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.

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

Visit the program website for additional program information.

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

Intermediate economic theory requirement

Students in the international trade and investment policy program must complete a course in both intermediate micro- and macroeconomics theory with a minimum grade of B. This requirement may be fulfilled in one of the following ways:

  • Using a course completed at the undergraduate intermediate level with a minimum grade of B within 5 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 be at the required level of instruction.

  • Completing ECON 6217 or PPPA 6014, and ECON 6218 at GW.

  • Passing the intermediate proficiency examinations offered during the Elliott School’s fall orientation.

Ideally, students complete intermediate microeconomics before taking ECON 6283 and intermediate macroeconomics before taking ECON 6284.

See notes regarding special topics courses and the capstone.*

Required
Core field (12 credits)
Students must take the following courses in their first year with their cohort:
ECON 6283Survey of International Trade Theory and Policy
ECON 6284Survey of International Macroeconomics and Finance Theory and Policy
PSC 6439International Political Economy
And one quantitative methods course from the following options:
DNSC 6209Forecasting for Analytics
DNSC 6274Statistical Modeling and Analysis
ECON 2123Introduction to Econometrics
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (Advanced Quantitative Methods)
PPPA 6013Econometrics for Policy Research I
Capstone (1 credit)
IAFF 6199International Trade and Investment Policy Capstone
Electives (15 credits)
15 credits in elective coursework in areas such as accounting and finance, economic analysis, regionally-focused history and political science courses, foreign language study (up to 6 credits), or 1-credit skills courses (up to 3 credits).
Concentration (12 credits)
At least four courses from one of the following concentrations:
A. Development Economics
ECON 6237Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
ECON 6250Survey of Economic Development
ECON 6269Economy of China I
ECON 6285Economic Development of Latin America
ECON 6292Topics in International Trade
ECON 6293Topics in International Finance
ECON 6295Special Topics (Economic Conditions Analysis and Forecasting)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Economic Analysis of International Trade Law)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Energy Economics)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Economics of Middle East and North Africa)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Global Food Security)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Private Sector Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Poverty in all its Dimensions)
IAFF 6142Technology Creation/Diffusion
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (21st Century Trade Policies: Issues and Strategy)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (Corruption, Development and Governance)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Migration, Remittances, and Development)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Oil: Industry, Economy, and Society)
PPPA 6057International Development Administration
PPPA 6058International Development NGO Management
PPPA 6085Special Topics in Public Policy (Poverty and Social Poverty)
PUBH 6340Health Economics and Finance
PUBH 6443Global Health Agreements and Conventions
B. Finance
ECON 6293Topics in International Finance (Emerging Markets Capital Flows and Crises)
FINA 6221Financial Decision Making
FINA 6222Capital Formation
FINA 6223Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
FINA 6224Financial Management
FINA 6239Applied Portfolio Management
IBUS 6301International Business Finance
IBUS 6304Financial Crises and the Global Economy
MBAD 6211Financial Accounting
MBAD 6235Finance
C. International Business
ECON 6237Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
ECON 6293Topics in International Finance (Emerging Markets Capital Flows and Crises)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Economic Conditions Analysis and Forecasting)
FINA 6221Financial Decision Making
FINA 6223Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Political Risk Analysis)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (Strategies and International Political Economy)
IBUS 6201International Marketing
IBUS 6202Regional Strategy for Multinationals
IBUS 6297International Management Experience
IBUS 6301International Business Finance
IBUS 6304Financial Crises and the Global Economy
IBUS 6400Oil: Industry, Economy, and Society
IBUS 6401International Business Strategy
IBUS 6402Managing in Developing Countries
D. International Economic Policy Analysis
ECON 6237Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
ECON 6250Survey of Economic Development
ECON 6255Economics of Technological Change
ECON 6269Economy of China I
ECON 6271Economy of Japan
ECON 6285Economic Development of Latin America
ECON 6292Topics in International Trade (Economics of U.S. Trade Policy)
ECON 6292Topics in International Trade (International Migration and Labor Markets)
ECON 6293Topics in International Finance (Emerging Markets Capital Flows and Crises)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Economic Conditions Analysis and Forecasting)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Economic Analysis of International Trade Law)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Energy Economics)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Economics of Middle East and North Africa)
IAFF 6142Technology Creation/Diffusion
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (21st Century Trade Policies: Issues and Strategy)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (Digital Trade and Global Governance)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (Corruption, Development and Governance)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Migration, Remittances, and Development)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Oil: Industry, Economy, and Society)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Political Economy of the Middle East)
IBUS 6301International Business Finance
IBUS 6304Financial Crises and the Global Economy
PPPA 6006Policy Analysis
PPPA 6014Microeconomics for Public Policy II
PPPA 6015Benefit-Cost Analysis
PPPA 6052Tax PolicyAnalysis
PPPA 6085Special Topics in Public Policy
PUBH 6340Health Economics and Finance
PUBH 6443Global Health Agreements and Conventions

*Specific subject matter covered in special/selected topics courses varies by semester. Consult the Schedule of Classes for each semester's offerings. Topics courses not listed here may be used to fulfill program requirements if approved by the Program Director.

Additional information regarding the capstone is available on the Elliott School website.