Brandeis International Business School

Samuel Lemberg Academic Center

MSF Admissions

Application Requirements

We evaluate applications based on a wide range of academic, professional and personal criteria. Please review the requirements and FAQs below as you prepare your application and reach out to our Admissions team if we can answer any specific questions.
Transcripts & Prerequisites


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.


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

These courses must be taken at an accredited three- or four-year, not-for-profit college or university. Each course must be at least 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 in the course. Courses taken at other educational institutions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Financial Management

Students should have completed an introductory course in finance that covers projected financial statements, the time value of money, capital budgeting, financial leverage, security valuation, risk/return, working capital management and international finance. The course should also cover basic financial statistical analysis.

The Financial Management prerequisite can also be met by passing CFA Level 1.

Quantitative Methods

Students should have completed a course which emphasizes quantitative models and/or methods such as Statistics, Calculus, Econometrics, Data Analytics, Math Analysis, Real Analysis, Linear Algebra, Advanced Math or Math Modeling.

Written Essay & Video Essay


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

The written essay question is as follows:

What drove you to pursue a graduate program in finance? (500-750 words)

Additionally, applicants must respond to a short answer question regarding their career goals (200 word maximum). If necessary, you may provide additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to consider as part of your application in another short answer response (200 word maximum).


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 MSF 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 MSF program. GMAT and GRE scores are valid for up to five years. Your test score must be valid at the time your application is submitted.

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. If your test score will expire prior to the start of the program, you must submit your official test score prior to its expiration date.

The Brandeis IBS GMAT code for this program is 3FD-QK-07. The Brandeis IBS GRE code is 3122.


Two recommendations are required for the MSF 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, 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 full-time academic year of graduate study (online coursework not included) at the time the application is submitted in one of the countries listed below.


Federated States of Micronesia

New Zealand

Antigua and Barbuda





Saint Kitts and Nevis



Saint Lucia



Saint Vincent and the Grenadines






Trinidad and Tobago

British Virgin Islands


Turks and Caicos Islands



United Kingdom

Cayman Islands


United States



The Gambia

A TOEFL (internet-based) score of 100, 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. Your test score must be valid at the time your application is submitted.

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. If your test score will expire prior to the start of the program, you must submit your official test score prior to its expiration date.

The Brandeis IBS TOEFL code is 3122.

MSF Application Deadlines

Fall 2019

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.

MSF Tuition & Fees

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


$78,879 (total program)


$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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