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Specializations and Minors | MA

Beyond the requirements of the two-year MAIR, you will have room in your degree for electives, which can be used for a specialization in International Economics or Emerging Markets or a minor in either an international policy area or a region of the world.

International Economics Specialization

An International Economics Specialization provides you with a firm grasp of the theory and tools of economics, finance, and the functioning of the international economic system. These skills are an important component of modern training in international affairs.
Specializations are available in the following areas of International Economics:

  • Quantitative Methods and Economic Theory
  • International Finance
  • Development Economics
  • Economic Policy
  • Infrastructure Finance and Policy

Each requires a prescribed set of four courses in the specialization area with a minimum B+ average grade. Some specializations have other additional requirements. Students who achieve a specialization will have this appropriately denoted on their transcript.
Specializations in International Economics are significantly more demanding in terms of economic knowledge and workload than the required International Economics concentration. Students with no prior background in economics are discouraged from considering one of these specializations.

Emerging Markets Specialization

The Emerging Markets specialization will equip you with the tools to analyze emerging and developing economies. You will gain in-depth policy expertise of the regional political, financial, infrastructural, and macroeconomic policies that shape emerging markets. This additional expertise can be valuable to those interested in working in consultancy or advisory roles in the private, public or nonprofit sectors. 



You have the option to pursue a minor in one of the areas listed below:

Minor Requirements 

  • You can have only one minor and can declare a minor at any time prior to graduation.
  • All minors require three courses (12 credits). Some minors require a specific course(s) and/or language proficiency.
  • You will not receive bidding priority for a minor.
  • You may use a maximum of one applicable cross-listed course (4 credits) toward both a minor and concentration requirements. In the IR concentrations (Conflict Management, Global Theory and History, International Law, International Political Economy) and Asia concentrations (China Studies, Japan Studies, Korean Studies, South Asia Studies, Southeast Asian Studies), the cross-listed course must be from the primary concentration area and not from the 2 additional required courses in the other IR or Asia areas.