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The Five Year BA/MA Program - Our Innovative Curriculum

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.

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

New STEM Designation

As a part of our flagship MA degree in international economics and finance, the BA/MA program now has STEM designation, which acknowledges its quantitative approach and curricular emphasis on econometrics. The BA/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.

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
  • 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.

Curriculum requirements for the BA/MA program are identical to those of the 2-year MA program

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

Concentrations

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

Student & Alumni Profiles

Johanna Silverio '07, MA '08, MBA '11

Three Brandeis degrees for one accomplished alumna

Johanna Silverio, BA/MA '08, MBA '11

Among Brandeis alumni, Johanna Silverio has a rare distinction: she holds not one, not two, but three degrees from the University—including an MA and MBA from Brandeis International Business School (IBS).

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.