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Masters Degree and an MBA

Under the dual degree option, four courses in total can be shared between an MBA and a specialized master’s. Shared courses in this structure must be completed within five years of degree completion. Qualified MBA students and alumni would require as few as six additional MS courses to complete their dual degree. A minimum of eight additional MBA courses are required for those enrolled in or graduated from an MS degree.

For current students and alumni, our advising and admission teams will evaluate completed courses and determine the specific number of courses required to complete the dual degree. Prospective students taking advantage of the dual degree option can anticipate completing a minimum of eighteen courses to obtain two Bentley University graduate-level degrees.

I always make a pros-and-cons list when a big decision is to be made, and acquiring business analytical skills weighed more for me,” Brian-Esema explains. “It was a perfect balance. I exceled in my MBA program, while the MSBA was a big learning curve for me. But I believe if you do not feel challenged, you cannot grow.

Certain F-1 international students are eligible for a 24-month extension of their standard, Post-Completion OPT work authorization, allowing them to apply for a “STEM OPT Extension." Eligible STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programs correspond to specific ‘CIP codes’ issued by the U.S. government.

We offer a world-class suite of graduate academic programs, ranging from certificates to a selection of MBA and Master of Science programs in both leading and emerging fields spanning analytics, accounting, finance and technology. With a graduate degree from Bentley, you’ll be prepared to lead and succeed – today, tomorrow and wherever you go from there.

Growing up in Abuja, Nigeria, Pearl Brian-Esema, MBA, MSBA ’19 remembers her father inviting her to listen in on his business calls. It wasn’t so much the topic of buying and selling crude oil that interested her. She was intrigued by the specialized terms and acronyms he used: FOBs and negotiating, among others.

I have always had a business mindset and I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps, so I got my undergraduate degree in accounting, says Brian-Esema, who went on to look at grad schools with an eye toward pursuing a career in accounting. Bentley’s Graduate Dual Degree program an opportunity to earn an MBA and Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) changed her mind.

It was the Discover Bentley program that first brought Brian-Esema to campus in fall 2015. Open to under-represented students of color from U.S. institutions, the graduate school exploration program includes class visits, conversations with current graduate students and faculty, networking with corporate partners, and an introduction to the admission and financial aid process.

Classes were engaging, learning facilities were technology-driven and I was sold when I saw the Trading Room, reports Brian-Esema. I looked at what alumni were doing after graduation, my program of interest and the reputation of Bentley. It seemed like a wonderful fit.

Discover Bentley would continue to pay dividends. Brian-Esema reconnected with a PwC executive she had met at a networking dinner, which led to an interview for an internship. The Big 4 does not typically hire interns for the same year, and I was grateful to be the exception, says Brian-Esema, whose Bentley experience also included membership in the National Black MBA Association and serving as a staff assistant in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.