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MBA Program Curriculum, Core Courses, and Electives

Your Academic Experience

As an MBA student at Brandeis IBS, you will have the opportunity to customize your course plan and portfolio by working closely with faculty and advisors. To ensure you're on the fast-track to global business and leadership success, the MBA curriculum is:

  • Challenging, broadly applicable and considerate of all business topics – from corporate communication to data analysis – through a global lens
  • A range from global dexterity and transnational negotiations to marketing and investments
  • Continually updated to reflect the latest developments in global business and world affairs
  • Specialized to give you the technical training you need -- in the Bloomberg Lab and other “must-have” industry technologies
  • Design your own MBA by combining courses from the list below and by pursuing coursework at other Brandeis graduate schools.
Core Courses  

The MBA program requires 34 core credits. To succeed in core courses, MBA students are expected to have completed introductory courses in microeconomics and in statistics before enrolling, which can be online courses. If this is not completed before enrollment, students will be required to complete this requirement in the first semester. Concentrations require 20 additional credits.


Fin 212a Financial Accounting and Analysis (4 credits)


Bus/Fin 205a Financial Strategy and Markets (NEW COURSE TBD, 4 credits)

May be substituted for with Fin 201a and Fin 202a, which is recommended for MBAs concentrating in Finance.


Bus 252a Marketing Management (4 credits)


Bus 228f Management Communications (2 credits)

Organizational Behavior

Bus 219f Fundamentals of Organizational Behavior (2 credits)

Plus at least 2 credits from:

  • Bus 222f Global Dexterity (2 credits)
  • Bus 226f Managing Global Human Capital (2 credits)
  • Bus 227a Influence, Power and Identity (4 credits)
  • Bus 275f Transnational Negotiations (2 credits)
  • HS 244a Responsible Negotiation (4 credits)
  • HS 257b Conflict Resolution by Negotiation (4 credits)
  • RPJM 113 negotiating and Conflict Resolution (3 credits, online)


Bus 272a Operations Management (4 credits)


Bus 260a Competition and Strategy (4 credits)

Economic Environment

4 credits from:

  • Bus/Econ 265a Business & Econ Strategies in Emerging Markets (4 credits)
  • Econ 207a Managerial Economics (4 credits; permission needed)
  • Fin 235a Investing in Energy (4 credits)

Business Analytics

4 credits from:

  • Bus 211f Analyzing Big Data I (2 credits)
  • Bus 212a Analyzing Big Data II (4 credits)
  • Bus 253a Marketing Research and Design (4 credits)
  • Econ213a Applied Econometrics (4 credits)
  • Fin 217f Corporate Financial Modeling (2 credits)
  • Fin 218f Portfolio Financial Modeling II (2 credits)

Other Degree Expectations

MBA students are strongly recommended to complete practical training in one of the following ways:

  • 2 credits of an internship in the summer between the first and second year, or during a semester.
  • 4 credits of a field-projects or consulting course.
  • 8 credits in courses that include a practical training component (TBD).

The MBA program requires 30 elective credits. These electives allow students to deepen their learning in specific areas. MBA students may use elective credits to complete one of five concentrations. Students also have the option of selecting a second concentration. Certain courses may apply to both concentrations, making it possible to complete both concentrations within the MBA program requirements. The MBA program concentrations are:


As a full-time student, you will earn your MBA degree in four (4) semesters – or approximately 21 months. Each academic year in the MBA program is divided into two semesters, each of which is about 13 weeks long. Because there's an extensive amount of information to cover -- whether through lectures, case discussions, team projects and more -- you will take at least four semester-long courses every semester. 

During the summer between your first and second year, you'll work at an internship in your field or concentration or be involved in field projects that are important for developing you career options.