2018-2019 Bulletin 
    Jun 20, 2024  
2018-2019 Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Global Commerce and Finance, MS

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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 313 - Microeconomic Analysis OR SPE 313 - Microeconomics and Public Policy
  • SP&E 352 - Comparative Political Economy OR SP&E 411 - International Political Economy
  • SP&E 471 - Strategic Modeling for Politics, Economics, & Business

Quantitative Methods (8 units)

  • PP 481 - Quantitative Research Methods
  • PP 482 - Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

Students with a suitable mathematical background may choose:

  • Econ 381 - Probability and Statistics for Economists
  • Econ 382 - Econometrics I

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
  • ECON 359 - International Finance and Economic Development
  • ECON 374 - Trade and Development Policy
  • INST 401 - World Politics
  • SP&E 418 - Political Economy of International Development
  • PP 487 - Applied Data Analysis
  • POST225 - Politics of Africa

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