Get the sophisticated knowledge, skills, and tools related to international development and practical global trade.

Trade can affect employment, investment, economic growth, and educational opportunities in either positive or negative ways. A degree program that combines trade and development equips students to analyze policies and design initiatives that can mitigate some of the unfavorable effects of trade policies while amplifying positive outcomes.

If you’re interested in a professional career at the intersection of development and trade, you can earn both a Master of Arts in International Policy and Development (IPD) and a Master of Arts in International Trade and Economic Diplomacy (ITED) in five semesters.

    Find out if IPD/ITED is right for you

    Career-Oriented Options

    Although you must select a specific degree when you apply, the International Policy and Development (IPD) and Public Administration (MPA) programs share a common faculty and core curriculum. This gives you the flexibility to explore both areas of study and then choose either the Joint IPD/ITED or Joint MPA/ITED by your third semester.

    If your career interests are more aligned with policy analysis, you may be interested in the Joint IPD/ITED. If your interests are more focused on program management, the Joint MPA/ITED would be an appropriate path.

    Integrated Curriculum

    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 that can last from four to six months.

    Improving language and intercultural competence is central to all degree programs at the Institute, and students take courses taught in their chosen language of study and courses in intercultural studies. See the curriculum for more details.

    Our Faculty

    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.

    Program Duration

    The Joint IPD/ITED is a five-semester, 70-credit program.


    Our graduates use their deep knowledge of development policy and development economics to give themselves the edge in analyst roles at think tanks, governmental agencies, and NGOs working on development and trade policy programming. They secure careers at the intersection of trade and development. They work in a range of professional capacities across sectors in a wide range of organizations, including the following:

    • U.S. Government: Departments of Commerce, State, and Agriculture; U.S. Trade Representative

    • Banking: JP Morgan Chase, BNP Paribas, First Republic Bank, Wells Fargo, Bank of the West

    • NGOs: Management Systems International, Catholic Relief Services, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law

    • Private Business: Apple, PayPal, Salesforce, Nokia, Cisco, NEC, Mercer, Deloitte, McKinsey

    Tuition and Fees

    The Joint IPD/ITED is a five-semester program. Students are enrolled full time during the first four semesters and half time during the final semester. Accordingly, students pay the full-time tuition fee for four semesters and pay for six credits at the per-credit rate in the final semester.

    Visit our tuition and fees page for detailed information.

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