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Graduate Admission

Costs per Academic Year

Your college education is a big investment. That’s why we do everything possible to make it affordable for you and your family, and to provide the kind of return on investment you expect — and deserve. Rated the No. 4 Master's Program for Return on Investment by Payscale, a Bentley graduate degree is a smart investment in you. With available merit and financial aid, Bentley works with qualified applicants to help find ways to pay for their education.

The annual cost of attendance includes tuition plus estimated expenses for domestic or international students and varies by academic year. Domestic student expenses are highly dependent on part-time or full-time enrollment. International student expenses may vary, however, all F-1 and J-1 students must demonstrate funding based on Bentley’s estimates. The chart below reflects estimated costs for the academic year and is subject to revision.

2022 - 2023 Tuition Costs
Per Course $5,430
Annual Total: Part-Time Programs (6 courses) $32,580
Annual Total: Full-Time Programs (9 courses) $48,870

Tuition for all of Bentley’s graduate programs is billed at the per-course rate. Total tuition for your program can be estimated based on the number of courses required. All MS programs require at least 10 courses (30 credits), while the MBA requires at least 12 courses (36 credits). Some programs require additional foundation courses that may be waived based on your academic and professional background. Visit our Graduate Programs page for more information about the curriculum and requirements of each program.

Off-Campus Domestic Students Costs
Room* (avg.*) $13,680
Room and Board (avg.*) $4,680
Health Insurance** $2,169
Books (avg.) $1,600
Personal (avg.) $1,420

All estimated expenses are based on averages and actual expenses will vary. Students wishing to borrow for expenses greater than those listed can do so by documenting their costs and submitting a request for a budget increase to the Office of Financial Assistance. The average expenses for students who commute from the home of a parent or relative do not include room costs and are estimated at $7,890 for meals, books, personal expenses, and transportation.

*Room and Board costs are based on the average cost of living over the fall and spring terms. Off-Campus students are those designated as living in an off-campus apartment or house, maintaining rent/mortgage payments. Graduate students living in on-campus housing may reference the Current Fee Chart for more detailed pricing.

**All students are assessed a student health insurance fee of $2,169, which is subject to change annually and will be updated prior to the start of the new academic year. This is mandatory for all graduate students registered for more than 6 credits. U.S. citizens are required to enroll or waive out of the plan with proof of comparable insurance coverage.

International Students Costs
Room* (avg.*) $13,680
Board/Meals* (avg.*) $4,680
Mandatory Health Insurance** $2,169
Books $1,600
Personal Expenditures $1,420
International Student Fee $250

In accordance with federal regulations, F-1/J-1 students must provide proof of financial ability to pay for tuition, fees, and living expenses in the U.S. This information is collected through the Confirmation of Financial Resources (CFR), which provides estimates of how much it may cost to attend Bentley each academic year.

International students holding an F-1 or J-1 visa must maintain full-time student status while in the U.S. At Bentley, this means enrolling in at least three courses per term during the fall and spring semesters (summer enrollment is optional). International students attending online from outside the U.S. may choose to enroll part-time.

*Room and Board costs are based on the average cost of living over the fall and spring terms. Off-Campus students are those designated as living in an off-campus apartment or house, maintaining rent/mortgage payments. Graduate students living in on-campus housing may reference the Current Fee Chart for more detailed pricing.

**All students are assessed a student health insurance fee of $2,169, which is subject to change annually and will be updated prior to the start of the new academic year. This is mandatory for all graduate students registered for more than 6 credits. All non U.S. citizens are automatically enrolled in the Bentley student health insurance plan.

Merit Aid

Bentley awards more than $2 million in merit-based aid to highly qualified full-time and part-time graduate students. Merit awards are based primarily on academic, professional and personal achievement, without regard to financial need. Scholarships are distributed in the form of tuition remission, and recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA to retain award eligibility. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible for best consideration.


MBA Part-Time Average Awarded


MBA Full-Time Average Awarded


MS Part-Time Average Awarded


MS Full-Time Average Awarded

Merit Scholarships

Bentley University offers merit-based scholarships to a select number of qualified applicants. Recipients are selected based on criteria that includes their previous academic and professional achievements, test scores, and skills or attributes that suggest a unique contribution to their incoming class.

Through partnership agreements with select national and local organizations, Bentley offers a limited number of partial to full Dean’s Leadership scholarships for academically qualified members enrolling in the MBA program with endorsement from their organization. These awards are designed to provide students working with leading diversity and corporate partners the opportunity to pursue a graduate education.

Graduate Assistantships

As a form of merit aid, Bentley offers a limited number of Graduate Assistantships for full time students entering in the fall term. Assistants are selected for one-year appointments in research, academic, and administrative roles based on their merit aid qualifications in addition to relevant education and experience that suggests a strong contribution to the available opportunities. Assistants are paid an hourly wage for work performed, which averages 15 hours per week each semester.

On Campus Employment

University-funded employment provides additional job opportunities for students. Students may work up to 20 hours per week while courses are in session. Bentley’s Student Employment Office maintains online job listings to advertise available positions throughout the year. For more information, visit Student Employment.

Dean's Leadership

Dean’s Leadership awards are designed to provide members of our leading diversity and corporate partners — including NABA, NSBE and City Year — the opportunity to pursue a graduate education. A limited number of partial to full scholarships are available to academically qualified members with endorsement from their organization.

Discover Bentley

Bentley seeks to promote diversity through the Discover Bentley program that brings high-achieving African-American, Latino, and Native American students who are interested in pursuing a graduate business degree to campus for a three-day program each fall. Participants are eligible for a partial to full Discover Bentley scholarship.

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Financial Aid

graduate financial aid

Read the Graduate Financial Aid Guide which is designed to help you understand your financial aid award, policies for receiving aid and maintaining financial aid eligibility, and options for paying your expected contribution toward education costs. 

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Bentley Graduate Need Grant

Available only to full-time domestic students (defined as those earning at least nine credits per semester), who meet filling deadlines and demonstrate sufficient need, the Bentley Graduate Need Grant is designed to supplement federal loans and does not need to be repaid. Students in the Falcon Fast-Track program are required to file a CSS Profile Form with their parents’ information to be considered for need-based financial assistance. Additional information is available here.

Federal Stafford Loan

The federal government allows domestic students to borrow up to $20,500 each academic year at a fixed 5.31 percent interest rate and a 1.068 percent origination fee (as of July 1, 2016). Though interest will accrue, students with a minimum of 4.5 credits per semester can defer payments until 6 months after graduating (or dropping below the 4.5 credit minimum).

Bentley automatically processes students’ Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan for the amount shown on their award notifications, unless students notify Bentley that they will decline or reduce the amount of the loan.

First time Stafford Loan applicants are required to complete loan counseling to understand their rights and responsibilities as borrowers. Counseling can be completed at the website. Failure to complete loan counseling may result in the cancellation of a student’s loan.

International Student Financing

Bentley offers flexible international student loans through our partnership with Prodigy Finance. Prodigy is a reputable lender servicing international students seeking graduate-level education opportunities, providing a valuable funding resource without worrying about collateral or requiring a co-signer.

Other potential financing opportunities include MPower and Paras.

​​​​​​​Alternative Loan Programs

Private alternative loans provided supplement funding to help pay direct and indirect educational expenses. Additional information is available here.

​​​​​​​Satisfactory Academic Progress

In order to remain eligible for assistance, financial aid applicants must meet standards of academic progress established in accordance with federal regulations. The Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) of aid applicants and recipients will be evaluated by the Office of Financial Assistance at the end of each semester. Additional information is available here.

Yellow Ribbon Service

Bentley is pleased to recognize the service and contributions of our veterans and their families by participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Each year, Bentley offers five $4,000 awards to eligible graduate students. Additional information and online application are available here.

Additional Resources

Applicant Resources

Our team at Bentley works with applicants every day to help them prepare for a graduate business education. Visit our page to see tips for applicants and other resources you may find helpful.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions you would like answered? We've compiled a list of the top questions we receive in the Office of Graduate Admission.

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Meet the Admission Team

Contact us to learn more about our programs, alumni and application process