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.
Auditing a Class
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
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.
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 the 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.