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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 us at 781-736-2252 or globaladmissions@brandeis.edu

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 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. 

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

The written essay question is as follows:

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)

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. 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. An email with instructions on submitting the online recommendation will be sent to your recommenders. Only online recommendations will be accepted. 

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 $100 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 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. 

Résumé and Work Experience
A current résumé 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.

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

The written essay question is as follows:

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)

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. An email with instructions on submitting the online recommendation will be sent to your recommenders. Only online recommendations will be accepted. 

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
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 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 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. 

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

The written essay question is as follows:

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)

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 4-year, not-for-profit, college or university. Courses to satisfy the prerequisites may be taken online.

Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in order to meet the requirement.

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. (3-credit semester course or equivalent)

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. (2-credit semester course or equivalent)

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. An email with instructions on submitting the online recommendation will be sent to your recommenders. Only online recommendations will be accepted. 

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
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. 

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
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)

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. An email with instructions on submitting the online recommendation will be sent to your recommenders. Only online recommendations will be accepted. 

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.

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

The written essay question is as follows:

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)

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, 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. An email with instructions on submitting the online recommendation will be sent to your recommenders. Only online recommendations will be accepted. 

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

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 $100 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 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. 

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

The written essay question is as follows:

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)

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. An email with instructions on submitting the online recommendation will be sent to your recommenders. Only online recommendations will be accepted. 

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

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 $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
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.

Résumé and Work Experience
A current résumé 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
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.

Résumé and Work Experience
A current résumé 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.

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

The written essay question is as follows:

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)

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. An email with instructions on submitting the online recommendation will be sent to your recommenders. Only online recommendations will be accepted. 

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.