Get in-depth knowledge of how to harmonize trade and management agendas to achieve breakthroughs on both fronts.

Students gain the sophisticated knowledge, skills, and tools to effectively manage programs related to trade and development. Trade can affect employment, income, economic growth, and stability in both positive and negative ways. A degree program that combines trade and management equips graduates to lead programs and organizations that work to mitigate the unfavorable effects of trade policies while amplifying positive outcomes.

If you’re interested in a management career at the intersection of development and trade, you can earn both a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Master of Arts in International Trade and Economic Diplomacy (ITED) in five semesters.

    Find out if MPA/ITED is right for you

    Career-Oriented Options

    Although you must select a specific degree when you apply, the Public Administration (MPA) and International Policy and Development (IPD) 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 MPA/ITED or the Joint IPD/ITED by your third semester.

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

    Integrated Curriculum

    The integrated curriculum helps you develop critical skills in international development program management, trade policy, compliance, negotiation, and the design of complex solution strategies. 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 MPA/ITED is a five-semester, 76-credit program.


    Our graduates secure leadership roles applying their management, financial, and program evaluation skills to programming focused on trade promotion, negotiations, compliance, and facilitation. 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: JPMorgan Chase, BNP Paribas, First Republic Bank, Wells Fargo, Bank of the West

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

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

    Tuition and Fees

    The Joint MPA/ITED is a five-semester, 76 credit program. Accordingly, students pay the full-time tuition fee for five semesters.

    Visit our tuition and fees page for detailed information.

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