BRANDEIS INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SCHOOL (IBS) IS PART OF BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY, IN WALTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, A MODERN INSTITUTION BASED ON THE IDEALS OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE, OFFERING STUDENTS THE FACULTY AND RESOURCES OF A WORLD-CLASS RESEARCH INSTITUTION WITH THE INTIMACY AND PERSONAL ATTENTION OF A SMALL LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE.
Brandeis International Business School (IBS) prepares exceptional individuals from around the globe to become principled professionals in companies and public institutions worldwide. Students engage in a rigorous curriculum in business, finance and economics; they connect with mentors in the field to learn best practices, and immerse themselves in international experiences, making them World Ready upon graduation. The school’s international focus is woven throughout each of its degree programs, providing a competitive advantage for students seeking to impact the countries and cultures that mean the most to them. Brandeis IBS is part of Brandeis University, one of the world’s leading research universities, and is located in Waltham, Massachusetts, just a short drive from Boston, one of the most vibrant cities in the country for finance, healthcare, biotechnology and innovation.
Characterized by academic excellence since its founding in 1948, Brandeis is one of the youngest private research universities and the only nonsectarian, Jewish-sponsored university in the country. Named for the late Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis of the U.S. Supreme Court, Brandeis University combines the faculty and resources of a world-class research institution with the intimacy and personal attention of a small liberal arts college. The University boasts a strong academic reputation and has been ranked among the top national universities by U.S. News & World Report every year since its inception. It offers a unique atmosphere for young Jews, including several kosher dining options, daily morning minyan and an eruv that is inspected weekly before Shabbat.
The business school’s academic programs are ranked among the best in the world by the Princeton Review and leading ranking publications including the Financial Times. The school’s Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MA)—Lemberg Program has been ranked among the top 10 U.S. pre-experience programs for five years in a row by the Financial Times. The school is also home to one of the largest Bloomberg Financial Labs in the Greater Boston area and is well-regarded for its emphasis on career development, targeted training and personalized attention during the entire educational experience. Faculty members are frequently featured in international news media outlets including MSNBC, Veja magazine (Brazil), CNN Español, Harvard Business Review, and The New York Times.
Launched out of the university’s department of economics in 1987, the school was formally established in 1994 as the Graduate School of International Economics and Finance with two degrees: a PhD and the MA in International Economics and Finance. In 1998, the school began its MBA and Master of Science in Finance (MSF) programs and in 2003 changed its name to Brandeis IBS. Currently, more than 300 students are enrolled in the school’s graduate programs, representing over 50 countries and numerous languages. Its 2,500 alumni are successful global leaders in finance, business and economics. Alumni work for top American and international organizations including Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Itaú BBA, Bank of America and Starbucks. In South Florida, employers include Citigroup, Visa Inc., Macquarie Bank and a variety of smaller investment and real estate organizations.
The school is currently guided by Dean Bruce Magid. Israel and Latin America Initiatives at Brandeis IBS are key drivers in the school’s overall growth strategy. These regions are important to Dean Magid from a personal and professional standpoint. Before entering higher education management, Dr. Magid was a senior executive at Bank of America for 21 years and held positions in Venezuela, Brazil, Miami and San Francisco. He served as managing director of global corporate finance, executive assistant to the president and chief executive officer, vice president and director of international economic and policy research, vice president and director of finance, economics and strategy, Latin America division, and senior economist, Latin America division. In the 1980s, Dr. Magid chaired and served on the economic advisory committees of international banks that negotiated debt restructuring agreements in Latin America. Dean Magid traveled on the trade mission to Israel implemented by former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, which helped pave the way for El Al to begin direct flights between Boston and Tel Aviv in June 2015.
Brandeis IBS’ focus on both Latin America and Israel is unparalleled in the Greater Boston area. For students, access to careers and networks in these regions is made possible through immersion trips. The school provides opportunities to visit Panama and Colombia or Israel on a 10-day study tour. The Hassenfeld Fellow Overseas Immersion Program enables a diverse cohort of future leaders to explore the countries’ business and financial sectors. The trips allow the groups to meet with leaders and decision makers who provide insight into their respective economies and the importance of globalization and interconnectivity. Brandeis IBS also offers generous financial aid to deserving students, both domestic and international, including scholarships specifically earmarked to students from countries such as Israel, Brazil and Venezuela. Brandeis IBS is an excellent option for recent college graduates or young professionals seeking to advance their careers within the Brandeis principles of truth, open inquiry and social justice.