Brandeis International Business School

Applied Economic Analysis

The MA program concentration in Applied Economic Analysis gives students a firm understanding of how business decisions are made in corporations, governments and financial institutions, as well as how those decisions are impacted by government policies within the context of a global economy.

Careers in Business Economics

Students in this concentration will develop knowledge of microeconomics, macroeconomics, international trade and finance to pursue careers in financial and economic consulting, banking, asset management and in multilateral organizations. Common employers for graduates who earn this concentration include consulting firms, corporations, financial institutions and government agencies.
  • Nisha Sheth
    Nisha Sheth, MA ‘00



  • Ebenezer Amoh
    Ebenezer Amoh, MA '13

    Credit Suisse


  • Edward K Gondwe, MA '06

    African Development Bank

    Senior Governance Officer

Faculty Specializing in Economics

Our faculty and advisors include a former research staff member on the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, former Boston Fed employees, and the current Chief Economist for the Organisation for the Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). 

Professor Stephen G. Cecchetti is a renowned expert in monetary policy and financial regulation. He served as chief economist at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and chief economist at the Federal Reserve of New York. Cecchetti is currently affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research and coauthors a blog on finance and economics.

Concentration Requirements

The MA Concentration in Applied Economic Analysis requires the completion of 16 credits across the groups listed below.
Group 1: Required Courses (4 credits required)
  • BUS 212a Big Data II (4 credits)
  • ECON 261a Empirical Analysis of Trade Policy (4 credits)
  • ECON/FIN 250a Forecasting in Economics and Finance (4 credits)
Group 2: Core Applied Economic Analysis (8 credits required)
  • BUS 211f Big Data I (2 credits)

  • BUS 260a Competition and Strategy (4 credits)
BUS 262a Alliance and Acquisition Strategy (4 credits)

  • BUS 263a Strategy and Innovation (4 credits)
BUS 265a Business Strategy in Emerging Markets (4 credits)
ECON 217f Game Theory and Business Strategy (2 credits)
ECON 235a Central Banking (4 credits)

  • ECON 241a Antitrust and Regulation (4 credits)
ECON 253a Asia: Center of the World Economy (4 credits)
ECON 270a Economic Development Strategies (4 credits)

  • ECON/FIN 209a Behavioral Finance and Economics (4 credits)

  • FIN 247a Transfer Pricing Theory and Practice (4 credits)
Group 3: Supplemental Electives (4 credits required)
  • BUS 253a Marketing Research (4 credits)
  • BUS 272a Operations Management (4 credits)
  • BUS 279f Corporate Fraud: Detection and Prevention (2 credits)
  • ECON 122b* Economics of the Middle East (2 credits)
  • ECON 135a* Industrial Organization (4 credits)
  • ECON 176a* Household Health and Hunger in Developing Countries (4 credits)
  • ECON 252f Economy of China (2 credits)
  • ECON 299a Master's Project (4 credits, requires permission)
  • FIN 235a Investing in Energy (4 credits)
  • FIN 248f Advanced Corporate Finance (2 credits)
  • FIN 252f Banking, Central Banking & Int'l Financial Systems

or any course from groups 1 and 2 not taken to satisfy those requirements
*qualified students may take these courses with instructor permission


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