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Brandeis University International Business School

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School Data

Annual Tuition: $52,750

Acceptance Rate: 62%

Full-Time Enrollment: 30

Average GPA: 3

Median GMAT: 570

International: 87%

Minority: 50%

Female: 53%

Male: 47%

Average Age: 30

Application Deadlines: Round 1: November 1st, 2018; Round 2: January 15th, 2019*; Round 3: March 15th, 2019**; Round 4: April 15th, 2019; *Priority deadline for scholarship consideration **Priority deadline for international applicants

By teaching rigorous business, finance and economics, connecting students to best practices and immersing them in international experiences, Brandeis International Business School (IBS) prepares exceptional individuals from around the globe to become principled professionals in companies and public institutions worldwide.

Brandeis IBS has a worldwide reputation for academic excellence. Its Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MA) is ranked third in the U.S. among pre-experience programs by the Financial Times. The Brandeis IBS MBA program is on the Princeton Review‘s list of top business schools in the world and has been for 10 years in a row, and the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program is ranked fifth in the country by the TFE Times (formerly The Financial Engineer).

The school offers accelerated degree options, including an Accelerated MA program to students who are scheduled to complete (or who have completed) a bachelor’s degree in business or economics at a U.S. college or university. This program provides candidates with the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in just one year of study. The school also offers a one-year Accelerated MBA designed for students with substantial work or managerial experience and relevant transfer coursework.

The school’s newest degree program, the Master of Science in Business Analytics, combines data analytics and related programming courses with training in finance, marketing and business dynamics. Students graduate with an understanding of statistical, programming, data visualization and econometric methods of analyzing data to make economic, financial and business decisions.

Brandeis IBS is part of Brandeis University, a medium-sized private research university ranked among the most selective in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Brandeis students have unsurpassed access to renowned faculty and a global network of over 50,000 alumni spanning 160 countries.


Kathryn Graddy is the dean of Brandeis International Business School (IBS) and the Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Professor in Economics. She has held numerous leadership positions at Brandeis University, including senior associate dean and PhD program director at Brandeis IBS. Her research focuses on the economics of art, culture and, more generally, industrial organization.

Vera Bondarenko, MBA 2009 Brandeis

I had been working for Microsoft in Russia, and I decided an MBA was a logical next step to help me organize my management experience and give me perspective. I wanted a school that was very international, with a diverse student body in terms of nationality, industry and personality. Also I wanted English to be the major language. 

Brandeis ticked all the boxes. It was even more diverse than I expected, and opened my eyes about the industries and backgrounds people came from. There were classes about doing business in the U.S., including what to wear and present yourself, that people from other cultures might not know. 

Most of all I learned how to manage a diverse team. I work at Dell now and my team is in nine countries and seven time zones. I learned to manage that sort of cultural complexity at Brandeis. 

Contact Information

415 South Street Lemberg Academic Center
P.O. Box 549110
Waltham, MA 02453
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Brandeis International Business School (IBS) offers three master’s degrees in addition to the MBA — and all four prepare students to become World Ready in analytics, business, economics and finance. Students master global fluency, which provides a firm grasp of cultural nuances. They also learn to recognize the interplay of economic, political and social forces, and they gain an understanding of the dynamics of cross-border commerce and how to find opportunity in volatility across global markets.

Our international faculty of respected scholars and seasoned practitioners teaches students from over 40 countries. Students also gain real-world experience through internships and consulting projects and graduate with a practical skillset and global perspective.

Brandeis IBS programs include these benefits:

  • Highly ranked — Brandeis IBS and its programs have earned high rankings from the Financial Times, the Princeton Review and more.
  • Global experience — Study abroad at one of 19 partner universities or participate in a global immersion trip, industry trek or internship.
  • STEM designation — International students can extend a 12-month post-graduate practical training experience by an additional 24 months after graduating from most Brandeis IBS programs.
  • Bloomberg Lab — Brandeis IBS students utilize the world-renowned financial, regulatory and market database that’s used by virtually all major financial firms and organizations around the globe.
  • Proactive career planning — Personalized career counseling and support during job and internship searches lead to excellent career outcomes.
  • Generous scholarships — All admitted students are eligible and considered for generous individual and multiple scholarship awards.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

This innovative one or two-year degree lets students choose from five optional concentrations (Finance, Data Analytics, Marketing, Real Estate, and Strategy and Innovation).


Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA)

The new Master of Science in Business Analytics program combines data analytics and related programming courses with training in finance, marketing and business dynamics.

Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MA)

The unique two-year MA program offers concentrations in Applied Economic Analysis, Data Analytics, Financial Economics, Marketing and Real Estate...

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