Brandeis International Business School

Samuel Lemberg Academic Center

Accelerated MA Admissions

Application Requirements

We evaluate applications based on a wide range of academic, professional and personal criteria. Please review the requirements and FAQs below as you prepare your application and reach out to our Admissions team if we can answer any specific questions.

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Transcripts, Prerequisites and Required Coursework


Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. or accredited international institution. Three-year degrees that are equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree will be considered for admission.

Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended are required. Degree audits will not be accepted in lieu of unofficial transcripts. Transcripts must be provided in English. If you have graduated from a program, and your transcript does not verify your graduation, please submit a copy of your degree certificate with your unofficial transcript(s). Official transcripts are required from each institution only if you accept an offer of admission.


The following prerequisites must be completed prior to beginning the Accelerated MA program. Students must earn a minimum grade of “B” to meet the requirement, or have demonstrated sufficient knowledge in the area through completion of related courses.

These courses must be taken at an accredited 3- or 4-year, not-for-profit college or university. Each course must be at least at least 3 credits or the equivalent of a full-semester course. Courses to satisfy prerequisites may alternately be taken online and students must be able to provide the verified grade in the course. Courses taken at other educational institutions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

An introductory course in Statistics such as Statistics or Quantitative Methods

Two of the following:

  • Principles of Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics

Required Coursework

Additionally, students must complete a minimum of 16 credits of upper-level economics or business courses, with a minimum grade of "B-" in each course, prior to beginning the Accelerated MA program.

Written Essay & Video Essay


One written essay is required as part of the online application. 

The written essay question is as follows:

What drove you to pursue a graduate program in international economics and finance? (500 words)

Additionally, applicants must respond to a short answer question regarding their career goals. If necessary, applicants may provide additional information, not mentioned elsewhere in their application, that they would like the Admissions Committee to consider as part of their application.


Applicants must also submit a brief video responding to two questions posed by the International Business School community, as well as a written response to a third question. The Video Essay is a great way for the Admissions Committee to learn a little bit more about you. Although we recommend that you treat this experience as you would an interview, be yourself, provide authentic responses and refrain from preparing responses to questions in advance.  

Spring 2022 applicants: You will receive instructions to submit your Video Essay upon starting your application.

Summer/Fall 2022 applicants: You will be required to submit your Video Essay as part of your application.

Résumé and Experience

A current résumé detailing educational and employment history is required. The Accelerated MA program does not require work experience.

We also require a detailed employment history as part of the online application. Candidates should include internships in the employment history section of the online application.


Two recommendations are required for this program. One recommendation should come from a professional contact (current supervisor, former supervisor, mentor, co-worker, client, etc.) and one recommendation should come from an academic contact (professor, academic advisor, thesis supervisor, dean, etc.). You will be asked to provide your recommenders' contact information as part of the online application. Use your recommender's institutional or corporate email address. Submissions from anonymous email servers (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc.) may be subject to additional review. An email with instructions on submitting the online recommendation will be sent to your recommenders. Only online recommendations will be accepted, and recommendation letters must be submitted on the recommender's organization letterhead.

TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test, or PTE Academic Score

Applicants must submit a TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test or PTE Academic score unless they meet one of the following conditions:

Will complete or have completed a bachelor's degree with at least three full-time academic years of study (ESL and online coursework not included) in a designated country.


Have completed at least one full-time academic year of graduate study (online coursework not included) at the time the application is submitted in a designated country.


Have worked full-time for at least three consecutive years, within the past four years, in a designated country.

Please select the appropriate country below to verify your English proficiency requirement.


Successful applicants typically have a TOEFL iBT score of at least 100, a TOEFL ITP score of at least 627, IELTS score of at least 7.0, Duolingo English Test score of at least 120  or PTE Academic score of at least 68. Brandeis International Business School accepts TOEFL iBT Home Edition and IELTS Indicator test scores. The Business School only considers TOEFL scores from a single test date, not MyBest™ scores. Our Admissions Committees take a holistic approach to reviewing applications and consider each part of a student's application to evaluate communication abilities and fit for the program.

If you are submitting a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score, an unofficial test score should be submitted as part of the online application. Official test scores are required only if you accept an offer of admission. If you are submitting a Duolingo English Test, the official test score is required as part of the online application. TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test and PTE scores are valid for up to two years. Test scores must be valid at the time the application is submitted. If your test score will expire prior to the start of the program, you must submit your official test score prior to its expiration date.

The International Business School TOEFL code is 3122.

Application Fee

A $150 application fee is required. Brandeis students and alumni are not required to submit an application fee.

Accelerated MA Application Deadlines

Spring 2022

Application Deadline

Notification Date

October 1

October 29

November 1

November 24

December 1

December 23

Summer/Fall 2022

Application Deadline

Notification Date

November 1

December 9

January 15

March 8

March 1

April 7

April 15

May 6 (Summer) / May 12 (Fall)

Applications must be submitted and complete by 11:59 PM ET on the deadline to receive an admissions decision on the corresponding notification date. Applications which are submitted without all required materials may be moved to a future application round. Applications submitted after the final deadline will be notified on a rolling basis. Applications that remain incomplete will be denied.

Accelerated MA Tuition & Fees

The tuition and fees listed are for the 2021-2022 academic year. Tuition typically increases 3-4% each year. Part-time tuition and fees can be found herePlease see information about estimated additional expenses here.


$84,759 (total tuition)


$75 Orientation fee (charged in the first term of the program)

$60 Student Activity fee (charged in the fall and spring terms of the program)

Scholarships & Loans

Brandeis International Business School offers scholarships to highly qualified students from the United States and around the world. U.S. students and eligible permanent residents can also explore federal loan opportunities.

100% percent of students admitted to Brandeis IBS are considered for merit-based scholarships.

Each accepted student is eligible for one of 20 full-tuition scholarships and dozens of partial-tuition awards.

Over 50% of incoming students received a scholarship.

Connect with Admissions

The Brandeis International Business School Admissions team looks forward to working with you during the application process. We encourage you to contact us at globaladmissions@brandeis.edu781-736-2252 or via live chat at any time if you have questions.

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