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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
  • Economics Elective (ex. Financial Decision-Making)
  • Economics Elective (ex. Cost-Benefit Analysis)



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
  • Skills Workshop (ex. R Programming)
  • Skills Workshop (ex. Data Science and Basic Machine Learning Techniques using Python)



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 (Cross-Sectional and Panel Data Econometrics, Empirical Economic Modeling and Forecasting, Macro and Financial Time Series Econometrics)
  • Economics Elective (Credit Markets & Credit Risks)
  • Economics Elective (Multinational Corporate Finance)
  • Economic Elective (Microeconomics of Development)



Sample Electives

  • Advanced International Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Topics in Trade Theory
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Business Strategies for Global Financial Institutions
  • Creating Markets in Infrastructure
  • Credit Markets & Credit Risk
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Economic Development
  • Financial Decision-Making
  • Financial Derivatives & Risk Management
  • Game Theory
  • Global Investment Management
  • Infrastructure Finance & Modeling
  • International Economic Policy
  • International Financial Markets
  • International Financial Organizations: Institutions & Analytical Methods
  • International Money and Banking
  • Microeconomics of Development
  • Multinational Corporate Finance
  • Quantitative Global Economics
  • Risk Analysis & Modeling


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

Associate Director of the Master’s in International Economics and Finance, Senior Lecturer Professor in International Economics

Mine Senses

Associate Professor of International Economics

Jonathan Hoddenbagh

Assistant Professor of International Economics

Carlos Vegh

Fred H. Sanderson Professor of International Economics

In the News

Elections in the time of COVID-19.

Filipe Campante interviewed on The Brazilian Report podcast, 10/07

Trump’s payroll-tax deferment plan and social security.

Jason Fichtner quoted in The Wall Street Journal, 8/12

India-China trade relations.

Pravin Krishna hosted Transforming India podcast, 7/30

India's response to COVID-19: Part 2.

Pravin Krishna hosted Transforming India podcast, 7/29

U.S. fiscal policy in the wake of COVID-19.

Jason Fichtner participated in Library of Congress webinar, 7/23

Can India wean off its economic reliance on China?

Pravin Krishna quoted in Deutsche Welle, 7/6

Brazil, Bolsonaro, and COVID-19.

Filipe Campante interviewed on Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Relations, 7/5

India's response to COVID-19: Part 2.

Pravin Krishna hosted Transforming India podcast, 6/22

Advance Your Career

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

94% of the one-year Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance Class of 2019 were employed, pursuing fellowships or internships, or had gone on for further study within six months of graduation.*

Recent Employers

  • Deloitte
  • Castalia LLC
  • Center for Global Development
  • CITIC Securities Co., Ltd.
  • Ernst & Young
  • Government of Japan
  • Guidehouse
* Based on results of a survey of students who graduated between December 2018 and August 2019. MIEF survey participation rate was 94%.
  • Hanover Research
  • International Monetary Fund
  • Nithio
  • Strategy&
  • US Department of State
  • US Department of Treasury
  • World Bank Group

Build Your Network

Join an influential alumni network of more than 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.

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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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Upcoming Admissions Events

Oct 22 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Online SAIS Event

Connect Virtually with top Washington DC International Relations Schools

Connect Virtually with top Washington DC International Relations Schools!
Representatives from Johns Hopkins SAIS, Georgetown MSFS, George Washington University Elliot School and American University SIS will be present to answer...

Oct 23 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Online SAIS Event

MIEF Virtual Information Session

The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Office of Admission invites you to learn more about the Master of Arts in International Economics and...

Oct 26 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Online SAIS Event

MAIA Information Session with UNIBO – LMEC & RESD

Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe invites students enrolled in the Laurea Magistrale in Economia, Bologna (LMEC) and in the Laurea Magistrale of Resource Economics and Sustainable Development, Rimini (RESD)...

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 regularly hosts 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.