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MA Program Degree Requirements for Current Students

MA Degree Requirements


The MA program requires 64 credits (equivalent to 16 full-semester courses). 
  • Minimum 60 credits must in BUS, ECON or FIN
  • 4 credits may be in a different field, but applicable to the intent of the degree (requires permission of Program Advisor)
  • 8.5 required courses (34 credits)
  • Students must be enrolled for 4 semesters as a full-time student
    • Courses taken during the summer may count toward the degree, but do not contribute to the 4-semester residency requirement. MA degrees may not be completed in fewer than 4 semesters. 

Required Courses

Core Courses (all listed are required)  
Please consult your Program Guide or speak with your Program Advisor for specific questions about required courses and prerequisites. 
Course Number Course Name Normally Taken
ECON 207a Managerial Economics Fall, Year 1
FIN 212a Accounting & Financial Analysis Fall, Year 1
or FIN 213a Intermediate Financial Accounting Fall, Year 1
FIN 201a Investments Fall, Year 1
BUS 224f Launching Your Global Career Fall, Year 1
ECON 202a Applied International Macroeconomics Spring, Year 1
ECON 260a International Trade Policy Spring, Year 1
FIN 202a Corporate Finance Spring, Year 1

Global Economy Courses (4 credits required)  

Students must take 4 credits of the following:

Course Number Course Name Normally Taken
ECON 201a Global Economic Environment Fall, Year 1
or ECON 281f Challenges in the Global Economy: Int'l Trade & Development Spring, Year 2
and ECON 282f Challenges in the Global Economy: Macroeconomic Policy & Finance Spring, Year 2

Quantitative Methods Courses (4 credits required)  

Students must take 4 credits of the following: 

Course Number Course Name Normally Taken
BUS 211f Analysis of Big Data I Spring, Year 1
BUS 212a Analysis of Big Data II  Spring, Year 1
BUS 253a Marketing Research  Spring, Year 1
ECON 184b Econometrics Fall or Spring, Year 1
ECON 213a Applied Econometrics Fall, Year 1
ECON/FIN 250a Forecasting in Fin & Econ Spring, Year 1
ECON 261a Empirical Analysis of Trade Policy Fall, Year 1
FIN 217f Financial Modeling I Fall or Spring, Year 1
FIN 218f Financial Modeling II Spring, Year 1
FIN 271a Options and Derivatives II
FIN 285a Computer Simulations & Risk Assessment Fall, Year 1

Pre-Program Preparation  

Students are expected to come into the MA program having taken Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Statistics. Students who have not taken Statistics prior to entry will be automatically enrolled in ECON 210f (Foundations of Statistics) in the fall of their first semester. 


Brandeis IBS offers more than 50 electives and the list grows yearly. One (1) of a student’s 16 courses may be a non-Brandeis IBS course (i.e., not BUS/ECON/FIN), but applicable to the degree (e.g. a language course or a course from another discipline with direct applications). 

  • Students should not assume that courses that are outside BUS/ECON/FIN will count towards the MA degree. You should always confirm with your Program Advisor.
  • One cross-registration elective and one non-Brandeis IBS Brandeis elective may be taken each semester.
  • At least 50% of the courses taken by a student in any semester must be taken at Brandeis IBS.

Other Degree Expectations  

Professional Skills
Being a professional in the field of economics and finance requires much more than academic knowledge. To be an effective and successful professional, students will need a set of skills that will enable them to communicate their specialized knowledge and experience. It is an expectation that every MA student will have made the most of these opportunities so that, upon graduation, they will have added these four skills to their academic knowledge. Students are expected to utilize PowerPoint Presentation, Teamwork, Writing, and Spreadsheet skills.