Brandeis International Business School

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do I need to fulfill a program’s prerequisite(s) before I apply?

No, you may apply to a program even if you have not fulfilled the required prerequisite coursework. If you are admitted to a program that requires any prerequisites, however, you must complete each prerequisite with a minimum grade of “B” before starting the program. In the application, you should indicate which course(s) you have taken or plan to take that you believe will fulfill the prerequisite(s). The Admissions Committee will review your coursework to determine whether you have met the prerequisite(s).

I have studied in the U.S. for two years as part of a joint degree with my home institution. Do I need to submit an English proficiency score?

Yes, you will need to submit a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score with your application. The English proficiency requirement will be waived for applicants who have completed, or will complete, 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 in our Application Requirements. Applicants who have completed at least one full-time academic year of graduate study (online coursework not included) at the time they submit their application in one of these countries will also have this requirement waived.

How do I know if I am eligible for the Accelerated MA program?

The Accelerated MA is designed for students who have completed, or will complete, their undergraduate degree in business or economics at a U.S. institution. If you have studied in the U.S. and would like to confirm whether your undergraduate major qualifies you for the program, please submit your unofficial transcript to us at globaladmissions@brandeis.edu. A member of the Admissions team will inform you if you qualify for the program.

How do I apply for scholarships?

All applicants are automatically considered for our merit based scholarships during the admissions review process. Scholarships range from $5,000 to full tuition, per academic year. Students are notified if they have received a scholarship in their admission letter.

Do I need to submit my official test scores and transcripts with my application?

You only need to upload your unofficial test score reports and unofficial transcripts to your online application. If you are admitted and choose to attend Brandeis IBS, you will need to send your official documents to the Brandeis IBS Admissions Office at that time.

I transferred to my bachelor’s institution and my transfer courses are listed on my bachelor’s transcript. Do I need to submit my transfer transcript?

If the transferred courses, grades and credits are listed on your bachelor's transcript, you do not need to submit the additional transcript.

Can I apply to two programs?

No, you may only apply to one program per year. If you are considering more than one program, we encourage you to speak with a member of our Admissions team by phone or Skype. Our team can discuss your background and interests, and help you decide which program may be the best fit for you. Please contact us at globaladmissions@brandeis.edu to set up a time to speak with our team.

How can I pay the application fee?

We accept payment for the application fee by credit card, electronic check or wire transfer via Flywire. If you are interested in paying by wire transfer, please email us at globaladmissions@brandeis.edu for instructions after finalizing your application.

Do you accept 3-year degrees from India?

We accept three-year degrees from India that are accredited by NAAC at an "A" level or higher. Alternatively, if WES considers your degree to be equivalent, then we will consider your application eligible for admission.