The BA/MBA program allows Brandeis graduates with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree to complete our MBA at an accelerated pace, and without a break in their studies. Brandeis IBS offers this combined degree program in cooperation with the School of Arts and Sciences at Brandeis University. Students complete their BA or BS in one of the majors offered by the School of Arts and Sciences before enrolling in the MBA program.
The MBA normally consists of two years of full-time study at the graduate level, and admittance normally requires at least two years of work experience after college. Through the BA/MBA program, we admit an elite group of Brandeis undergraduate students who enter our MBA program upon graduation and then complete the degree in just three additional semesters of graduate study.
The BA/MBA focuses on two distinct streams of students, each with slightly different requirements for entry and for completion of the MBA:
- The BA/MBA-Science is intended for Brandeis students earning a Bachelor of Science in any major or a Bachelor of Arts in any field of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). Aside from such a background in the sciences, admittance will normally require the completion of at least two entry-level undergraduate Business or Economics courses, and two undergraduate courses dealing with the applications of a science. Work or professional-level experience in a lab or business will be valuable.
- The BA/MBA-Liberal Arts is intended for Brandeis students in other liberal arts fields, who often will also be majoring or minoring in business. Admittance will normally require the completion of at least four advanced courses in business or economics. Serious work or professional-level experience is required, and will normally amount to at least two or three internships done during the summer or part-time during the school year.
Undergraduates in their senior year may apply to the BA/MBA program. Once the student is enrolled in the MBA, Brandeis IBS will count 16 credits from Brandeis undergraduate studies towards the MBA. The remaining 48 credits required for the MBA will be earned during the following three semesters. The BA/MBA student will take core courses and electives in the normal Brandeis IBS MBA curriculum, although specific undergraduate courses in business and economics may allow exemptions from certain MBA requirements. Students in the BA/MBA program can pursue any of the Brandeis IBS specializations that fit their goals and schedule. BA/MBA students will be coached and supported to help them gain further work experience through part- and full-time internships. Here is more information on the potential career path of a BA/MBA graduate.