International Economic Policy

The Elliott School’s Master of Arts in International Economic Policy (MIEP) is an interdisciplinary program that provides a strong foundation for understanding new challenges in the global economic system. The program provides analytical rigor and tailored professional specializations to help students pursue challenging careers in the private sector, public sector and non-profit organizations.

Evening classes accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals and open pathways through which full-time students can explore internships in international organizations, consulting firms and government agencies in Washington D.C. The MIEP alumni network provides professional internship and job opportunities for students from all over the world.

(The program’s name was “International Trade and Investment Policy” prior to academic year 2019-2020.)




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What You'll Study 

MIEP students obtain an essential understanding of International trade, international finance and development economics. Students also acquire hard skills in accounting, corporate finance and quantitative analysis. Students pursue an individualized professional specialization to prepare them for careers focused on international economics and business. The program culminates in a two-semester capstone sequence in which students work in small teams on a contemporary policy or business issue. Students take graduate courses across GW including the Elliott School of International Affairs, the Department of Economics, the School of Business and the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.

Program of Study




Professional Specialization



Full-time students follow a cohort structure during the first year that provides students with hard analytical and quantitative skills that are essential for professional development.  Students work closely in their second year with the program director to design a Professional Specialization used to pursue students’ individual academic and professional goals. The MIEP program provides suggested specializations such as “Economic Development,” “International Business and Finance” and “International Trade and Investment,” but students are welcome to pursue their own combination of professionally relevant coursework.



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How to Apply 


When you're ready to apply to the program, you will need to follow the graduate admissions process, including completing and submitting the online application with all of the required materials. 


There are also certain prerequisites that applicants must meet to be able to apply to the program. 



Applicants must have completed one of the following before applying to the MIEP program:

(a) an introductory microeconomics and introductory macroeconomics course, or

b) a principles of economics course that has micro- and macroeconomics included in the content.

In addition to the above introductory economics coursework requirement, intermediate micro- and macroeconomics courses are highly recommended preparation for the MIEP program but are not required for admission. Students without these intermediate courses will be able to take an online program during the summer prior to enrollment that is administered by the Elliott School's Institute for International Economic Policy.


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Where You'll Go 

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Our graduates continue to pursue a wide variety of exciting careers in diplomacy and public service, business, security, conflict resolution, development and public health. For 2016 graduates, the top employers included: 

  • Capgemini Government Solutions
  • Economics Partners, LLC
  • Goldman Sachs
  • International Monetary Fund
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • TD International 
  • U.S. International Trade Commission

While you study with us and even once you leave, we'll provide you with resources and support to help you get the job you've always wanted post-graduation. From career counseling, workshops, site visits and information sessions, The Graduate Student Career Development Center has a variety of tools and tips to get you to where you want to be. 



International Economic Policy Program of Study

To earn your Master of Arts in International Economic Policy, you must successfully complete a 40-credit program that includes 18 credits of core courses, 18 credits devoted to your professional specialization and electives and 4 credits toward your Capstone course.  Students may take up to three one-credit skills courses offered by the Elliott School on topics such as “Negotiating Skills,” “Public Speaking” and “STATA Fundamentals.”

MA in International Economic Policy Program of Study


In their first year, full-time students must take the following courses in a cohort with other MIEP students:

ECON 6283 Survey of International Trade Theory and Policy

ECON 6284 Survey of International Macroeconomics and Finance Theory and Policy

ECON 6250 Development Economics

IAFF 6198 Financial Accounting*

FINA 6235 Finance*

Students are required to an introductory graduate statistics course.  MIEP students may choose from the following. 

IAFF 6501 Quantitative Analysis for IA Professionals

PPPA 6002 Research Methods and Applied Statistics

ECON 6374 Probability and Statistics for Economics

*Students, in consultation with the program director, may take two econometrics courses instead of the accounting and finance sequence.

IAFF 6898-6899 Global Capstone

Professional Specializations

The MIEP program allows for customized tracks, designed in consultation with the program director, to develop marketable professional skills in an area of the student’s interest.

Below are a few templates that can help inform students’ decisions. Students are welcome to pursue their own combination of professionally relevant coursework, designed in consultation with the program director.

  • PSC 6349 International Political Economy
  • IAFF 6198 21st Century Trade Policies
  • ECON 6293 Emerging Markets Capital Flows and Crises
  • ECON 6292 Economics of U.S. Trade Policy
  • ECON 6295 Economic Analysis of International Trade Law
  • IBUS 6400 Oil: Industry, Economy, Society
  • IAFF 6142 Technology Creation and Diffusion
  • IBUS 6304 Financial Crises and the Global Economy
  • ECON 6300 Mathematics for Economists
  • ECON 6375 Applied Econometrics
  • ECON 6376 Time Series
  • DNSC 6274 Statistical Methods and Analysis
  • DNSC 6275 Advanced Statistical Modeling and Analysis
  • PPPA 6013 Econometrics for Policy Research
  • IBUS 6301 International Business Finance.
  • IBUS 6400 Oil Industry and Society
  • IBUS 6401 International Business Strategy
  • IBUS 6402 Managing in Developing Countries
  • FINA 6239 Applied Portfolio Management
  • FINA 6222 Capital Formation
  • FINA 6223 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • FINA 6224 Financial Management
  • FINA 6239 Applied Portfolio Management
  • ECON 6293 Emerging Markets Capital Flows and Crises
  • ECON 6295 Energy Economics
  • ECON 6295 Economics of Middle East and North Africa
  • IAFF 6138 Private Sector Development
  • IAFF 6358 Migration, Remittances & Development
  • PPPA 6057 International Development Administration
  • PPPA 6058 International Development NGO Management
  • IBUS 6402 Managing in Developing Countries