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Today’s global marketplace demands skilled professionals who can work with international businesses, government, IGOs, and NGOs on rapidly changing trade, investment, and diplomacy issues.

Policy Makers in the International Marketplace

This is a very special program because we have designed this with a particular career set in mind. And that career set is for people that want to work in the global marketplace. We’re gonna follow US trade policy from its beginning, 1789 when Congress marched in the United States, and the hottest issue today of course is Trade Promotion Authority, that is the authority from Congress to the President.

I hope to work in trade policy in D.C., there’s a lot of really interesting opportunities there and I love the program here. It really focuses on exactly what I want to do which is crafting international trade policy. So the United States has government sponsored entities, Australia has government business enterprise that New Zealand has the crown entities, so.

Right, I said NAFTA, right? One regional agreement, and that might be difficult for the US to accept. 

I would like to work in trade compliance, either in-house with a company that does a lot of importing and exporting. And needs someone that’s familiar with the regional trade agreements and free trade agreements that the US is a part of, which is so much of what we do in the trade program.

We have put together a very carefully structured program intended to teach the knowledge, skills, and abilities that have been identified as what’s needed to succeed in this market.

The work that we’re doing in the classroom genuinely reflects the types of questions that are going on in the professional world. And I know that because having gone to D.C. and spoken with alumni and listened to the type of work that their doing, nothing sounded unfamiliar to me.

We have specially designed our program to be as relevant as possible. And to do that, we have designed a program where it will be conducted for two semesters here in Monterey. And then a final semester will be in Washington, D.C., where policy is being made.

The spring break trip to Washington, D.C., which I did just a few weeks ago, was really eye opening. Through that experience I was able to start a network in D.C. of people who are doing what I wanna do. And those people directly helped me get my internship this summer. When they go out into the market place they will have experience that others have only read about but ours have actually been implementing real life negotiations in the classroom.

Our methods of market access are focused on Canada, Mexico and Peru.

It gives me a great pleasure to represent a country Japan in the TPP negotiation. Now Japan’s facing a challenge.

One thing that I’ve really gained while here at MIIS is I really improved my public thinking and I think that’s a function of being in these really small classrooms where you’re often put on the spot. Your opinion is going to be asked and you’re speaking with someone that’s been in the field that’s been working in the position you want to be in, in a few years.

We have very active immersion programs where people are going overseas and meeting with government officials meeting with people in Washington, in New York and as well as in Tokyo and Beijing and Delhi.

I chose MIIS because the professional and career focus. Where it didn’t leave me in a room studying and doing research for hours on end for years on end. I’m learning practical skills every single day. And I know that I’m gonna use these skills.

My goal is to be able to provide for them the infrastructure both in scholarship, in skills, abilities and experience to be able to excel and thrive in their chosen field.

The Middlebury Institute Master of Arts in International Trade and Economic Diplomacy (ITED) helps you develop policy analysis and trade negotiation skills for careers in businesses, government, and civil society. Economic interdependence between countries and across production chains continues to grow, despite the recent pushback against globalization. International trade creates opportunities that can stimulate innovation, promote growth, and reduce poverty. This is a three-semester, 48-credit program.

From NAFTA to the U.S.-China trade war, trade is at the forefront of many public policy discussions today. 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.

Find out if ITED is right for you

Career-Oriented Course Work

Our comprehensive curriculum exposes students to the business, economic, legal, and political forces dominating the burgeoning international marketplace. It includes relevant skills and hands-on course work, options for specialization (such as economic diplomacy, trade compliance, and economic development), and a final immersion semester for internships and other professional experience.

Bridging cultural and linguistic barriers opens up global career opportunities, so ITED students take several content courses in their chosen language of study and intercultural competence. See the curriculum for more details.

Faculty: Professors and Practitioners

Our faculty combine academic expertise with years of professional experience, and include the former chief economist of U.S. International Trade Commission, a former deputy director-general of the World Trade Organization, and a current deputy director-general of the World Trade Organization. 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. Meet our faculty.

Advisory Council

The ITED 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. Meet the advisory council

Working Paper Series

The Working Paper Series showcases research by students in the ITED program ranging from China’s digital trade to NAFTACheck out the working paper series.

Customize Your Degree

The Bicoastal Advantage

ITED students enter in the fall and form a cohort team that works together throughout the program. You’ll spend your first two semesters in Monterey, California, and have several options for hands-on professional experiences in your third semester. While some students choose to stay in the Monterey area or find opportunities elsewhere in the U.S. or abroad, many take advantage of our Washington, D.C., location.

In Monterey

ITED students enter in the fall and form a cohort team that works together throughout the program. During the first two semesters, you’ll take intensive academic courses covering trade policy, theory, and practice; quantitative methods for trade policy; economic diplomacy and negotiation simulations; and trade laws and institutions, as well as advanced foreign language.

Central California is 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 real-world connection to your academic studies.

In Washington, D.C.

During the final semester, students focus on practical training and hands-on experiences to sharpen their knowledge, skills, and capabilities. You’ll attend congressional hearings, administrative and regulatory meetings, and sessions at think tanks, as well as conferences, courses, and workshops with professionals and experts in U.S. and international trade policy.

The Washington experience provides an extraordinary opportunity for you to work on projects with professionals in the field. You can connect with high-level officials and professionals from major trading nations and regions, as well as multilateral institutions such as the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the International Monetary Fund, and the Inter-American Development Bank. Finishing in Washington gives you a competitive edge in the marketplace, and our highly influential Middlebury alumni network is ready to help.

Financial Crime Management

The Financial Crime Management specialization gives you the skills and confidence to pursue a career in private-sector compliance and investigations, government intelligence, training and research with multilateral organizations, and anticorruption compliance for NGOs.

Joint Degree Options

Earn two degrees in five semesters.

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ITED Career Outcomes

Our graduates find careers in policy analysis, trade compliance, and trade negotiation in private businesses, government, and civil society around the world.

Employers Include
Apple, Boeing, Tesla, U.S. Department of Commerce

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