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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 business economics, real estate finance, financial economics and data analytics
  • 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

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.

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.