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Babson College, Olin Graduate School of Business Distance MBA

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™. As the only school to teach Entrepreneurial Thought and Action®, Babson shapes the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose. Every day, Babson students, faculty, alumni, and staff address real-world business and societal problems, creating sustainable economic and social value in today’s fast-paced global economy.



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Program at a Glance

Program Type Online
Tuition (Total) $78,200



School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Northeast)
#2 Top Entrepreneurial Programs: Graduate
#8 Best Administered
#10 Greatest Opportunity for Women



Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 68% accepted out of 531 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.23
  • Average Years Work Experience: 4
  • Application Fee: $100

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Work Experience, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Information

Babson operates several rounds of admission for each graduate program—evening, Fast- Track, and traditional MBAs. You'll have the best chance of acceptance if you apply early in the admissions cycle. There is no minimum GMAT score required for admission, though the average score for accepted applicants ranges between 590 and 660 each year. All prog...Babson operates several rounds of admission for each graduate program—evening, Fast- Track, and traditional MBAs. You'll have the best chance of acceptance if you apply early in the admissions cycle. There is no minimum GMAT score required for admission, though the average score for accepted applicants ranges between 590 and 660 each year. All programs require an admissions interview.

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School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 1,209
Percent International Students 55%
Total Full-Time Faculty 108
Full-Time Faculty 67%

Student Life

While there is a common thread of entrepreneurship, the common entrepreneurial denom­inator draws a gumbo of a crowd, and Babson students come from “very, very diverse back­grounds, work experiences, [and] ethnicities”; another universal thread is that “everybody has a unique and exciting story and goals.” In this “extremely driven” group, people are “competitive but not at the expense of others.” “We all are friends and are involved in each other’s family life. It has been a great place to make lifelong business contacts, as well as life­long friends,” says a student. There are a lot of different cultural activities sponsored by different clubs and different eth­nic groups to create cultural awareness. Students who live on campus (or nearby) can take advantage of the “countless events going on” (“more social activities than any one person could possibly attend”), ranging from academic, to business-related, to just-for-fun events such as ski trips, Class Olympics, and Red Sox games. Note that private transport is “essen­tial” for commuting to Babson, but with MBA studies mostly concentrated in one building there is a lot of interaction with students, and “having on campus offices for work teams makes the campus very live at every time of day.”


Babson’s reputation within the Northeast is stellar, and the school often “teams up with BC, BU, Harvard, MIT, etc. to have events and network” (the national brand image is also “growing” at a nice clip, as helped by the San Francisco campus). There are plenty of meet and greets with different companies, info sessions, and CEO speeches that occur through­out the day for when one has time. However, many agree that the Babson Career Center “needs to do much more in ensuring that the international students who want jobs get placed with reputed companies.” In terms of application upon graduation, Babson does an excellent job at relating the entre­preneurial spirit to more than just a new business. “From growing a small business, M&A or large business expanding in a new market, the general business acumen is excellent at all levels.” Students without jobs are encouraged to “take advantage of the powerful alumni network in every aspect possible!” Top employers of Babson graduates include Athenahealth, CVS Caremark, EMC, Cognizant, and Credit Suisse.

The Princeton Review


At Babson's F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, we expect from our students what they expect from themselves: to create economic and social value that reshapes the world, with a focus on Entrepreneurial Thought and Action and a commitment to people, profits, and the planet.Babson was the first to understand that entrepreneur is not a personality type, and the first to demonstrate that the ability to think and act entrepreneurially can be taught. When entrepreneurial skills are integrated with deep functional business knowledge across disciplines, you get graduates who are uniquely capable of making a difference in the world.The Babson MBA program reflects a new, unified curriculum through four different channels: One Year, Two Year, Evening and Fast Track. Babson is answering the critical need for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds to reshape our world. We are looking for talented, like-minded students to join in our quest to write an exciting chapter in global business and social responsibility. Are you one of them?

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Students Say

Consistently known as one of the most entrepreneurially-focused business programs in the country, the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College in Wellesley, MA offers students the “knowledge, support, flexibility and mentorship to enable students to exercise entrepreneurial thought and action.” The word “action” in the Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® pedagogy should be stressed as practical application is a major component of the MBA curriculum, which incorporates experiential learning throughout (such as the first year consulting project). Additionally, the giant Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship offers numerous cocurricular resources and services dedicated to supporting students in their entre­preneurial endeavors, as well as the largest entrepreneurship faculty in the world. “Babson prepares its students to make things happen and to discover the way to maintain an entrepre­neurship mindset in big corporate companies, which is something that I think is absolutely rel­evant for future executives in this world,” says a student.There are four options for the “innovative” Babson MBA, presenting a unified curriculum and the same options for electives: the One-Year, Two-Year, Evening, and Fast Track Programs, the latter of which focuses on distance learning and is typically chosen by work­ing professionals. The One- and Two-Year Programs are both full-time, and are composed of more than half international students. “Teamwork is a key element” of all Babson, and results in students “leaving with strong management skills” to bring to their positions. Most who come to Babson are drawn in by the reputation for the entrepreneurial specializa­tions, and a visit to the school usually seals the deal. “Everyone associated with Babson that I talked to prior to enrolling (alumni, faculty, current students) seemed very, very happy and satisfied in life,” says a current student. Teachers are “highly qualified” and “outstanding,” and challenge students to support their answers. “If you make a statement be prepared to offer your logic behind it,” says one. The intellectual capital of the faculty never stops grow­ing, as members remain fully dedicated to continuing researching and developing the field of study “without disregarding the needed time to help students.”The administration “has always been on top of their game.” They are “flexible and change classes and professors if needs be (sickness).” Everyone (“including the Dean”) has an open door policy and “always enjoy discussing ideas”; “the amount of support given to student initiatives is amazing.”

The Princeton Review


The Babson MBA is grounded in our unique application of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action across business disciplines and tailored to meet the educational, professional, and personal needs of our diverse students. Babson serves as a living/learning laboratory, where curricular and cocurricular opportunities combine to provide mind-expanding instruction and hands-on experience. Students benefit from experiential learning opportunities, working as consultants or completing internships in the US or abroad.

The Babson MBA. Four Options:

One-Year: designed for students who have earned undergraduate degrees in business.

Two-Year: geared towards students who need a more comprehensive business focus to redirect their careers.

Evening: Allows students the flexibility to earn a degree while working.

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Degrees Awarded

Two-year MBA Program, 21 months; One-year MBA Program, 12 months; Evening MBA Program, 42 months average; Fast Track MBA Program, 21 months; MS in Accounting, 12 months; Experiential Learning Programs including Global Management Program, Management Consulting Field Experience (MCFE), Babson Consulting Alliance Program: International Study Programs, International Independent Study, Electives Abroad: MBA Internships: Babson Executive Education offers non-degree open enrollment and custom programs:

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, Glavin Center for Global Management, Center for Women's Leadership, Babson Global; Cutler Center for Investments and Finance; Babson Faculty Research Fund; Center for Information Management Studies

  • International Student Support Groups:

    We have a week long pre-MBA program to help orient international students to the U.S. and to Babson. We also have a Partner's Program that supports the spouses of students. Many international students arriving with families make use of this program.

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    We have student lead LGBTQ Organization: We also have an active Safe Zone Training program for staff, faculty, and students:

  • Minority Support Groups:;;;;;;

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    Group peer tutoring is available to Full time students in their core at no cost. We also facilitate private peer tutoring (tutors approved by faculty) which is available upon request to any student; however students must pay for these private tutoring services themselves.

  • Research Facilities:

    Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, Glavin Center for Global Management, Center for Women's Leadership, Babson Global; Cutler Center for Investments and Finance; Babson Faculty Research Fund; Center for Information Management Studies

  • Study Abroad:

    Semester abroad is offered in conjunction with the following partner schools: ESADE Business School - Barcelona, Spain; ESCP Europe - Paris, France; HEC School of Management - Jouy-en-Josas, France; IE Business School - Madrid, Spain; Louvain School of Management ,Université Catholique de Louvain - Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium; School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University - Beijing, China; SDA Bocconi School of Management - Milan, Italy; University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland

  • Women Support Groups:

    Yes, the Center for WomenÂ’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) at Babson College provides educational programs for undergraduate, graduate, and Babson Executive Education students to help develop leadership skills and an entrepreneurial mindset. CWEL also supports and widely disseminates research into the unique skills and experiences of women entrepreneurial leaders, and advances gender equality as a growth strategy for individuals and for organizations of all sizes, everywhere in the world. The Center, founded in 1999, was the first major comprehensive academic center focused on womenÂ’s leadership at a premier school of business.

    From its inception and throughout its 13-year history, the Center has remained committed to providing opportunities for its graduate women that fall into the following key categories:

    • Access to Near-Peer Role Models • Skill Building • Expanding Professional Networks • Providing a Gender Lens to Organization Culture and Individual Career Management • Building a Gender Balanced campus • Research and Thought Leadership • Collaborations with Women’s Organizations

    CWEL accomplishes these goals through innovative campus programming and initiatives, including:

    Mentoring Programs The CWEL MBA Mentor Program connects women graduate students to senior-level women leaders to build strategic relationships that support leadership development and career advancement. The program is built on three essential pillars: Expertise - designed and led by a faculty mentoring expert; Theory and Practice - offers the latest research on mentoring and entrepreneurial leadership development; Custom Matching - Students and mentors are strategically matched to provide a successful foundation for the mentoring experience of both parties. Additionally, CWEL provides a blended mentoring format combining virtual and on-campus programming to better meet the needs of non-residential students and geographically dispersed mentors.

    In the current academic year, 21 MBA students have been paired with mentors. Additionally, 58 undergraduate and graduate students were paired for peer mentoring.

    Conference Scholarships CWEL offers financial support for graduate students to attend business conferences in order to build networks and access role models in the greater Boston business ecosystem.

    In the current academic year, CWELÂ’s conference fund has provided tuition for 82 Babson students to attend business and leadership events.

    Entrepreneurs-in-Residence: Gail Simmons and Sara Gragnolati CWEL names leading entrepreneurs in their fields as Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs) to coach and guide MBA students. This year’s EIRs are Gail Simmons: Food & Wine Special Projects Director and judge on the hit TV show “Top Chef”; and Sara Gragnolati, a 12-year veteran in the natural products industry and founder of Cocomama, gluten-free food products. As powerful role models, these women help Babson’s MBA women build self-efficacy as they demonstrate the thinking and action of entrepreneurial leadership. In-Residence collaborations have two parts: a standard set of CWEL-related activities and a customized set of activities based on the interests of the participant.

    “Women In …” Networking Events CWEL sponsors “Women in Finance,” “Women in Marketing,” and “Women in Entrepreneurship” dinners, organized and hosted by the Babson Association of Women MBAs. These events engage successful women leaders from each discipline in an evening of networking and career insight exchange with Babson women graduate students.

    Gender Balanced Entrepreneurship Forum In order to build entrepreneurial self-efficacy—the belief that a student’s ability to be successful is enhanced by watching and learning from role models—in the current 2012-2013 academic year, CWEL co-sponsored the first-ever, gender-balanced Babson Entrepreneurship Forum, featuring 18 women entrepreneur presenters.

    Executive-in-Residence Coaching Hours with Roslyn G. Daum Roslyn G. Daum, a former Partner of Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP specializing in providing counsel to venture capital firms regarding investments and buy-out transactions, regularly meets with MBA students to share her expertise and experience.

    In the current academic year, Daum has conducted personal coaching sessions with 20 students.

    Fast Track MBA Program Learning Community The Fast Track Learning Community convenes women students with faculty senior staff and business experts for women-focused receptions, panels, other programs. The program also provides coaching for its Fast Track MBA students.

    Alumni Connections: “Onboarding Allies” program CWEL sponsors a program that connects incoming women students with a recent program alumna who can share insights about her own experiences. The program consists of three email connections over 90 days. Beyond the 90-day formal program participants are encouraged to “stay in touch” for ongoing support and feedback.

    Innovative Events: CWEL is a learning laboratory that offers a rich roster of events that build knowledge, develop leadership skills, and inspire entrepreneurial thought and action.

    • Making Life Work An expert panel sharing their work/life profiles and perspectives on how to integrate life's various commitments

    • Women Redefining Fashion Women Redefining Fashion is an exploration of how women entrepreneurs are innovating within the fashion industry, featuring up-and-coming designers challenging fashion's status quo, as well as runway models of all ages, sizes, ethnicity and sexual orientation. The event is hosted by fashion industry insider Sophia Chang, producer for the global hit TV show "Project Runway All Stars."

    • Whitney Johnson: Disrupt Yourself A talk given by Whitney Johnson, a co-founder of Rose Park Advisors, Clayton Christensen's investment firm, and the author of Dare-Dream-Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream.

    • An Evening with Alison Bechdel A discussion with the American cartoonist and critically acclaimed author of the graphic memoir Fun Home

    • Gender Enlightened Film and Speakers Series Brings together students faculty and staff to screen gender-focused documentaries such as Miss Representation and The Bro Code and listen to nationally known gender experts.

    Research / Thought Leadership We are proud to report that over 22 faculty members are involved with gender-related research at Babson College, and have inspired a Gender Resource Task Force convening faculty, staff and students to discuss gender issues on campus and develop recommendations for action. Additionally, Babson initiated the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Women research Reports, as well as the DIANA Project: research reports on womenÂ’s approaches to acquiring financial and other resources as well as an information source for resource providers and policy-makers about the importance and advantages of support and investment in women-owned businesses. The Center has also completed projects regarding women in family business, womenÂ’s business centers, and women of color entrepreneurs; projects supported by the Babson Faculty Research Fund; and many more.

    Collaborations The list of Center collaborations and partnerships extends far beyond the following: AAUW (formerly the American Association of University Women), Catalyst, Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE), Center for WomenÂ’s Business Research (CWBR), Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program, Forte Foundation, Global Banking Alliance for Women, National Council for Research on Women (NCRW), WAGE, Wellesley Centers for Women, and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP).

    For additional information about BabsonÂ’s Center for WomenÂ’s Entrepreneurial Leadership: Web: Twitter: Facebook:!/babsoncwel

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Babson College F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business include:

Geoffrey Molson - Owner, Montreal Canadiens

Daniel Fireman - General Partner, Fireman Capital LLC

Akio Toyoda - President, Toyota Motor Corporation

Diane Sullivan - President and CEO, Brown Shoe Company

J. Martin Carroll - President & CEO, Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $62,888

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Athenahealth, CVS Caremark, EMC, Cognizant, Credit Suisse

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Marketing / Sales 33% $81,273
Finance / Accounting 19% $90,526
General Management 19% $110,526
Other 13% $80,654
Financial Services 13% $98,769
Consulting 10% $89,500
Operations / Logistics 8% $77,625
Consulting 7% $93,571
Other 6% $84,250
Non Profit 6% $77,333
Manufacturing 5% $152,000
Information Technology 4% $88,125

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 55%
Three Month Employment 88%
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