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Economics | International Economic Relations Certificate

Graduate Certificate in International Economic Relations

The certificate program in international economic relations is for individuals seeking to expand their understanding of international trade theory and international monetary economics as they relate to the interdependencies of different world economies.

Students complete 15 credit hours of approved graduate work, which can later be transferred into degree programs. The certificate program can be completed while working full-time. Most classes are offered in the evenings.

Admission to the Program

Open to students with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Applicants must submit their official transcripts along with a one page statement of purpose. For international students whose native language is not English and who do not possess an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution: applicants need TOEFL test scores of at least 600 (or 100 on the internet based test), a Pearson Test of English score of at least 68, or a minimum IELTS score of 7. The College of Arts and Sciences uses a rolling admissions process and applications are accepted at all times. Apply online or visit the Graduate Admissions Web site for additional information.

Certificate Requirements

  • 15 credit hours of approved course work with at least 6 credit hours at the 600-level or above, with grades of C or better. Grades of C- or D in certificate program courses are not accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements, although these grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. Students in certificate programs must take a minimum of 6 credit hours during each 12-month period and complete the certificate in four years. International students must enroll in 9 credit hours each semester (except for summer). A maximum of 3 credit hours earned at an accredited college or university may be applied toward the certificate as transfer credit. 

Course Requirements


  • ECON-603 Introduction to Economic Theory (3)
    (students with sufficient background in economics may substitute an additional economics course from the list of electives, below) 
  • SIS-600 Quantitative Analysis in International Affairs (3) 
  • ECON-670 Survey of International Economics (3) or SIS-616 International Economics (3) 


  • 3 credit hours from the following: 
  • ECON-551 Comparative Economic Systems (3) 
  • ECON-552 Economics of Transition (3) 
  • ECON-658 Economics of the World Regions (3) (topics) 
  • ECON-661 Survey of Economic Development (3) 
  • 3 credit hours from the following: 
  • SIS-619 Special Studies in International Politics: Global Economic Governance (3) or International Political Economy (3)
  • SIS-630 Economic Policy of the European Union (3) 
  • SIS-665 International Trade and Investment Relations (3) 
  • SIS-666 International Monetary and Financial
    Relations (3)