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Falcon Fast-Track

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. 

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 their personal and professional circumstances.  
  • 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.  (To be eligible to participate in the Blended Term, students will need a cumulative GPA of a 3.2 or higher.)
  • Apply to the graduate school on an abbreviated application.

 

  • Waive the application fee.
  • Waive the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Records Exam (GRE) requirement for admission. (Students need a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher to waive these exams.)
  • 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. 

Program Options

Students who apply on the Falcon Fast-Track application have the opportunity to pursue one of the following graduate programs: 

  • Master's in Accounting
  • Master's in Audit Analytics
  • Master's in Business Analytics
  • Master's in Digital Innovation
  • Master's in Finance
  • Master's in Human Factors in Information Design*
  • Master's in Marketing Analytics
  • Master's in Taxation
  • MBA

*Students interested in the Master of Human Factors in Information Design should contact Program Director William Gribbons (wgribbons@bentley.edu). 

Masters Degree and MBA program guides can be found here.

How can you find out more?

  • Students can schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Graduate Student Academic Services Office, Jennison 336, to discuss the admission process and academic options.
  • Note: Students must be matriculated in an undergraduate day program in order to be eligible. Students in the Undergraduate Evening program and Undergraduate Degree Completion program are not eligible for the Falcon Fast Track program but are welcome to apply to the Graduate School of Business through the traditional application process.

Waivers and Substitutions

Pre-Program Foundation Courses

  • Applicants will only be waived from pre-program courses if they have an equivalent undergraduate course completed within the past 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.  There is a waiver exam for GR 521.  

Foundation Equivalents

MSAA Pre-Program Foundation Courses & Substitutions

  • Applicants will only be waived from GR 521 Managerial Statistics if they have an equivalent undergraduate course completed within the past five years with a grade of B or 3.0 (out a 4.0 scale) or better from an AACSB- or EQUIS-accredited institution.
  • Students who received a 2.7 or higher in the Accountancy undergraduate courses below will receive course waivers to satisfy the MSAA pre-program course requirements and course substitutions for the MSAA required courses.
  • Bentley undergraduates will not be required to take IDCC 620 Managerial Communication or IDCC 711 Argumentation Strategies for Business.  
  • Additional questions about course waivers and substitutions should be directed to the MSAA Program Director Len Pepe (lpepe@bentley.edu).

MSAA waivers

MSAA subs

MSA Course Substitutions

  • Students who received a 2.7 or higher in the undergraduate courses listed below will receive course substitutions to satisfy the graduate course requirements.
  • Additional questions about course substitutions should be directed to the MSA Program Director Len Pepe (lpepe@bentley.edu).

MSAA subs

MSDI Course Waivers / Substitutions

  • Students who earned a 2.7 or higher in the undergraduate courses listed below will receive a course substitution to satisfy the graduate course requirement.
  • Students with background in Python may receive a waiver for CS 602 with program director approval.  
  • Additional questions about course substitutions and waivers should be directed to the MSDI Program Director Jennifer Xu (jxu@bentley.edu).

MSDI

MSF Course Equivalencies 

  • Students who received a 2.7 or higher in the undergraduate courses listed below should not take the graduate course equivalent.
  • An MSF/MSQF degree must have at least 6 courses designated as FI (one of which may be FI701), so students are limited in the total number of non-Finance electives they may take. 
  • Additional questions about course substitutions should be directed to the MSF Program Director Claude Cicchetti (ccicchetti@bentley.edu).

MSF subs

Blended Term

  • A Blended Term enables a student who has a 3.2 GPA to concurrently enroll in graduate course(s) in the final semester of their senior year. These graduate courses will count toward a graduate degree but cannot be counted toward undergraduate degree requirements. 
  • To be eligible to participate in the Blended Term, students will need a cumulative GPA of a 3.2 or higher. There will be a GPA check at the time of registration as well as before the beginning of the semester. 
  • Students are limited to a maximum of two graduate courses (6 credits) and a total of 15 credits (or 16 credits if student is taking a 4-credit lab or an additional credit for service-learning) in Blended Term.  Undergraduate tuition is charged during this term.
  • Students may only participate in one Blended Term.
  • Students may not enroll in GBEs or graduate internships during their Blended Term. Students interested in the MBA Program may only take concentration electives in a Blended Term.
  • Students must submit a Blended Term Registration Form to the GSAS Office. It is recommended that students planning a Blended Term meet with an advisor to discuss eligibility and course options prior to the term of intended graduate registration.
  • Students participating in blended term are not automatically enrolled in graduate school.  If interested, students should apply to a graduate program on the Falcon Fast Track application.  

Admissions Process & Deadlines

Students are required to file a Petition to Graduate from the undergraduate school before applying to and being accepted into the McCallum Graduate School of Business. Petitions should be completed no later than the deadline for the student's Graduate School Application.

Important: Fall applicants planning to start graduate studies over the summer should apply by January 20. All students accepted for fall admission are eligible to begin taking courses in the summer.

Documents to submit:

*Bentley undergraduates do not have to submit their Bentley transcripts. 

    Deadlines for Full-Time & Part-Time (Spring start):
    • Application processing begins September 1
    • Decision Date: Rolling through January (start of classes)
    Deadlines for Full-Time & PART-TIME (Fall start):
    • Early Action: November 1
    • Round 1: December 1
    • Round 2: January 20
    • Round 3: March 15
    • Round 4: May 1 through September 1 (round 4 applicants are accepted on a space available basis); Decisions rolling through September (start of classes)
    • Application Processing begins October 1

    Falcon Fast-Track Financial Aid

    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 undergraduate graduation. Undergraduate scholarships do not “carry over” to the graduate school, even if the student attained 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.

    Need-Based Aid

    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. The FAFSA form can take up to two weeks to be processed.

    For questions related to need-based aid, contact:

    Office of Financial Assistance
    116 Rauch Administration Center
    Telephone: 781.891.3441
    Email: gradaid@bentley.edu

    Merit-Based Aid

    Falcon Fast Track students will no longer be required to submit GMAT or GRE scores to be considered for merit-based aid in the graduate school. Under this new policy, students with a 3.2 or higher GPA in their final semester (and through graduation) will be considered for merit aid awards based on three factors:  Undergraduate GPA, Blended Term participation and with ‘bonus’ consideration if students do submit GMAT scores of 500 or higher or equivalent GRE test scores. Interested students should speak to Graduate Admission regarding any questions about Merit-Based Aid.

      Undergraduate Financial Aid in a Blended Term

      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 (781.891.3441) 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.
      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 Academic Services for more information about the exam.