Master of Arts in the Field of International Economic Policy

The master of arts (MA) in international economic policy degree program provides students with a firm understanding of international trade, international finance, and development economics. Students also acquire hard skills in accounting, corporate finance and quantitative analysis. Students pursue a tailored professional specialization associated with careers in the private sector, public sector, and nonprofit organizations. The program culminates in a two-semester capstone sequence in which students work in small teams on a contemporary policy or business issue.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 40 credits, including 15 credits in core courses, a 3-credit quantitative analysis course, a 4-credit capstone sequence, and 18 credits in a self-designed professional specialization. 

Required (22 credits)
Core courses (15 credits)
ACCY 6101Financial Accounting *
ECON 6250Survey of Economic Development
ECON 6283Survey of International Trade Theory and Policy
ECON 6284Survey of International Macroeconomics and Finance Theory and Policy
MBAD 6235Finance *
Quantitative analysis course (3 credits)
ECON 6374Probability and Statistics for Economics
or IAFF 6501 Quantitative Analysis for International Affairs Practitioners
or PPPA 6002 Research Methods and Applied Statistics
Capstone sequence (4 credits)
IAFF 6898Capstone Workshop
IAFF 6899Capstone Course
Self-designed professional specialization (18 Credits)
In addition to the required curriculum, students work with the program director to develop a self-designed professional specialization that includes at least six additional courses (18 credits). Up to 3 of these credits may be taken in professional skills courses (IAFF 6502 and/or IAFF 6503).
Intermediate economic theory requirement
Students in the international economic policy program must satisfy an intermediate economic theory requirement before receiving their degree. This requirement may be fulfilled in one of the following ways subject to the program director’s approval:
A course completed at the undergraduate intermediate level with a minimum grade of B- within two years of matriculation in the program. Such courses typically have titles that include microeconomics, price theory, or macroeconomics. Course titles with "principles of" or "introduction to" will not satisfy this requirement.
Passing the intermediate proficiency examinations offered during the Elliott School’s fall orientation.

*Students who desire more rigorous quantitative methods coursework may substitute more advanced econometrics or mathematical economics courses for ACCY 6101 and MBAD 6235 with program director approval.