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Application Requirements for Brandeis IBS Programs

Brandeis IBS 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 781-736-2252 or at globaladmissions@brandeis.edu at any time if you have questions. 

Please review the requirements below as you prepare your application. Our admissions committee takes a holistic view when evaluating your application. We consider your academic history, professional background, communication and leadership skills, as well as your potential contribution to the Brandeis IBS community. 

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.

The Brandeis IBS Admissions Office keeps submitted application materials for one year. 

Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MA)  

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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.

GMAT or GRE Score
A GMAT or GRE score is required for this 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-66.

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.

TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Score
Applicants must submit a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic score unless they have completed a bachelor's degree (equivalent to at least three years of study) or a master's degree (equivalent to at least one year of study) in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand. TOEFL, IELTS and PTE scores are valid for up to two years. 

The Brandeis IBS TOEFL code is 3122. 

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. 

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. 

Resume and Work Experience
A current resume detailing educational and employment history is required. This 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.

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

The written essay question is as follows:

How will a degree in both economics and finance help you reach your short-term and long-term career goals? (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 Essay
Applicants must submit a brief video as part of the online application. You will be prompted to record two answers to questions. 

Prerequisites
The following prerequisites must be completed prior to beginning the MA program. These courses must be taken at an accredited 3- or 4-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.

Statistics

An introductory course in Statistics such as Statistics or Quantitative Methods

Two of the following:

Principles of Economics

Macroeconomics

Microeconomics

Recommendations
Two recommendations are required for this 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) 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. 

Interview
Interviews are available by invitation only, but we encourage prospective students to visit our campus at any time during the admissions process.

Application Fee
A $100 non-refundable application fee payable by credit/debit card is required of all applicants. 


Master of Business Administration (MBA)  

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.) 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.

GMAT or GRE Score
A GMAT or GRE score is required for this 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-01. 

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. 

TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Score
Applicants must submit a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic score unless they have completed a bachelor's degree (equivalent to at least three years of study) or a master's degree (equivalent to at least one year of study) in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand. TOEFL, IELTS and PTE scores are valid for up to two years. 

The Brandeis IBS TOEFL code is 3122. 

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. 

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. 

Resume and Work Experience
A current resume detailing educational and employment history is required. This program requires candidates to have a minimum of two years of full-time 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.

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

The written essay question is as follows:

Why are you interested in pursuing an MBA and how will an MBA help you achieve your short-term and long-term professional goals? (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 Essay
Applicants must submit a brief video as part of the online application. You will be prompted to record two answers to questions. 

Recommendations
Two recommendations are required for this program. Both recommendations should come from professional 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) 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. 

Interview
Interviews are available by invitation only, but we encourage prospective students to visit our campus at any time during the admissions process.

Application Fee
A $100 non-refundable application fee payable by credit/debit card is required of all applicants. 


Master of Science in Finance (MSF)   

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.) 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.

GMAT or GRE Score
A GMAT or GRE score is required for this 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. 

TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Score
Applicants must submit a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic score unless they have completed a bachelor's degree (equivalent to at least three years of study) or a master's degree (equivalent to at least one year of study) in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand. TOEFL, IELTS and PTE scores are valid for up to two years. 

The Brandeis IBS TOEFL code is 3122. 

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. 

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. 

Resume and Work Experience
A current resume detailing educational and employment history is required. This 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.

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)

Video Essay
Applicants must submit a brief video as part of the online application. You will be prompted to record two answers to questions. 

Prerequisites

The following prerequisites must be completed prior to beginning the MSF program. These courses must be taken at an accredited 3- or 4-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.

Statistics
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 include coverage of 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.

Recommendations
Two recommendations are required for this 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) 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. 

Interview
Interviews are available by invitation only, but we encourage prospective students to visit our campus at any time during the admissions process.

Application Fee
A $100 non-refundable application fee payable by credit/debit card is required of all applicants. 


PhD in International Economics and Finance  

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.) 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.

GMAT or GRE Score
A GMAT or GRE score is required for this 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-43.

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. 

TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Score
Applicants must submit a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic score unless they have completed a bachelor's degree (equivalent to at least three years of study) or a master's degree (equivalent to at least one year of study) in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand. TOEFL, IELTS and PTE scores are valid for up to two years. 

The Brandeis IBS TOEFL code is 3122. 

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. 

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. 

Resume and Work Experience
A current resume 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.

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, GMAT or GRE performance, etc.) (500-1000 words)

Prerequisites
The following prerequisites must be completed prior to beginning the PhD program. These courses must be taken at an accredited 3- or 4-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 3 credits or the equivalent of a full-semester course. 

Calculus (three semesters through Multivariate)

Linear Algebra

Statistics

Intermediate Microeconomics

Intermediate Macroeconomics

Recommendations
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) 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. 

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. 

Application Fee
A $100 non-refundable application fee payable by credit/debit card is required of all applicants. 


BA/MA (Brandeis/Wellesley Undergraduates Only)  

Transcripts

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.

Resume and Work Experience
A current resume detailing educational and employment history is required. It is recommended that applicants to this program complete two relevant internship experiences prior to their senior year at Brandeis University or Wellesley College.

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.

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

The written essay question is as follows:

How will a degree in both economics and finance help you reach your short-term and long-term career goals? (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)

Recommendations
Two recommendations are required for this program. One recommendation should come from a professional/internship 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) 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. 

Video Essay
Applicants must submit a brief video as part of the online application. You will be prompted to record two answers to questions. 

Prerequisites

Applicants to this program must complete the following three courses prior to the end of their junior year at Brandeis University or Wellesley College (Wellesley College students should complete equivalent courses at Wellesley.) Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in order to meet the requirement (except for ECON 2a in which students must earn a grade of “B+” or better to meet the requirement).

  • Introduction to Microeconomics (ECON 10a) or A Survey of Economics (ECON 2a)
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECON 20a)
  • Statistics for Economic Analysis (ECON 83a) or Quantitative Methods in Business (BUS 1b) or Introduction to Probability and Statistics (MATH 8a) or Mathematical Statistics (MATH 36b) or Statistics (PSYC 51a) or Biostatistics (BIOL 51a)

Interview
Interviews are available by invitation only, but we encourage prospective students to visit our campus at any time during the admissions process.

Application Fee
A $100 non-refundable application fee payable by credit/debit card is required of all applicants. 


Special Student  

We welcome Special Student applications for our Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MA), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Finance (MSF) programs. Special students may apply for fall or spring admission with the following: 

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.) 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.

Resume and Work Experience
A current resume detailing educational and employment history is required. 

MBA Add-On  

Alumni of our Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MA) program may apply for our MBA Add-On program. MBA Add-On students may apply for fall or spring admission with the following:

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.) 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.

Resume and Work Experience
A current resume detailing educational and employment history is required. This program requires candidates to have a minimum of two years of full-time 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.

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

The written essay question is as follows:

Why are you interested in pursuing an MBA and how will an MBA help you achieve your short-term and long-term professional goals? (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 Essay
Applicants must submit a brief video as part of the online application. You will be prompted to record two answers to questions. 

Recommendations
Two recommendations are required for this program. Both recommendations should come from professional 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) 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. 

Interview
Interviews are available by invitation only, but we encourage prospective students to visit our campus at any time during the admissions process.

Application Fee
A $100 non-refundable application fee payable by credit/debit card is required of all applicants. 


Readmission  

Students who were previously enrolled in a Brandeis IBS graduate program may apply for readmission based on one of the categories set forth below. Please note that Brandeis IBS graduate coursework will only apply toward the degree if the coursework is completed within five years of the term for which the student is applying for readmission. 

Category A:
Students in good academic standing who, within the past five years, have withdrawn from the University, left the University without filing for a Leave of Absence, or whose Leave of Absence expired. 

Category B:
Students who were previously enrolled in a graduate program and were unable to meet the required minimum degree completion of five years. 

Category C:
Students who were academically dismissed may be eligible to reapply after one full year. 

Application Requirements for ALL CATEGORIES:

Resume and Work Experience
A current resume detailing educational and employment history is required. We also required 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. 

Essay
One written essay is required as part of the online application. The essay question is as follows: "Please describe all circumstances contributing to your previous withdrawal from the graduate program. This essay must state all reasons which, in the opinion of the applicant, should cause the admissions committee to conclude that you are now sufficiently able to complete the program." (500-1000 words).

If necessary, you may submit a second, optional essay with any additional information that you would like the committee to consider as part of your application. (500-1000 words)

Transcripts
Readmission applicants need only supply transcripts of coursework they have completed outside of Brandeis IBS since leaving. Official transcripts are required only if you accept an offer of admission. 

Additional Application Requirements for CATEGORIES B AND C ONLY:

Recommendation
One letter of recommendation is required. The recommendation should come from a professional contact. You will be asked to provide your recommender's contact information as part of the application. An email with instructions on submitting the online recommendation will be sent to your recommender. Only online recommendations will be accepted, and recommendation letters must be submitted on the recommender's organization letterhead. 

GMAT or GRE Score
For Category B applicants, a GMAT or GRE score is required unless the applicant left the program in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67 or higher.

For Category C applicants, a GMAT or GRE score is required. GMAT and GRE scores are valid for up to five years. Please see program information above for GMAT and GRE codes. An unofficial test score should be submitted as part of the application. Official test scores are only required if you accept an offer of admission. 

Application Fee
A $100 non-refundable application fee payable by credit/debit card is required.