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BA/MA Program Degree Requirements for Current Students

The course requirements for the BA/MA are the same as those for the MA degree, but some substitutions are possible (please consult your Program Guide for a list). Upon entering the program, but while still an undergraduate, a BA/MA student is required to take at least 2 courses at Brandeis IBS (200-level or higher) per semester. Once entered in the program, BA/MA students must take graduate Brandeis IBS courses, not their undergraduate substitutions.

There are 8 required areas of study for students in the BA/MA program: Foundational, Career Skills, International Economics, Finance, Accounting, Econometrics, and Elective and/or Specialization/Concentration courses. Each are described in detail below. If you have any questions, contact your advisor to schedule a meeting to review the degree requirements for the program. 


Foundational  

These courses are required only if student has little or no background in the given area. 

Course Number Course Name Usually Offered
ECON 207a Managerial Economics Fall
ECON 210f Fundamentals of Statistical Analysis Fall

Career Skills  

Course Number Course Name Usually Offered
BUS 224f Launching Your Global Career Fall

International Economics  

3 courses (12 credits) are required.  

Course Number Course Name Usually Offered

ECON 201a

or Capstone

Global Economic Environment or Capstone course Fall/Spring

ECON 161a 

or ECON 202a

International Economics 

or Applied International Macroeconomics

Spring

ECON 160a 

or ECON 260a

International Trade Theory

or International Trade Policy 

Spring


ECON 161a is a substitute for ECON 202a and it counts for credit. It may be taken either before entering or while enrolled in the BA/MBA program.
ECON 82a is not a substitute for ECON 202a and ECON 202a does not satisfy the undergraduate Macroeconomics requirement. 

ECON 160a is a substitute for ECON 260a and it counts for credit if it was taken prior to joining the BA/MA program. It may not be taken once the student has started the program; ECON 260a must then be taken. Students who took either ECON 60a or ECON 160a cannot take ECON 260a.


Finance  

2 courses (8 credits) are required. 

Course Number Course Name Usually Offered

FIN 201a 

or ECON 171a

Investments

or Financial Economics

Fall

ECON 174a

FIN 202a

Corporate Finance

Corporate Finance

Spring


ECON 171a is a substitute for FIN 201a and it also counts for credit if it was taken prior to joining the BA/MA program. It may not be taken the student has started the program; FIN 201a must then be taken. Students who took ECON 171a cannot take FIN 201a. 

ECON 174a is a substitute for FIN 202a and it counts for credit if it was taken prior to joining the BA/MA program. It may not be taken once a student has started the program; FIN 202a must then be taken.
Students who took ECON 174a prior to starting the BA/MA program cannot take FIN 202a.


Accounting  

1 course (4 credits) are required. 

Course Number Course Name Usually Offered
BUS 6a Financial Accounting Fall
FIN 212a Accounting and Financial Analysis Fall

BUS 6a is a substitute for FIN 212a but it does not count for master's degree credit. It does fill a requirement. 
Students who took BUS 6a before starting the BA/MA program cannot take FIN 212a, but are expected to take FIN 213a. 


Econometrics  

1 full course equivalent (4 credits) is required.

Course Number Course Name Usually Offered
ECON 184b Econometrics Fall & Spring
ECON 213a Applied Econometrics Fall

Electives  

5.5 full courses (an equivalent of 22 credits) is required. These courses should be focused on the specialization/concentration you wish to pursue.