Top employers: US Commerce Department, Inter-American Development Bank, International Monetary Fund, US State Department, US Treasury, World Bank
Ben Duncanson, SIS/MA ’14
I valued that my SIS professors were also experienced industry practitioners.
I conduct economic research, government relations, and policy development for the Farm Credit Council, a trade association that represents the Farm Credit System. I really enjoy the research aspect of my position, which involves using my economics background to evaluate how policies and proposed legislation impact rural Americans. Even though the Farm Credit System only lends to domestic entities, a large portion of US agricultural goods are exported, so trade and economic conditions abroad deeply affect our member-borrowers.
When you should apply to the program depends on what semester you want to start taking classes in and whether you are a domestic or international student.
Application deadlines for an MA in International Economic Relations are as follows:
- Fall semester (all applicants): January 15
- Spring semester (domestic applicants): October 1
- Spring semester (international applicants): September 15
Missed a deadline but still interested in applying? Email the SIS Graduate Admissions office.
The International Economic Relations program prepares graduates for careers in US and foreign government agencies, regional and multilateral organizations, financial and other multinational corporations, trade associations, regulatory authorities, think-tanks, and international consulting firms.
Our graduates have found rewarding careers in governmental organizations that include the US Commerce Department, European Central Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, International Monetary Fund, US State Department, US Treasury Department , and the World Bank and private-sector firms such as AIG, Booz Allen Hamilton, Chemonics, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, IBM, S&P Global, Summit Consulting, and Wells Fargo Bank.
Looking for more information or help? SIS has a dedicated career development center to assist current students and alumni.
The School of International Service offers merit-based aid in the form of scholarships and fellowships at the time of admission. SIS also has partnerships with a number of organizations like the Peace Corps and Pickering Fellowship that provide qualified individuals with funding.
Need-based aid is available through AU Central Office and generally takes the form of a federal low-interest loan package.
The School of International Service offers two different degrees focusing on international economics and finance: the MA in International Affairs: International Economic Relations (IER) and MA in International Economics (INEC).
IER offers a broader, multi-disciplinary understanding of international economics. Students who previously majored in international affairs, political science, or other social sciences and do not have a background in economics or quantitative methods are generally more suited for the IER program. IER students tend to have wider interests in fields like international economic governance, international business, international development, or national economic security—not just international trade and finance narrowly defined. IER students choose from a number of possible concentrations and take multiple electives at different schools on campus to satisfy their career interests.
INEC offers a focused view of international economics and follows a more rigid course progression with only two electives. This program is intended for students who previously majored or minored in economics and wish to pursue a career in international economics at multilateral organizations, government agencies, multinational corporations, public-advocacy firms, industry associations, or research institutes. Applicants must complete calculus, statistics, introductory and intermediate microeconomics, and introductory and intermediate macroeconomics prior to enrollment in the INEC program.