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 below as you prepare your application and reach out to our Admissions team if we can answer any specific questions.

Students interested in the BA/MA program apply in the second semester of their junior year.

Transcripts & Prerequisites


Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended are required (including transfer credit, study abroad, post-graduate work, etc.). Applicants whose transcripts are not in English must provide both original language and English-translated transcripts. Official transcripts are required from each institution only if you accept an offer of admission.


Applicants to this program must complete the following three courses 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 grade of “B” or better in order to meet the requirement. 

  • Introduction to Microeconomics (ECON 10a) or A Survey of Economics (ECON 2a)
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECON 20a)
  • Statistics for Economic Analysis (ECON 83a) or Quantitative Methods in Business (BUS 1b) or Introduction to Probability and Statistics (MATH 8a) orMathematical Statistics (MATH 36b) or Statistics (PSYC 51a) or Biostatistics (BIOL 51a)


Written Essay & Video Essay


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

The written essay question is as follows:

How will a degree in both economics and finance help you reach your short-term and long-term career goals? (500-1000 words)

If necessary, you may submit a second, optional essay with additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to consider as part of your application. You should use this space to discuss gaps in your employment, academic issues (probation, dismissal, failing grades, etc.). (500-1000 words)


Applicants must submit a brief video responding to three questions posed by the Brandeis IBS community, as well as a written response to a fourth question. The video essay is a great way for the admissions committee to learn a little bit more about you. You will be prompted to complete the video essay once you have submitted your 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 the BA/MA program. One recommendation should come from a professional contact and one recommendation should come from an academic contact. 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) 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 Brandeis IBS 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 Brandeis IBS. 

  • 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.

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

  • With a completed Brandeis IBS 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

Please note that all documents submitted to Brandeis IBS become property of Brandeis IBS and cannot be returned or forwarded to another person or organization.

BA/MA Application Deadlines

The 2018 application is currently closed. The 2019 application will be available by late August.

Fall 2018

Application Deadline

Notification Date

November 15

December 20

February 1

March 14

March 1

March 30

April 1

May 2

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM ET on the deadline, and completed within one week after the deadline, to receive an admissions decision on the corresponding notification date. A complete application includes all required materials, including the video essay and application fee. Applications submitted after the final deadline will be considered on a space available basis. Applications that remain incomplete will be denied.

BA/MA Tuition & Fees

The tuition and fees listed are for the 2017-2018 academic year. Please note that tuition rates increase each academic year by approximately 3-4%.


$50,965 (annual)


$44 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 & Loans

Brandeis International Business School (IBS) 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.

Nearly 40% of incoming students received merit-based aid.

Connect with Admissions

The Brandeis International Business School (IBS) 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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