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Our Innovative MA Curriculum in Economics and Finance

Focusing on Global Economics and Finance

Our two-year Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MA) program features an innovative curriculum around our core strengths in international finance, economics, and business. The MA targets the financial and economic skills needed to understand forces driving the global economy and the operations of international capital markets.

Key elements of the MA curriculum include:

  • a conceptual framework for understanding global markets
  • sophisticated skills in finance, accounting, business and economic analysis, and quantitative methods
  • advanced expertise in one or more specialized areas – for example, derivatives, development policy, portfolio management, or region-based economic topics
  • an ability to apply skills and expertise to "real world" trends and challenges
  • concrete skills in financial modeling and analysis through the use of our expansive Bloomberg Lab, one of the largest in the Boston area

Program of Study

Beginning with instruction in learning skills and analytical approaches, you will quickly receive training in specialized expertise and real-world applications. One of your four semesters in the program may be spent studying abroad.

Electives cover analytical and applied subjects, all taught by senior professionals in the field. We pride ourselves on the dynamism of our offerings, particularly how one of six courses is new each year. By continuously updating and evaluating the MA curriculum, we encourage our students to utilize major current trends in the global economy and apply their learning and analysis to practical situations.

Students in the Lemberg MA program complete a total of 64 credits (equivalent to 16 full semester courses). Core courses account for 34 credits, but students may exempt from core courses by demonstrating competence. Students who have previous accounting coursework may take Intermediate Financial Accounting (FIN 213a). Students may take 4 credits (one course) in a professionally-relevant field other than ECON, FIN, or BUS.

Students are required to be "in residence" for two years (four full-time semesters). During these two years, students take a course load of 16 four-credit courses (64 total credits). Students may not accelerate their degree by taking heavier course loads or taking courses over the summer. A full-time student is defined as taking a minimum of three courses (12 credits) in a semester.