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Accelerated MA

“In just one additional year of study, students earn our highly ranked MA degree which prepares them to secure diverse roles in economics, business and finance across the globe.”

George Hall, MA Program Director

1-Year Pre-Experience Program

The Accelerated MA Program 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. Students join us in June and graduate in May.

Practical Learning

The curriculum combines graduate business coursework and practical learning in both international economics and finance. This provides students with expanded knowledge across both subjects.

Ranked Among the Best in the United States

The Financial Times ranks the MA program 3rd in the U.S. among pre-experience programs. The program is in the top 10 in the U.S. and has been for seven years in a row.


Study in a program that lets international students extend a 12-month post-graduate practical training experience by an additional 24 months. Learn more.

Advance Your Career Opportunities and Timeline

Nimisha Shinday

Graduates of our Accelerated MA program leave with a career advantage beyond that of a bachelor's degree.

The Accelerated MA is in its inaugural year and our students are finalizing their post-graduate career plans. Given our Accelerated MA and BA/MA students are U.S. educated and complete the MA in just one additional year after their undergraduate studies, you may find it helpful to review our BA/MA career outcomes.


Nimisha Shinday, MA '18 opted to stay at Brandeis for one extra year to complete the Accelerated MA program. With high-level business experience added to her Brandeis undergraduate degree, she accepted an offer to work as a consulting analyst at Accenture in New York beginning the summer after her graduation.

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 summer courses together as a cohort and then join other Brandeis IBS students for their courses in the fall and spring semesters that follow. Curriculum requirements for the Accelerated MA program are identical to those of the 2-year MA program.

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

Accelerated MA Summer 2018 Courses (12 credits)
  • BUS 263a Strategy and Innovation (4 credits)
  • BUS 295a Consulting Field Project (4 credits)
  • FIN 202a Corporate Finance (4 credits)
  • HS 250a Accounting and Financial Analysis (4 credits)
  • ECON 202a Applied International Macro (4 credits)

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


Are you ready to get started? Request more information about the Accelerated MA or begin applying today. Looking for more information on admissions? Contact us, connect with an Accelerated MA student ambassador or explore the links below:

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