Launch your career in international trade, stimulating innovation, promoting growth, and reducing poverty.
Our Master of Arts in International Trade is specifically designed to give you real-world experience before you graduate, culminating in a semesterlong practicum working for an organization like the WTO, the U.S. International Trade Commission, or a range of private companies. This program is also referred to as International Trade and Economic Diplomacy (ITED).
Fall or Spring
Find out if International Trade is right for you
Study On-Site and/or Online
Your courses are available in person and online. You may start and complete your entire degree program remotely if you pursue full-time enrollment in the 12-month option—please note that many of your online courses will be live (synchronous) so you will have to keep time zones in mind. The faculty, curriculum, and per-credit cost are the same for both formats so you will have the flexibility to study online or in person, or easily switch between the two experiences as your personal and professional needs allow.
Launch Your Career
Career and Academic Advising
Your career and academic advising are integrated, ensuring you align your coursework with your career goals. Our experienced advisors will guide you from course registration to preparing for interviews, negotiating your employment offers, and managing your career.
Our large and influential alumni network in Washington, D.C., and other centers of international trade are eager to help you prepare for your next steps. Our Middlebury in DC office provides the entire Middlebury community with a wealth of resources and many International Trade students have taken significant advantage of this location during internships and the remote practicum semester. Furthermore, our annual Career Exploration Week in the nation’s capital gives you facilitated and direct access to D.C.-based employers and our alumni who help us to plan the event.
Starting your program in Monterey places you in Central California, the dominant import/export region in the United States, home to major agricultural firms, the international economic hub in San Francisco, and Silicon Valley. There is ample opportunity for establishing real-world connections to your academic studies.
From NAFTA to the U.S.-China trade conflicts, trade is at the forefront of many public policy discussions. It is crucial to understand trade from diplomatic and practical standpoints. This is truly a pivotal time to launch a career in this critical area.
Our graduates are often hired before they complete their program, leveraging real-world projects from their classes, internships, and practica to showcase their relevant professional experience. They are thriving in careers at organizations like Apple, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Explore careers in international trade.
12 -month option
16 -month option
42 -credit master’s
Today’s global marketplace demands well-rounded professionals who can collaborate and lead in work with global businesses and governments on rapidly changing trade, investment, and diplomacy issues. We prepare you for long-term professional success through courses in trade policy, theory, and practice; quantitative methods for trade policy; economic diplomacy and negotiation simulations; and trade laws and institutions.
Local Meets Global
You will learn to develop policy analysis and trade negotiation skills through intimate discussions, hands-on projects, and local and international fieldwork.
Your classes will often feature work with real clients, allowing you to develop practical skills before you graduate. The final semester practicum can be completed remotely in the summer, spring, or fall semester. You can earn your degree in 12 consecutive months to accelerate your return to the workforce or in 16 months giving you the flexibility to gain more practical experience via summer internships.
The flexibility in our curriculum gives you opportunities to customize your degree through career-related electives in commercial diplomacy and trade compliance, a professional practicum, internships, studying a second language and/or intercultural competence, joint degrees, optional specializations in financial crime management and other in-demand fields, and Peace Corps integrations.
Our faculty combine academic expertise with years of professional experience and include the former chief economist of the U.S. International Trade Commission. Together with career advisors, they mentor each student to ensure that they receive the academic and professional experience that will help them realize their career goals.
The International Trade program’s advisory council is a group of highly successful professionals, many alums of the program, who work with faculty, providing counsel and advice to keep the program on the cutting edge of the dynamic world of trade and diplomacy. In addition, advisors often work directly with students as they prepare to begin their careers. The group includes leaders from the WTO, IBM, Visa, Cisco, Dell, the American Chemistry Council, and the International Working Group on Export Credits.
The Digital Learning Commons is your campus hub for technology, creative problem solving, exploration, and peer-to-peer teaching and learning.
Financing Your Education
We offer a variety of resources to make your program more affordable including merit, need-based, partner, and external scholarships for both U.S. and international students. Your personal enrollment advisor is also available to help you think through financing this important investment in your career development.
The 12-month and 16-month options for this program allow you to get back into the workforce—earning a salary—faster and to potentially save on housing costs.
We take a holistic approach when considering your application, looking at your academic background, international exposure, professional experience, and career goals. We welcome applicants with or without work experience, and our program has numerous opportunities for you to gain professional experience before you graduate. This approach aligns with the Institute’s core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
We do not require GRE or GMAT scores for our master’s programs but competitive scores may strengthen your application and positively influence scholarship decisions.
Financial Crime Management program head Professor Moyara Ruehsen serves on an international task force aimed at combating money laundering and other illicit methods of financing crime, terrorism, and weapons proliferation.
The Middlebury Institute’s annual Washington, D.C.-focused Career Exploration Week offers students the opportunity to interact with alumni and others responsible for hiring at prospective government, non-profit, and private sector employers in their fields.