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Academic Resources for Current Brandeis IBS Students

Academic Resources

Below you will find information on frequently used resources at Brandeis IBS. Should you have specific questions about the information listed here, your Program Advisor is the best point of contact. 

Academic Calendar and Brandeis Days  

Academic Calendar: The University’s Academic Calendar contains all the dates/deadlines students need to know to plan their semester. Each student is responsible for knowing these dates.

Brandeis Days: In order to make up some holidays, Brandeis adds certain "Brandeis Days" to the Academic Calendar. These are make-up days that are held during the week, but with the class schedule for a different day. For example, an actual Wednesday that is labeled a "Brandeis Monday" on the calendar would hold a Monday class schedule.

Academic Integrity  

Academic integrity refers to our community's practices and expectations regarding honesty and integrity in your academic work. Brandeis has explicit standards on these matters, with concrete penalties and judicial procedures in cases where these standards are violated. Having had different standards in your previous education or in your home country does not excuse violating the Brandeis standards. You are responsible for understanding and following these rules. Please refer to the Academic Integrity section of the website and your Program Guide for more information on the subject.

Account Holds  

A hold can be placed on a student account by (1) Student Financial Services due to an overdue bill, (2) ISSO for not fulfilling visa requirements or, (3) Health Services for not fulfilling University health requirements. Having any hold on a student account will prevent that student from registering and adding/dropping courses.

Add/Drop Period  

The Add/Drop period refers to the first few weeks of each semester. During this time, students can change the courses they are enrolled in directly in Sage. After that time, the approval of the instructor and the student's Program Advisor is required in order to add or drop a course. There is an additional Add/Drop Period mid-way through each semester when the second modules start.

Auditing a Class  

To "audit" a class means that the student sits in on the class and participates, but does not take exams or receive a grade. No credit is given for auditing a course. The instructor's permission is required to audit a course.

Class Absences and Flying Home  

Students are expected to attend all classes unless they have a valid excuse, such as an illness or family emergency. Students are responsible for contacting their instructors to inform them of extended absences - even if this means a quick email or voicemail before catching a flight. An initial notification to the instructor does not imply that a student will be allowed extensions or make-up opportunities for quizzes or tests. Unexcused absence may be taken into account in grading.

Students who wish to buy an air ticket home for the end of the semester should not book their travel before the last day of final exams. Students should not assume that the instructor will approve a request to take the exam on another date. 

Classroom Basics: Participation, Deadlines, Exams, etc.  

Participation: In a Brandeis IBS classroom, student participation is just welcomed - it is required. In most courses, students will be graded on participation, with that component factored into the final grade. 

Deadlines: Academic deadlines are not arbitrary. Missing a deadline can have very unfortunate results, including not being able to graduate on time. Knowing and meeting deadlines is every student's responsibility.

Exams: Final exams are scheduled by the Registrar and the schedule is published in advance. Students may not take final exams early and must speak to the instructor about rescheduling if any exam is missed. Rescheduling is not common and the student must have a compelling reason to do so. DO NOT book any travel before knowing your final exam schedule. Instructors are under no obligation to accommodate students' schedules if they have booked travel that conflicts with a final exam. 

Computer Usage in Class  

Different instructors have different policies regarding the use of computers and mobile devices in the classroom. As in all business meetings, students are expected to shut off their phone ringers and to not attend to calls unless in cases of emergency. In all situations, students are expected to pay attention to class proceedings and not engage in personal communication or work for other classes. In all cases, it is taken as disrespectful to do computer work while classmates are presenting or, even more so, when attending a talk by an external speaker. Check with each individual instructor for their classroom policy on computer and technology usage. 

Courses, Modules, and Credits  

Courses specifically refer to a class that is a full-semester in length and earns 4 credits. 

Modules specifically refer to a class that is a half-semester in length and earns 2 credits. Module dates are available here.


MA and MBA degrees at Brandeis IBS require 64 credits
MSF degrees require 40 credits
MS (en route to PhD) degrees require 52 credits. 

To be considered full-time, students must be enrolled in at least 12 credits (minimum). 
The maximum number of credits students can take in any one semester is 20 credits (maximum). 
The average number of credits per semester that students need to take in order to reach an MA, MBA, or MSF degree is 16 credits. 

Course Exemptions  

If a student believes they have satisfied one or more of their degree requirements, they can submit an Exemption Petition to their Program Advisor (available in Student Services) before the end of the enrollment period with documentation. Until the student receives official notification that they have been exempted, the student should assume they still need to fulfill the requirement/course.


Brandeis belongs to a consortium of universities in greater Boston which permit each other’s students to take courses at their school. In order to cross-register, you must go to the Brandeis Registrar’s Office in person.

Disability Accommodations  

If you have a physical or learning disability that requires special accommodations in the classroom or during examinations, please contact Kate Goldfield in Student Services. Learn more about disability services and accessibility at Brandeis.


Students are expected to complete all coursework, final exams and papers by the assigned deadlines. If a student is unable to fulfill this expectation, a request for an Excused Absence (EA) or an Excused Incomplete (EI) may be made. An EA is a written agreement with the professor that indicates a student has completed the required coursework, but was unable to take the final exam on the scheduled date. The student can make up the exam during a conflict day, during break or through a proctor. An EI is a written agreement granting an extension beyond the end of the semester to complete written work or projects. It is at the professor's discretion whether or not to grant a request for an incomplete.

Latte and Sage  

Latte is the network communications program used for course-related communications. Instructors, students and teaching assistants use this for questions and to post assignments.

Sage is the network database that students and staff use for official academic records. Students can view a copy of their transcript in Sage. Most course registration takes place through Sage. 

Program Directors and Program Advisors  

Program Directors: Each degree program has a faculty member who serves as the Program Director. Students are always welcome to speak with their Program Director about any questions or concerns. 

MA Program Director: Aldo Musacchio
MBA Program Director: Grace Zimmerman
MSF Program Director: Debarshi Nandy
PhD Program Director: Blake LeBaron
Undergraduate Business Major/Minor: Ed Bayone

Program Advisors: Each degree program has an assigned staff Program Advisor who can assist you with most of your questions and needs regarding your degree, course planning, and more. 

Registrar Information, Enrollment, and Consent Codes  

Registrar: The University Registrar is responsible for course registrations, academic policies and University records. The Registrar's Office is located in Kutz Hall.

Early Enrollment: Current students have the opportunity to enroll in classes at the end of the previous semester. This enrollment period lasts for approximately one week in April and November. No changes to enrollments can be made in the period between early enrollment and open enrollment. 

Open Enrollment: At the start of each semester, there is an open enrollment period during which students can add and/or drop classes so long as space is available and they have the necessary consent code. This period usually begins two weeks before the semester starts and ends two weeks after the semester begins. 

Consent Code: Enrollment in a class is sometimes restricted for a variety of reasons. These classes require permission for enrollment. This permission is given in the form of a "consent code," which is used when enrolling through Sage. Most times, the distribution of consent codes is done by the Program Advisors. 

Enrollment Appointment: During early enrollment, so that all students have an equal opportunity to get into the classes they want, each student is assigned a set of enrollment appointments by the Registrar's Office. These appointments are a window of time in which the student can add and drop classes freely within a certain number of credits. 

Your Program Advisor is an excellent resource through which to learn more about registration at Brandeis IBS


Students may focus their studies in one particular area of interest, called a concentration or specialization.

MA and MBA students who entered the school prior to Fall 2017 may declare or complete a specialization in: Asset Management, Corporate Finance, Sustainability, Marketing, Real Estate, Risk Management, International Economic Policy and Analysis, Data Analytics or Business Economics.  

MSF students who entered the school prior to Fall 2016 may declare or complete a specialization in: Asset Management, Corporate Finance, Sustainability, Real Estate, Risk Management or Data Analytics. 

MSF students who entered the school in Fall 2016 may declare a concentration in Asset Management, Corporate Finance, Risk Management or Transfer Pricing and Valuation. 

Declaring a concentration/specialization is optional, and can be done at any time before the date by which the student must submit their degree application.

In order to declare a concentration/specialization, student must fill out a declaration form. 

Students may select up to two concentrations/specializations, assuming that the student can complete both sets of requirements during their time at Brandeis IBS. The concentration/specialization appears on the student's transcript. 

The number of credits needed for a specialization does not increase the number of credits the student needs to take to complete their degree. 

Students should not focus on a concentration/specialization instead of core required courses for their degree program, but rather, create a course plan with their Program Advisor that successfully incorporates the concentration/specialization into the student's degree program.