Brandeis International Business School

Core Curriculum

Focusing on Business, Economics and Finance

students in classroom

Our Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MA) program options feature an innovative curriculum designed around our core strengths in business, economics and finance. 

Key Elements

  • Develop analytical skills needed to understand forces driving the global economy
  • Gain an ability to apply skills and expertise to real-world trends and challenges
  • Experience our expansive Bloomberg Lab, one of the largest in the Boston area, to learn financial modeling and analysis

Course Requirements & Timeline

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 field project that puts your skills to work 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 a concentration-specific elective (4 credits)
  • FIN 202a Corporate Finance (4 credits)
Other Core Courses to be Completed for Graduation:
Practicum: internship, field project or directed research (2 credits)
Capstone (2 credits)
Software Profieciency beyond STATA

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.