Brandeis International Business School

MA Admissions (2-Year Program)

Application Requirements

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.
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.) 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 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.


An introductory course in Statistics such as Statistics or Quantitative Methods

Two of the following:

Principles of Economics



Resume and Experience

A current resume detailing educational and employment history is required. The MA 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.

GMAT or GRE Score

A GMAT or GRE score is required for the MA 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.
Written Essay & Video 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)

Applicants must also submit a brief video responding to three questions posed by the Brandeis IBS community, as well as a written response to a fourth question. The video essay is a great way for the admissions committee to learn a little bit more about you. You will be prompted to complete the video essay once you have submitted your application. 

Two recommendations are required for the MA 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. 

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 (equivalent to at least three years of study by the program start) in one of the countries listed below. 


Have completed at least one year of graduate study 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

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 if you accept an offer of admission. 

MA Application Deadlines

Fall 2018

Application Deadline

Notification Date

November 1

December 20

January 15*

March 14

March 15**

April 25

April 15

May 16

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*Priority deadline for scholarship consideration
 Priority deadline for international applicants

MA Tuition & Fees


$50,965 (annual)

The tuition and fees listed are for the 2017-2018 academic year. Please note that tuition rates increase each academic year by approximately 3-4%.


$75 Orientation fee (charged in the 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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