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-pia-mccusker-new.jpgMSF 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, MSF '00
State Street Global Advisors
Managing Director, Global Head of Credit Research

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 Brandeis IBS Teaching Awards in 2011 and 2015.

Concentration Requirements

A total of 18 credits is required to complete the MSF concentration in Asset Management.

Group 1: Required course (4 credits)
  • FIN 263a: International Portfolio Management (4 credits)
Group 2: 8 credits minimum
  • BUS 211f: Analyzing Big Data (2 credits)

  • FIN 218f: Portfolio Financial Modeling (2 credits)

  • FIN 230a: Trading and Exchanges (4 credits)

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

  • FIN 237f: Security Analysis (2 credits)

  • FIN 242f: Credit Risk Analysis (2 credits)

  • FIN 254a: Modern Finance, FinTech and Beyond (4 credits)

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

Group 3: 4 credits maximum
  • BUS 212a: Analyzing Big Data II (4 credits)
  • FIN 231f: Private Equity (2 credits)
  • FIN 232a: Mergers and Acquisitions (4 credits)
  • FIN 236f: Technical Analysis (2 credits)
  • FIN 240a: Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Finance (4 credits)
  • FIN 285a: Computer Simulation and Risk (4 credits)

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 Asset Management (2 credits)

Or any FIN, BUS or ECON course offered at Brandeis IBS, including but not limited to those listed above if not used to fulfill that requirement.


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