Brandeis International Business School

BA/MA Admissions (Brandeis/Wellesley Undergraduates Only)

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.


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.


Applicants to this program must complete the following two prerequisites prior to the end of their junior year at Brandeis University or Wellesley College (Wellesley College students should complete equivalent courses at Wellesley.) 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.

EconomicsA Survey of Economics (ECON 2a)Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECON 20a) or Introduction to Microeconomics (ECON 10a)

Statistics: Statistics for Economic Analysis (ECON 83a) or Introduction to Data Analytics with Excel (BUS 51a) or Introduction to Probability and Statistics (MATH 8a) or Mathematical Statistics (MATH 36b) or Statistics (PSYC 51a) or Biostatistics (BIOL 51a)

Written 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.

Résumé and Experience

A current résumé detailing educational and employment history is required. 

We also require a detailed employment history as part of the online application so that we may fully understand your previous and current roles and assess your career progression. Candidates with little or no full-time work experience 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.

Wellesley Students

Qualified Wellesley undergraduates who wish to earn a Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MA) from the International Business School may apply in the middle of their junior year, and following admission, enter the BA/MA program during their senior year. Students interested in the program should consult with Wellesley advisor, Professor Susan Skeath.

  • Students must apply to both Wellesley's Department of Economics and the International Business School. 

  • For access to the Wellesley application, please contact Susan Skeath. The application is due at the beginning of the spring semester of the applicant's junior year.

  • International Business School application materials are available online and must be submitted by March 1. The GRE/GMAT is not required. 

  • With a completed International Business School application, applicants must also submit an unofficial undergraduate transcript, a composite letter of recommendation from the Wellesley economics department, one essay, the video essay and a resume.

For more information on pre-requisites and course requirements for Wellesley BA/MA students, click here

Application Fee

Current Brandeis and Wellesley students are not required to submit an application fee.

BA/MA Application Deadlines

Fall 2024

Apply now for Fall 2024. Applicants will be notified on a rolling basis.

We encourage students to apply as soon as possible to allow appropriate time for program preparation and/or visa processing. Applications that remain incomplete will be denied.

BA/MA Tuition & Fees

The tuition and fees listed are for the 2023-2024 academic year. Please see information about estimated additional expenses here


$61,117 (annual)


$100 Orientation fee (charged in the first term of the program)

$60 Student Activity fee (charged in fall and spring of student's fifth and final year of the program)

Tuition and other charges during your first year of the MA program are the same as they would be for your final year of undergraduate study. Any scholarship received for the BA/MA program will only apply to your fifth (final) year of the BA/MA program.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Scholarships and Financial Grants

Brandeis undergraduates pursuing full-time graduate study may be eligible for scholarships and/or financial grants to match their undergraduate financial package.


U.S. students and eligible permanent residents can also explore federal loan opportunities.

100% percent of students admitted to the business school 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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