PLEASE NOTE: Fall 2016 will be the last intake of BA/MBA students.
The BA/MBA program allows Brandeis graduates with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree to complete our MBA at an accelerated pace, and without a break in their studies. Brandeis IBS offers this combined degree program in cooperation with the School of Arts and Sciences at Brandeis University. Students complete their BA or BS in one of the majors offered by the School of Arts and Sciences before enrolling in the MBA program.
The MBA normally consists of two years of full-time study at the graduate level, and admittance normally requires at least two years of work experience after college. Through the BA/MBA program, we admit an elite group of Brandeis undergraduate students who enter our MBA program upon graduation and then complete the degree in just three additional semesters of graduate study.
The BA/MBA focuses on two distinct streams of students, each with slightly different requirements for entry and for completion of the MBA:
- The BS/MBA-Science is intended for Brandeis students earning a Bachelor of Science in any major or a Bachelor of Arts in any field of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). Aside from such a background in the sciences, admittance will normally require the completion of at least two entry-level undergraduate Business or Economics courses, and two undergraduate courses dealing with the applications of a science. Work or professional-level experience in a lab or business will be valuable.
- The BA/MBA-Liberal Arts is intended for Brandeis students in other liberal arts fields, who often will also be majoring or minoring in business. Admittance will normally require the completion of at least four advanced courses in business or economics. Serious work or professional-level experience is required, and will normally amount to at least two or three internships done during the summer or part-time during the school year.
BA/MBA Career Paths
The BA/MBA combined degree program prepares graduates for the same sorts of long-term careers as the normal Brandeis IBS MBA Program. Job placement following the MBA will, as always, also depend on the candidate’s experience before entering the MBA program at Brandeis IBS. The science background of BA/MBA-Science students will therefore be critical to their success in the MBA job market following graduation, as will the work experience of BA/MBA Liberal Arts students. For example:
- We expect BA/MBA-Science graduates with Life Science backgrounds to be prepared for jobs in business development, marketing and sales, and product development in biotech and pharmaceutical firms; those with Computer Science backgrounds will likely target similar functions in the Information Technology industry. Other trajectories in science-based businesses are possible, of course, in materials science, engineering, and so on.
- BA/MBA-Liberal Arts graduates will be best prepared for generalist jobs in consulting, finance, and business, depending, again, on their specific prior experience and on any special fields they pursued in their studies. BA/MBA-Liberal Arts students are strongly encouraged to pursue one or more of the Specializations at Brandeis IBS to differentiate themselves in the MBA job market.