Visit our return to campus plan for information on safety protocols and health guidelines, including daily symptom reporting and asymptomatic testing.

Information for Graduate Students

Information for Graduate Students

Students will return to campus this fall. As Babson comes together in a phased return, our plan continues to evolve in accordance with guidance from public health authorities. Please check back frequently for updates.

International students, please visit the Information for International student page for details specific to travel and immigration.

Last updated: October 7, 2020

Graduate Students

Updates regarding specific areas of the graduate student experience are outlined below; please check back frequently for new information.

International students, please visit the Information for International Students section for details specific to travel and immigration.

All students have been enrolled in the Graduate On-Boarding course. This comprehensive series of required modules addresses three (3) essential areas to the student experience (1) health and safety protocols as well as behavioral expectations (2) navigating campus in the “next” normal and (3) finding academic success in both a hybrid and virtual learning environment.

All students, even those who will be 100% virtual this semester, are required to complete these modules prior to the start of the fall semester.

Each module has been designed carefully to outline important considerations and provide you with the tools and relevant guidance to be successful in the upcoming academic year. Specifically, participants will:

  • Increase understanding of the College’s COVID-19 prevention and response efforts;
  • Understand updated campus health and safety policies implemented for the fall 2020 semester;
  • Learn to recognize new campus directional signage and appreciate expectations for space use and capacity limits in campus facilities
  • Learn how best to access campus support resources and services;
  • Understand best practices for learning in a hybrid and virtual classroom environment.

To access the course, log into canvas.babson.edu and select the course from your Dashboard. From your Home Page you can then click through the modules. The entire course will take an estimated 1.5 hours to complete and will serve as a helpful resource throughout the semester. Students are required to complete the course by Monday, August 24. Failure to complete the course will result in a cancellation of your fall registration.

Optional tours will be available to all returning students throughout the month of August. Students will walk key areas of campus including dining venues, BRAC, classrooms, and Health Services.

Pre-Arrival Requirements

If possible (though not required), we encourage you to obtain an FDA and EUA approved molecular (PCR) SARS-CoV2 test 72 hours before traveling to campus. If you receive a positive result, you must delay your travel to campus for 10 days and until medically cleared.

Off-campus students are expected to quarantine for two weeks prior to entering Babson’s campus and must receive one negative COVID Babson test before attending classes.

Off-campus students must remain off campus until classes begin, with the exception of completing an asymptomatic screening test. Students should schedule a Babson COVID-19 test early—anywhere from August 15–19—and aim to have the test completed at least three days before their first class. More information on appointment scheduling is coming soon.

Off campus students who are unable to sign the attestation that they quarantined for 14 days prior to entering Babson’s campus must remain quarantined at their off campus residence, coming to campus only for asymptomatic testing. These students must produce two negative tests prior to attending class. Students traveling to Massachusetts from out of state who will be living off campus are expected to adhere to the Massachusetts Travel Orders.

A Babson degree is globally recognized. Our graduates are in high demand, and our alumni network stands 43,000 strong, with many ready to connect, network and hire other Babson graduates.

We are confident in our ability to deliver a high quality, impactful learning experience in any format and have made many of the changes necessary for this current situation by building on our nearly 20-year history of successful distance learning and innovative curriculum development. Investments nearing $9M have been made in faculty development, hardware, and software as well as safety and health preparations that will elevate the student experience. We have been charging the same per credit rate across course delivery formats for many years, as such, there are no plans for refunds or discounts in current or future courses.  While we have significant additional infrastructure and operating costs due to the pandemic, we are not increasing tuition and are not introducing any new fees to offset these special costs.

Course Delivery

Graduate students have two primary choices for fall classes: hybrid and fully online classes. Both hybrid and fully online classes are accessible to all students, regardless of whether they are on campus.

Hybrid classes blend face-to-face instruction with technology to accommodate our de-densification needs, and include teaching techniques such as split attendance, small groups, and blended learning. 

Fully online classes provide engaging and dynamic delivery of content completely online.

Visit the Academic Continuity section for more information on hybrid and fully online classes »

Academic Calendar

The Graduate School (for those taking classes out of Babson’s Wellesley or Boston campuses) will start classes Monday, August 31. View the full academic calendar for more information.

Our Blended Learning Miami program will start class on Wednesday, August 19, and students will receive information in the coming weeks about course delivery that aligns with our licensure granted by Florida Education Commission.

Course Registration

The Graduate School’s course registration will open the second week of July. Returning students received emails regarding registration in mid-June. Incoming MSF and MSBA students will be sent an email regarding registration early next week. Incoming One Year and Second Year MBA students, as well as MSEL and Blended Learning Miami students, will be enrolled directly into their core courses.

We continue to plan for a variety of delivery methods, and course formats may shift based on evolving public health requirements, with the expectation that all courses will be delivered either hybrid or online. The Graduate School will pivot and go fully remote after the Thanksgiving break if COVID-19 requires us to do so. 

Testing

All students returning to campus will need to be tested within 24 hours of when they return. See all student testing protocols »

Contact Tracing

If students are identified as a close contact of a person on campus diagnosed with COVID-19, they will be notified by a member of the local Board of Health and, in some cases, the Babson Contact Tracing team. 

Students who receive a positive result will be informed that the local board of health will contact and monitor them per their protocol. Health Services will check in on these students daily for a symptom report and temperature attestation.

Students identified as close contacts will be provided guidance and offered testing through Babson or other off-site testing facilities. Close contacts are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure.

Symptom Monitoring and Reporting

All students (regardless of whether you are coming to campus) must report symptoms every day. This must be completed before leaving the residence hall or off-campus housing. Students will receive a pass for on-campus participation or be asked to remain at home and provided with additional instructions. They will receive a morning reminder to log any symptoms and be expected to complete reporting, regardless of schedule, no later than noon.

Students are required to wear masks/face coverings at all times with the following limited exceptions:

  • While inside their assigned residence hall room
  • While using assigned household individual or communal bathrooms (residential students only)
  • While eating or drinking
  • During a medical emergency

In accordance with CDC guidelines:

  • Masks should fit snugly over the nose and under the chin.
  • Wear masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVD-19. Gaiters are not allowed as face coverings on Babson campuses.

Students are responsible for laundering cloth masks and for disposing of one-time use masks. Students are encouraged to bring additional masks/face coverings with them to campus. Face masks will also be available for purchase in the Campus Store.

The face mask policy can be found in the COVID Specific Health and Safety Requirements (pdf).

Our success in keeping our community operational and safe is dependent on each of us abiding by Campus Safety Protocols. It’s on all of us as community members to uphold these expectations for behavior; individuals should feel empowered to have polite conversations with other community members about adherence to the set expectations. As this next normal is a new adjustment for all of us, let us know when you have a conversation about non-compliance so that we can appropriately track and follow up if needed.

Students who choose to not follow Campus Safety Protocols will be referred to the Student Conduct Process for a violation of the Babson Code of Ethics (pdf).

Academic Advising

Academic Advisors are available to assist with any questions you may have regarding your program, academics, or personal concerns. We are available to meet with you for 1-1 appointments via WebEx or phone.  Email the Office of Graduate Academic Services to schedule an appointment.

Career Services

We are still engaging with employers in meaningful ways. For example, our most recent virtual career fair included more than 450 student chats and approximately 25 employers. Students will have access to our subscription to the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Virtual Career Fair series featuring a variety of fairs through December 2020. Additionally, our team is evaluating other state of the art virtual tools to host networking events this fall.

Graduate Student Life and Leadership is committed to helping club leaders continue club operations and programming and providing a robust student life experience for all grad students.

Phase 2 Updates

During phase two of our reopening, indoor and outdoor event maximum capacity increases to 25 people. We will begin to work with clubs and organizations to offern in person events beginning in October. More information is forthcoming from the Office of Graduate Student Life & Leadership regarding booking space and programming guidelines. 

Remote Meetings and Events

In order to ensure that all graduate students can participate in club activities we strongly encourage all clubs to plan virtual events. Large scale programs will need to be reimagined as virtual ones. Events with guest speakers are also encouraged to be held in a virtual format. Graduate Student Life and Leadership can help facilitate remote events through WebEx and Zoom.

In Person Meeting and Events Guidelines

During the fall semester, space on campus cannot be reserved for events and activities. Grad clubs may host limited off-campus events if they are approved in advance by Graduate Life and Leadership. All in-person events must meet the following criteria, which have been developed in alignment with Babson, local, and state guidelines:

  • Event attendance may not exceed 25 people when held indoors 
  • All events must adhere to social distancing guidelines
  • Masks must be worn during all meetings and events
  • All events require advanced registration and attendance tracking through Eventbrite. The attendance report must be submitted to Graduate Student Life and Leadership no later than 24 hours after your event is held
  • If ordering food you may only order individually packaged catering. Chartwells will work with student clubs for on-campus events. No shared food sources such as pizza or other buffets will be permitted
  • Any clubs who host visitors to campus must register their visit to campus through Public Safety in advance

For more information, including graduate club virtual drop in hours, read What to Expect for Graduate Student Clubs (pdf).

Babson Dining is working hard to prepare safe and flexible plans for students to return in August.

Olin Café

Babson Dining is planning to implement technology and automated dining solutions to support on campus dining during the COVID-19 pandemic. These new dining options will be available 24 x 7 at the Olin Café, extending the times in which our students can enjoy healthy and freshly prepared meals at the graduate school. Made to order salads can be ordered right from your smartphone with Sally the Salad Robot and an automated smart market will accommodate all your favorite grab-and-go options such as sandwiches, snacks and sushi, all prepared on site by the Babson Dining culinary team.

Dining at Trim

There will be fewer opportunities to dine in at Trim, as gathering and physical distancing guidelines significantly reduce seating. We are identifying locations around campus, indoors and outdoors, for students to eat and socialize. We also are increasing the availability of prepackaged self-service opportunities to de-densify crowds during meal times and provide more dining options that are convenient for students in between classes. Daily meal times will be adjusted to allow Facilities and Babson Dining to deep clean dining venues throughout the day.

Trim Express Dining

Trim will be divided into two spaces to allow for more expedient service with the main dining room being one space; and a combination of Roger’s and the Grille Room being branded as Trim Xpress, both offering a faster-paced service with some or all foods prepackaged.

Cost

The structure of Babson meal plans is being reworked to reflect the changes in service due to state mandates for the food-service industry.

Retail

Operations in Reynolds, Dunkin’, and Centennial Café will be transitioned to an all-mobile ordering platform allowing for physical distance in these tighter spaces. This cashier-less system will reduce interactions with dining staff and guests to prioritize health and safety. Initial menus will offer less variety but will provide the most popular options.

Dietary Restrictions

Babson Dining remains committed to serving food across campus for all dietary needs, including allergen-free foods, and food that meets approved medical and religious accommodations.

Questions?

Contact Babson Dining: dining@babson.edu

Babson Recreation and Athletics Complex (BRAC)

The Babson Recreation and Athletics Complex is used for general campus recreation, individual exercise, club and intramural sports, group fitness classes and activities, aquatics, and other opportunities for physical well-being. We are committed to safely providing a space to meet the need for physical activity for the campus community. Research has shown positive effects of exercise on the immune system and many chronic diseases (including diabetes, obesity, and heart disease) that place individuals into higher-risk groups for COVID-19. Exercise also has positive impacts on psychological well-being. Intramural and recreational programming will be limited as we begin the semester.

The BRAC reopening will include a phased approach and an extensive operations plan that will closely adhere to or, in most cases, exceed institutional guidelines as well as CDC, federal, state, and local public health requirements and best practices to protect the health and safety of campus community members and visitors. Babson community members will be welcomed to BRAC beginning on August 24 with a reduced schedule from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for our first week of operation. Hours for BRAC will be evaluated and increase with demand on the facility by students, faculty and staff.

In order to meet mandated capacity requirements, all BRAC members, including students, will be required to reserve a workout time slot in advance of arriving at the facility. More information about the new online reservation system will be forthcoming and outlined on the Babson RecFit website. De-densification, physical distancing, face coverings, hand hygiene, and cleaning protocols are measures that will be implemented and enforced.

The College is committed to aligning all campus recreation services, policies, procedures, and communications with the aforementioned guidelines and requirements. We anticipate that club sports will be delayed until at least the second semester. However, our intention is to regrow our program and slate of offerings over time as we better understand the success of our mitigation strategies.

Intramurals, Club Sports, and Recreation

Low-risk intramural sport and recreation opportunities will be offered during the fall semester on a limited basis. Due to the increased expectations of extensive oversight and added resources necessary to keep students healthy and safe, club sports will be postponed this fall. The hope for the spring semester is that we will be better able to offer more robust opportunities in these areas.

Students are highly encouraged to limit non-Babson visitors to campus; if and when the presence of a guest is necessary, guests and student hosts are expected to limit their time in campus buildings and instead, utilize outdoor gathering spaces or communal gathering areas in public buildings on campus.

Any individual who is not a member of the Babson community (including family and friends of students) is expected to register with Public Safety prior to their arrival and check in at Public Safety once on campus as well as to comply with campus safety policies. Public Safety will then notify the student of their visitor and a designated location to meet the visitor.

Fall 2020 Programs

We made the difficult decision to suspend fall 2020 education abroad programs. We know that this is deeply disappointing for many of our students, but safety is our top priority. We have reached out directly to students impacted by this change, and encourage anyone with questions about study abroad, or re-registering for fall classes, to contact the Glavin Office or your Academic Advisor.

Winter and Spring Programs

No decision has been made for winter or spring education abroad programs. The College is closely monitoring expert guidance and working with our international partners to best understand the evolving coronavirus picture and its impact on global mobility. In all cases, we are contingency planning and will communicate any decisions related to winter and spring study abroad programs with plenty of lead time so students can pivot and successfully register for classes at Babson.

Global Learning Opportunities

Global learning remains important to the Babson experience. The Glavin Office is actively pursuing virtual exchange experiences with select international partners to pilot this fall and beyond. As more information becomes available, the Glavin team will share details on this unique opportunity with you.

Questions?

Email the Glavin Office, call +1-781-239-4565 or email the Office of Graduate Academic Services

Frequently Asked Questions

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If returning to campus after traveling out of state, you must follow MA state travel guidelines including but not limited to:

  • Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to returning to the state, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
  • Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts and test is approved by Babson Health Services.
  • If you are traveling from another country or an area that is considered a high risk state or area, you should contact Babson Health Services at HealthServices@babson.edu or +1 781-239-6363 to see what other requirements may be needed, and to schedule a COVID test directly at Health Services, not at the general testing location. You are not allowed to be in any community parts of the campus or attend in-person classes until you are cleared. 
  • For everyone’s safety, you need at least one negative test, but may need 2 negative COVID tests before you can be on Campus or attend in person classes, depending on your circumstances. 

During self-quarantine, commuter students should self-quarantine at their off-campus residence and are not permitted to access any on-campus facilities, with the exception of attending testing appointments. All policies regarding wearing facial coverings and maintaining physical distancing must be followed.

In addition, you must attest that you have not experienced any of the following symptoms within the last 24 hours:

  • Fever or chills
  • Sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, or other respiratory symptoms
  • Muscle pain or aches
  • Headache
  • Severe fatigue
  • Changes in taste or smell
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

You must complete symptom reporting before noon every day. You can access the symptom tracker here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to studentsuccess@babson.edu

Yes, all residential and off campus students should quarantine for 14 days prior to arriving at Babson. Before arriving on campus, you’ll be asked to sign an attestation confirming you’ve quarantined for 14 days.

Dining will be take-away only until September 6. As previously shared, all community members are required to wear a facial covering at all times and observe physical distancing guidelines.

Off-campus students are expected to quarantine for two weeks prior to entering Babson’s campus and must receive two negative COVID Babson tests before attending classes. Off-campus students must remain off campus until classes begin, with the exception of completing asymptomatic screening tests. Students should schedule their initial Babson COVID-19 test early—anywhere from August 15–19—and aim to have their second test completed at least three days before their first class. Schedule an appointment »

Off campus students who are unable to sign the attestation that they quarantined for 14 days prior to entering Babson’s campus must remain quarantined at their off campus residence, coming to campus only for asymptomatic testing. These students must produce two negative tests prior to attending in-person classes.

Students traveling to Massachusetts from out of state who will be living off campus are expected to adhere to the Massachusetts Travel Orders.

Prior to checking into your assigned residence hall, Babson College asks you to review and attest to the following:

  • I remained at home except for going out for essential items, outdoor exercise, my job-related work, or to travel to Campus; and when outside of the home maintained social distancing and wore cloth face coverings/masks and maintained physical distancing consistent with CDC guidelines.
  • I have not experienced or displayed any of the following COVID-19 symptoms in the last 24 hours:
    • Fever or chills
    • Sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, or other respiratory symptoms
    • Muscle pain or aches
    • Severe fatigue
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • I have not had close contact with anyone over the last 14 days who is confirmed to have COVID-19.
  • I have completed the College’s virtual onboarding program, understand what is expected of me and agree to do my part to help safeguard our community by following the health and safety protocols and instructions.

We understand that some students may prefer to access all course content remotely. Students may begin their program fully remotely if they wish.

We’re happy to offer a fully online 7-week MBA elective course this summer for MBA students entering this fall who’d like to jumpstart their MBA. The available course is Personal Finance, taught by former Graduate Dean Mark Potter, and begins July 7. The 3 credits earned with a B or better in the course are transferable to the MBA for students who begin in fall 2020. Spots are limited, and registration is first come, first-served. Deposited students may begin registration here and will receive more information regarding course payment and access to the course site. Please note that because this is a non-degree course, scholarship funds can not be used toward this class.

International students, please visit the Information for International Students section for more details and answers to your frequently asked questions.

We are confident in our ability to deliver a high quality, impactful learning experience in any format and have made many of the changes necessary for this current situation by building on our nearly 20-year history of successful distance learning and innovative curriculum development. Investments nearing $9M have been made in faculty development, hardware, and software as well as safety and health preparations that will elevate the student experience. We have been charging the same per credit rate across course delivery formats for many years, as such, there are no plans for refunds or discounts in current or future courses.  While we have significant additional infrastructure and operating costs due to the pandemic, we are not increasing tuition and are not introducing any new fees to offset these special costs.

For the fall semester, Roger's Pub will be used as an additional dining venue called Trim Xpress. Regular pub operations will be temporarily suspended until large, indoor gatherings can be resumed safely. 

During the fall semester space on campus cannot be reserved for events and activities. Grad clubs may host limited off-campus events if they are approved in advance by GLL. All in-person events must meet the following criteria, which have been developed in alignment with Babson, local, and state guidelines:

  • Event attendance may not exceed 10 people when held indoors
  • All events must adhere to social distancing guidelines
  • Masks must be worn during all meetings and events
  • All events require advanced registration and attendance tracking through Eventbrite. The attendance report must be submitted to Graduate Student Life and Leadership no later than 24 hours after your event is held
  • If ordering food you may only order individually packaged catering. Chartwells will work with student clubs for on-campus events. No shared food sources such as pizza or other buffets will be permitted
  • Any clubs who host visitors to campus must register their visit to campus through Public Safety in advance

For more information on club guidelines for fall 2020, please review What to Expect for Graduate Student Clubs (pdf).

The BRAC reopening will include a phased approach and an extensive operations plan that will closely adhere to or, in most cases, exceed institutional guidelines as well as CDC, federal, state, and local public health requirements and best practices to protect the health and safety of campus community members and visitors. Babson community members will be welcomed to BRAC beginning on August 24 with a reduced schedule from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for our first week of operation. Hours for BRAC will be evaluated and increase with demand on the facility by students, faculty and staff.

In order to meet mandated capacity requirements, all BRAC members, including students, will be required to reserve a workout time slot in advance of arriving at the facility. This applies both to general gym use as well as any fitness classes. More information about the new online reservation system will be forthcoming and outlined on the Babson RecFit website.

Low-risk intramural sport and recreation opportunities will be offered during the fall semester on a limited basis. Due to the increased expectations of extensive oversight and added resources necessary to keep students healthy and safe, club sports will be postponed this fall. The hope for the spring semester is that we will be better able to offer more robust opportunities in these areas.