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Learn About Updates to our MSF Program

From MSF Program Director Debarshi Nandy

At Brandeis International Business School (IBS), we prepare students to become World Ready – that is, able to immediately contribute to the organizations they join, lead or create when they graduate. World Ready means we recognize what our students seek from our programs and what leading firms seek from our graduates. In light of shifting demands of both students and industry, we are proud to announce new features and enhancements to our Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program beginning with the class entering in Fall 2016.

What’s new?

  • The program will offer a core practicum consisting of an internship, field project or directed research with a faculty member. While a rigorous and solid theoretical foundation remains a core of the program, many employers seek graduates who bring a practical skillset to the world of finance. The required practicum ensures our students will engage with real-world situations, apply classroom theories to work in the field and gain a keen understanding of how they wish to integrate into the field of finance upon graduation. 
  • The program will move to a 16-month format. Our “finance boot camp” model will continue to provide students with essential applied skills while allowing valuable time to complete the required practicum. Students will graduate with the quantitative skills and practical experience needed to compete in the financial job market. 
  • Work experience will no longer be required for admission. Our program remains dedicated to training finance-minded professionals who wish to harness their interests in financial theory, global markets, financial analytics and corporate strategy. Extending that opportunity to those who wish to jump-start their career in finance or transfer their analytical skills to a new role in the field is important in meeting industry demand for graduates with significant technical aptitude, leadership potential and a combination of advanced knowledge and practical experience. 
  • Prerequisites in statistics and introductory finance are required for admission. Prior knowledge in these core subject areas will equip students to engage with our curriculum in the classroom and to actively contribute to their career success in the field.  

What remains unchanged?

  • Our commitment to engaging students with core concepts of finance as applied to investments, corporations, banking and financial analysis and consulting on a global scale.