Brandeis International Business School

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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.”

Aldo Musacchio, 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 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.


International students are eligible for up to 36 months of practical training in the U.S. after graduation. Learn more.

Advance Your Career Opportunities and Timeline

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

Completing a master's degree in both international economics and finance raises their average starting salary by nearly 20% (data compared to and enables them to better tackle leading issues within countries and companies around the world.

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 and 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 or explore the links below:

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