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The Middlebury Institute Master of Arts in International Trade and Economic Diplomacy is a three-semester, 48-credit program.

Start Date Credits Capstone Language Competency Program Chairs
August 48 Required Required

Robert Rogowsky
Wei Liang

Requirements

Core courses:

  • Intro to Trade Policy and Institutions (4 credits)     
  • Business Statistics (2 credits)
  • International Trade: Theory and Practice (4 credits)
  • International Trade Law and Dispute Resolution (4 credits)

Comparative Business/Government Relations (2 credits)

ITED Seminars (4 credits) sample courses:

  • 21st Century Trade Issues
  • Negotiating Global Development Policy
  • Trade, Migration, FDI, and Development
  • International Trade Negotiation Simulation
  • Foreign Policy, Trade, and Security in East Asia
  • Strategic Trade Controls and Nonproliferation

Electives (14 credits) sample courses:

  • Currency Capital Flows & Financial Crises
  • Trade Law Compliance
  • Legal Aspect of Compliance
  • Quantitative Analysis for Trade  
  • Art of Negotiation    
  • International Crisis Negotiation Exercise
  • Trade Based Financial Crime
  • Financial Investigations and Compliance
  • Topics in Supply Chain Management   
  • International Business Consulting

Language (8 credits) sample courses:

  • Arab-African Relations (in Arabic)
  • Green Enterprise and Innovation (in Spanish)
  • Japan: Soft Power (in Japanese)
  • Business Chinese (in Chinese)

Intercultural Competence (4 credits) sample courses

  • Economic Statecraft: Culture and Conflict Resolution
  • Intercultural Group Dynamics
  • Multilingual Communication in Multicultural Settings

Economic Diplomacy Professional Project (2 credits)

Electives

Students take fourteen credits of electives from an approved list. Some courses are offered by other Institute graduate programs.

    Language and Intercultural Competence

    Courses taught in your chosen language combine language skills development with topics related to your ITED degree work and professional interests. Our intercultural competence offerings provide the cross-cultural communication skills needed to pursue global careers.

    Economic Diplomacy Professional Project

    Students complete an economic diplomacy professional project. This is an intensive working and writing project directed by ITED faculty and aimed at improving research, analysis, and writing skills; demonstrating knowledge and abilities; and building connections and networks in the community in areas of students’ specialization.

    Students will select an emphasis for their project in one of the following three specializations:

    • Commercial Diplomacy
    • Trade Compliance
    • Regional specialization

    Final Semester

    The final semester is expected to be combined with an internship in a trade-related organization in Washington, D.C., Monterey, or in some instances another location.

    Washington, D.C. option

    Students can take courses in the third semester in D.C. on business-government relations and economic statecraft and conflict resolution, and a seminar on advanced trade topics. Evening classes allow students to pursue internships. Students who intern in D.C. in the summer prior should consider continuing the internship during the semester.

    Monterey option

    Some students choose to stay on the Central Coast to complete their degree, to take advantage of courses only offered at our Monterey campus, and networking and internship opportunities in the region.

    Other options

    Students may find internship opportunities elsewhere in the U.S. or abroad for their final semester. Careful planning with your career advisor is crucial.

    Sample Course Schedule

    Fall Start, Full Time, Three Semesters

    Fall 1 18 Credits
    Introduction to Trade Policy and Institutions 4
    Business Statistics 2
    International Trade: Theory and Practice 4
    International Trade Law & Dispute Resolution 4
    Language Studies 4
    Spring 1 18 Credits
    Electives 14
    Language Studies 4
    Fall 2 12 Credits
    Seminar: 21st-Century Trade Issues 4
    Economic Statecraft: Culture and Conflict Resolution  4
    Comparative Business-Government Relations  2
    Economic Diplomacy Professional Project 2
    TOTAL 48