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Curriculum | MIEF

The MIEF degree is a cohort-based program completed over 10 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 is completed in the spring semester.



  • 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; Big Data Analytics (Data Mining); or Macro and Financial Time Series Econometrics) 
  • Economics Elective
  • Economics Elective
  • Economics Elective
  • Capstone - Policy Research Project



Sample Fall Electives
Cost-Benefit Analysis, Economic Development, Environmental Economics, Financial Decision Making, and The Modern Financial System: Money, Banking, and Beyond.

Sample Spring Electives

  • Advanced International Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Topics in Trade Theory
  • Business Strategies for Global Financial Institutions
  • Central Banking in Emerging Markets
  • Credit Markets & Credit Risk
  • Development Finance
  • Global Risk Management and Valuation
  • International Economic Policy
  • International Financial Markets
  • International Financial Organizations: Institutions & Analytical Methods
  • Impact Evaluation in Development
  • Project Finance
  • Public-Private Partnerships: Creating Public Value in Economic and Social Infrastructure
  • Quantitative Global Economics
  • Sustainable Finance and Impact Investing
  • Topics in Development Economics

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. Examples of topics include current account sustainability, exchange rate exposure, investment case studies, studies on financial markets and growth, and debt sustainability studies.