Rigorous training in theory and practice

Whether you're interested in pursuing a career as a global economist in the public, nonprofit, or private sector, International Economics provides you with the rigorous, thorough training needed to meet your unique career goals.

The program’s core courses cover mathematical economics, microeconomics, macroeconomics, economic theories of trade and finance, international financial and trade relations, and international political economy in great depth. Students will also master the mathematical and econometric research tools necessary to perform and advance as an international economist.

Degree Options

In addition to the standard master's degree, you can earn a dual degree through our partnership at AU.

The International Economics degree combines the strengths and expertise of an international affairs school and a traditional economics department. Students will gain an understanding of the forces that drive economic globalization and the actors that shape international trade and financial policy. INEC students graduate able to provide intuitive explanations of the implications of leading international economics models, understand macroeconomic and financial policies in the context of economic globalization, define the roles and policies of institutions governing international economic relations, and employ and interpret econometric models to answer empirical research questions.

The School of International Service (SIS) offers a dual master's degree program with Kogod School of Business, giving students the opportunity to acquire expertise in both international economics and business. This combination of skills is particularly valuable to international organizations trying to increase productivity through better business practices and to businesses adjusting to the global market. Graduates will receive an MA through SIS and an MBA through Kogod.

Generally, dual degree students will spend their first year taking core curriculum courses at Kogod, then spend their second and third years taking courses at both SIS and Kogod. Students must complete 31 credit hours at Kogod and 39 credit hours at SIS, with the option to count up to 9 credit hours from Kogod degree requirements towards SIS degree requirements.

Prospective MA/MBA students must separately apply to and be accepted by each school. The admissions committees from each school do not collaborate on the decision-making process.

View Kogod School of Business dual degree admissions requirements and MBA coursework.


The capstone requirement is central to the International Economics program. The capstone provides students with an opportunity to perform substantive field work, hands-on experience, and complete a project they can show prospective employers. International Economics students can choose one of two different capstone options.

The Practicum is a one-semester, pre-professional experience. Student teams complete projects for external client organizations, producing deliverables that address challenges identified by clients in a statement of work. Students work under a site supervisor and a faculty advisor. Each practicum offers real-world experience with project management, client relations, oral presentations, and writing skills. Practicum options change every year, and students can apply to one that best suits their academic and career interests.

The Economics Master’s Capstone Seminar is offered by CAS’s Department of Economics. The seminar includes close consultation between the faculty member and student on the choice of research project and how best to conduct the research. Students will employ research methods and present their research.

Application            At a Glance

View a detailed admission and degree requirements listing for your degree of interest.

Entrance Semester
Fall and Spring
Application Deadline
January 15 for the fall semester
October 1 for the spring semester (September 15 for international applicants)
Additional Requirements
Undergraduate degree
GRE score (may be waived for international students)
TOEFL/IELTS/PTE score if non-native English speaker
Two letters of recommendation
Statement of purpose
Completion of online application