Brandeis International Business School

MBA Admissions

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.


Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. or 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 (including transfer credit, study abroad, post-graduate work, etc.). Degree audits will not be accepted in lieu of unofficial transcripts.

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.

Required Coursework for Accelerated MBA

Students may transfer one semester of coursework to the Brandeis IBS MBA program if they have completed four semester-long courses (or equivalent) in business, economics, finance or related field, pending the following conditions:

  • Courses have been taken at the graduate or advanced undergraduate level
  • Students have earned a minimum grade of "B-" in each course
  • Courses have been taken at an accredited institution within the past 10 years
Written Essay & Video Essay


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

The written essay question is as follows:

Why are you interested in pursuing an MBA and how will an MBA help you achieve your short-term and long-term professional 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, GMAT or GRE performance, etc.). (500-1000 words)


Applicants must submit a brief video responding to two questions posed by the Brandeis IBS community. 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 Work Experience

A current résumé detailing educational and employment history is required. The MBA program requires candidates to have a minimum of two years of full-time work experience.

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.

GMAT or GRE Score

A GMAT or GRE score is required for the MBA program. GMAT and GRE scores are valid for up to five years.

The Brandeis IBS GRE code is 3122.

The Brandeis IBS GMAT code for this program is 3FD-QK-01.

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.

Two recommendations are required for this program. Both recommendations should come from professional contacts. 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.


Applicants must submit a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic score unless they meet either 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) by the program start in one of the countries listed below.


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

Antigua and Barbuda

Federated States of Micronesia




Saint Kitts and Nevis



Saint Vincent and the Grenadines



Trinidad and Tobago



Turks and Caicos Islands



United Kingdom

Cayman Islands


United States


New Zealand

The Gambia

A TOEFL (internet-based) score of 100, TOEFL (paper-based) score of 600, IELTS score of 7.0 or PTE Academic score of 68 is required for admission. 

TOEFL, IELTS and PTE scores are valid for up to two years. 

The Brandeis IBS TOEFL code is 3122. 

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. 

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.

MBA Application Deadlines

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

Fall 2018

Application Deadline

Notification Date

November 1

December 19

January 15*

March 13

March 15**

April 24

April 15

May 8

*Priority deadline for scholarship consideration
**Priority deadline for international applicants

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 by 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.

MBA Tuition & Fees

The tuition and fees listed are estimates for the 2019-2020 academic year.


Two-year MBA $54,596 (annual)

Accelerated MBA (total program) $82,850


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

$44 Student Activity fee (charged in each term of the 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.

Over 50% of incoming students received a scholarship.

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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