Brandeis International Business School

MSBA 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.
Transcripts & Prerequisite

Transcripts

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 official 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.

Prerequisite

The following prerequisite must be completed prior to beginning the MSBA program. Students must earn a minimum grade of “B” to meet the requirement.

This course must be taken at an accredited 3- or 4-year, not-for-profit college or university. Each course must be at least 3 credits or the equivalent of a full semester course. Courses to satisfy prerequisites may alternately be taken online and students must be able to provide the verified grade received in the course. Courses taken at other educational institutions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Statistics

An introductory course in Statistics such as Statistics or Quantitative Methods

Written Essay & Video Essay

Written

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

The written essay question is as follows:

How will a degree in business analytics help you achieve your short-term and long-term goals in this field? (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)

Video

Applicants must submit a brief video responding to two questions posed by the Brandeis IBS community, as well as a written response to a third 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. The MSBA program does not require 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. Candidates with little or no full-time work experience should include internships in the employment history section of the online application.

GMAT or GRE Score

A GMAT or GRE score is required for the MSBA 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-44.

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.
Recommendations

Two recommendations are required for the MSBA 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 addresses (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.

TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Score

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.

OR

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

Norway

Australia

Grenada

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Bahamas

Guyana

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Barbados

Ireland

Trinidad and Tobago

Belize

Jamaica

Turks and Caicos Islands

Canada

Liberia

United Kingdom

Cayman Islands

Malta

United States

Dominica

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 only required 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.

MSBA 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 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.

MSBA Tuition & Fees

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

Tuition

$68,244 (total 12-month program cost)

$71,656 (total 16-month program cost)

Fees

$75 Orientation fee (charged in the fall and spring terms 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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