The MA program's emphasis on economics, finance, and quantitative analysis allows our graduates to add value to a wide range of organizations in the private and public sectors. MA careers often entail positions in financial institutions, economic and financial consulting firms, and financial or planning departments of companies, governments, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations.
Positions after Graduation
Our graduates are often recruited as analysts or associates in investment banks, consultants, researchers or tax analysts in consulting companies, equity or fixed income analysts in asset management firms; or budget analysts and project managers or policy analysts in government or non-profit organizations.
Jacob Jolly MA '11, for example, is an economist in IHS Global Insight's Country Intelligence Group, where he provides economic analyses, forecasts, and risk assessments for a number of countries across the Middle East and North Africa region. Read more about Jacob and check out profiles of other MA alums.
The first position of a graduate often depends on prior work experience. MA careers typically receive starting salaries ranging from $50,000 for positions that require limited prior experience to $100,000 or more for more senior posts.
Brandeis IBS alumni tend to rise rapidly in their companies, even as they enter on a relatively junior level. Alumni who graduated over the past decade either have occupied or now occupy positions such as Managing Director of Municipal Finance at a major investment bank, Partner for Emerging Markets at an investment bank, Minister of the Economy at an Eastern European country and Director of Macroeconomic Research at a large bank.
Companies and Organizations
Alumni have accepted positions in companies and organizations such as JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, Knight Libertas and many others. Our graduates are spread widely across the world, one-third of whom are located outside the United States in countries such as England, Ghana, France, Germany, and Taiwan.