Top employers: Citibank, International Monetary Fund, US Export-Import Bank, US Treasury Department, YouTube
Kyle Toman, SIS/MA ’15
AU showed me careers I could pursue & gave me the skills to reach them.
I currently investigate companies that might have violated U.S. trade laws by not paying proper duties according to trade remedies (e.g., AD/CVD, Sections 232 or 301). I use the quantitative skills and knowledge of international trade and finance I gained at AU to pursue and enhance the investigations. Overall, the knowledgeable professors at AU gave me a great foundation to critically understand the complex dynamics of the world economy.
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 Economics 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 Economics program prepares graduates for careers in multilateral organizations, government agencies, multinational financial and other corporations, public-advocacy firms, industry associations, and research institutes in the United States and around the world.
Recent graduates have found jobs at Citibank, the International Monetary Fund, the US Department of the Treasury, the US Export-Import Bank, and YouTube.
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 Economics (INEC) and the MA in International Affairs: International Economic Relations (IER).
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 financial and other 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.
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.