The MBA Curriculum at Brandeis International Business School (IBS)MBA students can take a rich selection of courses. The breadth and depth of our course offerings are similar to those at larger schools, but at Brandeis IBS you also get to customize your portfolio and work closely with your teachers. Most classes have 20 to 40 students; a select few have more than 50 students. Our professors teach by whatever methods work best for their topic – they use lectures, case discussions, team projects and more. And they always welcome interaction with students, in and out of the classroom.
Each academic year in the MBA is divided into two semesters, each of which is about 13 weeks long. During your two years in the MBA program, you will take at least four semester-long courses every semester, for a minimum of sixteen credits per semester. At no extra cost, many students take five or five-and-a-half courses in some semesters. (A half course runs for seven weeks.) In the summer in between the first and second years, most students work at internships that are important for developing their career options.
The required core curriculum of our MBA consists of nine-and-a-half courses that give you a firm grounding in all the main areas of business. Within each of these areas, you often have a choice in which courses you take, and also when to take them. Most are taken in the first year, but some may be deferred to your second year. Prior study may exempt some students from certain required courses. You can also take elective courses in your first semester. In these ways, you begin to customize your program from the start.
Here are the fundamental areas covered in the core MBA curriculum at Brandeis IBS:
- Finance (2 courses)
- Accounting (1 course)
- Marketing (1 course)
- Operations Management (1 course)
- Organizational Behavior (1 course)
- Strategy (1 course)
- Business Analytics (1 course)
- Economic Environment (1 course)
- Management Communications (1/2 course)
The remainder of your courses will be electives that allow you to deepen your learning in specific areas. In each area, there are several courses from which to choose, covering theory as well as practical tools. Popular electives among MBA students address topics in the following broad fields:
- Corporate Finance
- Asset Management
- Economics and Data Analysis
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Marketing and Strategy
- Real Estate
- Risk Management
- Human Resource Management
The courses you select will give you the unique portfolio of knowledge and skills that will shape your professional career after Brandeis IBS. There are several ways for you to enhance this portfolio:
- Gain practical experience through internships or in field projects courses. For example, if you are interested in Consulting, you may seek a summer or part-time internship with a local firm, or take the Field Projects in Consulting course.
- Complete a Specialization. For example, if you seek a job in finance, it is often useful to have completed a specialization in Corporate Finance, Asset Management, or in related fields such as Real Estate or Risk Management.