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Financial Times ranks MA program at Brandeis International Business School (IBS) among top 10 in the U.S. for 5th year in a row

by Samantha Mocle
June 22, 2015

Program noted for accomplishments in career goal fulfillment, international curriculum

For the fifth year in a row, the Financial Times (FT) has ranked the Brandeis IBS MA in International Economics and Finance among the top 10 pre-experience programs in the United States.

The school’s MA program provides students with a unique combination of skills in both economics and finance. For the second year in a row, the school was noted for accomplishments in the areas of “Aims Achieved” – the extent to which alumni feel fulfilled by their goals in obtaining the degree – and in “International Course Experience” – a measure of international exposure in the program’s curriculum. Also noteworthy was the reflection of a strong female presence at Brandeis IBS in this year’s rankings: Women make up 50% of the student body and 40% of its faculty.

“To be ranked by a well-respected publication such as the Financial Times for five years in a row is a testament to our accomplished faculty as well as our talented students and alumni,” said Brandeis IBS Dean Bruce Magid, P ’15. "This ranking demonstrates that our school prepares World Ready business professionals who create opportunities across the global marketplace.”

The ranking affirms the strength of the school’s World Ready mission, which prepares students to make a positive impact on the world through globally minded coursework in a diverse, international community. The program enables students to make meaningful connections, build knowledge and skills and engage in practical, real-world situations through internships, immersion programs and field projects. As graduates, they add immediate value to organizations and societies around the world.

In an accompanying feature from the FT, Brandeis IBS professor Daniel Bergstresser shared insight on the applicability of a Masters in Finance degree in today’s competitive job market.

“We’re teaching students not just how to solve problems,” he says, “but also how to identify them.”

The article noted the increasing popularity of Masters in Finance programs, particularly as a skills-focused, early-career alternative or starting point to the CFA for those without work experience.

Read the full article from the FT featuring the Masters in Finance pre-experience 2015 rankings or learn more about the MA and MSF programs at Brandeis IBS.