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Our Innovative MA Curriculum in Economics and Finance

Focusing on Global Economics and Finance

Our Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MA) program options feature 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
  • 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
2-Year MA Timeline  

As a full-time student, you will earn your MA degree in four semesters – or approximately 21 months. Each academic year in the MA program is divided into two semesters, each of which is about 13 weeks long. 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. 

Beginning with instruction in learning skills and analytical approaches, you will quickly receive training in specialized areas with real-world applications. One of your four semesters in the program may be spent studying abroad. Additionally, during the summer between your first and second year, you will work at an internship or be involved in a consulting field project that emphasizes your skills and enhances your career options. 

Core Courses  

MA students complete a total of 64 credits (equivalent to 16 full-semester courses). The core courses below account for 32 credits, but students may exempt from core courses by demonstrating competence in those areas. Student with previous accounting coursework may take Intermediate Financial Accounting (FIN 213a) instead of FIN 212a. Students who pursue a concentration in Data Analytics, Financial Economics, Marketing or Real Estate Finance may substitute a concentration elective course for ECON 260a, International Trade Policy. 

Fall 1:
ECON 207a Managerial Economics (4 credits)
ECON 213a Applied Econometrics (4 credits)
FIN 201a Investments (4 credits)
FIN 212a Accounting and Financial Analysis (4 credits)
BUS 224g Launching Your Global Career (1 credit)

Spring 1:
ECON 202a Applied International Macroeconomics (4 credits)
ECON 260a International Trade Policy OR Concentration-Specific Elective (4 credits)
FIN 202a Corporate Finance (4 credits)

Other Core Courses to be Completed for Graduation:
Practicum: Internship, Consulting Field Project or Directed Research (2 credits)
Capstone (2 credits)

Note: The practicum and capstone requirements are combined into one full semester course for the Data Analytics, Marketing and Real Estate Finance concentrations. 


The MA program requires 32 elective credits. These electives allow students to deepen their learning in specific areas. MA students are encouraged to use 16-20 of their elective credits to complete one of five concentrations: