Frequently Asked Questions

How may I learn more about Babson if I can’t come to campus?
There are a variety of admissions events offered to give interested candidates a firsthand look at the Babson graduate experience. For those unable to meet us on campus, representatives from the College participate in a variety of graduate business school tours, fairs, and forums that take place around the world. At these events, you have the opportunity to meet a member of the Admissions team, learn more from alumni or current students, and get your questions answered.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ All students interested in learning more are encouraged to submit a request for information as an initial way to connect with 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 are the application deadlines? 
You can see the deadlines for each program on the application deadlines page.

May I request an interview with someone from Admissions or a faculty member?
Full-time MBA interviews are by invitation and scheduled through the Graduate Admissions Portal. If selected for an interview, you will receive an email notification directing you to schedule your interview either in-person or online. Those who are early in the application process and interested in learning more about full-time graduate programs can 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?
Graduate Admissions' 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 invited to use the new state-of-the-art Babson Recreation and Athletics Complex.

Is there someone who will help me decide which courses to take? Do I have an adviser?
Yes, all students will have a dedicated academic advisor while in the program. The Office of Graduate Academic Services can provide information on program requirements and elective curricula, help you make connections with partner offices and campus resources, facilitate independent research requests, process any changes to your academic status and advise you on academic matters.

May I take classes at the Boston campus?
Babson Boston provides opportunities for students, alumni, faculty, staff, as well as corporate and nonprofit partners, to learn, gather, collaborate, and innovate through graduate-level courses, special programming, and networking events. Part-Time MBA, CAM courses, and more are offered at our 100 High Street location in the heart of the financial district.

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

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.

What is rolling admissions?
Rolling admissions means that we will continue to review applications until all seats in the program have been filled or the start of the program.

Who may I ask to write my recommendations if I don't have professional work experience?
For some programs we require professional (non-academic) recommendations. This could include an internship or field experience supervisor. For other programs, we require a recommendation from an academic professor or faculty member that can speak to your strengths and ability to work in teams, or a combination of academic and professional recommendations. Please visit our apply page for details on each program’s requirements.

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 and a practice GRE. The table below compares the two exams.

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?

Test scores vary by degree program. Visit your program page of interest to view the statistics from the previous class.

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
  • Master in Entrepreneurial Leadership: 8JQ-9Z-13
  • Master of Science in Finance: 8JQ-9Z-20
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics: 8JQ-9Z-27

What is your school code for the GRE?

Our ETS reporting code for the GRE is 3075.

How long will it take Graduate Admissions to receive my GMAT/GRE scores?
It generally takes three to four weeks for your official scores to be reported to the Babson College Office of Graduate Admissions.  Please note that you are able to apply and have your application reviewed with unofficial score reports. 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 Graduate Admissions Portal account.

Should I still apply if my GMAT/GRE score is low?
Yes.  While standardized test scores help the Admissions Committee determine the potential for academic success, you are still encouraged to apply if you feel your score is low. Your GMAT/GRE score is only one component of your application, and all aspects of a candidate’s background are considered when making decisions.

Do I need to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE?
TOEFL iBT, IELTS, or PTE test scores and official English translations of all required academic documents must be submitted if:

  • Your native language is not English.
  • You have NOT earned a bachelor’s or master’s from an institution in the United States, U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

You may request an exam waiver if:

  • Your native language is English.
  • You have earned a degree from an institution in a country other than the United States, where the ONLY language of instruction was English.
  • The official national language of your country of citizenship is English.
  • You have been employed in the United States full time for at least two consecutive years.

email Graduate Admissions for additional instructions on how to request an exam waiver. Babson reserves the right to request a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE test score from all international applicants.

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 PTE score?
The minimum score is 65 on the PTE.

What is your school code for the PTE?
Our reporting code for the PTE is WFS-5T-20.

What is the minimum undergraduate GPA?
There is no minimum GPA requirement to apply. 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. Additional details on the requirements for international transcripts can be found on our international students admissions page.

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

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

Candidates 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?

Candidates 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 Graduate Admissions Portal account regularly in order to verify that all required documents 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

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.

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 Babson's graduate programs are automatically 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.

Graduate students also 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. For additional details on student loan options visit the following links for domestic and international 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.

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. (Note: CAM students enrolled in 4.5 or more credits are considered to be enrolled 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 assistance or 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.

Why would I choose the Master in Entrepreneurial Leadership (MSEL) instead of an MBA?
A Master of Science in Management in Entrepreneurial Leadership 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 three to five years of work experience, while the MSEL program is designed to serve students right out right out of college. Some students will pursue a Master of Science in Management and later pursue an MBA program.

Also, the MSEL 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 MSEL program is significantly less expensive than the MBA, which varies from $80,000 to $120,000.

May I waive the GMAT/GRE?
The GMAT or GRE may be waived for applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better AND meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Have achieved a grade of B or better in two or more quantitative undergraduate and/or graduate courses
  • Have submitted a valid SAT or ACT score
  • Have acquired demonstrable analytical skills through professional certification with a quantitative focus (CFA/CPA/Six Sigma, etc.)

What are the prerequisites for enrollment in the MSEL program?
MSEL candidates should have demonstrated educational or practical foundation in financial accounting, finance, statistics, and economics. If you have questions about whether your academic record meets the prerequisites, please contact graduate admissions.

Is the Master in Entrepreneurial Leadership accredited?
Babson College holds accreditation from New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) that applies to all programs.

As a part-time student, do I need to be on campus for anything besides classes?
With the option to take your part-time MBA courses fully online, you are not required to be on campus. However, Babson offers a wide range of on-campus activities and community building opportunities that range from educational to career-focused, as well as social. We encourage you to take part in whatever activities work for your schedule, interests, and goals.

May I take classes online?
Babson offers the flexibility for students to take classes online, in person, or a combination of the two based on their individual needs. 

May part-time students participate in international electives?
Yes! Part-time students are eligible to participate in international electives and find that traveling abroad to visit businesses is both educational and fun.