The Brandeis IBS Master of Science in Finance (MSF) is an innovative part-time program designed to help financial professionals advance their careers through comprehensive training in global financial markets, financial theory, analysis, and strategy. Leveraging our core strength in international finance and economics, the MSF directly targets the expertise required in today's global financial environment. It develops:
- a conceptual framework for understanding financial decisions and global capital markets, based on the core disciplines of investments, corporate finance, economics, accounting, and quantitative methods.
- advanced expertise in specialized areas such as options and derivatives, fixed income securities, portfolio management, and corporate financial operations.
- an ability to apply skills to "real world" problems in financial markets and operations.
Explore the range of our offerings in our course listing. Credit for up to two courses may be transferred in from another graduate institution.
Program of Study
The MSF allows you to begin your studies in the summer, fall, or spring semester. Courses are offered in the evenings, Monday through Thursday, 6:30 - 9:30 pm.
An especially popular course among MSF students is a summer course; Fin 255a, World Financial Center. This course is offered in an intensive one-week format in a major financial capital abroad. In the past this has taken place in London, Tokyo, Paris, Frankfurt, Prague, and Turkey.
You can complete the MSF program at your own pace. For part-time students, working at the normal rate of two courses per semester, it takes 18-20 months to finish. An example of a course sequence lasting 18 months is provided below. Note that this is an illustration only; there are several different sequences in which students can take the required and elective courses, depending on their background, interests and schedule.
Illustrative MSF Course Schedule
Students should begin their program by completing the 5 required core courses. If your preparation is strong in a particular area and you believe that you qualify for an exemption from a particular requirement you will need to submit a "Requirement Completion Form" form. The Completion Form is available online in the Current Students section.You must apply for course exemptions during your first year at IBS.
- Fin 201a - Financial Theory
- Econ 201a - Global Economic Environment
- Fin 212a - Accounting and Financial Analysis
- Fin 202a - Corporate Finance
- Econ 210f* - Fundamentals of Statistical Analysis
- Fin 217f* - Financial Modeling
* Half Course
Three courses are required for a concentration in either International Investments or Business Finance. Two courses can be electives.
- Financial Statement Analysis
- Managerial Accounting
- Intermediate Financial Accounting
- Creating & Managing Value
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Financial Planning & Control
- Credit Risk Analysis
- Applied Corporate Finance
- Financial Strategies
- World Financial Centers
- Project Finance
- Capital Budgeting
- Country Risk Analysis
- Trading & Exchanges: Focus on Foreign Exchange
- Relative Value of Securities
- World Financial Centers
- Fixed Income Securities
- Hedge Fund Management
- Options & Derivatives
- Financial Risk Management
- Computer Simulation & Risk
- Interantional Portfolio Management
- Corporate Governance
- Corporate Fraud: Detection & Prevention
- The Current Financial Crisis: Winner & Losers
- Transnational Negotiations
- Pricing Derivatives on Equities & Other Tradable Securities
- Operational Risk Management
- Financial Modeling II
- Credit Risk Analusis II
- Investing in Energy: Fossil Fuels to Cleaner Energy
- Information Management
- Real Options in Decision Making
The MSF program requires 10 courses made up from 5 core courses, 3 concentration courses and 2 electives. The Concentration areas are: International Investments and Business Finance. This demonstrates both the focus and strength of the MSF program. We also aware of the demands of the market and the needs of a student body that may be more interested in general business finance skills over the next couple of years. The MSF structure described here applies to all students currently enrolled in the program.
Enrolled students should consult the Current Students page for detailed information on current degree requirements.