Master’s in International Commerce and Policy

Master’s in International Commerce and Policy

Broader than an MBA and more focused than a degree in international affairs, the Master's in International Commerce and Policy program at the Schar School will immerse you in the nexus of international business, economics, international relations, and public policy.

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Broader than an MBA and more focused than a degree in international affairs, the Master's in International Commerce and Policy program at the Schar School will immerse you in the nexus of international business, economics, international relations, and public policy.

No other school in the Washington, D.C. area offers a program like this one. As a student in the Master’s in International Commerce and Policy program, you will develop the skills and expertise in global finance, investment, trade, and development to excel and lead in the public and private sectors, multinational organizations, NGO’s, nonprofits, and consulting firms.

The Master's in International Commerce and Policy degree program at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government is an innovative master’s degree program for current and aspiring private and public sector professionals who seek the knowledge and skills to be effective in an increasingly complex world marketplace. Designed to provide the practical tools needed to compete in the global economy, this interdisciplinary program explores the way business, technology, law, economics, and public policy affect complex cross-border activities. Unlike traditional international affairs programs, the Master's in International Commerce and Policy program focuses on international economic issues such as global trade, finance, and investment. It is also distinguished from an MBA program by providing training in the political, technological, cultural, and social aspects of the global economy.

Online Format (Beginning in Spring 2022)

Beginning in the Spring 2022 term, students in the International Commerce and Policy program will have the option to study can choose to take classes online, on-campus, or a combination of both on-campus and online. Full-time or part-time basis is available .

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Notice:
Mason has moved to virtual instruction for its on-campus programs for the time being. Faculty and staff who normally work on-campus are teleworking and are fully available to support students. Visit Mason's Coronavirus Information page for more information, including affected dates and frequently asked questions. For questions as a prospective student, please don't hesitate to contact the Schar School Office of Graduate Admissions at schar@gmu.edu.

Venn diagram showing that the international commerce and policy master’s degree is at the intersection of a master’s in international business, a master’s in international relations, and a master’s in public policy.

CURRICULUM AND COURSE SCHEDULE

The Master of Arts in International Commerce and Policy program requires 12 courses (36 total credits). International commerce courses are held in the evenings on Mason’s Arlington, Virginia campus, and students may take the program on a part-time or full-time basis. From Global Trade Relations, Global Political Economy, and Global Financial Crises and Institutions to Economics, Global Development, and Global Finance, Investment, and Trade, the international commerce program coursework will prepare you for influential roles in international relations, business, and policymaking.

For detailed curriculum and course schedule information, click here.

Rondene Grinam, Master’s in International Commerce and Policy '18

“I saw the international commerce and policy program and thought it was so cool because it was basically a mixture of international relations degrees and business—how the two intersect. I think that’s really valuable in the world we live in today.”
—Rondene Grinam, Master’s in International Commerce and Policy '18

Pablo Garcia, Master’s in International Commerce and Policy '09

“In development economics, it’s very important to have an interdisciplinary approach, and that’s the base of the international commerce and policy program. It provides practical tools for real problems with an interdisciplinary approach.”
—Pablo Garcia, Master’s in International Commerce and Policy '09

Jean-Guy Afrika, Master’s in International Commerce and Policy '06

“At the time, I felt intuitively that a standard MBA or International Affairs program would not give me the answers I was looking for—I felt that I needed a broader, more multidimensional program. It enhanced my ability to think laterally in the design and execution of complex multinational policies, strategies, and programs.”
—Jean-Guy Afrika, Master’s in International Commerce and Policy '06

Leslie Malher, Master's in International Commerce and Policy student

“I chose the Schar School because I always wanted to mix public policy and business, and the international commerce and policy master’s program is the only program that does both. I love how you don’t only look at the economic background but also the political background of a country.”
—Leslie Malher, Master's in International Commerce and Policy student

CAREERS IN INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE AND POLICY

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With George Mason University's prime location in the Washington, D.C. area, Schar School students gain access to leading scholars and practitioners who bring real-world experience to the classroom, providing you with the mentorship and skillsets needed to advance in your career.

The Schar School as a whole has 80+ faculty members, as well as hundreds of adjunct faculty, allowing students to gain access to a variety of perspectives and subjects through elective courses. Full-time ICP professors have held positions at the World Bank, the US International Trade Commission, the United Nations Development Program, the US Treasury, the European Commission, the US Office of Technology Assessment, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Beyond this, they have even more extensive consulting experience around the world. 

FACULTY DIRECTORY >

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In addition to university-wide resources, the Schar School has a dedicated team of student services and career development advisors to assist you in your academic and professional plans. The Master's in International Commerce and Policy program prepares students for a range of industries and roles in the public and private sectors. In a recent graduating class career outcomes survey, the following were the top employers of program graduates:
 

  • BAE Systems Inc.
  • Bloomberg
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Fannie Mae
  • Honeywell
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • International Monetary Fund
  • Northrop Grumman
  • The World Bank
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury

CAREER OUTCOMES >

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