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Application Requirements for Brandeis IBS Programs

Brandeis IBS Admissions

Please review the requirements below as you prepare to submit your application to Brandeis International Business School (IBS). If you have additional questions about the application process, please contact a member of our Admissions team.

All application materials listed within your program of choice should be submitted as part of the online application process.

Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MA)  

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.

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 their native language is English or they have completed four years of study at an undergraduate institution (or two years of study at a graduate institution) 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 90, TOEFL (paper-based) score of 577, IELTS score of 7.0 or PTE Academic score of 61 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. 

Résumé and Work Experience
A current résumé 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.

Essays
Two essays are required as part of the online application. 

Essay 1: Why are you interested in this graduate program at Brandeis International Business School (IBS)? Please include how this degree will help you achieve your short- and long-term professional goals. (500-1000 words)

Essay 2: What are three things related to your background, passions and/or personal interests that we have not already learned about you through this application? (500-1000 words)

If necessary, you may submit a third 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. You will be asked to provide your recommenders' contact information as part of the online application. An email with instructions on submitting the online recommendation will be sent to your recommenders.

Recommended/Required Courses
Prior to the start of this program, it is recommended that students have completed the following courses: Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, and Statistics.

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 $55 non-refundable application fee payable by credit/debit card is required of all applicants. 


Master of Business Administration (MBA)  

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.

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 3F-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 their native language is English or they have completed four years of study at an undergraduate institution (or two years of study at a graduate institution) 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 90, TOEFL (paper-based) score of 577, IELTS score of 7.0 or PTE Academic score of 61 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. 

Résumé and Work Experience
A current résumé detailing educational and employment history is required. This program prefers candidates with 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. Candidates with little or no full-time work experience should include internships in the employment history section of the online application.

Essays
Two essays are required as part of the online application. 

Essay 1: Why are you interested in this graduate program at Brandeis International Business School (IBS)? Please include how this degree will help you achieve your short- and long-term professional goals. (500-1000 words)

Essay 2: What are three things related to your background, passions and/or personal interests that we have not already learned about you through this application? (500-1000 words)

If necessary, you may submit a third 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. You will be asked to provide your recommenders' contact information as part of the online application. An email with instructions on submitting the online recommendation will be sent to your recommenders.

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 $55 non-refundable application fee payable by credit/debit card is required of all applicants. 


Master of Science in Finance (MSF)   

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.

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.

MSF applicants may be considered for a GMAT or GRE waiver based on prior work experience and academic achievements. Please contact the Brandeis IBS Admissions Office for more information.

The Brandeis IBS GRE code is 3122. 

The Brandeis IBS GMAT codes for this program are:

  • Master of Science in Finance (MSF) -- Full-Time: 3FD-QK-07
  • Master of Science in Finance (MSF) -- Part-Time: 3FD-QK-77

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 their native language is English or they have completed four years of study at an undergraduate institution (or two years of study at a graduate institution) 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 90, TOEFL (paper-based) score of 577, IELTS score of 7.0 or PTE Academic score of 61 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. 

Résumé and Work Experience
A current résumé detailing educational and employment history is required. This program prefers candidates with 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. Candidates with little or no full-time work experience should include internships in the employment history section of the online application.

Essays
Two essays are required as part of the online application. 

Essay 1: Why are you interested in this graduate program at Brandeis International Business School (IBS)? Please include how this degree will help you achieve your short- and long-term professional goals. (500-1000 words)

Essay 2: What are three things related to your background, passions and/or personal interests that we have not already learned about you through this application? (500-1000 words)

If necessary, you may submit a third 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. You will be asked to provide your recommenders' contact information as part of the online application. An email with instructions on submitting the online recommendation will be sent to your recommenders.

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 $55 non-refundable application fee payable by credit/debit card is required of all applicants. 


PhD in International Economics and Finance  

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.

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 if you accept an offer of admission. 

TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Score
Applicants must submit a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic score unless their native language is English or they have completed four years of study at an undergraduate institution (or two years of study at a graduate institution) 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 90, TOEFL (paper-based) score of 577, IELTS score of 7.0 or PTE Academic score of 61 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. 

Résumé and Work 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.

Essays
Two essays are required as part of the online application. 

Essay 1: Why are you interested in this graduate program at Brandeis International Business School (IBS)? Please include how this degree will help you achieve your short- and long-term professional goals. (500-1000 words)

Essay 2: What are three things related to your background, passions and/or personal interests that we have not already learned about you through this application? (500-1000 words)

If necessary, you may submit a third 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
Three recommendations are required for this program. You will be asked to provide your recommenders' contact information as part of the online application. An email with instructions on submitting the online recommendation will be sent to your recommenders.

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 $55 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.

GMAT or GRE Score
A GMAT or GRE score is not required for admission to this program.

TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Score
Applicants must submit a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic score unless their native language is English or they have completed four years of study at an undergraduate institution (or two years of study at a graduate institution) 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 90, TOEFL (paper-based) score of 577, IELTS score of 7.0 or PTE Academic score of 61 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. 

Résumé and Work Experience
A current résumé 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.

Essays
Two essays are required as part of the online application. 

Essay 1: Why are you interested in this graduate program at Brandeis International Business School (IBS)? Please include how this degree will help you achieve your short- and long-term professional goals. (500-1000 words)

Essay 2: What are three things related to your background, passions and/or personal interests that we have not already learned about you through this application? (500-1000 words)

If necessary, you may submit a third 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
Three recommendations are required for this program. You will be asked to provide your recommenders' contact information as part of the online application. An email with instructions on submitting the online recommendation will be sent to your recommenders.

Recommended/Required Courses
Applicants to this program must complete the following four courses prior to the end of their junior year at Brandeis University or Wellesley College:

  • Introduction to Microeconomics (ECON 10a)
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECON 20a)
  • Microeconomic Theory (ECON 80a)
  • Statistics for Economic Analysis (ECON 83a)

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 $55 non-refundable application fee payable by credit/debit card is required of all applicants. 


BA/MBA (Brandeis 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.

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 3F-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 their native language is English or they have completed four years of study at an undergraduate institution (or two years of study at a graduate institution) 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 90, TOEFL (paper-based) score of 577, IELTS score of 7.0 or PTE Academic score of 61 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. 

Résumé and Work Experience
A current résumé detailing educational and employment history is required. Applicants to this program must complete two summer or part-time internships as an undergraduate.

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.

Essays
Two essays are required as part of the online application. 

Essay 1: Why are you interested in this graduate program at Brandeis International Business School (IBS)? Please include how this degree will help you achieve your short- and long-term professional goals. (500-1000 words)

Essay 2: What are three things related to your background, passions and/or personal interests that we have not already learned about you through this application? (500-1000 words)

If necessary, you may submit a third 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
Three recommendations are required for this program. You will be asked to provide your recommenders' contact information as part of the online application. An email with instructions on submitting the online recommendation will be sent to your recommenders.

Recommended/Required Courses
BS/MBA - Science applicants must complete Financial Accounting (BUS 6a) and Functions of the Capitalist Enterprise (BUS 10a), and at least two undergraduate courses dealing with the application of a science.

BA/MBA - Liberal Arts applicants must complete at least four courses in business beyond the entry level courses for the business major or minor (i.e. any business course beyond BUS 6a and BUS 10a).

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 $55 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 Science in Finance (MSF) program. Special students may apply for fall or spring admission with the following: