Global Commerce and Policy Curriculum

To earn the Master's in Global Commerce and Policy, you must successfully complete 36 credit hours of coursework. Students should consult with their academic advisor on appropriate course sequencing.

CORE COURSEWORK (21 credits)

GCP 500 – Global Political Economy: Uses a case study method of instruction to help students understand the interaction of business, finance, technology, and government in the world economy.

GCP 503 – Macroeconomic Policy in the Global Economy: Offers students an overview of macroeconomic theory and mathematical concepts with an emphasis on their application to problems of the modern global economy.

GCP 504 – Microeconomics and Trade Policy: Provides a conceptual grounding in international economic analysis with a focus on trade policy analysis.

GCP 602 – Global Financial Crises and Institutions: Examines the nature and dynamics of financial interactions between public and private sectors throughout the world.

GCP 603 – Global Trade Relations: Examines the role of the United States in the world economy and the evolving global trading system.

GCP 605 – Technology, Culture, and Commerce: Examines and applies the major dimensions of technological and cultural analysis to global commerce and policy.

GCP 501 – Data Analysis for Global Political Economy or POGO 511 - Introductory Data Analysis for Policy and Government


The Master's in Global Commerce and Policy program offers three concentrations that enable you to sharpen your expertise in a particular area of study. In pursuing a concentration, you will complete five elective courses tailored to the area of study. The concentrations are:

Global Finance, Investment, and Trade

The GCP-GFIT concentration will allow you to focus your studies on the commercial and monetary aspects of globalization and international business. These include international finance, international investment, international trade, and new technologies. This concentration prepares students for careers in both the government and the private sector in the areas of trade policy, trade law, international financial and monetary policy, global business strategy, and trade compliance. 

Global Development and Governance

The GCP-GDG concentration is ideal for students who want to focus their studies on international development, development policy, development project implementation and impact assessment, and the global governance system in which development policies are debated and promoted. It will prepare you for a career in international development organizations, development consultancies, and non-governmental organizations in the areas of development policy analysis, development project management, and international negotiations.

Global Risk and Strategy

The GCP-GRS concentration will allow you to focus your studies on emerging commercial risks, non-commercial risks with commercial implications, and the implications of these risks for strategy, regulation, and policy. These risks include illicit trade, transnational crime and corruption, terrorism, political violence, climate change, natural disasters, technological risks and threats, and threats to human security. It prepares students for a wide variety of careers in both the government and the private sector, as well as in international organizations, in the areas of national security, human security, technological governance, and global risk analysis.

Students who are already pursuing the Master of Arts in ICP can receive a Schar School certificate in addition to their master’s degree by completing an additional 6 credit hours.

For detailed information, visit the current students curriculum page.