Top Employers: US Treasury Department, Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, US State Department, consulting firms, research institutes
Kelsey Ross, SIS/MA '17
Everyone needs a quantitative background; it’s just what you need to succeed.
There’s no way I’d have gotten my current job if I hadn’t gone to SIS and found the IER program. I developed a hard skill set of quantitative analysis, econometrics, and the ability to understand Excel and STATA. These are all skills that I feel I did not have when I started the IER program and felt like I was quite competent in two years later when I graduated.
Your application date depends on which semester you want to begin taking classes and whether you are a domestic or international student.
Application deadlines for an MAIER:QM 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 , 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, which provide qualified individuals with funding.
Need-based aid is managed centrally by AU 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, trade, and finance: the MA in International Economic Relations (MAIER) and MA in International Economics Relations: Quantitative Methods (MAIER:QM).
MAIER offers a multi-disciplinary understanding of international economic relations. Students who previously majored in international affairs, political science, or other social science, and do not have a background in economics or quantitative methods generally prefer the MAIER degree. MAIER students tend to have wider interests in fields such as global economic governance, international business, international development, environmental policy or national economic security—beyond international trade and finance, narrowly defined. MAIER students choose from among several possible concentrations and can elect courses from different schools on campus to satisfy their career interests.
MAIER:QM (STEM) students follow a more structured course progression focused on Advanced Quantitative Methods. This STEM-designated degree bolsters graduates’ competitiveness for research-oriented positions and enables international students to apply for a 24-month extension of the Optional Practical Training (OPT), which, if granted, provides the ability to work in the US for up to 3 years.