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Financial Economics: Developing Global Strategy

A firm understanding of both finance and economics is critical in the development of economic policies and the assessment of investment decisions for corporations, governments, central banks and financial institutions. Students in the MA program who declare a concentration in Financial Economics leave equipped with the analytical, presentation and communication skills necessary for effective presentation of economic and investment strategies.


Careers in Business Economics

Students in this concentration will develop a keen understanding of how financial and economic decisions inform and are impacted by governments, politics and the global economy. They leave well-positioned to pursue careers in banking, investment banking, asset management, central banking, public policy and other areas in which both economics and finance intersect. 


Kim Myers, MA '13

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Kim Myers, MA '13

At Brandeis IBS, Kim Myers was a Leadership Fellow, co-president of the Investment Club and a member of the winning team at the Boston CFA Institute Research Challenge. Today, she puts her financial skills to work at electronic trading company EBS BrokerTec.

Jake Jolly Brandeis IBS Alumni

Economist, IHS Global Insight

Jacob Jolly, MA '11

"I strongly believe that the economics courses at Brandeis IBS provided me with the skill set, and most importantly the macroeconomic intuition, necessary to quickly analyze macro data and produce insightful economic reports."


Concentration Requirements

The MA Concentration in Financial Economics requires the completion of 20 credits.

Group 1: Required Course (4 credits required)
FIN 270a Options and Derivatives (4 credits)

Group 2: Core Courses (8 credits required)

ECON 235a Central Banking (4 credits)
ECON/FIN 209a Behavioral Economics and Finance (4 credits)
ECON/FIN 250a Forecasting in Economics and Finance (4 credits)
FIN 217f Corporate Financial Modeling (2 credits)
FIN 218f Portfolio Financial Modeling (2 credits)
FIN 252f Banking, Central Banking & Int'l Financial Systems (2 credits)
FIN 261a Fixed Income Securities (4 credits)
FIN 271a Options and Derivatives II (4 credits)
FIN 279a Applied Risk Management (4 credits)

Group 3: Financial Electives (8 credits required)

ECON/FIN 256a Taming the Financial Markets (4 credits)
ECON 260a International Trade Policy and Institutions (4 credits)
FIN 230a Trading and Exchanges (4 credits)
FIN 231f Private Equity (2 credits)
FIN 232a Mergers and Acquisitions (4 credits)
FIN 235a Investing in Energy (4 credits)
FIN 237f Security Analysis (2 credits)
FIN 247a Transfer Pricing Theory and Practice (4 credits)
FIN 285a Computer Simulation and Risk Analysis (4 credits)
FIN 288a Corporate Financial Engineering (4 credits)
or any course from group 1 not used to satisfy that requirement


Financial Economics Faculty

Professor Mike McKayLearn from top researchers and practitioners in finance and economics, ranging from award-winning authors to former economists at the Boston and New York Federal Reserve Banks, a partner at Bain Capital and more.