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The Global Commerce and Policy program is ranked 14th overall and 5th among public institutions by the U.S. News and World Report.

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 in Touch: Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a member of the graduate admissions team for an opportunity to ask questions, discuss your academic and professional goals, and learn more about our degree programs and admissions process. Please email schar@gmu.edu or call us at 703-993-8099 if you have any questions

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Skills You'll Gain


  • To understand of the basic principles of international relations, global political economy, and comparative politics
  • To be able to deploy the analytical techniques of microeconomics and macroeconomics 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:

  • On-campus
  • 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.

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Application Requirements in Brief

  • 750-1,000 word written goal statement
  • Current resume
  • Unofficial transcripts 
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Graduate application and fee
  • No GRE required

Program Deadlines

  • Priority Application Deadline for Fall: April 1
  • Final Application Deadline for Fall: May 1
     
  • Priority Application Deadline for Spring: November 1
  • Final Application Deadline for Spring: December 1

Where Our Recent Graduates Work


Top Employers of Recent Graduates


  • BAE Systems Inc.
  • Bloomberg
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Fannie Mae
  • Honeywell
  • 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
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Photo of program graduate Jean-Guy Afrika

“I felt intuitively that a standard MBA or International Affairs program would not give me the answers I was looking for—I felt that I needed a broader, more multidimensional program. It enhanced my ability to think laterally in the design and execution of complex multinational policies, strategies, and programs.”

- Jean-Guy Afrika
Acting Director, Regional Integration - African Development Bank Group
Master's in Global Commerce and Policy '06

Photo of program graduate Leslie Malher

“I chose the Schar School because I always wanted to mix public policy and business, and the international commerce and policy master’s program is the only program that does both. I love how you don’t only look at the economic background but also the political background of a country.”

- Leslie Malher
Consultant, The World Bank
Master's in Global Commerce and Policy '20

How International Trade Affects Our Daily Lives

Join a discussion on how international trade and supply chain disruptions impact us on a daily basis.

Wednesday, April 27, at 6 p.m. Eastern (Virtual Event)
Register.

Master’s and Certificate Open House

Meet Schar School Dean Mark Rozell, program directors, current students, alumni, and our admissions team!

Wednesday, April 13, at 6:00 p.m. Eastern (In-Person Event)
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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

    “In today's world, it is critical for all participants in global markets to understand the multifaceted environment in which they work,” Reinert said. “This program is for those who are passionate about the intersection of international relations, business, and public policy.”

    Kenneth A. Reinert, Director of the Global Commerce and Policy Master's Program
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    “I saw the international commerce and policy program and thought it was so cool because it was basically a mixture of international relations degrees and business—how the two intersect. I think that’s really valuable in the world we live in today.”

    - Rondene Grinam
    Global Email Marketing Manager, Microsoft 
    Master's in Global Commerce and Policy '18