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The Five Year BA/MA Program - Our Innovative Curriculum

Focus on Global Economics and Finance

The BA/MA Program at Brandeis International Business School (IBS) is an innovative 5-year degree program that allows Brandeis undergraduates to earn their BA plus a Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MA). The curriculum targets financial and economic skills needed to understand the global economy and international finance. 

The BA/MA Curriculum:

  • Provides students with sophisticated skills in finance, economic analysis, and accounting
  • Uses our expansive Bloomberg Lab to familiarize students with essential Bloomberg tools for financial modeling and data analysis
  • Provides advanced expertise in one or more specialized areas, including risk management, international economic policy, and data analysis.
  • Incorporates electives and core courses taught by senior professionals in the field, with new courses added to reflect areas of high demand in target fields
  • Goes beyond traditional economic analysis. Students learn about "behavioral" influences on financial markets; the origins, propagation and bursting of financial bubbles; and how financial market dynamics generate macroeconomic instability. 
  • Helps students learn to apply key concepts to complex real-life situations. Our students graduate ready to analyze current challenges to financial stability or economic growth anywhere in the world.

Students interested in the BA/MA program must apply in the spring semester of their junior year. 

Student & Alumni Profiles

It’s great to see that WCJ has made a positive difference in people’s lives.

Ari Mahller, BA/MA '02

Finally, after spending several years learning about the industry and developing my network, I founded West Coast Jewelry in January of 2007.

Image of Myra Chaudhary BA/MA ‘10 and former MA Senator John Kerry

Blogging to Improve U.S.-Pakistani Relations

Myra Chaudhary, BA/MA '10

Myra Chaudhary, BA/MA ‘10 was a recipient of the Brandeis IBS American Leadership Award during her time at Brandeis IBS, a recognition of her outstanding potential for an international career.

Yuki Hasegawa

Going Global with Goldman Sachs

Yuki Hasegawa, BA/MA '10

Yuki Hasegawa '09, MA ’10, a human resources analyst at Goldman Sachs, helps manage training and development programs for the investment bank’s most important asset: its talent.