Brandeis International Business School

Asset Management

Students in this concentration learn to evaluate investment opportunities, quantify risks and craft strategic plans around financial assets. The Asset Management concentration prepares students to manage investment portfolios with a strong quantitative skill set and sound qualitative judgment with a thoughtful global perspective.

Careers in Asset Management

MSF students in this concentration go on to careers with hedge funds, investment management firms and international banks. Employers of graduates in this area include BlackRock, Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, Goldman Sachs and State Street Global Advisors (SSGA).

Career Spotlight
Pia McCusker

Pia McCusker, MSF '00

State Street Global Advisors
Managing Director, Global Head of Credit Research

"The skills necessary to the credit analysis field include excellent writing skills, a sense of curiosity and skepticism, confidence in presenting your case thoroughly and of course, quantitative skills to review financial documents."

Faculty Spotlight: Michael McKay

Michael McKay teaching

Senior Lecturer Michael McKay is a founding partner of Bain and Co. Private Equity Group and the founder and managing partner of Results Capital Partners LLC, a long-short hedge fund.

He teaches classes in private equity and security analysis and won International Business School Teaching Awards in 2011 and 2015.

Concentration Requirements

The Asset Management concentration requires the completion of 18 credits. Please note that students must enroll in the 16-month MSF program to select a concentration.

Group 1: Required course (4 credits)
  • FIN 263a: International Portfolio Management (4 credits)
Group 2: 8 credits minimum
  • FIN 218f: Portfolio Financial Modeling (2 credits) - Fall & Spring

  • FIN 234a: Social Impact Investing (4 credits) - Spring

  • FIN 237f: Security Analysis (2 credits) - Spring

  • FIN 240a: Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Finance (4 credits) - Fall

  • FIN 242f: Credit Risk Analysis (2 credits) - Fall & Spring

  • FIN 271a: Options and Derivatives II (4 credits) - Fall

Group 3: 4 credits maximum
  • BUS 211a: Foundations of Data Analytics (4 credits) - Fall & Spring
  • FIN 225f: Real Estate Finance (2 credits) - Spring
  • FIN 231f: Private Equity (2 credits) - Fall & Spring
  • FIN 236f: Technical Analysis (2 credits) - Fall
  • FIN 252a: Predictive Analytics and Corporate Innovation (4 credits) - Fall
  • FIN 282f: New Frontiers of Finance: From Animal Spirits to Cyber Risk (2 credits) - Fall 
  • FIN 285a: Computer Simulation and Risk (4 credits) - Fall & Spring

Or any course in group 2 not used to satisfy that requirement. 

Group 4: Additional Finance/General Elective (2 credits maximum)

BUS 297a - Approved Internship in Finance (2 credits)


Any FIN, BUS, ECON, BUS/FIN or ECON/FIN course offered at the International Business School (except BUS 249f) (including, but not limited to the courses listed above, if not used to fulfill that requirement.)


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