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Graduate Admission FAQs

Admissions Requirements

What documents are required to complete the admission process?

  • Completed application with a $50 application fee
  • All college/university transcripts*
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Two essays as outlined in the application (Bentley MBA requires three essays)
  • Résumé
  • An evaluative interview (required for the Full-Time MBA and MS+MBA applicants)
  • International applicants — TOEFL, IBT, IELTS or Pearsons PTE score

* Unofficial copies of these documents may be submitted with your online application and will be used for review purposes. If accepted to Bentley, official copies will be required prior to the start of classes.

International Students must also submit the following after acceptance into a Graduate program:

  • International student data form
  • Bank statement: The bank statement is a separate letter, which comes from the sponsor’s personal bank. It explains the amount of funds available in the sponsor’s bank account. The letter must be clearly state that the sponsor’s bank account has the required balance in U.S. currency.
  • Support letter: A Letter of Support is required for all international applicants. The letter should clearly explain whether the student is supporting him or herself or depending on someone else. The letter also needs to include the student’s full name and the name of the person who will be supporting the student during his or her graduate school career.


How are parts of the application weighed?

In considering a candidate for admission, the McCallum Graduate School of Business seeks to achieve a balance between their previous academic record, performance on standardized tests (GMAT or GRE) and work experience. In addition, admission officers pride themselves on personalizing the admission process and also look at the “whole person” when making admission decisions. Evaluated interviews are optional for all programs except the Full-Time Bentley MBA or MS+MBA program, which both require an interview. Applicants may also write an optional essay to explain why parts of their application could use improvement in certain aspects for various reasons.

Is it OK to submit parts of the application at different times?

Yes. You may submit part or all of your application material at any time. Priority will be given to applications that are complete on or before our published application completion deadlines. To make the application process easier, we do not require that you submit all your materials at once as a completed application. However, you are responsible for ensuring that the Graduate Admission Office receives all necessary documents. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Is work experience required to apply to the graduate programs?

Work experience is considered as part of the overall application review process. While strongly preferred, it is not always required. As part of your application packet, we ask that you include a current resume to clearly outline your work history.

Is an interview required?

Admission interviews are required for all qualified applicants to the Bentley MBA, the Emerging Leaders MBA and the MS+MBA program. You will be invited for an interview by Graduate Admissions based on your qualifications. Other programs welcome students to come in for an interview if they would like. Interviews can be on campus, via phone or Skype.

Are TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores required for all International applicants?

This test is required of all applicants whose native language is not English and who have not earned a complete 4 year bachelor’s or a master’s degree from an institution located in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand or Uganda. Students must have attended their entire program in the host country (satellite campuses are ineligible). Bentley requires a minimum TOEFL score of 600 for written exams, 250 for the computerized tests and 100 for the IBT. The McCallum Graduate School also will accept IBT, IELTS or Pearsons PTE scores. For more information on applying for the TOEFL, see the TOEFL web site: You may also consult the nearest United States Embassy, Consulate, or USIS Information Center.

Does the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley accept the Indian BCom?

Our requirement is that students have at minimum a four-year degree (equivalent to the U.S. bachelor’s degree). In India, this is likely to be course work completed through the first year of a master’s degree program.

Can I take classes even though I am not a current graduate student at the McCallum Graduate School of Business?

No. Only enrolled students are authorized to take courses at the Graduate School. Students currently enrolled at another institution may submit a Special Student Application, which will allow them to take up to two classes at the graduate level. Courses taken as a special student may not be used to complete a degree at a later time.

Does the McCallum Graduate School of Business have a rolling admission cycle?

Applicants seeking Full Time admission for the Fall Term are reviewed on a Round system. Round 1 deadline is December 1, Round 2 is January 20, Round 3 is March 15, Round 4 is May 1. After these dates, applicants are reviewed on a rolling, space-available basis. Part Time and applicants for Spring admission are reviewed on a rolling basis. The MSHFID program currently reviews applications on a rolling basis for full- and part-time applicants. International students are encouraged to apply by March 15 in order to allow sufficient time for I-20 processing.

What are the application requirements for a certificate program?

  • Completed application with a $50 application fee
  • All college/university transcripts*
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Two essays as outlined in the application
  • Résumé
  • International applicants — TOEFL, IBT, IELTS or Pearsons PTE score

Admissions - GMAT or GRE

Can I apply before taking the GMAT or GRE?

Yes. The Graduate School will accept completed sections of the application individually. However, a decision will not be made until all application materials including the official GMAT or GRE scores have been reviewed.

Is there an expiration date on GMAT or GRE scores?

Yes. GMAT or GRE scores older than five years are considered out of date and should be replaced with a more recent test score.

Are unofficial GMAT or GRE scores acceptable?

Unofficial scores can be submitted for application evaluation. If the applicant is accepted, s/he will be required to submit an official GMAT or GRE score.

How long will the Graduate School hold my GMAT or GRE scores?

GMAT or GRE scores, including application materials, will be held for one year.

What are the average GPA and GMAT or GRE scores at the Graduate Business School?

The average GPA and GMAT scores for the recent incoming Full-Time Bentley MBA class were 3.43 and 610, respectively. We do not have an average GRE score as of yet since it is a recently acceptable alternative to the GMAT for all programs. The minimum GMAT or GRE requirements are very program specific. Please contact the graduate admissions office for more information.

Is the GMAT or GRE required for all programs?

A GMAT or GRE score must be submitted for all programs. For the MSA, MSFP and MST programs, advanced academic achievements (e.g. passing the CPA or bar exam, earning a master’s degree or PhD) may be considered a substitute for the GMAT or GRE on a case by case evaluation.
Information about the GMAT is available online at The McCallum Graduate School of Business code number is R3096.

Admission - Financial Support

Are there student loan programs available for graduate students?

Yes. The McCallum Graduate School of Business participates in all federal loan programs including the Stafford Loan program. There are also many alternative student loan programs available including Massachusetts Education Financing Authority (MEFA), Citizens Bank Loan, Discover Graduate Loan, Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan, Sun Trust Custom Choice Loan, Wells Fargo Graduate Loan and MBA loans. For more information or an application for any of these loan programs, please contact the Office of Graduate Financial Assistance at 781.891.3441.

Does the Graduate School offer on-campus employment for graduate students?

Yes. The McCallum Graduate School does offer college-funded institutional employment. Students may work up to 20 hours per week. The Student Employment Office hosts a job fair at the start of each semester and summer session to display all available positions, and maintains job listings throughout the year. Wage rates are competitive. Many area businesses also post job openings in the Student Employment Office and the Center for Career Services.

What is the application process for Department Assistantships (DAs)?

Department Assistantships are available for the most highly qualified students admitted to the graduate school. Students will be selected as eligible to apply for Department Assistantships at the time of admission. These positions usually involve an opportunity to work for hourly, taxable wages. Eligible students may apply to a DA position at any time during their graduate study.

What types of Merit Aid are available to students?

Bentley awards two types of Merit-Based Aid to highly qualified full-time and part-time graduate students. Awards are based primarily on academic, professional and personal merit, with consideration given to the contribution that each individual can make to the graduate school — without regard to financial need.
Academic Scholarships are given to full- or part-time students who have demonstrated academic success and potential for significant contribution to the classroom learning experience. Awards can vary in amount and duration and are posted to a student’s account as tuition remission. Academic scholarships do not require a work commitment from the student.
Assistantships are also awarded based on achievement and merit; however, they are assigned only to full-time students. Assistants work on academic or administrative projects for an average of 15 hours per week throughout the calendar year in exchange for tuition remission. Students who are awarded graduate assistantships are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average to remain in good standing.

Can full-time and part-time students receive scholarships?

The McCallum Graduate School of Business does offer scholarships to both full-time and part-time students. Selection is based on academic achievement and contribution to the entering class and takes place during the admission process. The majority of these awards are made for the fall semester and priority is given to full-time students. Students are required to maintain a specified level of enrollment and a 3.0 GPA in order to retain eligibility for the scholarship.