2020-2021 Bulletin 
    Apr 19, 2021  
2020-2021 Bulletin

Global Commerce and Finance, MS

The program trains professionals for careers in private sectors, government, multinational organizations, NGOs, nonprofits, and consulting firms, focusing on interactions between economics, business, government, regional development, and international relations. We emphasize the development of analytical skills and real world applications in the areas of global commerce, finance, and trade, along with insights from international politics and policy. The program provides the core foundation for the types of economic, financial, and political analysis needed to function at high levels in today’s rapidly changing world.

Degree Requirements

The MS in Global Commerce and Finance is a 36-unit program.  The program requires that all 9 courses or 36 units be completed with an average grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better.  The program’s Student Handbook provides additional details.

University Policies.  University policies detailed in the Academic Policies  section of the Bulletin apply.

Analytical Framework (16 units)

  • Econ 370 The World Economy: Trade and Finance
  • Econ 312 Microeconomic Analysis for Management and Policy OR 
  • SP&E 313 Microeconomics and Public Policy
  • INST 410 Political Economy of International Development
  • SP&E 471 Strategic Modeling for Politics, Economics, & Business

Research Tools (8 units)

  • INST 400 Math Preparations Workshop (0 units) for those who need basic calculus, linear algebra and probability theory
  • INST 481 Statistical Methods for Social Sciences
  • INST 483 Multivariate Analysis in International Studies Using SAS

Electives (12 units)

Choose 3 classes from the following (units do not double-count if used for core/other classes may be approved by faculty advisor):

  • Econ 302 Macroeconomic Analysis
  • Econ 336 Financial Economics
  • Econ 337 Behavioral and Empirical Finance
  • Econ 350 Global Money and Finance
  • SP&E 359 International Development: Finance, Institutions, and Policy
  • Econ 374 Trade and Development Policy
  • SP&E Seminar in Computational & Agent-Based Modeling
  • SP&E 317 Advanced Formal Models
  • SP&E 438 Dynamic Modeling
  • SP&E 448 Seminar in Social Network Analysis
  • SP&E 486 Data Analytics & Visualization
  • SP&E 488 Advanced Topics in Applied Econometrics