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Certificate in International Economics

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

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Office of Non-Degree Programs 
1740 Massachusetts Ave NW 
Washington, DC 20036 

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

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



Through this course you will develop the analytic tools used to understand how the economy functions in aggregate.

The primary purpose of the tools is to explain national levels of output, employment, prices and the rate of interest, as well as changes in these variables over time. You will assesses the role of government policy in determining these outcomes and learn about short-run economics fluctuations and long-run economic phenomena, including growth.



Learn about theory of decision-making under conditions of scarcity and uncertainty. This course will analyze choice and demand, production, cost, the firm and market structure, market failure and uncertainty.

There will be an emphasis on economics efficiency and application of theory to decisions and policy problems, as well as game theory. The course is taught at the intermediate level and includes a mathematics tutorial for basic calculus skills.


International Monetary Theory

This course covers the basic theory underlying the international monetary system. 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, interests rates and capital flows; central banking and monetary policy in open economies; exchange rate regimes; and macroeconomic policy in open economics.


International Trade Theory

This course considers the theory and practice of international trade and investment. The first part of the course examines the cause of trade, the sources of the gains from trade and the domestic and international distribution of those gains.

The second part examines the instruments and consequences of trade policy measures, especially tariffs and quantitative restrictions; addresses preferential trade agreements; and the practice of trade policy.

Featured Faculty

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

Cristino Arroyo

Associate Director of the International Economics Program, Senior Lecturer in International Economics

Mine Senses

Associate Professor of International Economics

Paul Piveteau

Assistant 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.