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BA/MA Degree Requirements

The degree requirements for the BA/MA are the same as the MA, but with some substitutions. Upon entering the program, but while still an undergraduate, a BA/MA is required to take at least 2 courses at Brandeis IBS (200-level or higher) per semester. Once entering the program, BA/MA students must take graduate Brandeis IBS courses, not their undergraduate substitutions.

There are 8 required areas of study for students in the BA/MA program: Foundational, Career Skills, International Economics, Finance, Accounting, Quantitative Methods, and Elective and/or Specialization courses. Each are described in detail below. If you have any questions, contact your Academic Advisor to schedule a meeting to review the degree requirements for the program. 


Foundational

Required only if student has little or no background in the given area. 

Course Number Course Name Usually Offered
ECON 207a Managerial Economics Fall
ECON 210f Fundamentals of Statistical Analysis Fall

Career Skills

Course Number Course Name Usually Offered
BUS 224f Launching Your Global Career Fall

International Economics

3 courses (12 credits) are required.  

Course Number Course Name Usually Offered

ECON 201a

or Capstone

Global Economic Environment or Capstone course Fall/Spring

ECON 161a 

or ECON 202a

International Economics 

or Applied International Macroeconomics

Spring

ECON 160a 

or ECON 260a

International Trade Theory

or International Trade Policy and Institutions

Spring



ECON 161a is a substitute for ECON 202a and it counts for credit if it was taken prior to being accepted into the BA/MA program. It may not be taken once the student has been accepted into the BA/MA program; ECON 202a must then be taken. ECON 82a is not a substitute for ECON 202a and ECON 202a does not satisfy the undergraduate Macroeconomics requirement. 

ECON 160a is a substitute for ECON 260a and it counts for credit if it was taken prior to being accepted into the BA/MA program. It may not be taken once the student is accepted into the BA/MA program; ECON 260a must then be taken. Students who took ECON 160a can not take ECON 260a.


Finance

2 courses (8 credits) are required. 

Course Number Course Name Usually Offered

FIN 201a 

or ECON 171a

Investments

or Financial Economics

Fall

ECON 174a

FIN 202a

Corporate Finance

International Corporate Finance

Spring



ECON 171a is a substitute for FIN 201a and it also counts for credit if it was taken prior to being accepted to the BA/MA program. It may not be taken once you have started the BA/MA program; FIN 201a must then be taken instead. Students who took ECON 171a can not take FIN 201a, but instead can take FIN 205a (an accelerated version of FIN 201a); however, it is not recommended. 

ECON 174a is a substitute for FIN 202a and it counts for credit if it was taken prior to being accepted into the BA/MA program. It may not be taken once a student is accepted into the BA/MA program; FIN 202a must then be taken. Students who took ECON 174a prior to starting the BA/MA program can not take FIN 202a.


Accounting

1 course (4 credits) required. BUS 6a is a substitute for FIN 212a but it does not count for master's credit. If you took BUS 6a before starting the BA/MA program, you can not take FIN 212a, but may choose to take FIN 213a instead. 

Course Number Course Name Usually Offered
BUS 6a Financial Accounting* Fall
FIN 212a Accounting and Financial Analysis Fall


*This course counts as fulfillment of requirement, but does not count for credit. It may not be taken once enrolled in the BA/MA program.


Quantitative Methods

1 full course equivalent (4 credits) is required.

 
Course Number Course Name Usually Offered
BUS 211f Information Management Spring
FIN 217f Financial Modeling Fall & Spring
FIN 218f Financial Modeling II Spring
ECON 184b Econometrics** Fall & Spring
ECON 185a Econometrics with Linear Algebra** Spring



Students may count ECON 184b or ECON 185a towards the quantitative requirement. It may be taken either before entering or while enrolled in the BA/MA program.

**These courses assume knowledge of statistics and intermediate micro- and macroeconomics.


Electives

5.5 full courses (an equivalent of 22 credits) is required. These courses should be focused on the specialization you wish to pursue.