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Learning About Babson

How may I learn more about Babson if I can’t come to campus?
There are a variety of ways to learn more about our graduate programs. Our office attends recruiting events domestically and internationally, including campus visits, graduate school fairs, business school tours, and industry forums. Students are encouraged to attend an event or take part in a webinar. All students interested in learning more about graduate programs at Babson College are encouraged to sign up for the Babson Bridge as a way of connecting to our community.

May students enrolled in graduate programs at other institutions take courses at Babson?
Students who are in good academic standing and actively pursuing a graduate degree at another accredited academic institution may apply to take classes as a Visiting Student at Babson.

When do the graduate programs start?
You can see when each program begins on the program comparison page.

May I request an interview with someone from Admissions or a faculty member?
Interviews are by invitation only and are scheduled through the Graduate Admissions Office. Please do not contact our office to schedule your admission interview. If selected for an interview, you will be notified via your Babson Bridge account, where you will be able to schedule your interview.

Those who are early in the application process and interested in learning more about the MS in Management may schedule a time to talk with someone in Graduate Admissions in person, over the phone, or via Skype. This will not be considered an interview for admission, but rather provides the student with an opportunity to learn more before applying for a graduate program.

How should I contact Graduate Admissions?
Our full contact information is available on our website. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. If you need to send something by courier, please use this address:

F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College
Graduate Admissions – Olin Hall, Room 008
231 Forest Street
Babson Park, MA 02457-0310

Do graduate students have access to a health club or athletic facilities?
Yes, you are welcome to use the Webster Center, Babson’s recreation and athletic facility. The center is open days and evenings. For more information, contact the Webster Center at 781-239-5289.

Is there someone who will help me decide which courses to take? Do I have an adviser?
The associate directors for the graduate programs are the academic advisers for students in those programs. You may meet with the associate director of your program to discuss schedules and course planning. If you would like to schedule a one-on-one academic advising meeting, please email the Graduate Programs office or call 781-239-4474.

How much homework will I have?
The weekly hours of homework will be roughly double the number of credits that you’re taking. If you take 6 credits, you can expect to spend 12 hours per week on homework. The actual amount of time will vary depending on your familiarity with the subject matter, the number of required exams and presentations, etc.

May I take classes at the Boston campus?
Babson offers selected electives and Evening MBA core classes in our downtown Boston classroom, located at 253 Summer Street in Boston’s Innovation District. This downtown location is a convenient option for students who live or work in Boston. You should expect to take most classes on the Wellesley campus; part of what makes Babson special is the palpable energy in Olin Hall, the exchange of ideas across the integrated programs, and exposure to students from the two full-time programs and two part-time programs that meet on campus, on Babson Electives Abroad, in the halls, and at networking functions and forums on campus.

Applying

What are the application deadlines?
The application timetable lists the admission and financial aid application deadlines for the current year.

If I am an international student, may I apply after the recommended deadline?
Yes, we continue to review applications from international students after the deadline. We encourage international students to apply early in order to allow time for immigration, financing, and relocation.

Why are there several deadlines for each program?
Our admissions decision process involves more than one round of decisions, each associated with an application deadline and notification date. In general, we recommend applying as early as possible.

Which standardized test is preferred – the GMAT or the GRE?
Graduate Admissions does not prefer either the GMAT or GRE. Both exams have similar content, questions, and format. The best method for choosing an exam is to do a practice GMAT (offered for free by Babson College) and a practice GRE. The table below compares the two exams.

GMAT GRE
Test Areas Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, and Analytics Analytics (2 essays), Verbal, Quantitative, and Experimental
Registration Fee $250 $130-$210, depending on country in which test is taken
Mode of Administration Computer-adaptive Computer-adaptive or paper-based
Duration of Score Validity 5 Years 5 Years
Length of Test 3.5-4 hours 3+ hours
Score Range 200-800 260-346

What is the minimum GMAT or GRE score?
There is no minimum GMAT/GRE score. You may review the average GMAT score of the most recent class on the Babson Graduate Program Comparison page.

What is your school code for the GMAT?
Please report your GMAT score using these Pearson VUE codes:

  • One-Year MBA Program: 8JQ-9Z-52
  • Two-Year MBA Program: 8JQ-9Z-06
  • Evening MBA Program: 8JQ-9Z-34
  • Blended Learning MBA Program: 8JQ-9Z-05
  • MS in Accounting: 8JQ-9Z-38
  • MS in Management: 8JQ-9Z-13

What is your school code for the GRE?
Our ETS reporting code for the GRE is 3075.

Do you offer a GMAT/GRE prep class? How may I learn more about these exams?
Babson College does not offer any GMAT/GRE prep classes. We do, however, offer a free GMAT simulation test. More information about the GMAT is available at mba.com, while additional information about the GRE can be found at ets.org. Prior to taking the GMAT/GRE, students should read Babson’s tips for scoring well.

How long will it take Graduate Admissions to receive my GMAT/GRE scores?
It generally takes three to four weeks for the scores to be reported to the Babson College Office of Graduate Admissions. If you need to order a score report to be sent to us after test day, you may do so online, through the mail, over the phone, or via fax by contacting GMAT or ETS (for the GRE). You may check to see if Babson has received your test score by logging in to your Babson Bridge account. Please contact GMAT or ETS (for the GRE) if you have concerns about the status of your test scores.

Should I still apply if my GMAT/GRE score is low?
Yes. Your GMAT/GRE score is only one of many parts of your application. While standardized test scores are significant indicators for the Admissions Committee when determining future academic success, you are still encouraged to apply if you feel your score is low.

Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS?
We require the TOEFL or IELTS from all applicants whose native language is not English. You may request an exam waiver if you graduated from an undergraduate or graduate institution where the sole language of instruction is English or if you have been employed full-time in the United States for a minimum of two consecutive years. We reserve the right to request a TOEFL or IELTS from all international applicants. To request a waiver please email gradadmissions@babson.edu​ for additional instructions.

What is the minimum TOEFL score?
The minimum score is 100 on the TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT).

What is your school code for the TOEFL?
Our ETS reporting code for the TOEFL is 3075.

What is the minimum IELTS score?
The minimum score is 7 on the IELTS.

What is the minimum undergraduate GPA?
There is no minimum GPA. You can view the average GPA of students enrolled in the most recent classes on our class profile page. Those students whose GPA is below the average are still encouraged to apply.

Does my undergraduate degree fulfill Babson’s minimum requirement?
All applicants to our graduate programs must have a degree from an accredited college or university that is equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree. The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) maintains a list of member organizations that provide transcript evaluation services for international applicants.

Where do I send my transcripts?
Please send your transcripts to:
F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College
Graduate Admissions/Olin Hall, Room 008
Babson Park, MA 02457-0310

If you are using a courier or express service and need a street address, you may use this address:
F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College
Graduate Admissions/Olin Hall, Room 008
231 Forest Street
Babson Park, MA 02457-0310

May my recommenders mail their recommendations to the Office of Graduate Admissions?
Yes. Although encouraged to complete this online, recommenders who wish to submit a hard copy recommendation may do so by mailing their letter to:
F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College
Graduate Admissions/Olin Hall, Room 008
231 Forest Street
Babson Park, MA 02457-0310

If a recommender is submitting a hard-copy letter, we ask that it be on letterhead and enclosed in a sealed envelope that is signed across the seal.

Is there any way to get an application fee waiver?
Fee waivers are available for members of:

  • The United States military (active and those who have previously served)
  • AmeriCorps
  • City Year
  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps
  • Peace Corps
  • Teach for America

Students applying through the following programs also are eligible for an application fee waiver:

  • Forte MBA Launch
  • Fulbright Foreign Student Program
  • Management Leadership for Tomorrow

How long will it take to receive a decision after my application is completed?
Students should refer to the Babson Graduate Programs Application Timetable regarding when to expect an admission decision. You are encouraged to log in to your Babson Bridge account regularly in order to verify that all required application materials have been received by Graduate Admissions.

Who should I contact if my email or mailing address changes?
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office with your updated email or mailing address information. You may call at 781-239-4317 or email gradadmissions@babson.edu.

May I request a deferral if I can’t attend the semester to which I was admitted?
Deferrals are granted on a case-by-case basis. Very few are made each year. Please speak with your admissions representative regarding the circumstances that have changed your enrollment plans. You also will be required to submit a formal letter of request.

MSM

Why would I choose the MS in Management instead of an MBA?
An MSM is a good option if you want to start a graduate program within two years of receiving your bachelor’s degree. Highly ranked MBA programs generally require at least three to five years of work experience, while the MSM program accepts students right out of college. Many students will pursue an MSM and later pursue an MBA program.

Also, the MSM takes only nine months to complete, rather than the 2+ years it takes to complete most MBAs, saving students both time and money. Tuition for the MSM program is a total of $48,000. This is significantly less expensive than the MBA, which varies from $80,000 to $120,000.

May I waive the GMAT/GRE?
Applicants to the MSM who are undergraduate students from Babson College, Wellesley College, or the F.W. Olin College of Engineering may waive the GMAT/GRE if they graduate with a GPA of 3.2 or higher. The GMAT/GRE is required of all other applicants to Babson’s graduate programs.

Who may I ask to write my recommendations if I don't have professional work experience?
If you don’t have any professional work experience, you may ask academic professors or faculty members with whom you have taken a significant course load or worked closely on a substantial project. An internship or field experience supervisor also is a good option. Do not ask friends, relatives, or individuals who hold impressive titles, but know little about you.

I am an international student. May I still apply to the MSM?
Yes. Please see our information for international applicants.

May I attend the MSM on a part-time basis?
No. Students in this program are required to attend on a full-time basis.

Is the MSM accredited?
Babson College holds accreditation from New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System). Currently, only three U.S. schools are accredited by EQUIS.

Evening MBA

As a part-time student, do I need to be on campus for anything besides Orientation and classes?
You are not required to be on campus for anything other than Orientation and classes. Babson offers a wide range of on-campus activities: educational, career-focused, and social. We encourage you to take part in such activities, as much of the value of your Babson education derives from your interactions with faculty, students, staff, alumni, and Babson’s contacts in the business community.

As an Evening student, how many credits do I need to sign up for this semester?
Most students take 6–7 credits per semester in order to graduate in about three years.

May I take classes online?
Babson does not offer any completely online courses. Some Blended Learning MBA elective classes are available to Evening students, however. Blended Learning electives combine Web-based learning with face-to-face sessions at Babson.

May I start in a part-time MBA program, but then transfer into a full-time program?
No, acceptance is for the program to which you applied. Evening students may accelerate their studies by taking a full-time load in the Evening program. If you would like to change programs, you must reapply to that specific MBA program.

May Evening students participate in international electives?
Yes! Evening students are eligible to participate in international electives. Evening students who take international electives find that traveling abroad to visit businesses is both educational and fun. (It’s also a great way to earn 3 credits in a very short span of time.)

Blended Learning MBA

Is there an orientation for the Blended Learning MBA?
The Blended Learning orientation is referred to as the Kickoff or Residency Week. The mandatory Kickoff is held on the Wellesley campus and is considered your first face-to-face session. It gives you the opportunity to take care of administrative details and leads into the first class sessions. Dates are included on the Important Dates page. You are not required to stay on campus during the Kickoff.

When are Blended Learning classes held?
In-classroom, face-to-face sessions are held on campus approximately every seven weeks, for two days on Friday and Saturday. In between, students and faculty engage with each other in an asynchronous, virtual learning environment.

How will I know when I’m scheduled to be on campus for Blended Learning classes?
Please see the current schedule outlining the face-to-face sessions for each Blended Learning section. You will receive your section assignment prior to the Residency Kickoff. Once you are assigned to a section, you will be expected to be on campus for all the sessions for your section.

May I transfer credits from another school into the Blended Learning program?
You may transfer up to 6 elective credits from other schools with approval from Graduate Programs. However, you must send the syllabus and transcript information to Graduate Programs for approval prior to enrolling.

How much homework is there in the Blended Learning program?
Students generally have between 20 to 25 hours of coursework each week during the first portions of the program.

May Blended Learning students participate in Babson Electives Abroad?
Yes. Once the Core is completed, if the timing does not interfere with any other face-to-face sessions, Blended Learning students are able to participate in Babson Electives Abroad.

Financial Aid and Program Costs

How may I apply for a scholarship? What are my chances of being awarded one?
Information about how to apply for scholarships can be found with Tuition and Financing options. All applicants to the full-time programs are considered for scholarships based on merit, and there is no way for us to predict the likelihood of your receiving a scholarship until we thoroughly review your application. We do not offer any need-based scholarships.

Students in the part-time MBA programs may apply for loans. In order to be considered for such assistance, you need to complete the online FAFSA form. Student Financial Services will mail you a financial aid package after you’ve been admitted. Scholarships are not available to part-time MBA students.

What are my options for financing my studies?
We recommend that you begin exploring your options by visiting Babson Student Financial Services. If you have any questions, please contact your SFS counselor. Counselors are assigned by each student’s last name, and you may find their contact information on the SFS website.

What is the average debt of Babson MBA graduates?
In 2014, Babson MBA students graduated with an average debt of $62,462 borrowed for educational expenses at Babson.

How many credits do I need to take each semester to receive federal loans?
Students need to maintain half-time status (6 credits) each semester in order to receive federal loans. There are private loan options available for students who are less than half-time.

My employer provides tuition reimbursement, but only after I’ve passed a class. Is there a tuition payment plan?
There is a payment program specifically designed for students whose employers offer tuition remission. This program lets you pay one-third of the tuition up front. The remaining two-thirds does not come due until after the semester has ended. To enroll in this program, contact Student Financial Services and request an application form.