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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

Core Course Work

Economic Diplomacy

These courses focus on providing a fundamental and advanced understanding of economic diplomacy. Sample courses:

  • Introduction to Economic Diplomacy

  • International Trade: Theory and Practice

International Trade

This course work focuses on providing an advanced understanding of policy analysis and trade negotiations. Sample course:

  • International Trade Policy and Institutions

Quantitative Analysis Tools

These courses focus on building an systematic foundation for analyzing trade issues. Sample course:

  • Business Statistics

Trade Compliance and Dispute Settlement

These courses focus on developing critical content knowledge and skills on trade compliance. Sample courses:

  • International Trade Law and Dispute Resolution


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

  • Currency, Capital Flows, Financial Crises
  • Quantitative Analysis for Trade Policy
  • International Trade Negotiation Simulation
  • International Trade Law Compliance
  • Seminar: US-Mexico Relations
  • US-East Asia Trade and Investment Policy
  • China: Trade, Diplomacy & Development
  • Seminar: Foreign Policy, Trade and Security in East Asia
  • Pacific Rim Development Challenges
  • Leadership Across Borders
  • Trade Based Financial Crime
  • Financial Investigations & Compliance
  • Global Business Strategies
  • Financial Management
  • Topics in Supply Chain Management
  • Governing the Global Commons   

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. Sample courses:

  • Arab-African Relations (in Arabic)

  • Green Enterprise and Innovation (in Spanish)

  • Japan: Soft Power (in Japanese)

  • Business Chinese (in Chinese)

  • Intercultural Group Dynamics

  • Multilingual Communication in Multicultural Settings

Capstone and Specialization

Students complete an economic diplomacy capstone project. This is an intensive 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. An oral exam concludes the project.

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

  • Commercial Diplomacy
  • Trade Compliance
  • Regional specialization

Semester in Washington, D.C.

In addition to the capstone, students take courses 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, which are encouraged but not required. Students who intern in D.C. in the summer prior should consider continuing the internship during the semester.

Sample Course Schedule

Fall Start, Full Time, Three Semesters

Fall 1 18 Credits
Introduction to Economic Diplomacy 0
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 Capstone Project 2