International Trade graduate Matthew Caron shares how coursework, alumni advice, and internships helped him launch a career in international trade and diplomacy.
Launch a career at the intersection of policy, global development, and international trade.
Our joint MA in International Policy and Development/MA in International Trade is specifically designed to give you real-world experience before you graduate, culminating in a semesterlong practicum, which can be an internship or field-based research project.
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The integrated curriculum helps you develop foundational and advanced skills in trade policy, development, and negotiation, regional expertise, and specialized trade compliance and quantitative analysis. Students gain valuable work experience by completing a professional practicum.
To open up your global career opportunities you can take content courses in a second language and/or courses in intercultural competence.
See the curriculum for more details.
You will have access to faculty members from multiple degree programs. In addition to their academic roles, many are actively engaged in international organizations including the UNCHR (the UN Refugee Agency), USAID, the World Bank, the State Department, the World Trade Organization, the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the National Foreign Trade Council.
Research and Practice
Build valuable professional experience while earning your degree through our research centers, labs, and initiatives:
- The Mixed-Methods Evaluation, Training, and Analysis (META) Lab addresses the growing need for data-savvy professionals across a broad range of fields.
- The Center for Conflict Studies focuses on the application of the right tools for conflict resolution and approaches conflicts as vehicles for change.
- The Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies enables students with advanced Russian language skills to professionalize their interest in Russia and Eurasia.
- The Digital Learning Commons is your campus hub for technology, creative problem solving, exploration, and peer-to-peer teaching and learning.
Peace Corps Connections
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) are encouraged to apply for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, earning yourself a guaranteed scholarship.
You can integrate Peace Corps service into your degree through our Options for Peace Corps Service, earning yourself a 50 percent tuition scholarship for your final semester.
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.
Earning two master’s degrees in just four semesters represents a significant return on your investment, setting you up for a unique career trajectory.
How to Apply
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.
| by Jason Warburg
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