Graduate Certificate in Global Economic Policy

The  Global Economic Policy Graduate Certificate educates students in the foundations of international economics and the analysis of global economic policies. Students learn the techniques of trade policy analysis; gain knowledge in the analysis of open-economy macroeconomics and international finance; and cover the fundamentals of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies. Certificate graduates are able to analyze trade policy and international financial policy for agencies and organizations. 

Consisting of only five courses, this is an affordable and strategic investment in advancing your career by earning a credential from a highly ranked policy school, while obtaining critical knowledge on some of the most pressing international issues. This certificate can also be applied to a master's degree, offering students exceptional flexibility.

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  • Completion Requirements: 5 courses (15 credits) listed below
  • Duration: 1 to 1.5 years on average
  • Semester of Entry: fall and spring

Certificate Program Requirements

Schar School certificate students take the same classes as our master's students, choosing from a wide selection of specialized electives taught by renowned faculty who bring real-world experience to the classroom. Students typically earn the certificate in one to one-and-a-half years on average, but with evening classes and a flexible part-time schedule, you can pursue the program at a pace that works for you. The certificate program is comprised of five courses (15 credits), which includes the following:

CORE COURSES (4 course | 12 credits)

Students are required to take the following:

ITRN 503: Macroeconomics Policy in the Global Economy
ITRN 504: Microeconomics and Trade Policy or PUBP 720: Managerial Economics and Policy Analysis
ITRN 501: Data Analysis in Global Political Economy or POGO 511: Statistical Methods for Policy Analysis
ITRN 604: New Technologies in the Global Economy or ITRN 605: Technology, Culture and Commerce

ELECTIVE COURSES (1 course | 3 credits)

Courses should be chosen in consultation with an advisor and approved in advance by the program director.

Possible elective courses include (only one is required to earn the certificate):

ITRN 602: Global Financial Crises and Institutions 
ITRN: 791: Advanced Trade Policy
POGO 611: Advanced Data Analysis for Policy and Government
POGO 750: Topics in Policy and Government ("Science and Technology" section only)
PUBP 721: Transportation Economics
PUBP 732: Labor Markets and Policies
PUBP 754: Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Analysis
PUBP 792: Advanced Economic Analysis for Public Policy Research


Earn your master's degree faster by starting with a certificate program. Students can apply up to 12 credits from a certificate program toward a Schar School master's degree upon acceptance into a master's program.