Earn a global finance degree offering flexible career options.
The Global Commerce and Policy program combines the best of both a traditional international affairs degree and a business degree for intellectually curious, driven students. You will graduate ready to take on a wide range of leadership positions.
Program professors have held positions at the World Bank, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the United Nations Development Program, the U.S. Treasury, the European Commission, the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. You will be treated as a future peer by our expert faculty, a group of renowned scholars and practitioners who focus their teaching and research on a diverse range of topics in both domestic and international contexts.
Effective spring 2022, the International Commerce and Policy program has been renamed the Global Commerce and Policy program.
Get the Details on the Global Commerce and Policy Program
Global Commerce and Policy Lunch & Learn. Prospective students are invited to attend a virtual lunch & learn information session to hear more about the Global Commerce and Policy program at the Schar School of Policy and Government.
Master's and Certificate Open House (VIRTUAL): Learn about the Schar School's graduate programs, meet the Dean, and interact with the faculty during this online event. Prospective master's and graduate certificate students who attend this event will be provided with an application fee waiver for the spring 2023 and fall 2023 graduate application.
Application Drop-In Hours:
"Drop-In" during our virtual application drop-in hours to ask the admissions team any questions you may have about your master’s application. Spring 2023 applications are still open!
Skills You'll Gain
- To understand the basic principles of international relations, global political economy, and comparative politics
- To be able to deploy the micro- and macroeconomic analytical techniques to policy analysis in global trade, finance, and development
- To understand the institutional structures of global trade, finance, and development
- To understand, access and make use of global trade, financial, and development data
A Degree That Works With Your Schedule
You can earn this degree:
- Entirely online in an asynchronous format
- Through a combination of on-campus and online classes
- Part-time or full-time
Classes are offered in the evening to accommodate working students.
- 750-1,000 word written goal statement
- Current resume
- Unofficial transcripts
- Two letters of recommendation
- Graduate application and fee
- No GRE required
- Priority Application Deadline for Spring: November 1
- Final Application Deadline for Spring: December 1
- Priority Application Deadline for Fall: April 1
- Final Application Deadline for Fall: May 1
Where Our Recent Graduates Work
Data gathered from recent graduates from 2017-21
Top Employers of Recent Graduates
- BAE Systems Inc.
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- Fannie Mae
- Inter-American Development Bank
- International Monetary Fund
- Northrop Grumman
- The World Bank
- U.S. Department of Commerce
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- U.S. Department of State
- U.S. Department of the Treasury
The median salary of 2020-21 program graduates surveyed after graduation was $86,000.
The Master of Arts in Global Commerce and Policy program requires 12 courses (36 total credits), including seven core courses:
- Global Political Economy Technology
- Culture and Commerce
- Microeconomics and Trade Policy
- Macroeconomic Policy in the Global Economy
- Trade Relations
- Global Financial Crises and Institutions
- Data Analysis for Global Political Economy or Statistical Methods Global
Not ready to commit to a full master's degree program?
Our graduate certificates require just five courses (15 credits) that can be applied to a master's if you choose to continue on.
With the Schar School's prime location in the Washington, D.C. area, students gain access to leading practitioners who are internationally recognized for their scholarship and advisory roles in the public and private sectors. These faculty bring real-world experience to the classroom, providing you with the mentorship and skillsets needed to advance in your career.