The International Business School and the Department of Economics at Wellesley College offer a BA/MA degree which students may complete in a year beyond their Bachelor's. Students will be awarded a Wellesley BA at the end of their senior year and an MA degree from Brandeis after a year of graduate study.
The program prepares students for careers in international finance, business, policymaking, and other fields that require strong analytical skills in international economics or finance. More details are to be found on the website of the Wellesley College Economics Department.
Qualified Wellesley undergraduates who wish to earn IBS's Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MAief) may apply in the middle of their junior year and enter a special track called the BA/MAief program, beginning in the senior undergraduate year.
Wellesley seniors enrolled in the BA/MAief program take two courses each semester at Brandeis and the rest at Wellesley. One semester of their year at Brandeis may be spent at one of IBS's partner universities abroad. BA/MAief candidates normally spend five years as full-time students.
Interested students should consult with the Chair of the Wellesley Economics Department.
A student must apply both to Wellesley’s Economics Department and IBS at Brandeis. The Wellesley application materials will be made available in November, and are due at the end of the fall semester of junior year.
The Brandeis application is available online. A completed application, official undergraduate transcript, a composite letter of recommendation from the Wellesley Economics Department, essays and a resume must be submitted to IBS no later than 15 March. The GRE is not required.
Students interested in the program may find out more by speaking to a Wellesley adviser (Professors Joseph Joyce or Susan Skeath), or with the Director of the Lemberg MAief Program at IBS (Professor Carol Osler).