Brandeis University International Business School

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P.O. Box 549110
Waltham, MA, 02454-9110
Admissions: 781.736.2252
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Website: http://www.brandeis.edu/global/
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The International Business School at Brandeis University is unique among business schools: its most popular degree is not the MBA, but rather a Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance. Named after early Brandeis benefactor and real estate executive Samuel Lemberg, the program was launched in 1987—11 years before Brandeis offered an MBA degree in 1998. The two-year program is distinctive largely for its internationally focused curriculum and the merging of economics and finance topics. For the past two years, The Financial Times has ranked it first in the U.S. among programs that do not require work experience. Currently, 167 students are enrolled in it.

Four years ago, the school launched what it calls a “Global Green MBA,” a program for aspiring leaders in the field of corporate sustainability: the MBA in Socially Responsible Business. The concentration, part of the school’s Green Global Initiative, integrates issues such as economic development, social development and corporate governance, into the core MBA program.

In August of 2012, Brandeis debuted four new MBA specializations in asset management, corporate finance, risk management, and marketing. Those new specializations add to its existing real estate concentration. Magid says he is about a year away from launching a new life sciences MBA to leverage Brandeis’ reputation in science. A Master of Finance degree program has 78 enrolled students.

Dean Bruce Magid believes the specializations give students the opportunity to develop specific skill sets that will make them immediately marketable. Most of Brandeis’ specializations are a direct result of feedback from the companies that hire MBAs. “A couple of years ago, I went to recruiters and asked them what they needed to make sure our students were ready to bring the right skills to the market.”

Of course, he’s building these programs under the name of a relatively small liberal arts university but one with a world-class brand. U.S. News ranked Brandeis University 33rdamong national universities in the U.S. Like ‘Ted’ Snyder at Yale, Magid believes strongly that the business school should take greater advantage of the intellectual resources of the rest of the university.

“The business model for most business schools has been a standalone model,” he says. “I believe in a more integrated approach where students get the ability to leverage the university. They can take courses in other departments and speakers from all over the university come into the school.”

Several courses in the school’s green MBA program, for example, have been jointly developed with Brandeis’ Heller School for Social Policy and Management. In March of 2013, the business school is co-sponsoring a symposium on Brazil with its International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life.

In the fall of 2010, moreover, the business school started an undergraduate business major, which has since tripled in enrollment to 400 students. Between the business major, a business minor and a five-year BA/MA program, Brandeis IBS touches nearly one out of every ten undergrads at Brandeis University.

From Brandeis University International Business School:

Brandeis International Business School (IBS) prepares students to become World Ready. You will learn from our international faculty of respected scholars and seasoned practitioners as you study alongside students from over 60 countries. In addition, you will gain hands-on experience along with a global perspective, practical skillset and vibrant international community.

Whether your goal is to join a multinational consulting firm, lead a technology startup or launch your own business, you will leave the MBA program with the skills and global network to make an impact across continents and cultures.

“Brandeis IBS takes a broad world view. A lot of what I learned was structural thinking, how to analyze strategic issues and how to work with other people through effective cross-cultural communication. All these skills are important in both the government and private sector.” – Daniel Goldsmith, USA, MBA ’06, Director of Business Development, Eduventures

Brandeis IBS MBA Program

The MBA Program at Brandeis IBS doesn’t merely teach functional skills. It develops a framework for understanding international competition through the study of globalization and economic interdependence. Students leave with a fresh perspective on the global economy, strong technical skills, international experience, and contacts needed to launch an exciting career.

MBA Program Overview

  • Program Length: 2 years (21 months)
  • Credits: 64 (Average of 16 courses)
  • Entry Term: Fall
  • Tuition (2014-2015): $45,748 (Annual)
  • Specializations: Asset Management, Business Economics, Corporate Finance, Data Analytics, International Economic Policy and Analysis, Marketing, Real Estate, Risk Management, Sustainability

Distinctive Features

  • Flexible Curriculum – Brandeis IBS offers the ability to customize your MBA to match your interests and career aspirations through nine optional specializations
  • Case Method – Rigorous, practical approach where you adopt the role of decision-maker in real-world scenarios
  • Boston Location – Concentration of thriving industries: finance, venture capital, technology and pharmaceuticals


To ensure you’re on the fast-track to global business and leadership success, the MBA curriculum is:

  • Challenging, broadly applicable and considers all business topics – from corporate communication to data analysis – through a global lens
  • Diverse – from global dexterity and transnational negotiations to international corporate finance and the global economic environment
    Continually updated to reflect the latest developments in global business and world affairs
  • Specialized to give you the technical training you need – in our Bloomberg Lab and with other “must-have” industry technologies

Because of the range of options available to meet the requirements of the MBA Program, you will have the opportunity to discuss your individual course plan with a Program Advisor during Orientation and throughout the year.

Career Development

You’re focused on your future — and so is Brandeis IBS. Before you arrive on campus, our team of career professionals works with you to develop a customized career plan that addresses your goals. Support includes state-of-the art online search tools, career fairs, company visits, one-on-one counseling, assistance with résumés and cover letters, networking events with alumni, and meetings with our Executives-in-Residence.

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Positions after Graduation

By their first summer after graduation, more than 4/5 of our MBA graduates are already working in their chosen fields. More than half of our MBA alumni work outside of the U.S. in sought-after positions in financial institutions, consulting firms, multinational companies, start-ups, government agencies, NGOs, and more – in locations ranging from the United States and United Kingdom to Germany, Japan, and Kazakhstan.

Recent Brandeis IBS MBA Placements

  • Banking & Finance:Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, JP Morgan Chase, State Street Corporation
  • Consulting & Professional Services: Bain & Company, IHS Global Insight, McKinsey & Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Corporate & Technology: Dell Computer, EMC, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Lufthansa,
  • Government & Nonprofit: African Development Bank, U.S. Federal Reserve, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IMF


Application Requirements:

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • Transcripts (from all post-secondary institutions attended)
  • GMAT or GRE score
  • Essays (2)
  • Résumé’ (2 years of work experience preferred)
  • Letters of recommendation (2)
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE academic score, if applicable

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Brandeis IBS supports U.S. and international students with a wide variety of both need- and merit-based financial aid and scholarships.

Application Deadlines

  • November 1
  • January 15
  • March 15
  • May 15


At the center of our academic experience is the faculty – thought leaders who create new financial models for understanding complex markets, conduct award-winning research on macroeconomic policy, and spearhead fields of scholarship like cross-cultural fluency and microfinance.

Their expertise ranges across disciplines, from market microstructure to Latin American trade. Professors edit esteemed journals, earn awards from the likes of the Review of Finance and receive grants from major research bodies across the globe.

Our faculty consists of a combination of researchers and adjunct professors with extensive real-world experience, from successful entrepreneurs to strategists at major investment firms.

International Experience

At Brandeis IBS, students take advantage of our rich globally-minded offerings and opportunities, from our more than 15 study abroad partners and immersion opportunities to our network of 2,500 alums located in more than 20 countries around the world.

To us, global fluency means more than language. It means having a firm grasp of cultural nuances; recognizing the interplay of economic, political and social forces; understanding the dynamics of cross-border commerce; and finding opportunity in volatility across global markets.

The Brandeis Advantage

Brandeis University, a private research university in the United States, is recognized for its academic excellence and commitment to social justice. Brandeis has especially strong programs in the life sciences, history, economics, business and other fields.

A Remarkable History
Founded in 1948, the University is named for Louis Dembitz Brandeis, a distinguished United States Supreme Court justice. With early faculty members such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Leonard Bernstein, Brandeis quickly established an international reputation. Thirteen years after its founding it was accredited by Phi Beta Kappa, and in 1985 it was elected to the Association of American universities, the exclusive “club” of the 61 leading research universities of the U.S. and Canada.

Prominent Alumni
The University’s 30,000 alumni include chief executives Leonard Asper (Anthem Media Group), Christie Hefner (Playboy) and Suk Won Kim (Ssangyong Group), bankers Barry Kaplan (Goldman Sachs) and Louis Perlmutter (Lazard Freres), journalists Thomas Friedman (New York Times), Walt Mossberg (Wall Street Journal) and Bill Schneider (CNN), and government leaders Nikolai Vassiliev (Deputy Prime Minister, Bulgaria) and Dimitrij Rupel (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia).

Brandeis Today
Brandeis has approximately 3,600 undergraduate and 2,100 graduate students. Its 504-member faculty includes former labor secretary Robert Reich, historian David Hackett Fischer, three MacArthur “genius” award winners, and 30 members of leading scientific academies. Brandeis is ranked 35th among US universities in US News and World Report, and 9th in a study by Graham and Diamond (The Rise of American Research Universities) based on quantitative measures of the impact of faculty research.

University Resources
Brandeis occupies 96 buildings on an attractive 235-acre campus. Landmarks include a one-million-volume library (Goldfarb), an outstanding sports complex (Gosman), a new campus center (Shapiro), a celebrated museum of modern art (Rose) and a theater (Spingold). Brandeis is located in suburban Boston and is connected to Boston and Cambridge by a 20-minute train ride.

Boston Community

When you choose to study at Brandeis, you’ll find yourself in a special metropolitan area with many world-class cities at your fingertips. The center of Boston is just ten miles from Waltham. Known to locals as the “Hub of the Universe,” Boston offers some of the most sophisticated cultural, educational, social, and business opportunities available anywhere in the United States. Across the Charles River from Boston is Cambridge. Best known for its academics, this is also a top choice among Brandeis IBS students as a place to live and visit.


Boston is known as one of the most vibrant, student-friendly cities in America with more than 600,000 people in its twenty diverse neighborhoods – another 3.5 million in the wider metropolitan area – as well as 250,000 students at its nearly three dozen colleges and universities. So, what exactly is this reputation based on?

It is that despite its rich history, Boston remains a youthful city and a center of contemporary culture. It is it’s combination of skyscrapers in the financial district with brick row houses in the Back Bay and the trendy shopping on Newbury Street, coupled with the vibrant ethnic neighborhoods in the Italian North End and Chinatown.

Boston has countless historic sites and world-class cultural institutions such as the Freedom Trail, the Museum of Fine Arts and the John F. Kennedy Library. Those looking to enjoy the city’s nightlife can visit its restaurants, clubs and concert venues. And, of course, for sports fans, Boston boasts some of the country’s best teams in baseball, football, basketball, soccer and hockey.

Public transportation allows students to easily access most parts of the city. Boston also presents a gateway to the many vacation opportunities of New England –  from the sandy beaches of Cape Cod to nearby mountains for hiking and skiing. No matter what students are looking for, Boston has it all.

Information about Boston:

  • http://www.cityofboston.gov – Detailed information about Boston
  • http://www.boston-online.com – Find out about everything from Boston English to the best public restrooms.
  • http://www.searchboston.com – A directory of what Boston has to offer.
  • http://www.mbta.com – Take a look at public transport maps and timetables.
  • http://www.boston.com – Read The Boston Globe online.
  • http://www.massport.com – Everything you need to know about Logan Airport.


No stranger to innovation, Waltham gave birth to the Industrial Revolution with the invention of America’s first power loom. This reputation thrives today: Waltham is part of the “Route 128″ complex, one of the nation’s major centers of innovation in investment management, computers, telecommunications, and biotechnology.

Nostalgically known as “The Watch City” for the Waltham Watch Company of the 1800’s, Waltham offers affordable residential neighborhoods within walking distance of Brandeis with a train line connecting Brandeis and Waltham to Boston and Cambridge.

Waltham is situated on the banks of the Charles River, where students can enjoy walks and canoe trips. Its central business district has undergone a wave of renewal. Its heart today is an area locals call “Restaurant Row,” one of the Boston area’s best collections of small, inventive restaurants that offer foods from every corner of the world.

Information about Waltham:

  • http://www.walthamchamber.com – Waltham’s online resource center.


Cambridge is the home of Harvard University, MIT, and many high tech and biotech companies. No other city in the nation can claim to have cultivated more U.S. presidents and Nobel laureates. Due to its stimulating academic environment, Cambridge has become a magnet for young people seeking opportunity and fun. The city has:

  • The largest concentration of biotechnology companies on the East Coast
  • Over 200 software companies
  • 448 restaurants representing thirty cultures
  • 30% of the workforce has a professional or graduate degree.
  • More bookstores per capita than any other city in America
  • The birthplace of the first analog computer, instant photograph and the Internet

Most Brandeis IBS students visit Cambridge often, and some choose to live there. There are many eclectic neighborhoods, ranging from those with modest rents to very expensive ones. North Cambridge and neighboring Somerville are especially popular because they are connected by a short train ride to the campus. Cambridge is also a “walker’s city,” with easily accessible shopping and cultural attractions.

Information about Cambridge:

  • http://www.cambridge-usa.org – Get helpful visitor information.
  • http://www.cambridgechamber.org – Information about living, and doing business in Cambridge.






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