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. Here are general guidelines: MBA programs The Bentley MBA is 11 months. The Emerging Leaders MBA is generally 18 months. The part-time Professional MBA will vary depending on the pace of the student. MS programs In a 10 course Masters program a student can go full time and possibly finish in 1 calendar year. However, additional foundation courses may be required, which will 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 previously taken them within the past 5 years. You received a grade equivalent of B or better. The courses were taken at an AACSB or EQUIS accredited school. Are the GMAT or GRE exam required for admission? For the following students, entrance exams may not be required: For the part-time Professional MBA, the Master's in IT and the Master's in Marketing Analytics, students with 5+ years of relevant work experience can be waived. We also consider waivers for applicants with previous master level (or higher) degrees, or certifications such as a CPA or JD. For Bentley alumni, GMAT or GRE tests are automatically waived for students applying within 5 years of receiving their undergraduate degree. 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 previously taken them within the past 5 years. You received a grade equivalent of B or better. The courses were taken at an AACSB or EQUIS accredited school. Can I earn a part-time Professional MBA completely online? That depends on which major/concentration you choose. Currently available online-only concentrations include: Leadership concentration Marketing concentration Are there any degrees I can earn completely online? Yes. In addition to some Professional MBA tracks, currently available online-only degrees include: Master's in Financial Planning Master's in Taxation Master's in Human Factors in Information Design 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, and are looking into the possibility of a downtown Boston location for our part-time Professional MBA program as well. What is the price of a graduate program? Bentley MBA This program has a fixed price of $72,000 USD. MS programs These programs are priced at the per-course level. Our current per-course rate is $4445 USD, so a 10 course Master’s degree program currently costs $44,450 USD. If students are required to take foundation courses, the number of courses required and total cost will increase. Professional MBA and Emerging Leaders MBA These programs are also priced at the per-course level. Bear in mind that if you are required to take foundation courses, there are more courses and the total degree cost will be higher. Is financial aid available for both fulltime 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. Is financial aid available for international students? Yes. We welcome business 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 Masters programs require 10 courses, your Masters degree program will then only require 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 Masters 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. 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. 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.