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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 38 core credits. MBA students complete most of the following core courses together as a cohort during the first year of the program. There are two required, foundational courses - Business Statistics and Microeconomics - which students are encouraged to take online in the summer before beginning the MBA program, if they haven't already taken equivalent courses in prior studies. Taking these two courses before starting the MBA program allows students to begin taking electives in the first semester of the program. 

Fall 1

BUS 252a Marketing Management (4 credits)
FIN 212a Financial Accounting (4 credits)
FIN 201a Investments (4 credits)
BUS 219f Fundamentals of Organizational Behavior (2 credits)
Elective (4 credits) OR ECON 210f Foundations of Statistics (2 credits) AND ECON 206f Microeconomics (2 credits)

Spring 1

BUS 260a Competition and Strategy (4 credits)
BUS 272a Operations Management (4 credits)
FIN 202a Corporate Finance (4 credits)
Elective (4 credits)

Other Core Courses to Be Completed for Graduation

BUS 228f Management Communication (2 credits)

Organizational Behavior - Select One (minimum 2 credits required)
BUS 222f Global Dexterity (2 credits)
BUS 226 Managing Global Human Capital (2 credits)
BUS 227a Influence, Power and Identity (4 credits)
BUS 275f Transnational Negotiations (2 credits)

Business Analytics - Select One or Two (4 credits required)
BUS 211f Big Data I (2 credits)
BUS 212a Big Data II (4 credits)
BUS 235f Real Estate Fundamentals (2 credits)
BUS 253a Marketing Research (4 credits)
ECON 213a Applied Econometrics (4 credits)
FIN 217f Financial Modeling I (2 credits)
FIN 218f Financial Modeling II (2 credits)
FIN 225f Real Estate Finance (2 credits)


The MBA program requires 26 elective credits. These electives allow students to deepen their learning in specific areas. MA students may use 20 of their elective credits to complete one of four 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:

Students are highly encouraged to concentrate within one of these four areas. Students who default to a general MBA curriculum must still fulfill the required 64 credits, which includes 4 credits for fundamental courses, 26 credits for core requirements, 4 credits for quantitative requirements, 4 credits for a capstone course, and 26 credits of electives. The quantitative requirement and the capstone course must be within one of the defined concentrations, and both must be within the same concentration. 


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.