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Certificate in International Economics

  • Campus: Washington DC
  • Program Duration: Accelerated; One Semester | Part-Time is available

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Washington, DC 20001
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Program Overview

The Certificate in International Economics will allow you to research the flow of capital, labor, investment and trade among nations, while obtaining the qualitative and quantitative skills necessary for economic forecasting. 

Program Duration

You will have the option to complete the four-course certificate either full-time or part-time. Accelerated certificate students enroll full-time in the fall or spring and complete all four courses in one semester. Part-time certificate students can enroll in the fall, spring, or summer term and can complete the four courses in any time frame.


  • International Economics I
  • International Economics II
  • Two (2) electives offered within the International Economics & Finance curriculum

Featured Courses

Gain expertise in financial analytics, economic consulting, international trade, or market research to bolster your career.


International Economics I

This course provides an introduction to the study of international trade. The first part of the course will focus on theoretical frameworks designed to understand the drivers and implications of international trade and review empirical applications of these models.

The second part of the course will cover distributional consequences of trade policy instruments, arguments for trade protection, and the organization of the world trade system. More advanced topics in microeconomics will be introduced throughout the course.


International Economics II

Learn about the basic theory underlying international macroeconomics.

Topics include international financial markets and the macroeconomics of open economies; balance of payments and the trade balance; exchange rates and the foreign exchange market; expectations, interest rates and capital flows; monetary and fiscal policy in open economies; exchange rate regimes; and macroeconomic policy in open economies.


Corporate Finance

This course introduces quantitative tools and framework of financial decision-making. Examines present-value techniques, pricing of financial instruments, trade-off between risk and return, portfolio theory, capital budgeting, financial ratio analysis, behavior of financial markets, capital structure decisions, corporate cost of capital issues, option theory and risk management.

Approach is rigorous and analytical, and goal is to provide students with conceptual understanding of the ideas of financial theory as well as the quantitative methods necessary to pursue careers involving financial decision-making.


International Financial Markets

Learn about issues in international financial markets. The course will cover various markets and financial instruments, including bonds and bond markets, an introduction to derivatives and structured financial products. Learn about the theory of investment, including modern portfolio theory, behavioral finance, fat-tailed distributions/Black Swans and efficient market theory.

The final part of the course will cover a selective history of financial crises, which also introduce basic issues related to financial intermediation (banking and shadow banking). There is a strong emphasis on real world financial instruments, institutions and issues.

Featured Faculty

Study with world-class experts who are renowned for their scholarship, influence, and networks.

Cristino Arroyo

Senior Lecturer in International Economics

Mine Senses

Associate Professor of International Economics

Advance Your Career

As a certificate student, you will have access to Global Career services including career fairs, professional skills courses and the Handshake platform to view and apply to job postings from employers recruiting at John Hopkins SAIS. Accelerated certificate students also gain access to career coaching.

Recent Employers

  • Amazon
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of the Treasury
  • Embassy of Greece
  • Embassy of Indonesia
  • Embassy of Norway
  • Ernst and Young
  • Gartner
  • The Federal Reserve
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • McKinsey and Company
  • National Geographic
  • Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • S&P Global
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • State Department
  • United States Marine Corps
  • United States Navy
  • World Bank Group

Build Your Network

Strengthen and build the skills and network needed to work effectively in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors of international economics.

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Students gain first-hand insights on a wide-range of topics from global experts during events hosted at the school every week, such as renowned economist Jesper Koll (pictured).

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The school's strategic location provides students with invaluable networking opportunities.

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Enriching Professional Experiences with Academic Insights

"Gaining the skillset to actively analyze the reports, projects and institutions that I am a part of at the Board has been incredibly rewarding and has made me a better researcher in my professional role."

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A Valuable and Flexible Opportunity to Gain Expertise in International Relations

"Due to the flexibility of the certificate program, I have been able to easily manage a full-time career and my studies."

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Program Information

Learn more about the requirements to complete the Certificate in International Economics and visa sponsorship for international students.


You will be required to complete four courses: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Trade Theory, and International Monetary Theory. If you’ve previously completed any of the required courses from an accredited institution and received a grade of B- or better, you may take a waiver exam and select an alternate course from the international economics curriculum at the school.

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Visas for Non-US Applicants

The school is able to sponsor F-1 visas for international applicants enrolling in the accelerated certificate program in the fall or spring term or enrolling full-time in the summer term, which is the equivalent of two classes.