Brandeis International Business School

MSBA/MA Dual Degree

Program Description

The MSBA/MA dual degree is an intensive program that requires 77 credits over four semesters, including up to two summer terms. This dual degree provides students with a unique blend of finance, economics and business analytics skills to pursue in-demand positions in careers including finance, consulting, data science and business analytics.

Students who enroll in the dual degree when admitted to the business school or during their first program are able to complete both degrees with a combined 77 credits, instead of the 105 credits required to earn each degree independently. Transfer credits may not be applied toward the required 77 credits needed for the degrees. Students must meet admissions requirements of both programs to be admitted to the dual degree program and complete the requirements of both programs to earn both degrees. Full requirements for the MSBA and MA degrees can be found on their program pages.

MSBA/MA students can earn a Data Analytics concentration in the MA program based on degree requirements. However, students may select an alternative concentration in the MA program.

Sample Course Plan

First Year

Fall (17 credits)

  • Bus 211f: Big Data I (2 credits)
  • Bus 240f: Information Visualization (2 credits)
  • Bus 215f: Python and its Application to Business Analytics (2 credits)
  • Econ 213a: Applied Econometrics with R (4 credits)
  • Fin 203a: Financial Management (4 credits)
  • Elective (2 credits)
  • Bus 224g: Launching Your Global Career (1 credit)

Spring (16 credits)

  • Bus 212a: Big Data II (4 credits)
  • Bus 241a: Machine Learning and Data Analysis for Business and Finance (4 credits)
  • Bus 260a: Competition and Strategy (4 credits)
  • Electives (4 credits)

Summer (4 credits)

MSBA Practicum (choose only one):

  • BUS 290a: Directed Research (4 credits)
  • BUS 294a: Field Project in Finance (4 credits)
  • BUS 296a: Internship (4 credits)
Second Year

Fall (16 credits)

  • Fin 212a: Financial Accounting and Analysis (4 credits)
  • Fin 201a: Investments (4 credits)
  • Econ 207a: Managerial Economics (4 credits)
  • Elective (4 credits)

Spring (16 credits)

  • Econ 202a: Applied International Macroeconomics (4 credits)
  • Fin 202a: Corporate Finance (4 credits)
  • Electives (8 credits)

Summer (8 credits)*

  • MA Electives (8 credits)

*Students who would like to accelerate their program and graduate in Spring 2 may take an increased course load in Spring 1, Fall 2 and Spring 2.

MA students who apply to add the MSBA dual degree in their first year will have a course plan that more closely resembles Year 2, followed by Year 1.

Career Outcomes

Looking for information about our alumni and their career paths? 

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