What is it?
The Falcon Fast-Track is a streamlined graduate application process for motivated undergraduate students with high academic standing. Depending on the program of study, master's degree requirements may be completed within 12 months!
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What are the benefits?
Students who apply on the Falcon Fast-Track application may:
Earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five or more years, depending on personal and professional circumstances
Apply on an abbreviated application with no application fee
Satisfy the 150 academic-credit-hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam in Massachusetts and many other states
Delay entry to graduate school for up to five years after graduation while beginning their professional career
Additionally, students with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher may:
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
Waive the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Records Exam (GRE) requirement
What Masters programs are offered?
Students who apply on the Falcon Fast-Track application have the opportunity to pursue one of the following graduate Masters programs:
*Students interested in the Business Analytics or Human Factors in Information Design programs must obtain pre-approval from the Program Director.
**For those interested in the Part Time or Accelerated Online MBA formats, concurrent or prior professional work experience (not including internship) is required. Please contact the Graduate Admission Office with any questions about the work requirement.
How do I get started?
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 completion of their undergraduate program. Undergraduate scholarships do not “carry over” to the graduate school, even if the student obtained 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.
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
Merit aid (including scholarship and assistantship) is distributed based on the profile of applicants and funds available for each program. Students seeking merit aid are highly encouraged to apply by the Round 1 deadline for Fall admission to a graduate program. Falcon Fast-Track applicants are not required to submit GMAT or GRE scores to be considered for merit aid, though additional consideration is given for GMAT scores of 550 or higher or equivalent GRE test scores. Interested students should speak to Graduate Admission regarding any questions about merit-based aid.
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 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.
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.
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