Business school ranked No. 1 by Financial Times

Program has received the distinction for three consecutive years

In the Financial Times’ annual rankings of pre-experience master’s programs released this week, Brandeis International Business School (IBS) was ranked No. 1 in the United States for the third straight year for its Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MA) - Lemberg Program.

“This honor recognizes that the faculty and staff of Brandeis IBS provide a top-tier experience for their students,” said Provost Steve A.N. Goldstein. “The MA program is enriching, multi-disciplinary and, with nine specializations to choose from, provides the skills that lead to success in today’s challenging global economy.”

The curriculum of Brandeis IBS’ innovative two-year program targets applied finance and economics skills needed to understand the forces driving the global economy and the operations of international capital markets. Graduates often go on to work in consulting, asset management, financial services, government and the nonprofit world.

This year, Brandeis IBS’ MA program was tied for No. 1 in the U.S. Among the rankings subcategories, it was ranked No. 2 in the world for “aims achieved,” defined as the extent to which alumni fulfilled their goals or reasons for obtaining a master's degree in finance.

“We offer a rigorous, demanding curriculum that incorporates a personal approach to teaching and real-world applications in every subject,” said Carol Osler, director of the MA program. “I’m especially gratified about ‘aims achieved,’ since that means our graduates feel strongly that they got exactly what they were looking for. That's really the bottom line.”

The ranking applies to master’s of finance programs that do not require previous work experience. The flexibility of Brandeis IBS’ MA program, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this spring, allows undergraduate students to complete a combined BA/MA dual degree in only five years.

“We’re proud to be a resource for Brandeis students at both the graduate and undergraduate level,” said Bruce Magid, dean of Brandeis IBS. “We look forward to continuing to play a key role in the strategic plan of the university.”

The Financial Times evaluated criteria such as alumni career progress, school diversity and international experience to determine its ranking. View the full Financial Times ranking report.

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