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Curriculum | MIEF

The MIEF degree is a cohort-based program completed over 11 months through a sequence of 14 courses (56 credit hours), including three quantitative methods courses, five economics electives, skills workshops and the capstone course.
In designing your academic plan, you are required to take the core MIEF courses, but you also choose a combination of International Economics electives.
Coursework begins with a six-week summer term starting in mid-July, and follows the school's regular fall and spring semesters with the addition of a January intersession. The capstone course begins in the spring semester and is competed in the summer.



  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Quantitative Methods I
  • Quantitative Methods II* 
  • International Finance
  • International Trade
  • Economics Elective
  • Economics Elective
January Intersession
  • Skills Workshops (2)
  • Applied Research Project**
  • Quantitative Methods III
  • (Select one course: Cross-Sectional and Panel Data Econometrics; Empirical Economic Forecasting and Modeling; or Macro and Financial Time Series Econometrics) 
  • Economics Elective
  • Economics Elective
  • Economics Elective
  • Policy research project

*Quantitative Methods II meets the first 12 weeks of the Fall semester.

** Applied Research Project meets the second 4 weeks of the Fall semester.

Intersession Skills Workshops

Students take two intersession skills workshops to expand their professional skills and knowledge related to careers in international economics. Past workshops have covered working with economic and statistical analysis tools such as EViews, MATLAB, PcGive, R, and Stata, as well as, address topics related to working in strategic consulting, investment banking, and business strategy roles.

Capstone Course

Students apply the knowledge, skills and tools they have learned in the MIEF program to address an international economics issue impacting the public, private or nonprofit sector. Teams present their findings in a detailed presentation to fellow classmates, faculty and outside professionals in mid-June. Examples of topics include current account sustainability, exchange rate exposure, investment case studies, studies on financial markets and growth, and debt sustainability studies.