Main Content

Learn About the Value of the MSF Program at Brandeis IBS

Is the MSF Program Right for Me?

Why an MSF?

A highly specialized degree preparing you to be a sought-after specialist  
  • A Master of Science in Finance is different from an MBA, or even a MA in International Economics and Finance.
  • The MSF equips you with both a strong theoretical foundation and a versatile skill set in quantitative and strategic financial analysis.
  • The MSF curriculum goes beyond introducing you to the basics of the financial industry, and prepares you to actually do complex analytical work in the field.
Exposure to the full breadth and depth of the global financial industry  
  • The MSF is a “deep dive” into the theoretical principles of finance as applied to investments, corporations, economics, and accounting on a global scale.
  • You’ll not only learn the core concepts of options and derivatives, fixed-income securities, portfolio management, and corporate financial operations; you’ll learn how to apply those concepts in the modern financial arena.
  • Should you choose, you can concentrate your studies on a specific sector of finance: Asset Management, Corporate Finance, Risk Management or Transfer Pricing and Valuation
Positioning you for career mobility – and advancement  
  • The MSF is uniquely suited for talented, driven people like you who are looking for an advanced professional degree with an intensive focus on finance – and with high value to prospective employers.
  • You may have just begun a career in the finance industry, or you may want to enhance your undergraduate degree with advanced knowledge and practical experience. Either way, you're ready to make a move toward the next step in your career. 
  • Whether you want to jump start your career in finance or transfer your sharp analytical skills to a new role in the financial marketplace, the MSF is a credential that signifies real technical aptitude – and real leadership potential.

Why Brandeis?

Esteemed international business school  
  • Brandeis International Business School (IBS) is recognized nationally and globally for the caliber of its studies – and its students.
  • The MSF program at Brandeis IBS is ranked 6th in the country by the TFE Times (formerly The Financial Engineer), and has been among the top 10 programs for two years in a row.
  • For nine consecutive years, The Princeton Review has named Brandeis IBS as one of the top business schools in North America. In 2014, the Review also ranked us #3 on its list of U.S. business schools providing the “Greatest Opportunities for Women.”
It's located in a major hub of finance -- and education  
  • Our beautiful, friendly campus in Waltham, Massachusetts is just 20 minutes away from Boston – home to more college and university students than any other city in the US, and one of the preeminent financial centers in the nation.
  • Waltham itself has a rapidly growing business and tech sector, as well as a thriving local economy that’s rich with corporations, stores, restaurants, and recreational attractions. 
  • Interning, interviewing, working, and simply spending time in Boston is very easy – you’ll have ready access to public and other transportation options.
A truly international perspective on finance and more  
  • Our MSF degree includes a required practicum designed to provide students with real-world, applicable skills that give an edge in their job search. Students complete the practicum through an internship, field project, or directed research with a faculty member. 
  • “International” isn’t just a part of our name; it’s the perspective from which we view the study of finance, and our interactions as a campus community.
  • Here at Brandeis IBS, our attention to global issues extends beyond trends in the marketplace. Brandeis University was founded on a platform of social justice, and you will have the opportunity to learn about – and brainstorm potential solutions for – problems like the economic crises in Brazil and Greece; the ongoing unemployment situation in the US; and economic ramifications of the current conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East.

Why You?

You have a knack for quantitative and analytical finance  
  • You might be interested in starting your career as an analyst or in portfolio management. 
  • You might be preparing to take the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam.
  • You’re not in the industry at all right now, but simply love tackling quantitative problems and interpreting data – and are eager to apply those skills in finance.
You’re ready to take your academic skills to the next level  
  • You did very well as an undergraduate, especially in your quantitative coursework.
  • You were energized and inspired by your finance, mathematics, macroeconomics and microeconomics, and/or statistics classes, and want to add another layer to the skills you gained.
  • You’re driven to do more than cover the terminology and basic concepts of finance – you want to understand the “why” behind those key principles, and develop the aptitude to apply them to real-world challenges.
You see where the industry is headed – and that's the place for you  
  • You recognize that emerging technologies and increased globalization are making finance a truly international industry.
  • You understand that tools for analyzing and reporting financial data are ever-more sophisticated – and ever-more crucial to obtain.
  • You can envision the role you want to play in the financial world, and are ready to take your first steps to get there.