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Frequently Asked Questions

We’re pleased that you're considering joining the Babson graduate community. We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you get answers fast. If you don’t see your question answered below, please email Graduate Admissions.

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Babson College
F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business Admissions

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

We encourage you to join us for upcoming events including virtual class visits, online conversations with current students, and more! Prospective students can join virtual Admission Events and Babson’s virtual tour to get a firsthand look at the Babson graduate experience.

Yes, graduate students are invited to use the state-of-the-art Babson Recreation and Athletics Complex. Visit Health & Wellness to learn about your options.

Yes, all students will have dedicated academic advisors 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.

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.

Babson Locations

Wellesley Main Campus
231 Forest Street
Babson Park, MA 02457-0310

Babson Boston
100 High Street
Boston, MA 02210

Babson Miami
1200 Brickell Avenue, Suite 300
Miami, FL 33131

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 courses, CAM courses, and some elective courses are offered at our 100 High Street location in the heart of the financial district.

Babson Miami is home to our Miami Blended Learning MBA program. Students also are welcome to participate in the Certificate in Advanced Management program from Babson’s Miami campus. If you’re interested, we invite you to speak with your admissions representative. In the meantime, enjoy this virtual tour of the Miami campus.


The application timetable lists the admission application deadlines and corresponding decision dates for the current year.

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.

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

Candidates should refer to the 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.

Babson is pleased to grant application fee waivers to candidates who attend a signature admissions event, including virtual open houses and admissions workshops, as a “thank you” for attending. In order to receive an application fee waiver before an upcoming application deadline, you must attend an event before that deadline. There is no separate fee waiver code—the waiver will be added to your application account after the event. 

For some programs, we require professional (non-academic) recommendations. This could include a work, internship, or field experience supervisor. For other programs, we require a recommendation from an academic professor or faculty member who can speak to your strengths and ability to work in teams, or a combination of academic and professional recommendations. Please visit our application requirements page for details on each program’s requirements.

Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree (whether in the U.S. or abroad) are eligible to apply. For degrees granted from an institution outside of the U.S., U.K., or Canada, you must provide an equivalence evaluation of your degree if you are admitted and choose to enroll at Babson. Babson prefers the following evaluation services:

  • World Education Services Inc.
  • Educational Credential Evaluators Inc.
  • International Education Research Foundation

A final credential evaluation is required if your degree was not conferred at the time of your first evaluation. Most services charge a small additional fee to have the evaluation updated once the degree is conferred.

If you are reapplying within a one-year period, you should log into the Graduate Admissions Portal with the same sign-on credentials that you previously used. It is required that you submit a new resume, and suggested that you submit a new recommendation. If it is beyond one year, you must submit a new application and meet all application requirements, however, we will retain the transcript/s that you originally submitted.

Due to constraints brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the admissions committee has moved to a test-optional policy. GMAT/GRE test scores will be optional for all full-time graduate applicants with a 2024 program entry. We will continue to use a holistic review process that evaluates your quantitative readiness, past academic performance, written and verbal communication through essays and interview, and career potential and/or progress through your resume and references.

You are welcome to submit a test score and we’ll be happy to consider this score as part of your application review. Please note that quantitative and academic readiness is a large component of any graduate business program, and applicants who have minimal quantitative experience as expressed on their transcripts or work experience may want to submit a test score to help showcase their quantitative aptitude.

Graduate Admissions accepts either the current version of the GMAT, the GMAT Focus Edition or the 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 $205 at most locations
Mode of Administration Computer-adaptive Computer-adaptive or paper-based
Duration of Score Validity 5 Years 5 Years
Length of Test 3½–4 hours 3+ hours 
Score Range 200–800 260–346

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

Our ETS reporting code for the GRE is 3075.

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 also can check to see if Babson has received your test score by logging in to your Babson Graduate Admissions Portal account.

TOEFL iBT, IELTS, Duolingo, 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, New Zealand, or India.

When completing your application, you will have the option to choose a waiver reason from the options below:

  • 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.
    • On your transcript, it should clearly state that the sole medium of instruction is English. If this is not listed on your transcript, please provide a letter from your institution or a link to the school’s website that states that English is the sole medium of instruction.
  • 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.

Babson reserves the right to request a TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or PTE test score from all international applicants.

The table below provides more information on recommended minimum scores and school codes.

  Recommended Minimum Score

Information and Registration Forms


TOEFL (iBT) 100 ETS – Babson’s ETS reporting code: 3075
PTE 65 Pearson– Babson’s Pearson program code: WFS-5T-20
Duolingo English Test 130 Duolingo

There is no minimum GPA requirement to apply. Those students whose GPA is below the average are still encouraged to apply.

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.

Please send your transcripts to:

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

Students may qualify for an application fee waiver by attending and actively engaging in any of our signature admissions events, including open houses and admissions bootcamps.

Fee waivers also 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:


  • JumpStart Advisory Group
  • Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)
  • Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA)
  • Admit.me
  • Fulbright Foreign Student Program
  • Leadership Brainery


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.

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.

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. For Specialized Master’s and Certificate program applicants, an invitation to complete your video interview will be sent once your application is submitted. Videos are due within 14 days of your application submission.

We encourage those who are early in the application process and interested in learning more about Babson’s graduate programs to schedule a meeting to chat with a member of our admissions team through the appropriate link (Full-Time Graduate Program/​Part-Time Graduate Programs). 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.


Babson’s most up-to-date policies on COVID-19 are maintained by Health Services.

Financial Aid & Program Costs

There is a question on the graduate application that asks whether an applicant would like to be considered for merit-based scholarships. All applicants to Babson's graduate programs who indicate “yes” on that question 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. For additional details on student loan options, visit our Financial Aid & Loans webpage.

We recommend that you begin exploring your options by visiting Graduate Tuition & Financial Aid. 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 Student Financial Services.

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.)

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.

Contact Student Financial Services if an emergency arises. You may submit an application for Student Emergency Funds. Requests should be made only for unanticipated expenses. Emergency funds will not be granted for Babson’s tuition and fees

If there is a significant change in your financial circumstances, please contact your Student Financial Services counselor. Your SFS counselor will advise you about any resources that might be available in the short term or the long term.


The College will refund to you any credit balance that exists on your student account, after the end of the drop/add period. Enrolled students can view their student account and request a refund online under Financial Services. Students, who have Federal Title IV student loan disbursements in an amount that exceeds the costs of tuition, mandatory semester fees, and any room and board charges, will automatically have the amount of the Federal Title IV credit balance refunded.

Federal Direct Loans are typically issued in two equal disbursements. If your loan period corresponds to the traditional academic year (September to May), the first disbursement will be timed to arrive at the beginning of each semester. This time frame applies only if all required documentation is submitted prior to the beginning of the term.​

Full-Time MBA

Babson offers multiple MBA Concentrations, which are available to all MBA students and can be the perfect method to focus your studies in a tangible way. Students who successfully complete one of our two STEM-eligible concentrations graduate with a STEM-designated MBA.

The other STEM-designated graduate programs at Babson are the Master of Science in Finance program and the Master of Science in Business Analytics program.

Babson MBA applicants are expected to have a minimum of three years of full-time post graduate work experience by the start of the program. There is no maximum for years of work experience. Students in the programs range from three to 25+ years of work experience. If you have questions about your fit, schedule a time to connect with your admissions representative to discuss which program may be the best fit for you.

The Babson MBA curriculum is 45 credits, no matter which path you take. All full-time students earn their first 15 credits through the Core, a collection of courses and real-world learning challenges designed to build a practical business foundation. Use your remaining 30 credits to explore electives in the topics that matter most to you.

The main difference between the One-Year MBA and the Two-Year MBA is the duration, pace, and the summer semester of the Two-Year MBA program which students often leverage to take part in internships or incubator programs. Questions about which program is the best fit? Reach out to your admissions representative to discuss which program might be a better fit for you.

Part-Time MBA

Students enrolled in the Part-Time Flex MBA will have a primarily in-person classroom experience paired with the occasional flexibility to be online. Classes are held in person, however students may choose to participate in class synchronously online as needed in order to accommodate their schedule. Students are required to attend at least three of the seven class sessions in person for their core classes. In addition, students have the flexibility to enroll in electives at the schedule and modality that works best for their needs.

The Part-Time Online MBA is a live, synchronous online program that gives you the freedom to learn and engage in class discussions remotely, and the flexibility to engage with your faculty and classmates from the comfort of your home. All classes are held 100% online in the evenings, from 6:30–9:30 p.m. ET.

Students can begin either Part-Time MBA programs at five points throughout the year: September, October, January, March, and May.

Blended Learning MBA

The Blended Learning MBA – Miami program takes place over a two-year duration. There is no coursework during the summer semester.

Babson Miami is located in the heart of the financial district in Brickell. The address is 1200 Brickell Avenue, Suite 300, Miami, FL 33131.

The Blended Learning MBA is a cohorted program that combines both online classes and face-to-face sessions out of Babson’s Miami campus. Cohorts will meet in person on the Miami campus from Thursday until Sunday, three times per semester over the two-year program duration. The program is designed for working professionals, and will require minimal time off from work to attend the in-person sessions during the work day. If you are interested in completing an MBA fully online, we encourage you to check out Babson’s Part-Time MBA.

Students in this program move through the curriculum with their cohort. The curriculum is lockstep and the only courses you will take in person will be on the Miami campus. However, you are free to engage with our centers and institutes, clubs and organizations, as well as visit, attend events, and use resources from our Wellesley campus.

F-1 international students may not work in the U.S. in any capacity without prior authorization. Students in the Blended Learning MBA – Miami program are eligible to pursue internships upon completion of two semesters in F-1 status by obtaining Optional Practical Training (OPT) authorization. OPT must be obtained from USCIS, whether pre-completion for internships during the program or post-completion for employment opportunities after graduation. Pre-completion OPT is deducted from the 12 months of total OPT allowed, but any part-time OPT used counts at half-time. Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is not available to students in this program. For more information, please contact International Student and Scholar Services at isss@babson.edu.

Specialized Master’s Programs

MSEL and MSF candidates should have demonstrated educational foundation in financial accounting, finance, statistics, microeconomics, and macroeconomics. If you have questions about whether your academic record meets the prerequisites, please contact graduate admissions.

Babson’s full-time specialized master’s programs take place on campus and in person, allowing for a tight-knit cohorted experience. If you have questions about the Wellesley campus, please contact graduate admissions.

Babson’s MSEL degree is a nine-month, 30-credit program. Students in the MSF and MSBA programs have the option to complete their 30-credit program over nine months (two semesters) or 16 months (three semesters in addition to the summer break). Pending admission, MSF and MSBA students will be able to connect with your academic advisor to discuss which program length might be the best fit based on your goals.

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