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MA Career Paths

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.

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. 

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Edward K Gondwe Brandeis IBS Alumni

Senior Governance Officer, African Development Bank

Edward K Gondwe, MA '06

"My work at the African Development Bank has offered an experience at the forefront of the campaign to bring economic development to the world."

Amy Kessler

Embracing "intelligent risk" at commencement

Amy Kessler, MA '90

To Kessler, who earned her undergraduate and master’s degree at Brandeis, taking “intelligent risk” is paramount to success.


Career Advancement

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.