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Graduate Certificate in International Economic Relations

A certificate awarded by American University's School of International Service is a symbol of professional achievement widely recognized by international organizations, non-profit agencies, corporate and government employers. SIS graduate certificates are credit programs designed for individuals who want an advanced academic credential without necessarily enrolling in a degree program.

Classes are offered every spring, summer, and fall. The certificate program requires 15 hours of approved graduate level course work. Up to 12 of the certificate credits are transferable to a master's degree program for which you will have laid a strong foundation.


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. International students whose native language is not English are required to submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Languate (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) unless they hold a degree from a U.S.-accredited institution (before enrollment at SIS). The minimum TOEFL score for full admissions consideration is 100 on the Internet-based test (IBT), 250 on the computer-based test, or 600 on the paper-based test. The minimum IELTS score is 7.0.

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 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 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

Core (9 credit hours)

  • 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) or STAT-514 Statistical Methods (3)
  • ECON-670 Survey of International Economics (3) 
  • or
  • SIS-616 International Economics (3) 

Electives (6 credit hours)

  • 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-630 Economic Policy in the European Union (3) 
    • SIS-665 International Trade Relations (3) 
    • SIS-666 International Financial Relations (3)
    • SIS-751 International Political Economy (3)
    • SIS-752 Global Economic Governance (3)