

Amherst Isenberg School of Management offers the Isenberg Online MBA with an in-person option (a top-ranked program). Students can opt to take the entire curriculum online or combine online coursework with in-person lectures at one of three Massachusetts locations – Boston, Shrewsbury, or Springfield. Students will encounter the same curriculum and faculty as those in the bricks-and-mortar MBA program, and can specialize in focus areas. Also, those who participate can benefit from the large alumni network. Anyone weary of the online aspect of the program can turn to the team of advisors, who can help them navigate the process.

Francesca Di Meglio

Francesca Di Meglio has written about higher education for two decades. She covered business schools and all aspects of management education for what became Bloomberg Businessweek from May 2004 to December 2013. Di Meglio was the consultant editor for the book Admitted: An Interactive Workbook for Getting into a Top MBA Program (85 Broads Publishing, 2011), which was written by admissions consultant Betsy Massar. In addition, she is a family travel and parenting blogger at the Italian Mamma website

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