Information for Graduate Students

Information for 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 student page for details specific to travel and immigration.

All students are required to comply with Babson College’s COVID Specific Health and Safety Policy for Students (pdf)

Last updated Monday, March 29, 2021

Information for Summer and Fall 2021

At this time, we expect a full return to campus for Fall 2021, including in-person classes, social opportunities, and campus activities.

All full-time students should plan for an in-person arrival to campus by August 30 for fall semester. We will continue to have online and hybrid options available in accordance with the state and local guidelines to provide accessibility for all students. As we get closer to the start of your semester, options will be made available for students who are unable to arrive on campus. Please note the request for remote participation must be based on visa processing delays or travel restrictions.

We will increase classroom capacity in line with public health guidelines as we get closer to the start of the semester and continue to evaluate the most appropriate physical classroom configuration with an emphasis on the health and safety of students and faculty. Given that our data has indicated zero classroom transmission this year, we are confident in our ability to properly outfit the classroom for continued safety as we return to face-to-face teaching and learning. Planning and risk mitigation strategies, such as mask wearing, physically distancing, and testing requirements will continue to be subject to state and local guidelines.

International students may be able to arrive late to the U.S. and maintain immigration status for the fall semester, counting toward eligibility for off-campus work authorization. Since off-campus employment authorization eligibility requires two full semesters of presence in the U.S. on a student visa, a delayed arrival until the spring 2021 semester will impact eligibility for CPT work authorization or post-completion OPT work authorization depending on your program. Visit the Return to Campus International Students page for more information.

All One-Year MBA students should plan for an in-person arrival to campus by the start of their program on May 18. The cohort will engage in their Summer 2021 courses through a mix of in-person instruction and online engagement. Our carefully crafted hybrid format enables us to welcome students to campus to participate in face-to-face learning while accommodating our de-densification needs. This includes teaching techniques such as split attendance, small groups, and blended learning.

Upon initial arrival to campus, and in order to participate in in-person learning and other activities on campus, students must complete two negative COVID tests within three to five days of arrival. Following that clearance, all students will be expected to maintain the campus mandated testing cadence, as indicated at the time of their arrival. Please plan your arrival accordingly to allow enough time for testing and any required quarantine before the program starts. Planning and risk mitigation strategies, such as mask-wearing, physically distancing, and testing requirements will continue to be subject to state and local guidelines.

June 8, 2021 is the latest possible date for immigration reporting deadlines for the summer semester. International students should plan to arrive in the U.S. no later than June 8, 2021 to both maintain immigration status for the summer semester and be eligible to count this semester towards off-campus work authorization eligibility. Since off-campus employment authorization eligibility requires two full semesters of presence in the U.S. on a student visa, a delayed arrival until the fall 2021 semester will eliminate eligibility for CPT work authorization, but still preserve post-completion OPT work authorization.

The Global Entrepreneurship Experience, a 3-credit course built into the MSEL curriculum, will still be offered and will allow students to have a rich global experience. Faculty and administration are working closely together to define the opportunity that best meets the goals of the course while ensuring the health and safety of students. Students will receive an update on what to expect by the end of July. Credits for the course will be charged as usual and the travel fee will still be required. Please keep in mind, the ability to travel will be dependent on global conditions and may be suspended due to the pandemic.

We will continue to have online and hybrid options available in accordance with the state and local guidelines to provide accessibility for all students. If you are planning to be a remote student, nothing has changed and you can continue with your plans for online learning.

Graduate Students

Trends associated with Babson students who have tested positive for Covid-19 or were identified as a close contact (collectively, “exposures”) have shown that many exposures resulted from non-compliance with the COVID Specific Health and Safety Policy for Students (pdf). In several cases students have been placed in quarantine or isolation on more than one occasion, straining finite campus resources and impacting Babson’s efforts to support the safety and well-being of all members of our community. As such, the College may investigate the behavioral circumstances relating to any repeated exposures to Covid-19 to ensure that policy violations are addressed promptly.

While a repeated exposure to Covid-19 does not automatically equate to a policy violation, those students found to have demonstrated a disregard for the COVID Specific Health and Safety Policy for Students (pdf) will be held accountable with sanctions up to and including loss of the in-person experience, loss of campus housing, ineligibility for future campus housing, and/or suspension.

(All forms are available on the Compliance Portal)

Travel Form

Students who leave the state of Massachusetts must complete a travel form indicating what state they will be visiting, the duration of their travel, and their reason for travel. Students will receive notification of quarantine protocols upon their return to Massachusetts. Additional negative test results may be required before attending classes.

Away from Campus Form

Students who leave campus for an extended duration but stay within state lines must complete an away from campus form to indicate the duration of their time elsewhere. Students will be removed from compliance protocols during dates indicated, and will not be required to complete daily symptom monitoring or testing.

Example: A commuter student who is normally on campus a few times a week for class but plans to be entirely remote for a week and will not be on campus to use any services (BRAC, library, study group), must complete an away from campus form.

Semester Location Form

Students who are relocating to or from campus for the semester must update their semester location form.

Example: Students who have been fully remote and now plan on coming to campus regularly must update their semester location form.

Anyone who is found to not have completed these forms or protocols may be referred to community standards.

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.

Academic Calendar

  • Classes will begin on January 19, 2021, and in keeping with our fall semester return, our first week of spring classes will be 100% online. 
  • There will be no spring break. 
  • Graduate classes including final exams, end on Monday, April 26. 
  • Classes at the Miami campus end on Sunday, May 2.

View the full academic calendar for more information.

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

Per the MA Executive Order, facial coverings must be worn:

  • In all public locations whether indoors or outdoors, regardless of whether you can maintain six feet of distance.
  • While riding in a car with people who are not members of your household. 
  • While running/walking, on or off campus.

In accordance with CDC guidelines:

  • Masks should fit snugly over the nose and under the chin.
  • Wear masks with two or more layers, and consider double masking, to stop the spread of COVID-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 Policy for Students (pdf).

Replacement cloth masks may be picked up at the Facilities building located on Sullivan Way, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

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.

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

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.

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

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 has been altered for the spring semester, removing Trim Xpress, and returning to a single dining space providing increased flexibility, variety and options to our guests.

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.

Reservations are required and must be made in advance. More information is 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.

Reservation blocks for Monday through Thursday are as follows:

9:30–10:30 a.m.
10:45–11:45 a.m.
Noon–1 p.m.
1:15–2:15 p.m.
2:30–3:30 p.m.
3:45–4:45 p.m.
5–6 p.m.
6:15–7:15 p.m.

The College is committed to aligning all campus recreation services, policies, procedures, and communications with the aforementioned guidelines and requirements. 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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All students who will physically be on the Babson campus must participate in daily symptoms monitoring, and complete a COVID test every seven days.

If you are leaving campus for the remainder of the semester, you may opt out of these requirements by completing this form. Students in campus housing or planning to visit on any Babson campus regularly or periodically may not opt out of health and safety protocols.

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 arriving in the Boston area. 

Students must receive two negative COVID-19 test results from Babson before attending classes. Off-campus students must remain off campus until classes begin, with the exception of completing asymptomatic screening tests. Tests should be completed prior to January 22, with 3-5 days between tests. Schedule an appointment in Wellesley »

A limited amount of testing is available at the Babson Boston Campus (100 High St.) on Mondays and Thursdays. Schedule an appointment in Boston.

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

To further strengthen our protocols during the first month of the semester, we are requiring all residential students, as well commuter students, to be tested twice weekly, with a minimum of 48 hours between tests. The requirement to test two times per week is planned until February 15. At that time, we will assess the appropriate testing frequency for community members living, learning and working on campus.

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.

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 re-opening of the BRAC will include 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 January 19, 2021 with a schedule Monday through Thursday, 12 noon—7 pm, and Friday through Saturday 8:30 am—3:30 pm. Hours for BRAC will be periodically evaluated and adjusted with input from students, faculty and staff.

Reservations will be required and must be made in advance. More information is 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.

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.