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Where Will Babson College Lead You? Our graduates are changing the world with their startups, family businesses, and in the corporate world. Their ideas and impact are as diverse as the individuals themselves, yet because of Babson, they are united in the drive to bring their ambitions to life.


THE FUTURE IS FUELED BY ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERS In a world filled with uncertainty and ambiguity, entrepreneurial leadership is essential. At Babson College, we know firsthand that entrepreneurial leaders are the problem solvers our world needs now. There has never been a more crucial time to develop the skills to turn problems into opportunities, upgrade the status quo, and take action. This entrepreneurial leadership mindset means you’ll be able to push forward while others are still processing.

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THE BLANK FAMILY FOUNDATION’S $50 million gift established Babson College’s new Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership

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FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR 29 CONSECUTIVE YEARS – U.S. News & World Report

FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP NORTHEAST GRADUATE PROGRAMS – Entrepreneur Magazine, The Princeton Review, 2022

MBA PROGRAM FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP – Poets & Quants, 2022


ACT ON YOUR AMBITIONS

Want to start a business? Transform your corporate team? Influence social change? HOW ABOUT ALL OF THE ABOVE. Immerse Yourself

Optimize Your Potential

T ake on a student consulting project, lead one

L ean on our network of 43,000 alumni in 129

of our student-run forums, and pitch your ideas

countries and every industry as you chart your

to investors. Here, you’ll roll up your sleeves

professional course.

and learn by doing.

Learn from Faculty Who Invest in Your Success

Where Views Converge, Innovations Emerge

E qual parts mentors, friends, and teachers, Babson

Find your niche with more than 20 clubs,

faculty serve as startup advisors for students and

signature events, and leadership opportunities

alumni, make introductions within their professional

for graduate students.

networks, and more.


OUR STUDENTS SAY IT BEST

“What truly makes Babson a special place is, yes, a diversity of cultural backgrounds, but also the wide diversity of professional experiences that we bring.”

ALEXANDER OUBRE MBA‘22

Alexander spent most of his 20s working as an Indie Rock Producer before finishing his undergraduate degree. When he started applying to MBA programs, he was nervous about his nontraditional background, but after his interview with Babson, he knew his unique skill set would be appreciated and embraced. Alexander has found great value in the experiential learning opportunities that are built directly into the program. The Babson Consulting Experience allowed him to work directly with an international client, while the Beta-x program provided hands-on experience developing a product for a company like Johnson & Johnson. READ ALEXANDER’S FULL STORY

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When he is not in class, Alexander serves as the Co-President of the Babson Black Graduate Club. He is also the Chief of Student Life on the Executive Board of the Graduate Student Council. The GSC coordinates more than 25 student-run organizations and serves as the eyes, ears, and voice of the graduate student body.


OUR STUDENTS SAY IT BEST

“ I don’t come from a traditional finance background, so I knew Babson, with its highly experienced professors and entrepreneurial focus, would be the right place for me to take this next step in my journey.”

DRISHTEE GUPTA MSF’20 Financial Analyst, Calyx Containers

Drishtee came to Babson from the fashion industry with plans to establish a more financial focus and prepare herself for a managerial role. She did just that, graduating with an understanding of how to read and forecast financial statements, valuation modeling (DCF, LBO, Comps), and the programming language Python. But, while at Babson, her direction changed after an introduction to alternate investments at the WAVE (Women’s Association of Venture & Equity) conference in New York City, leading to a Private Equity internship and plans to work in this new industry she found passion for.

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Drishtee found a mentor for life through CWEL, and credits her introduction to the WAVE organization for completely changing her career path. While at Babson, she also found the opportunity to build up her resume at the Cutler Center, working on Bloomberg and learning how to create asset portfolios on Python.


OUR STUDENTS SAY IT BEST

“After selling my company, I was looking for further challenges. Babson was the perfect place to get an international outlook and build a global network.”

DEZSO FARKAS MBA‘22 MIAMI

Dezso is from a small Hungarian village called Vörs, its population less than 500 people. It was Babson’s #1 ranking in entrepreneurship that brought Dezso to study in Miami’s Blended Learning Program. Dezso took full advantage of his time at Babson, founding both the Babson Hungarian Alumni and European Graduate Clubs. He also participated in Babson Connect in Boston and Miami, a signature series offering networking opportunities, social events, and cutting-edge content to Babson students, alumni, and members of the community.

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For students like Deszo, interested in entrepreneurship, Babson offers The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship with opportunities like the Summer Venture Program, B.E.T.A. Challenge, and ePitch.


OUR STUDENTS SAY IT BEST

“Babson is an extremely unique atmosphere that inspires you to act on your ideas and be bold with decisions as supported by knowledge and learning.”

EVAN WEAVER MBA’22 Sr. Project Manager, Northeast Development, NextEra Energy Resources

As a disabled combat veteran, Evan chose Babson’s Part-Time MBA for the blending of world-class in-person and online learning while working full time. He was able to not only maintain his previous role, but was also recruited for another position and began to explore his interest in venture capital. Evan served as the president of Babson Veterans Club and a partner at 248 Builders, a student venture capital organization based in the Babson community.

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Evan worked with a member of the admissions team who assisted him with using his Veterans Benefits to create a workable schedule and a plan to complete his MBA in two years while attending part time.


OUR STUDENTS SAY IT BEST

“The impact on my everyday thought process and decision making has been transformed from assumptions and speculation to evidence-based decisions and actions.”

HECTOR MANUEL ALCARAZ MSBA’20 Founder, Imagene Health

Hector chose Babson because it is a different kind of business school, one that challenges its community to change the world for the better. He brought with him goals to create social impact, and found the tools he needed to accomplish this valuable work. Hector’s experience was most influenced by his professors. He was impressed by how much they care, how frequently they ask for feedback, and how they continuously learn from their students.

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For incoming students, he recommends the Business Analytics Club, CODE (short for Community Of Developers & Entrepreneurs), the Babson Healthcare and Life Sciences Club, Babson Investment Management Association, and Babson Finance Association.


OUR STUDENTS SAY IT BEST

“Babson consistently graduates industry leaders in their respective fields of study.” Clayton started at Babson with a clear goal in mind: to return home to India, take over his family business, and eventually lead its IPO. Throughout his Master of Science in Finance program, the class discussions, connections with professors,

CLAYTON PINTO MSF’19 Chief Operating Officer, Seven Islands Shipping

and Babson alumni network exposed Clayton to a wealth of experience and opinions, deepening his financial knowledge. Students like Clayton also can take advantage of the Stephen D. Cutler Center for Investments and Finance for finance programming, competitions, and state-of-the-art industry tools, and the Institute for Family Entrepreneurship, which hosts programming, resources, research, and classes for entrepreneurial students and their families. READ CLAYTON’S FULL STORY

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Clayton’s favorite part of his Babson experience was making new friends and growing his network. From study groups in Horn Library and socializing with friends at Roger’s Pub & Grille, to enjoying Babson’s annual International Dinner and graduate student ski trip, there are countless ways for students to connect.


OUR STUDENTS SAY IT BEST

“ Come to Babson if you want

to be a leader. Use your entrepreneurial mindset to take risks and drive change.”

MELISSA CASTRO MBA’19 Director of Business Development, CommonWealth Kitchen Founder & CEO, La Conexión

Believing in the power of community, Melissa thoroughly immersed herself in all that Babson offers. She built a leadership program for students as a Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership fellow, matching more than 160 female mentors. She started CWEL circles roundtables as well as the graduate student sales workshop series. Melissa’s passion for creating also extends to her venture, La Conexión, a Latino marketplace that celebrates and builds community. She brought La Conexión to life after initially launching it as a pop-up experience in Babson’s Weissman Foundry. READ MELISSA’S FULL STORY

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Babson can give you the tools to act on your ambitions. To create La Conexión, Melissa tapped into mentors and resources from the Butler Launch Pad, Food Sol, the WIN Lab, and Babson’s Association of Women MBAs (BAWMBA).


OUR STUDENTS SAY IT BEST

“If I just looked at the achievements of the Babson community alone, I would have never guessed that the college had less than 3,000 students.”

ISAAC LEWIS MSEL’19 Co-Founder, Ancore Health & Fitness

Isaac chose Babson with the goal of starting his own business. Not coming from an entrepreneurial background, Isaac found Babson’s supportive community was the perfect place to learn the importance of taking risks and responding to failures. During his Leading Entrepreneurial Action Project (LEAP), a yearlong, experiential course required for all Master of Science in Management in Entrepreneurial Leadership (MSEL) students, he gained valuable insight from his professor on his venture pitch.

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Throughout his time at Babson, Isaac learned the value of networking with Babson’s alumni network of over 43,000 members worldwide.


OUR STUDENTS SAY IT BEST

“ At work, I treat every

project like a startup.” Going to school at night and leading a student organization, while also holding down a full-time job and being a parent, makes for a full, busy life. Ryan chose Babson because he wanted a program that could give him real-world skills and

RYAN ROSS MBA’20 Program Manager, Networking and Cyber Technology, Raytheon BBN Technologies

an entrepreneurial mindset as he advances in his career. Motivated by a desire to make a positive impact on the world for his young son, Ryan got involved with the

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Every year, student groups organize daylong conferences that bring big-name speakers and hundreds of attendees to campus. These can’t-miss events include the Babson Entrepreneurship Forum, Babson Latin American Forum, Babson Sustainability Forum, Babson India Symposium, TEDx Babson College, the Babson Black Affinity Conference, and more.


ENTREPRENEURS OF ALL KINDS

Every student has unique personal and professional goals and commitments. That’s why we offer seven graduate business programs at the master’s and certificate levels, both full time and part time. Babson Full-Time MBA Build a business foundation and customize your path with different intensity tracks, concentrations, and experiential learning opportunities. U se your electives—a full two-thirds of the program—to pursue intensity tracks, concentrate in specific academic areas, or take part in experiential learning opportunities. C hoose between the one-year or two-year cohort to earn your degree.

Master of Science in Management in Entrepreneurial Leadership L earn how to innovate early in your career in this full-time, nine-month program.

Master of Science in Finance G ain the financial modeling and coding skills employers want in this full-time, STEMdesignated program.

Master of Science in Business Analytics T ransform information into innovation with a full-time, STEM-designated degree.

Part-Time MBA W ork toward your MBA part-time with classes offered 100% online, in the evening, on weekends, hybrid classes, or mix and match as you go.

Blended Learning MBA – Miami E arn your MBA from the #1 graduate program for entrepreneurship, without leaving Miami.

Certificate in Advanced Management D evelop new skills, pivot your career, or take a step toward an MBA with graduate courses you choose.

For more information on our programs, visit babson.edu/graduate


INVEST IN YOUR FUTURE

Supercharge your salary

$147,595 Average salary of full-time MBAs three years after graduation – Financial Times, 2022

$163,044 Average salary of online MBAs three years after graduation – Financial Times, 2021

Land that dream job

87%

Gain an empowering global network

43,000

of Master of Business Administration graduates accepted a job offer*

94%

of Master of Science in Management in Entrepreneurial Leadership graduates accepted a job offer*

95%

of Master of Science in Finance graduates accepted a job offer*

100%

of Master of Science in Business Analytics graduates accepted a job offer* *SIX MONTHS AFTER GRADUATING IN 2021 AND OF THOSE SEEKING

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MBA GLOBALLY FOR CAREER PROGRESS – Financial Times, 2022


MEET YOUR NETWORK

Babson alumni are the entrepreneurial leaders today’s world needs. Together, they make up a diverse network, with unique perspectives and each with their own definition of entrepreneurship. They learn from each other, and use what they learned at Babson to make an impact all over the world.

They are more than business owners

70% of graduate school alumni see themselves as entrepreneurs

46% of those who see themselves as entrepreneurs have never owned or operated a business

Our graduates apply their entrepreneurial leadership skills to make an impact at organizations of all kinds

Those who do own businesses took it to the next level at Babson

54% have owned or operated one or more business

74% of those identified themself as a founder, co-founder, or self-employed

71%

have reached the level of director or above in their career

37%

of respondents were a manager or below prior to applying to graduate school

52%

were a director or below prior to applying to graduate school

They care about more than business, and invest in the communities around them

65% have been involved in social, environmental, or community service activities in the last 12 months

Graduating from Babson is just the beginning

75% of respondents’ first career activity was working in a corporate setting, or for someone other than themselves. That percentage shifts to more and more new ventures, franchise ownership, and non-profit organization launches as Babson alumni move forward in their careers.


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