Brandeis International Business School

MSF 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 & 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.). 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. These courses must be taken at an accredited three- or four-year, not-for-profit college or university. Courses to satisfy the prerequisites may be taken online. Courses taken at other educational institutions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in order to meet the requirement. Each course must be at least at least 3 credits or the equivalent of a full semester course.

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.


Students should have completed a basic course focusing on the analytical tools of statistics that are applicable to management practice. The course should include descriptive statistics and probability. In addition to basic concepts of estimation and hypothesis testing, the course should cover topics such as analysis of variance, regression, probability, hypothesis testing, Z-scores, P-values, the standard normal distribution, OLS regression, t-statistics, and chi-square distributions.

Written Essay & Video Essay


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

The written essay question is as follows:

How will a degree in finance 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)


Applicants must submit a brief video responding to three questions posed by the Brandeis IBS community, as well as a written response to a fourth 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.

The Brandeis IBS GRE code is 3122.

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

An unofficial test score should be submitted as part of the online application. Official test scores are required if you accept an offer of admission.

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 (equivalent to at least three years of study by the program start) in one of the countries listed below. 


Have completed at least one year of graduate study 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 if you accept an offer of admission. 


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) 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.

MSF Application Deadlines

Fall 2018

Application Deadline

Notification Date

November 1

December 20

January 15*

March 14

March 15**

April 25

April 15

May 16

*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 which remain incomplete after a deadline will be moved to the next round of admission. Applications that remain incomplete after the final deadline will be denied.

MSF Tuition & Fees

The tuition and fees listed are for the 2017-2018 academic year. Please note that tuition rates increase each academic year by approximately 3-4%.


$57,709 (annual)*

*includes fall, spring and summer of first year; does not include final fall semester [which will be charged at 1/2 the university semester rate. 1/2 the current university semester rate is $12,471. The current total tuition for the MSF program is therefore approximately $70,450]. 


$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.

Nearly 40% of incoming students received merit-based aid.

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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