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Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance

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M.A. in International Economics and Finance Provides Global Perspective

Founded in 1948, Brandeis University is the youngest major private research university in the nation. The International Business School (IBS) of Brandeis University is a pioneering business school with undergraduate and graduate programs that teach and research the driving forces of the global economy and the operations of capital markets. "The Princeton Review" ranks the IBS at Brandeis University among the 301 best business schools in the nation and "The Economist" ranks IBS among the top 100 business schools worldwide. The Brandeis University IBS master's program brings a worldwide perspective to the study of business that prepares students for success across international borders and cultures. The curriculum is wholly oriented towards global business, finance, and economics.

Overview of the Brandeis University IBS Master's Program

The IBS M.A. Program is an innovative 2-year degree that develops timely, practical skills needed to manage investment portfolios, design a government's trade and financial policies, or oversee a company's finances -- all on an international scale. All students in the master's degree program in international economics and finance begin their studies with a unique course on globalization. This course introduces the main themes of the university's IBS and underlines its commitment to the study of world business in its broadest context. Course content focuses on the business and economic aspects of international relations -- more so than a typical master's degree in international affairs. Study emphasizes technical skills, perceptual perspectives, and international experience.

Master's Program Course Content Stays Current with World Changes

The IBS curriculum, including the M.A. degree program in international economics and finance, is updated every year to account for rapid developments in the fast-moving world economy. About 15 percent of the curriculum is new every year. New courses focus on global developments, often as they unfold. For example, Investing in Energy is a course that examines the volatility, risk, and uncertainty of energy markets; the role of key players in the market; and global geopolitical trends that can affect the supply, demand, and price of energy in global markets. Overall, students complete 16 courses to earn this degree. Those 16 semesters may include 1 semester at a leading overseas university. The IBS master's degree is one of the few graduate business degrees in the nation that require students to have international experience by the time they graduate.

Brandeis IBS M.A. Program vs. Traditional M.B.A. Degree

The degree differs from a traditional M.B.A. degree because the program's focus is on analytical and technical skills for business and policy decisions in global markets, with a lesser emphasis on managerial skills. Also, many M.B.A. programs recommend between 2 and 5 years of work experience. While some work experience is desirable for admission to the Brandeis M.A. program in International Economics and Finance, work experience is not mandatory. Traditional M.B.A. programs prepare students for careers in management consulting and finance. The Brandeis University IBS M.A. program prepares students for careers in financial analysis, policy analysis, and related research.

IBS Faculty Share Common Interest in International Business Trends

The IBS faculty comprises 20 research-oriented scholars who specialize in international finance, economics, and business. Graduate students also are taught and mentored by a similar number of adjunct professors with extensive practical experience as senior executives of Boston-area companies. All faculty members share an interest in international issues and often have substantial international research or work experience. Professor Preeta Banerjee, for example, researches the strategic management of technology and the evolution of individuals, technology, the firm, and the industry in the life sciences and clean tech industries. Her work has won her the IBM Innovation Award and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Advanced Technology Program Award.

Leading Edge Research Conducted Across International Business Issues

Emerging business trends are continually uncovered within the ongoing research programs conducted at Brandeis University International Business School. Examples of research include information technology and services trade in global markets; the U.S. trade deficit and the dollar; internal architecture of financial markets; productivity in changing international environments; international alliance strategy and management; and organizational behavior in multicultural organizations.

Career Opportunities for IBS Master's Graduates

Graduates of the M.A. in International Economics and Finance (MAief) program from the International Business School of Brandeis University pursue careers across a very wide spectrum of organizations and environments. While many students join leading financial services firms, securities companies, and commercial and investment banks, many others join international management consulting firms to focus on issues such as privatization, transfer pricing, and global business strategies. Other graduates join public sector institutions around the globe including central banks, finance ministries, and government agencies overseeing international trade and finance.

Career Placement Services for IBS Graduate Students

The IBS Career Center provides personalized and focused support to graduates based on individual career objectives. IBS also offers a "Launching Your Global Career" course as well as workshops covering specialized types of interviews and networking skills. IBS also supports international internship searches and provides full time job listings from its extensive network of national and international contacts. Graduate students have access to the 41,000-member Brandeis University alumni network.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Prospective students may apply for a wide variety of merit-based scholarships, fellowships, and needs-based fellowships. In addition, a limited number of research and teaching assistantships are available for qualified students. Citizens of the U.S. and permanent residents may also be eligible for low-cost federal loans.

Graduate Student Experience at the IBS of Brandeis University

Graduate students at IBS enjoy a wide variety of clubs and organizations that can enhance their experience at Brandeis University. They include the Emerging Markets Investment Club, International Business Women, and National Society of Hispanic MBAs. Brandeis University is located on more than 200 rolling acres in the Boston suburb of Waltham in Massachusetts, and includes one of the largest multipurpose indoor athletic facilities in the Northeast. The university also is located in the heart of Route 128, one of the nation's major concentrations of technology and enterprise.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MA) Economic Analysis and Consulting
Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MA) Data Analytics
Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MA) Financial Economics
Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MA) Marketing
Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MA) Real Estate Finance

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 103

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline November 1st November 1st Yes
Winter deadline January 15th January 15th Yes
Spring deadline March 1st March 1st Yes

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 600
TOEFL IBT score: 100
IELTS: Required IELTS Paper score: 7

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees
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Financial Support

Application deadlines for financial awards April 15
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 5.32%
Black or African American 1.06%
White or Caucasian 12%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 10.64%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Unknown 2.13%


Male (46%)
Female (53%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 41
Part-time - 27
Male (45)
Female (23)


Focus of faculty research: International economic policy analysis, macroeconomics, econometrics, business economics, economic development
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 415 South Street
Waltham, MA  02454-9110
United States
Contact Katy Graddy 
Phone: 781-736-8616
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