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MA Admission Requirements

Standardized Tests

Is the GRE or GMAT required?
We view standardized test scores as a part of an applicant's total application, but not the most important part. In recent years, the middle 80 percent of GMAT or GRE equivalent are in the 510-680 range, with an average undergraduate GPA of 3.3. The Admissions committee normally reviews only applications considered complete, which includes results from the GRE or GMAT. Click here for more information on GMAT and GRE comparisons.

Is the TOEFL required?
If you are an international applicant, your application must include an official score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), unless your native language is English or you completed four years of study at an undergraduate institution (or two years at a graduate institution) in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand. A TOEFL score of 600 on the paper-based exam or 90 on the internet-based exam is usually required, or an IELTS a score of 7.0 is required. An official English translation of academic documents is also required.

What is the Brandeis code for TOEFL/GRE/GMAT?
The code for Brandeis IBS is 3122.


Am I required to have work experience?
Work experience is valued highly in our admissions decisions; however, it is not required for the MA program.

Must I have majored in economics to apply for the MA program?
No. However, there are specific undergraduate business courses required. 

Do I need a strong background in mathematics?
We strongly recommend at least one prior course in statistics for all master's programs.

Other Requirements

How many letters of recommendation are required as part of my application?
We require two (2) letters of recommendation as part of the application process. A sample Letter of Recommendation is available in our online application process.

Is an Admissions Essay required?
Yes. Details on the requirements of the Admissions Essays are provided in our Apply Online process. We do ask that Admissions Essays be no longer than two-pages, double spaced. 

Do I have to visit Brandeis IBS in advance?
No, but we would be delighted to have you visit Brandeis. Please contact us in advance to make an appointment (you may use our online campus tour form to choose a visit option and to sign up). We offer opportunities for you to sit in on a class and meet with admission representatives, professors and students. We also organize several information sessions at Brandeis IBS during the year. If you cannot make it to campus, we encourage you to consider submitting a video interview; please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about this option. 

Can I meet your representatives in other places?
Yes, our admissions staff travels to many cities in the U.S. and abroad. Our Admissions Office can also arrange for informational interviews with alumni and other representatives.

Is there are application fee?
There is a $55 application fee payable by all major credit cards. Specific details on the fee and payment options are provided as you go through the online application process.