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Accelerated Master's Program at Brandeis IBS

The Accelerated Master’s Program at Brandeis International Business School (IBS) allows undergraduate students studying economics or business, and earning a degree from a U.S. institution*, to earn a Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MA) degree in just one additional year after completing their BA or BS.

The Accelerated MA Program curriculum combines graduate business coursework and practical learning in both international economics and finance – giving students expanded knowledge across both subjects and enabling them to succeed in the global job market across a wide range of opportunities. Students join us in June and graduate in May.

*Students at Connecticut College should contact their advisors for details on the partnership agreement with Brandeis IBS.

New STEM Designation

As a part of our flagship MA degree in international economics and finance, the Accelerated MA program now has STEM designation, which acknowledges its quantitative approach and curricular emphasis on econometrics. The Accelerated MA degree offers a strong focus on the analysis of economic phenomena and related issues, including economic modeling, forecasting and evaluation. Further, under current rules, it enables international students in this program to extend practical training for up to 36 months after graduation.

Why an Accelerated MA at Brandeis IBS?

An Additional Year of Experience for a Lifetime of Success
The program’s accelerated nature equips students with the real-world experience and career guidance from faculty and staff to become competitive candidates at leading financial and economic organizations around the world.

Ranked Among the Best in the United States
The Financial Times ranks the MA program 2nd in the U.S. among pre-experience programs. The program is in the top 10 in the U.S. and has been for six years in a row – a ranking that continues to climb year after year.

A Solid Foundation in a Thriving Location
Brandeis IBS is located in Waltham, Massachusetts – a short distance from Boston’s thriving financial center. The school is part of Brandeis University, which is ranked on U.S. News and World Report’s list of top universities and has been every year since its inception. The school combines the faculty and resources of a world-class research institution with the personalized attention of a small liberal arts college. 

Advance Your Career Opportunities and Timeline

Learn about career paths for graduates with an MA in international economics and finance here.

Application Deadlines

Summer 2018

Application Deadline

Notification Date

November 15

December 20

February 1

March 14

April 1

May 2


Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM ET on the deadline, and completed within one week after the deadline, to receive an admissions decision on the corresponding notification date. A complete application includes all required materials, including the video essay and application fee. Applications which remain incomplete after a deadline will be moved to the next round of admission. Applications that remain incomplete after the final deadline will be denied.

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Application Requirements

Prerequisites and Required Coursework  


The following prerequisites must be completed prior to beginning the Accelerated MA program. These courses must be taken at an accredited 3- or 4-year, not-for-profit college or university. Courses to satisfy the prerequisites may be taken online. Courses taken at other educational institutions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in order to meet the requirement. Each course must be at least at least 3 credits or the equivalent of a full-semester course.

An introductory course in Statistics such as Statistics or Quantitative Methods

Two of the following:
Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics

Required Coursework

Additionally, students must complete a minimum of 16 credits of upper-level economics or business courses, with a minimum grade of "B-" in each course, prior to beginning the Accelerated MA program.


Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree in business or economics from an accredited U.S. institution.

Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended are required (including transfer credit, study abroad, post-graduate work, etc.) Official transcripts are required from each institution only if you accept an offer of admission.

Resume and Work Experience  

A current resume detailing educational and employment history is required.

We also require a detailed employment history as part of the online application. Candidates should include internships in the employment history section of the online application.


One written essay is required as part of the online application. 

The written essay question is as follows:

How will a degree in both economics and finance help you reach your short-term and long-term career goals? (500-1000 words)

If necessary, you may submit a second, optional essay with additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to consider as part of your application. You should use this space to discuss gaps in your employment, academic issues (probation, dismissal, failing grades, etc.) (500-1000 words)

Video Essay  

Applicants must submit a brief video responding to three questions posed by the Brandeis IBS community, as well as a written response to a fourth question. The video essay is a great way for the admissions committee to learn a little bit more about you. You will be prompted to complete the video essay once you have submitted your application.


Two recommendations are required for this program. One recommendation should come from a professional contact and one recommendation should come from an academic contact. You will be asked to provide your recommenders' contact information as part of the online application. Use your recommender's institutional or corporate email address. Submissions from anonymous email addresses (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo) may be subject to additional review. An email with instructions on submitting the online recommendation will be sent to your recommenders. Only online recommendations will be accepted, and recommendation letters must be submitted on the recommender's organization letterhead.

Application Fee  

A $100 non-refundable application fee payable by credit/debit card is required of all applicants.


Applicants who have not completed at least three years of study at their U.S. institution must submit a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic score. TOEFL, IELTS and PTE scores are valid for up to two years. 

The Brandeis IBS TOEFL code is 3122. 

A TOEFL (internet-based) score of 100, TOEFL (paper-based) score of 600, IELTS score of 7.0 or PTE Academic score of 68 is required for admission. 

An unofficial test score should be submitted as part of the online application. Official test scores are required if you accept an offer of admission. 

Tuition & Fees

Please note that tuition rates increase each academic year by approximately 3-4%. 


Summer 2017: $12,500

Fall 2017: $25,483

Spring 2018: $25,483


$75 Orientation fee (charged in the first term of the program)

$44 Student Activity fee (charged in the fall and spring terms of the program)

Accelerated MA Curriculum

Based on successful completion of your economics major at your home institution, you will receive 16 credits toward the Accelerated MA degree. 

Accelerated MA students complete the Summer 2017 courses together as a cohort and then join other Brandeis IBS students for their courses in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. Curriculum requirements for the Accelerated MA program are identical to those of the 2-year MA program (with the exception of the Accelerated MA Consulting Field Project fulfilling four core credits rather than two core credits). 

Students work closely with their MA program adviser to develop and individual curriculum plan based on the undergraduate coursework they have completed, as well as to review their academic goals. 

Accelerated MA Summer 2017 Courses (12 credits)  

FIN 202a Corporate Finance or HS 250a Accounting and Financial Analysis (4 credits)
BUS 263a Strategy and Innovation (4 credits)
BUS 295a Consulting Field Project (4 credits)


Accelerated MA students are encouraged to use 16-20 of their elective credits to complete one of five concentrations: