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Application Process

All applicants must submit a completed application form and supplements before they will be considered for admission.

As of July 15, 2016, we will be switching to a new application system. If you have started a current application that hasn’t been submitted, please do so before July 15 to ensure your application is received. After this date you will need to restart the application process as we’re not able to convert partially completed files. As the July 15 deadline approaches, we strongly recommend new applicants wait until August to apply when the new application process will be live.

The Graduate Admission team is here to provide you with support during the admission process. We encourage you to contact us with any questions at 781.891.2108 or via e-mail at

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Emerging Leaders MBA, Professional MBA, Master of Science Programs and graduate certificate programs

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Please use this application to apply for the Emerging Leaders MBA, Professional MBA, any of our 8 Master of Science programs, as well as our graduate certificate programs.

The Bentley MBA

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This application is to be used to apply for “The Bentley MBA”. If you are looking to apply to our Emerging Leaders MBA, Professional MBA, or MS+MBA programs, please use the traditional application above. If you have any questions regarding “The Bentley MBA” you may contact Gordon Berridge at

5 Yr/ Masters Candidates

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Current Bentley University undergraduate students enrolled in the Bentley 5yr/Master's Candidate program should use this application when formally applying to the Graduate School. If you have any questions about the Master's Candidate Program, please send an email to

The following items are required: (individual requirements may differ based on program and status) 

  • Completed application form including essays
  • Current résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official copies of all university-level transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)
  • GMAT or GRE results
  • TOEFLIELTS or Pearson’s PTE results, for international applicants
  • $50 application fee
  • In-person interview required for the Bentley MBA and Emerging Leaders MBA (Skype/video conference is acceptable)
  • Pre-recorded video interview required for MSA and MSF applicants

An undergraduate degree is required for admission to the graduate school.

Effective for fall 2013: Applicants will only be waived from pre-program courses if they have an equivalent undergraduate course completed within the last 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. 

Graduate Application Deadlines and Decision Dates

Applicant Type

Application Deadline

Decision Date

All Applicants (spring start)

Rolling admissions. Application processing begins Sept 1

Rolling through Jan (start of classes)

Full-Time (fall start)

Early Action: Nov 1

Round 1: Dec 1

Round 2: Jan 20

Round 3: March 15

Round 4: May 1 through Sept 1 (round 4 applicants are accepted on a space available basis

Application processing begins Oct. 1

Early Action: Dec 15

Round 1: Jan 15

Round 2: March 5

Round 3: May 1

Round 4: Rolling decisions through Sept (start of classes)

Part-Time (fall start)

Oct 1 through Sept 1 (preferred consideration June 1). Application processing begins Oct 1

Rolling decisions Jan 15 through Sept (start of classes)

The 11 month Bentley MBA (July start)

Application processing begins Sept 1.

Priority deadline Dec 1.

Rolling admissions Dec 1 through July.

Rolling decisions Dec 1 through July (start of classes)

Special Notes:

  1. Applicants interested in beginning their studies in the summer are strongly encouraged to apply in Round 1.
  2. Applicants who wish to be considered for merit aid are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible.
  3. Early Action students will be required to confirm their acceptance by December 31st to reserve their space in their program.

I-20 Deadlines

(for international applicants requiring a student visa only)

Applicant Type

Visa Processing Dates

Decision Dates


March 1 through June 30

Visa requests made outside of the dedicated processing dates will be considered* and processed on a case-by-case basis.


Oct 10 through Dec 15

*Consideration is based on academic situation, current visa status, and embassy availability.