Brandeis International Business School (IBS) offers an accelerated, five-year BA/MA program for students who seek the ability to apply skills and expertise to "real world" trends and challenges in the global business market place. This innovative program, Brandeis IBS Scholars, is designed for Brandeis undergraduates who want to focus on international finance, economics, and business. The Brandeis IBS Scholars program targets financial and economic skills needed to understand the global economy and operations of international capital markets. In five years, Brandeis IBS Scholars earn a bachelor’s degree in any major, including but not limited to business, and a Master of Arts degree in International Economics and Finance. 

Perks of program:

  • Access to internship opportunities and collaborative programming through the Hiatt Career Center and the Brandeis IBS Career Strategies Center
  • Access to BA/MA IBS Program Advisors
  • Networking opportunities with IBS alumni
  • Invitations to IBS events and speakers
  • Support from current BA/MA student mentors
  • Registration assistance for IBS graduate courses

How to apply

No separate application is required. Simply answer "yes" to the following question when you apply to Brandeis: "Would you like to be considered for admission to the 5-year BA/MA Program in International Economics and Finance offered jointly through the Brandeis International Business School?"

Students who apply Early Decision I or Early Decision II will be informed of their Brandeis IBS Scholars Program admission decision by April 1. Early Decision I and Early Decision II applicants will still receive their undergraduate admission decisions in December and February respectively.

Program requirements

Upon being accepted as a Brandeis IBS Scholar, students must meet the following requirements to continue in the fifth year of the program:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at end of junior year
  • “B” grade or better in each of the following required courses (except for ECON 2a in which students must earn a grade of “B+” or better), to be completed by the end of junior year:
    • Introduction to Microeconomics (ECON 10a) or A Survey of Economics (ECON 2a)
    • Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECON 20a)
    • Statistics for Economic Analysis (ECON 83a) or Quantitative Methods in Business (BUS 1b) or Introduction to Probability and Statistics (MATH 8a) or Mathematical Statistics (MATH 36b) or Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology (PSYC 51a) or Biostatistics (BIOL 51a)
    • Introduction to Finance (BUS 71a) or Financial Economics (ECON 171a)
  • Completion of one relevant internship experience pre-approved by ​the Brandeis IBS Executive Di​rector of Enrollment & Student Success
  • Completion of undergraduate degree in four years

*Please note that as we continue to improve the Brandeis IBS Scholars Program, the curriculum may evolve and the program requirements may change.

More information

For more information on the Brandeis IBS Scholars Program and Brandeis IBS, visit the Brandeis IBS website.