Brandeis International Business School

PhD 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.). 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 PhD program. Students must earn a minimum grade of "B" to meet the requirement.

These courses 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.

Calculus (three semesters through Multivariate)
Linear Algebra
Intermediate Microeconomics
Intermediate Macroeconomics

Additionally, it is highly recommended that students have completed one semester each of Econometrics and Real Analysis.

Essay & Writing Sample

Written Essay

One essay is required as part of the online application.

The written essay question is as follows:

Please indicate your reasons for undertaking graduate study. Please cite relevant academic, professional and personal experiences that influenced your decision to obtain a graduate degree. In addition, please describe your qualifications for the doctoral program and your objective in undertaking this program. (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, GRE performance, etc.). (500-1000 words)

Writing Sample

A writing sample is required for admission to the PhD program. The writing sample can be an economics research paper, such as a term paper for a course or an undergraduate or master's thesis. The writing sample can alternately be something that you wrote as a homework assignment or as research in another field. A good writing sample could be anything that you have written which shows something about your interest in and ability to do research.

Résumé and Experience

A current résumé detailing educational and employment history is required.

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.

GRE Score

A GRE score is required for this program. GRE scores are valid for up to five years.

The Brandeis IBS GRE 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.


Three recommendations are required for this program. At least two of the three recommendations should come from academic 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 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.


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 two years 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.

PhD Application Deadlines

Our PhD in International Economics and Finance enrolls students once every two years. The next intake will be Fall 2020 and applications will be due in January 2020.

PhD Tuition & Fees

Most PhD students are provided full-tuition waivers and health benefits.

The tuition and fees listed are for the 2018-2019 academic year. Please note that tuition rates increase each academic year by approximately 3-4%.


$52,750 (annual) for first three years of program


$3,202 (annual post-res fee) for 4th year & beyond until all coursework is completed 
$1,602 (annual continuation fee) once all coursework is completed & student is ABD
$75 Orientation fee (charged in first term of the program)
$44 Student Activity fee (charged in each term of the program)

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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