The part-time MSF program is primarily an evening program for experienced professionals seeking expertise in finance. Some MSF students are already in finance and wish to acquire advanced skills. Others, for example general managers or engineers, plan to transition into finance-related positions.
The MSF degree is rapidly gaining popularity in the US and abroad because it is shorter than the MBA (10 courses instead of the typical 16) and provides greater depth in finance. The Brandeis MSF is a practical, broad-gauged degree with a focus on global markets. Its curriculum covers many of the topics that also appear on the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) exam.
Who is the MSF for?
The Brandeis MSF is designed for the working professional and attracts sophisticated, collegial participants. Part-time MSF students will receive up to $200 per course for required books. Parking on campus is free after 5:00 pm. Courses are offered in the evenings, Monday through Thursday, 6:30-9:30. Students can begin their studies in any semester, but all else equal, summer entry works best for course scheduling. Students complete the program at their own pace, with a typical schedule taking 18-20 months.
Is the MSF right for you? Yes - if you have narrowed your business and career interests to finance, are reasonably quantitative and analytical, and find global markets exciting. The MSF hones technical skills and exposes students to practical issues and exercises in many financial applications. In addition to full-time faculty, your instructors include expert adjunct professors from companies such as Fleet Boston, State Street Bank and State Street Research.
Catalog for the MSF Program
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The MSF program requires 10 courses made up from 5 core courses, 3 concentration courses and 2 electives. Students are encouraged to take part in an intensive week-long summer course, World Financial Centers, offered in a location such as Tokyo, Paris, London, Prague or Turkey. The concentration areas are International Investments and Business Finance. More...
Graduates typically enter (or advance in) financial companies, in fields such as trading, equity research or portfolio management, or the financial functions of non-financial firms. More...
We seek candidates with good analytical skills and solid work experience. More...
Tuition and financial aid
Tuition for 2009/10 is $3,500.00 per full course and $ 1,750.00 per module course. Tuition for World Financial Centers (FIN 255a) is set in the spring for the upcoming summer semester.This price includes a $1000 travel scholarship for students taking this class for the first time and a $600 travel scholarship for students taking the class a second time.
Financial aid is not available from Brandeis University sources. However, US residents who are matriculated in the degree program and who register for at least two courses in a given semester may be eligible for federal loans. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and indicate Brandeis University as a recipient (Title IV code 002133).
IBS is a diverse, cosmopolitan community of 350 students. MSF students have full access to School resources, including career services. More...