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American University Master of Arts in International Economic Relations
American University

Master of Arts in International Economic Relations

Washington, USA

2 Years


Full time, Part time

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Sep 2024

USD 1,922 / per credit



The MA in International Economic Relations (MAIER) combines international economics and political economy in a uniquely integrated fashion to position you for a professional career in international business and finance, government, or the nonprofit sector. Your core courses will cover international trade and finance, which you’ll supplement with a concentration in development or environmental policy, political economy, further work on trade and finance, or a specialization you design yourself.

MAIER embraces the ongoing, evolving, and ever-present impacts of climate change and digital technology as extensions of the treatment of trade and finance. If you’re interested in emerging-market and developing areas, our faculty will engage with you on relevant subjects including international investment and debt restructuring. Also, all MAIER students develop skills in quantitative methods and econometrics that are particularly useful for policy analysis.

Based in Washington, DC, and housed in the Top-10-ranked School of International Service, the MAIER program allows students to take internships in organizations that can bridge to permanent job opportunities after graduation. Students can pursue the MAIER degree on a full- or part-time basis. Combining these features, MAIER and its companion STEM degree are unique among Washington-area programs.

The MA in International Economic Relations (MAIER) degree integrates international economics with analysis of politics and institutions for careers in global and regional institutions, government agencies, and the private sector. The IER degree is ideal for students who wish to combine hard quantitative skills with a strategic understanding of the institutions and policy environment in which they are or will be working. Embracing development, environmental policy, and issues related to emerging markets and low-income countries, MAIER offers students the opportunity to supplement their studies in the School of International Service with courses in the Department of Economics, Kogod School of Business, and Washington College of Law.


As top scholars and practitioners in their fields, International Economic Relations professors regularly publish books and articles, appear in national and international media, and interact with students both inside and outside the classroom. Our distinguished international faculty includes economists, political scientists, and international relations experts.

Prime Location

With residents and visitors drawn from all over the world, Washington, DC, is a vast campus that extends far beyond the SIS classroom. The International Economic Relations degree’s academic content is complemented by internship, research, mentoring, and policy-oriented opportunities available to students in DC. These opportunities make American University the ideal place to study international economic relations and to jump-start a career after graduation.

Student Cohort

The MA in International Economic Relations (MAIER) degree is part of the International Economic Relations Program at the School of International Service. Students pursuing this degree will collaborate with their cohort and will work closely with students pursuing the MA in International Economic Relations: Quantitative Methods, MAIER’s sister degree.


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