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Falcon Fast-Track Program

The Falcon Fast-Track program is designed for motivated undergraduate students with high academic standing. Depending on the program of study, master's degree requirements may be completed with one year of additional full-time academic work.

Program Options

Students enrolled in the Falcon Fast-Track Program have the opportunity to pursue one of the following graduate programs:

For those interested in the Professional MBA program, three years of professional work experience is required to apply to the program. Please contact the Graduate Admission Office with any questions.

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Program Benefits

Students in the Falcon Fast-Track program may:

  • Earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five or more years, depending on their personal and professional circumstances. 
  • Get a head start on their graduate program by taking graduate courses (maximum of 6 credits) in a blended term during the final semester of their senior year.
  • Apply to the graduate school on an abbreviated application.
  • Waive the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Records Exam (GRE) requirement for admission. 

 

  • Be considered for merit aid award based on Undergraduate GPA, Blended Term participation, and bonus consideration if GMAT scores of 500 or higher or the GRE equivalent are submitted. 
  • Satisfy the 150 academic-credit-hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam in Massachusetts and many other states.
  • Waive the application fee.
  • Delay entry to graduate school for up to five years after graduation while beginning their professional career. 

Program Requirements

  • With the new Falcon Fast-Track, students no longer have to complete a declaration form. Undergraduate students who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20 by their senior year and are within five years of graduation are automatically eligible to take advantage of the streamlined graduate admissions process.
  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20 to eligible, register for a blended term and officially apply to the McCallum Graduate School of Business.
  • Students must also be matriculated in an undergraduate day program in order to be eligible. Students in the Undergraduate Evening program and Undergraduate Degree Completion program are not eligible for the Falcon Fast Track program but are welcome to apply to the Graduate School of Business through the traditional application process.
  • To be considered for a bonus in merit aid, students who take the GMAT or GRE should not submit scores that do not meet the minimum 500 (GMAT) or equivalent (GRE) required for admission consideration.  If scores are submitted, they will be used as part of the admission evaluation.
  • Applicants will only be waived from pre-program courses if they have an equivalent undergraduate course completed within the past five years with a grade of B or 3.0 (out a 4.0 scale) or better from an AACSB- or EQUIS-accredited institution. No AP courses will be considered for waivers. Pre-program waivers will be assessed based on the materials presented at the time the application is submitted. Consideration for additional waivers will be given only once the student is at Bentley. Students should visit the Graduate Admission Office in LaCava 295 and complete a Waiver Petition Form, including any additional supporting documentation needed to re-evaluate waivers. This petition must be completed before the end of the add/drop period.

General Guidelines

  • A Blended Term enables a student who has a 3.2 GPA to concurrently enroll in graduate course(s) in the final semester of their senior year that will count toward a graduate degree.  Undergraduate tuition is charged during this term. To be eligible to participate in the Blended Term students will need a cumulative GPA of a 3.2 or higher. There will be a GPA check at the time of registration as well as before the beginning of the semester. 
  • Students will need to file a Graduate School Application by the November 1 deadline to participate in a spring Blended Term, and by May 1 for the fall Blended Term.
  • The Blended Term is not the official start term for graduate studies, but to participate in the Blended Term you must submit a Graduate School application by the required deadline.
  • Students are limited to a maximum of two graduate courses (6 credits) and a total of 15 credits (or 6 credits if student is taking a 4-credit lab or an additional credit for service-learning) in one Blended Term.
  • Students may only participate in one Blended Term.
  • Graduate courses taken during a Blended Term may not be counted toward undergraduate degree requirements.
  • Students may not enroll in GBEs or graduate internships during their Blended Term.
  • It is recommended that students planning a Blended Term meet with an advisor in the Graduate Student Academic Services (GSAS) Office to discuss eligibility and course options prior to the term of intended graduate registration.
  • Students must submit a Blended Term Registration Form  to the GSAS Office.
  • Students interested in the Emerging Leaders MBA Program (ELMBA) may only take concentration electives in a Blended Term.

Admissions Process & Deadlines

Students are required to file a Petition to Graduate from the undergraduate school before applying to and being accepted into the McCallum Graduate School of Business. Petitions should be completed no later than the deadline for the student's Graduate School Application.

Important: Fall applicants planning to start graduate studies over the summer should apply by January 20. All students accepted for fall admission are eligible to begin taking courses in the summer.

Documents to submit:

 

 

 

Eligible Programs:

  • Master of Accounting
  • Master of Business Analytics
  • Master of Finance
  • Master of Financial Planning
  • Master of Human Factors in Information Design
  • Master of Information Technology
  • Master of Marketing Analytics
  • Master of Taxation
  • Emerging Leaders MBA

Deadlines for Full-Time & Part-Time (Spring start):

  • Application processing begins September 1
  • Decision Date: Rolling through January (start of classes)

Deadlines for Full-Time (Fall start):

  • Early Action: November 1
  • Round 1: December 1
  • Round 2: January 20
  • Round 3: March 15
  • Round 4: May 1 through September 1 (round 4 applicants are accepted on a space available basis); Decisions rolling through September (start of classes)
  • Application Processing begins October 1

Deadlines for Part-Time (Fall start):

  • Application Deadlines October 1 through September 1 (preferred consideration June 1)
  • Application processing begins October 1
  • Rolling decisions January 15 through September (start of classes)

 

Falcon Fast-Track Financial Aid

Once Falcon Fast-Track candidates complete their undergraduate degree program, they need to consider how they will pay the cost of enrolling in the Graduate School. When thinking about how to pay for your graduate education you need to consider your options such as need-based aid and merit-based aid.

Financial assistance given to an undergraduate student will end upon undergraduate graduation. Undergraduate scholarships do not “carry over” to the graduate school, even if the student attained their bachelor’s degree in fewer than eight semesters. Graduate financial aid policies go into effect once a student completes their BA/BS degree, and the student enrolls in a graduate program.

Need-Based Aid

The following information is for students who plan on applying for need-based aid.

The Office of Financial Assistance is responsible for administering need-based aid to qualified candidates. Please review carefully. Applying for graduate financial assistance is very similar to the undergraduate process. Students are required to file the following documents:

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Bentley Graduate Aid Application
  • Signed copy of their most recent federal tax return and W-2 Form(s)
  • The CSS Profile Form*

Bentley’s FAFSA code is 002124 and the CSS Profile code for graduate students is 3098. The FAFSA form can take up to two weeks to be processed.

For questions related to need-based aid, contact:

Office of Financial Assistance
116 Rauch Administration Center
Telephone: 781.891.3441
Email: gradaid@bentley.edu

Merit-Based Aid

Falcon Fast Track students will no longer be required to submit GMAT or GRE scores to be considered for merit-based aid in the graduate school. Under this new policy, students with a 3.2 or higher GPA in their final semester (and through graduation) will be considered for merit aid awards based on three factors:  Undergraduate GPA, Blended Term participation and with ‘bonus’ consideration if students do submit GMAT scores of 500 or higher or equivalent GRE test scores. Interested students should speak to Graduate Admission regarding any questions about Merit-Based Aid.

Undergraduate Financial Aid in a Blended Term

Recipients of need-based aid (i.e., grants, loans) and merit-based aid (i.e., scholarships) should adhere to the following guidelines to retain eligibility for undergraduate aid and scholarships during their Blended Term. For specific information, please contact the Office of Financial Assistance (781.891.3441) with any questions or concerns.

  • Financial aid recipients (need or merit-based) must take at least six undergraduate credits and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits to maintain eligibility for undergraduate aid.
  • Students who are receiving Bentley aid (grants or scholarships) are permitted to take a maximum of two graduate courses during the Blended Term depending on their situation.
  • Students with undergraduate merit scholarships (awarded by Bentley University) will be allowed to receive their scholarship in the Blended Term, provided they still meet the GPA or other requirements.

 

GR521 Waiver Exam

If you received AP credit or a grade below 3.0 in GB213 and you wish to be evaluated for a GR521 waiver, an exam is available.  AP credits or a grade below 3.0 are not accepted on the graduate level to be eligible for a waiver from GR521 Managerial Statistics.
If GR521 Managerial Statistics is required in your degree program or you plan to take an elective with this pre-requisite, you must take an exam to demonstrate proficiency in Statistics and obtain a foundation waiver.

Please contact Graduate Student Academic Services for more information about the exam.