Brandeis International Business School

The MBA concentration in Finance prepares students to analyze and manage corporate financial decisions, valuation, investment risks and financial market instruments. Students gain a deep understanding of global financial markets and economics. Because this concentration is STEM designated, international graduates can extend a 12-month practical training experience after graduation by an additional 24 months.

Careers in Finance

Finance careers include investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, transfer pricing, private equity and corporate financial operations. Employers who commonly hire International Business School graduates in these fields include Deloitte, Bain Capital, Ernst & Young, and McKinsey & Company.

Vera Bondarenko

Vera Bondarenko

Dell EMC

Director, Financial Analysis

Prathap Gangadhar

Prathap Gangadhar

Liberty Mutual Investments

Investment Associate, Global Portfolio Strategy

Faculty Spotlight: Daniel Bergstresser

Daniel Bergstresser conducts research on municipal finance and the impact of taxation, regulation and market structure on financial markets. He co-founded an annual research conference for nation’s experts, the Municipal Finance Conference, which brings leading academics, practitioners, issuers and regulators together every summer to compare research and discuss emerging trends in their field.

He was head of European credit research for Barclays Global Investors while on leave from the Harvard Business School faculty and has also worked for the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C.

Concentration Requirements

A total of 28 credits is required to complete the MBA concentration in Finance. These credits may also be counted toward fulfilment of other concentrations or of the MBA core requirements. Excess credits in foundation courses are counted toward the electives requirement.

Foundation (8 credits required)
  • FIN 203a Financial Management (4 credits)

  • FIN 204a Corporate Finance Theory and Practice (4 credits) or FIN 205a Investments and Portfolio Management (4 credits)

Electives (20 credits required)
  • BUS 211a Foundations of Data Analytics (Fall/Spring)
  • BUS 215f Python and Applications to Business Analytics 
  • BUS/FIN 241a Machine Learning for Business and Finance 
  • ECON/FIN 250a Forecasting in Finance and Economics (Fall/Spring)
  • FIN 214a Managerial Accounting (Spring)
  • FIN 216f Financial Statement Analysis (Fall)
  • FIN 217f Corporate Financial Modeling (Fall/Spring)
  • FIN 218f Portfolio Financial Modeling (Fall/Spring)
  • FIN 231f Private Equity (Fall/Spring)
  • FIN 232a Mergers & Acquisitions (Fall/Spring)
  • FIN 234a Social Impact Investing (Spring)
  • FIN 237f Security Analysis (Spring)
  • FIN 240a Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Finance (Fall)
  • FIN 242f Credit Risk Analysis
  • FIN 247a Transfer Pricing Theory & Practice(Fall/Spring)
  • FIN 252a Predictive Analytics and Corporate Innovation (Fall)
  • FIN 253a Advanced Quantitative Analysis in Finance(Spring)
  • FIN 254a Modern Finance, Fintech and Beyond (Fall)
  • FIN 261a Fixed Income Securities (Fall/Spring)
  • FIN 263a International Portfolio Management (Fall/Spring)
  • FIN 270a Options & Derivatives (Fall/Spring)
  • FIN 279a Applied Risk Management(Spring)
  • FIN 280a Financial Risk Management (Fall)
  • FIN 282f New Frontiers of Finance: From Animal Spirits to Cyber Risk
  • FIN 285a Computer Simulation & Risk Assessment (Fall/Spring)
  • FIN 288a Corporate Financial Engineering(Spring)
  • FIN 293a Field Project in Finance(Fall/Spring)

(*) BUS295c and FIN 293a are Field Projects courses – only one can be counted toward this concentration.


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