Business School finance program ranked best in US
First-ever Financial Times polling on masters in finance programs that do not require experience
Brandeis' International Business School -- which is consistently judged to be among the best schools in the world by organizations such as The Princeton Review, The Economist and TopMBA -- has been ranked number one in the United States for its Lemberg Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance Program.
The ranking was achieved in the Financial Times' first-ever survey of the Top 30 Global Masters in Finance programs that do not require work experience. The school also earned 14th position globally in a strong field of schools from around the world.
The ranking, which draws on the opinions and achievements of alumni who graduated in international economics and finance three years ago, reflects the longstanding strength of the school's teaching and faculty in the finance discipline. The master's program was designed to help students develop expertise in international finance, economics and business. It is particularly suited for those planning careers in finance and economic policy. The program is highly global in its curriculum and student diversity; in fall 2010, the 170 students in the program hailed from 42 countries.
In an article, the Financial Times also reported favorably on the business school's Master of Science in Finance program, commenting that "the economic downturn and its consequences brought into sharp focus the importance of formal training in finance for professionals in that sector."
Bruce R. Magid, dean of the International Business School, welcomed news of the ranking by the Financial Times and agreed that, more than ever before, the environment demands rigorous training in finance.
"Our faculty works hard to ensure students receive a truly global educational experience which they can apply to careers anywhere in the world," Magid said. "Finance is one of our greatest strengths and we are excited that this has been recognized — in the US and globally — in a leading ranking."
Marty Wyngaarden Krauss, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Brandeis, said that "this is another indication of the recognition that Brandeis International Business School is receiving worldwide. It is also a powerful testament to both the strength of its faculty and the accomplishments of its graduates working around the globe."