Frequently Asked Questions Tips for Applicants How long do Bentley degree programs take to complete? The time to complete a degree depends on the student and their program of study. We offer general guidelines below. The Bentley MBA is offered in three convenient formats: Full-Time, up to 24 months Part-Time, most students finish in as little as 2.5 years Accelerated Online, can be completed in as little as 18 months MS programs In a 10-course Master's program, a student can go full time and possibly finish in 1 calendar year. However, some programs encourage a summer internship for a 16-month duration. Additionally, foundation course requirements may extend the length up to 24 months. How long will I have to complete my degree? Graduate students have up to 5 years to complete their degree program. Are there any prerequisites I can complete before I get to Bentley? Many of our programs require foundation courses. You have the possibility of waiving out of some or all of these courses if you meet these 3 criteria: You have taken an equivalent course within the past 5 years. You received a grade equivalent of B or better in the course. The course was taken at an AACSB- or EQUIS-accredited school. Is the GMAT or GRE exam required for admission? Students may be waived from the GMAT or GRE exam requirement based on the following guidelines. For the MBA and our Master programs in Digital Innovation, Finance, Marketing Analytics, and Taxation, students with 5+ years of relevant professional employment may be eligible for waiver; applicants for the Master’s in Accountancy, Audit Analytics, and Business Analytics must have 7+ years of experience for consideration of waiver. For all programs, applicants with a previous master level (or higher) degree in a related field typically qualify for waiver. Some programs will accept relevant licensure or professional certification (e.g., CPA, CFA, JD) as consideration for waiver. Bentley alumni seeking to begin a graduate program within 5 years of receiving their undergraduate degree in which they earned a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better are automatically granted waiver. MBA applicants seeking to begin graduate study within 5 years of receiving their undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better may be eligible for waiver. Do you accept a 3-year degree from India? Bentley accepts a 3-year Indian bachelor's degree earned in Division/Class I or from an institution accredited by NAAC with a grade of "A" or better. Students may be required to submit documentation from their university indicating accreditation. Do you allow for transfer credit or waive courses based on prior experience? We do not allow for transfer credits for courses in the core of any graduate program. We do grant waivers for foundation level courses if you meet these 3 criteria: You have taken an equivalent course within the past 5 years. You received a grade equivalent of B or better in the course. The course was taken at an AACSB- or EQUIS-accredited school. In some cases, we are able to waive foundation level courses based on extensive professional experience in the discipline. Are there any degrees I can earn completely online? Yes. The following degree programs may be completed online with minimal or no residency requirement. Master's in Taxation Master's in Human Factors in Information Design MBA with a Leadership concentration (accelerated online format) Do you have online classes or Saturday classes? We have many online classes available. These are “hybrid” classes, which means they are held at the same time as an in-class session and allow you to be an active participant. We do not offer any Saturday classes at this time. Do you have any remote campuses? We currently offer our MS in Human Factors in Information Design at our San Francisco location. What is the price of a graduate program? For all of our graduate programs, the cost per course for the 2018-2019 academic year is $4,620. The Bentley MBA requires at least 12 courses ($55,440), and our Master’s degrees require at least 10 courses ($46,200). Foundation courses are also priced at $4,620 each. Is financial aid available for both full-time and part-time graduate students? Yes. We evaluate every applicant for merit-based financial aid. Please keep in mind, these awards are completely merit-based and not tied to a student’s financial need. Domestic students may apply separately for federal loans to fund their education costs, and full-time students may be eligible for institutional grant funds based on financial need. Is financial aid available for international students? Yes. We welcome students from around the world. All domestic and international applicants are evaluated for merit-based aid. Can I do a dual degree with an MBA program? Yes. Many of our MBA students continue on for a Masters in a specific discipline. If you plan accordingly you can "share" 4 elective courses from your MBA. Since our Master of Science programs typically require 10 courses, you may earn a dual MS with as few as 6 additional courses. What is a “Global Business Experience”? A "GBE" provides students with the opportunity to earn 3 credits by travelling to an international destination with your class. These trips combine academic preparation, corporate immersion experiences, cultural exposure and post-trip final projects. These are generally 7 to 10 days long and scheduled during the winter and summer breaks, which allows students who are working to use vacation time to participate. The trip cost is additional to your course tuition. What is the difference between a Certificate and an MS degree? Many of our Master's programs have certificate versions available. The certificate is generally 4 courses vs. the traditional 10 courses needed for the Masters degree. Students interested in a certificate at admission are evaluated with the same standards as a Masters student. Many students already in a Master's program continue studying for an additional certificate to complement their degree. Is there housing for graduate students on campus? No. However, there are many local apartment complexes within walking distance from the Bentley campus. There are also apartments available in Belmont and Cambridge with a local shuttle for students to get to campus. We also have an off-campus housing service that can help you find listings for apartments, roommates and local real estate agents through our website at https://offcampushousing.bentley.edu Do all graduate students have access to Career Services? All graduate students have access to our highly-ranked Career Services for life. We start working with you as soon as your studies begin, then provide new ways to develop your skills, make new connections and reach your goals throughout your entire career. What are international job placement rates? This varies significantly based on the program. You can get the details by speaking with an Admission Officer. One thing to keep in mind: full-time placement is most often dependent on a company’s sponsorship through an H1B visa, which is not something an educational institution can control. Can I waive out of the TOEFL/IELTS test? It is possible to waive out of a language assessment test if a student has studied for a good period of time in the US or another country whose educational system is conducted entirely in the English language. These waivers are granted at the discretion of the Admission Officers while evaluating your application. At times, an interview may be required to make this assessment. I am an International student. Can I stay in the US after I graduate? International students are allowed 12 months of “Optional Practical Training” or OPT after they receive their degree. This enables students to stay in the US and work. Students that graduate from a STEM designated program are allowed 36 months of OPT. As an international student, am I able to work while I pursue my degree? Per the F1 Visa policy, international students are able to work up to 20 hours per week on campus only. This can include a work requirement with a Graduate Assistantship scholarship. There are also limited Graduate Student Jobs students can apply directly for through Student Employment. What specific resources are available for international students? Bentley provides many services for international students, some of which are free and others which are fee-based. Many students take advantage of these programs to improve their language skills and build connections on campus and in the Boston area. Be aware of application deadlines. Applying earlier means receiving your admission decision earlier. That gives you more time to prepare for beginning your graduate studies. You can find the application deadlines for each program on the individual program pages. Be sure to pick the right people to recommend you. These should be people who can speak in detail about your ability to work in teams, your leadership style, and your work style. Someone with a senior executive title who does not regularly interact with you will be less meaningful. Be careful to answer the essays as they are presented. Too often we see applicants cut and paste essay material from other graduate school applications. This is not what we're looking for, and is likely to give us a negative impression of your overall abilities. If your program requires an in-person interview, approach it like a job interview. Here are few things to keep in mind: Dress appropriately. Maintain a professional demeanor. Be on time. Make eye contact with your interviewer. Ask informed questions about the program. More is not always better. While you may want to showcase all of your accomplishments in an interesting way, padding your application with materials we haven't requested only slows the process down and does not necessarily add weight to your application. Pay attention to TOEFL requirements. For international students, we require a minimum of 100 on the TOEFL. Students that submit lower scores may be eliminated from consideration. If you score lower than the minimum, request an interview. Interviews can be conducted in-person or through Skype. Your goal during the interview is to demonstrate that your score might not be reflective of your abilities. Prepare for your GMAT or GRE. It's important to demonstrate that you take your application seriously. Providing test scores that meet our minimums is a positive way to show your commitment to our program. Do not underestimate the importance of any element of the application. We would not ask you to submit anything we don’t feel is relevant and equally important to evaluating your application for admission.