Master of Arts in the Field of International Trade and Investment Policy

The master of arts (MA) in international trade and investment policy (ITIP) degree program trains students in critical areas of the economics, politics, and history of international trade as well as econometrics. The program provides additional specialized training in international economics or international business. Course work in these fields focuses on U.S. trade policy, the effects of international trade on developing countries, emerging market financial crises, and managing firms in developing countries. The program culminates in a one-semester capstone project in which students work in small teams on a contemporary policy problem.

The faculty conducts research on international trade, finance, and macroeconomic issues, as well as the politics and history of international economics. These scholars and practitioners bring to the classroom intimate knowledge of international economic affairs garnered from their work as consultants and advisors at renowned financial, trade, policy-making, and government institutions.

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

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Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

Students are required to have completed one semester each of introductory micro- and macroeconomic principles; if these courses were not taken as part of the student's undergraduate degree and are taken at GW in order to fulfill this requirement, they will not count toward the master's degree. Students are strongly advised to take an introductory statistics course and an intermediate micro- and macroeconomics sequence before beginning the program.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 40 credits, including 12 credits in core field and quantitative methods courses, 12 credits in a concentration, 15 credits in elective courses, and a 1-credit capstone. In addition, students must satisfy the program’s intermediate economics theory requirement*.

Core field
ECON 6283Survey of International Trade Theory and Policy
ECON 6284Survey of International Macroeconomics and Finance Theory and Policy
PSC 6439International Political Economy
Quantitative methods
One of the following:
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy
PPPA 6013Econometrics for Policy Research I
ECON 2123Introduction to Econometrics
DNSC 6274Statistical Modeling and Analysis
At least four courses from one of the following concentrations**:
Development Economics
International Business
International Economic Policy Analysis
15 credits in elective courses. These courses may include up to 6 credits in accounting and finance, economic analysis, history and political science courses focused on a region, foreign language study courses and up to 3 credits in special one-credit skills courses.
IAFF 6199International Trade and Investment Policy Capstone

*Visit the ESIA intermediate economics theory requirement web page for detailed information.

**Visit the ESIA concentrations web page [or major fields] for detailed information.