Brandeis International Business School

Program Description

The MSBA/MBA dual degree is an intensive program that requires 77 credits over four to five semesters. This dual degree provides students with an advanced knowledge of data management, business analytics, strategy and general management to pursue leadership positions in career fields including consulting, data science, business and financial analysis, risk management, compliance, and marketing.

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 MBA degree can be found on their program pages.

MSBA/MBA students earn a Data Analytics concentration in the MBA program. Students have the option of using their electives to complete a second concentration in the MBA program.

Degree Requirements (77 credits)

MSBA

Core Requirements (20 credits)

  • BUS 211a: Foundations of Data Analytics (4 credits)
  • BUS 240f: Information Visualization (2 credits)
  • ECON 213a: Applied Econometrics with R (4 credits)
  • BUS 212a: Advanced Data Analytics (4 credits)
  • BUS 215f: Python and its Application to Business Analytics (2 credits)
  • BUS 241a: Machine Learning and Data Analysis for Business and Finance ( 4 credits)

Data Elective Credit (4 credits) Choose one based on interest

  • BUS 256a: Marketing Analytics (4 credits)
  • BUS 276a: Business Dynamics (4 credits)
  • ECON/FIN 250a: Forecasting in Economics and Finance (4 credits)

Practicum (4 credits)

  • BUS 296a: Internship
  • BUS 294a: Field Project
  • BUS 290a: Directed Research
MBA

MBA Core Degree Requirements (30 credits)

  • FIN 212a Financial Accounting and Analysis (4 credits)
  • FIN 203a Financial Management (4 credits) — May be substituted with FIN 201a and FIN 202a, which is recommended for MBAs concentrating in Finance.
  • BUS 252a Marketing Management (4 credits)
  • BUS 219f Fundamentals of Organizational Behavior (2 credits)
  • BUS 228b MBA Career Strategy and Management Communication (2 credits)
  • BUS 260a Competition and Strategy (4 credits)
  • Operations Requirement: BUS 272a Operations Management (4 credits) or BUS 276a Business Dynamics (4 credits)
  • Economic Environment Course (4 credits) — various choices
  • Advanced Organizational Behavior course (2 credits) — various choices

General Elective Requirement (19 credits)

Sample Course Plan

First Year
Fall (17 credits)
  • BUS 211a: Foundations of Analytics (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: Advanced Data Analytics (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 Business Analytics (4 credits)
  • BUS 296a: Internship (4 credits)
Second Year

Fall (16 credits)

  • BUS 252a: Marketing Management (4 credits)
  • BUS 219f: Organizational Behavior (2 credits)
  • OB Elective (2 credits)
  • BUS 228b: MBA Career Strategy and Management Communication (2 credits)
  • Econ Environment Requirement (4 credits)
  • Electives (2 credits)

Spring (16 credits)

  • Operations Requirement (4 credits)
  • MBA electives (8 credits)
  • Electives (4 credits)

Summer (8 credits)*

  • MBA 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.

MBA 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

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MSBA Career Outcomes MBA Career Outcomes 

Admissions

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