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Master of International Economics and Finance (MIEF)


The Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MIEF) is an 11-month, cohort-based degree program delivered at the Washington DC campus providing an integrated framework through intensive classroom instruction and interaction.

Recognized as a STEM-designated degree program, the MIEF program prepares you to understand advanced economic theories, master professional quantitative and econometric skills, and assess a wide range of international economics and financial scenarios.

Become an Expert

Gain a distinct professional advantage with economics expertise, analytical abilities, and the capacity to apply economic analysis to real-world problems. Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in international finance, public policy, economic development, or research, the MIEF program provides you with a firm grasp of the theory and tools of international economics and finance.

What Your Schedule Will Look Like

Gain an in-depth understanding of advanced economic theories, and master professional quantitative and econometrics skills through the MIEF curriculum.

Summer ​Term

Begin your coursework by developing the ability to use models to interpret the complex reality around us and gain an understanding of the theories governing the behavior of individual units in an economy.


  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Quantitative Methods I


Mid July–August

Fall Term

Become conversant with contemporary issues in the practice of international finance and trade and acquire an advanced framework to solve practical problems through a variety of elective courses. 


  • Quantitative Methods II
  • International Finance
  • International Trade
  • Cost – Benefit Analysis (Economics Elective)
  • Multinational Corporate Finance (Economics Elective)

January Intersession

Conduct in-depth research on a particular area of international economics while developing professional skills and knowledge related to careers in the field.


  • Applied Research Project
  • Stata (Skills Workshop)
  • MATLAB (Skills Workshop)



Spring Term

Examine questions relevant to understanding the world economy while further expanding your knowledge on economics through a variety of elective courses.


  • Quantitative Methods III
  • Credit Markets & Credit Risks (Economics Elective)
  • Financial Decision-Making (Economics Elective)
  • Microeconomics of Development (Economic Elective)




You will apply the knowledge, skills, and tools you have learned in the program to address an international economics issue impacting the public, private, or nonprofit sector through a capstone project. Teams present their findings in a detailed presentation to fellow classmates, faculty, and outside professionals in mid-June.

Learn From the Best

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

Jaime Marquez

Senior Lecturer Professor in International Economics

Marta Giagheddu

Assistant Professor of International Economics

Jonathan Hoddenbagh

Assistant Professor of International Economics

Carlos Vegh

Fred H. Sanderson Professor of International Economics

In the News

The dictators’ last stand.

Yascha Mounk wrote in Foreign Affairs, 8/16

Hong Kong waits for Beijing’s next move. Here’s what the experts say.

Andrew Mertha wrote in The Washington Post Monkey Cage blog, 8/15

Kashmir’s change of status.

Daniel Markey interviewed on BBC World News, 8/15

Grid inefficiencies releasing 1B tons of GHGs.

Sarah Jordaan quoted in E&E News, 8/15

No urgency on Kosovo-Serbia dialogue.

Daniel Serwer cited in Gazeta Express, 8/15

Amid souring relations, U.S. appoints experienced Asia diplomat to Cambodia.

Andrew Mertha quoted on Voice of America Cambodia, 8/15

Justin Trudeau rapped a second time for conflicts of interest.

Christopher Sands quoted in The Washington Post, 8/14

America’s anti-China mood is here to stay.

Joe Renouard wrote in The Diplomat, 8/14

The courage to back down in Hong Kong.

Andrew Mertha wrote in The Hill, 8/14

Advance Your Career

From consultants to entrepreneurs, leaders of nongovernmental organizations to policymakers, Johns Hopkins SAIS graduates put their degrees to work.

100% of MIEF graduates were employed, pursuing fellowships or internships, or had gone on for further study within six months of graduation.*

Recent Employers

  • Citi
  • Deloitte
  • HSBC
  • Federal Reserve Board of Governors
  • U.S. International Trade Commission
  • Institute of International Finance (IIF)
  • International Monetary Fund
  • The World Bank Group

    * Based on results of a survey of students who graduated between December 2017 and August 2018. MIEF survey participation rate was 84%.

Build Your Network

Join an influential alumni network of 20,000 professionals working across sectors in 140 countries around the world.

Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance world bank profile

Students attend the annual Word Bank and IMF meetings in Washington DC.

Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance Albright profile

Students meet with former US Secretary of State, and former Johns Hopkins SAIS student, Madeleine Albright.

Acquiring Insights into Economic Growth and Development in International Relations

"I saw the Hopkins-Nanjing Center as the first time to truly broaden my understanding of China and to research the social, economic and political issues that pertained to the country I had developed such a strong interest in."

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An Entrepreneur Looking to Make a Difference in Africa

"I was very excited to see that the school offers support to students who have an interest in entrepreneurship."

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Beyond the Classroom

Through study treks, practicum projects, staff rides, career treks, and internships, you will gain practical, hands-on experience.

International Finance and Economics Review (InFER)

Become a contributing writer to the student-run, peer-reviewed publication of the Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance program.

International Finance Club

Take advantage of seminars and training sessions that will provide you with technical skills and knowledge to advance your career.

Networking Events

Network with alumni and professionals and organize student-led events exploring your area of interest's challenges and opportunities outside the classroom.

World-Class Events

The school's academic programs and research centers regularly host expert policymakers, CEOs, heads of state, and scholars to campus. Students are encouraged to explore topics of interest by attending lectures, presentations, and special programming.