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 multilateral organizations. Common employers for graduates who earn this concentration include consulting firms, corporations, financial institutions and government agencies.
Nimisha Shinday

Nimisha Shinday


Consulting Analyst

Nisha Sheth

Nisha Sheth



Ebenezer Amoh

Ebenezer Amoh

Credit Suisse


Edward K Gondwe

Edward K Gondwe

African Development Bank

Senior Governance Officer

Faculty Spotlight: Carol Osler

Professor Carol Osler teaches Trading and Exchanges, drawing on her expertise in financial markets, and Applied International Macroeconomics, which builds on her experience as a practicing economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Her research focuses on the microeconomics of financial markets with a special focus on the foreign exchange market. Osler holds an MA from Swarthmore and a PhD from Princeton.

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)
  • ECON 261a: Empirical Analysis of Trade Policy (4 credits)
  • ECON/FIN 250a: Forecasting in Economics and Finance (4 credits)
  • BUS 212a: Analyzing Big Data II (4 credits)
Group 2: Core Applied Economic Analysis (4 credits)
  • ECON 241a: Antitrust and Regulation (4 credits)
  • ECON 270a: Economic Development Strategies (4 credits)
  • FIN 247a: Transfer Pricing Theory and Practice (4 credits)

Or any course from group 1 not taken to satisfy that requirement

Group 3: Applied Economic Electives (8 credits)
  • FIN 254a: Modern Finance, FinTech and Beyond (4 credits)
  • BUS 211f: Big Data I (2 credits)
  • BUS 260a: Competition and Strategy (4 credits)
  • BUS 262a: Alliance, Acquisition, and Divestment Strategy (4 credits)
  • BUS 263a: Strategy and Innovation (4 credits)
  • BUS 253a: Marketing Research (4 credits)
  • BUS 272a: Operations Management (4 credits)
  • BUS 279f: Corporate Fraud: Detection and Prevention (2 credits)
  • BUS/FIN 241f: Machine Learning and Data Analytics for Business & Finance (2 credits)
  • ECON/BUS 265a: Business & Economic Strategies in Emerging Markets (4 credits)
  • ECON/FIN 243a: Technolgical Rivalry (4 credits)
  • ECON 217f: Game Theory and Business Strategy (2 credits)
  • ECON 235a: Central Banking (4 credits)
  • ECON 253a: Asia: Center of the World Economy (4 credits)
  • ECON/FIN 209a: Behavioral Economics and Finance (4 credits)
  • ECON 252f: Economy of China (2 credits)

Or any course from groups 1 and 2 not taken to satisfy those requirements

Capstone (at least 2 credits)
  • ECON 281f Challenges in the Global Economy: International Trade and Development (2 credits)
  • ECON 282f Challenges in the Global Economy: Macroeconomics Policy and Finance (2 credits)


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