International Economic Relations

The M.A. degree in International Affairs: International Economic Relations (IER) provides students with the range of skills needed to understand international economic and financial problems in today’s complex global environment. What distinguishes the program is its focus on international trade, finance, investment, development and governance using analytical tools from economics and political science.

IER students are inter-disciplinary, and thus supplement their studies in international economics by taking advantage of a wide variety of courses and seminars within the School of International Service, the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Economics, and the Kogod School of Business. The program’s academic content is complemented by the many internship, research, and policy-oriented work opportunities available in Washington, D.C. Applicants with prior studies in Economics, and with some research, internship or work experience in international economic or business issues, are especially welcome.

International Economics

The M.A. degree in International Economics offered by the School of International Service, in cooperation with the Department of Economics (College of Arts and Sciences), is designed for students who wish to combine substantive economic analysis with an understanding of how that analysis is applied in the international spectrum. The program offers a rigorous mix of theoretical, empirical, and policy-oriented courses in economics, political economy, and policymaking focused on international trade and finance.

It is intended for students who previously majored, or at least minored, in Economics who wish to develop a professional career as international economists – whether in multilateral organizations, government agencies, multinational corporations, public-advocacy firms, industry associations, or research institutes. Applicants must have completed Calculus, Statistics, Introductory and Intermediate Microeconomics, and Introductory and Intermediate Macroeconomics, prior to enrollment in the two-year program.