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Masters Candidate Program

The Masters Candidate 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.

Students can schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Graduate Student and Academic Services Office, LaCava 295, to discuss the admission process and academic options. Masters Candidate Program information sessions are a great way to learn about all aspects of the program, from program pre-planning to financing options. Information session and workshop dates are posted in MyBentley in the Masters Candidate Program section within Academics.

Program Benefits

  • Students in the Masters Candidate Program may be able to 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 your graduate program by taking graduate courses (Maximum of 6 credits) in a blended term during the final (spring or fall) term of your senior year.
  • Participate in co-curricular programs designed to support academic goals and success as you transition to graduate school.
  • Take advantage of individual advising from a Graduate School Academic Advisor.
  • Waive the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Records Exam (GRE) requirement for admission. This is required if you are planning on applying for merit-based aid.
  • Satisfy the 150 academic-credit-hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam in Massachusetts and many other states.
  • No application fee.

Program Requirements

  • Masters Candidate Declaration Forms will be accepted as early as 8:30 a.m. on the first day of a student's junior term to 4:30 p.m. on the first day of a student’s final senior term. The opening and closing period dates are hard deadlines and no exceptions will be made. Students may submit their declaration form to the Office of Graduate Student and Academic Services (LaCava Center 295). Any student that misses the deadline noted above must contact the Admissions Office of the Graduate School of Business (LaCava Center 295) for guidance on the different admission requirements for Bentley University non-Masters Candidate students.
  • Students interested in declaring their intention for the Masters Candidate Program must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20.
  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20 to remain in the program, to register for a blended term, and to officially apply to the Graduate School of Business. There are no exceptions to this rule.
  • Students who transferred into Bentley from another institution must complete at least one full semester at Bentley and have Bentley grades posted before declaring intention for the Masters Candidate Program.
  • Students must also be matriculated in an undergraduate day program in order to be eligible to declare intention for the Masters Candidate Program. Students in the Undergraduate Evening program are not eligible for the Masters Candidate Program but are welcome to apply to the Graduate School of Business through the traditional application process.
  • Students who take the GMAT or GRE to be considered for aid should not submit scores that do not meet the minimum 500 (GMAT) or equivalent (GRE) required for admission consideration. Scores submitted will be used as part of the admission evaluation regardless of a student's 3.20 GPA standing.

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 and Academic Services for more information about the exam.