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BA/MA Program Information for Wellesley College Students

Brandeis International Business School (IBS) and the Department of Economics at Wellesley College offer a joint BA/MA degree that can be completed by Wellesley students in one year following completion of their Bachelor’s education. 

Qualified Wellesley undergraduates enter the program in their senior year, take two courses each semester at Brandeis IBS and the rest at Wellesley. They then enroll at Brandeis IBS for one additional year of full-time graduate study. BA/MA students are required to spend five years as full-time students. 

Students will be awarded a Wellesley BA at the end of their senior year and an MA degree from Brandeis IBS after a year of graduate study.


Application Requirements

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.

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