Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Our master’s in international trade and economic diplomacy is a three-semester, 48-credit program. The first two semesters take place on our campus in Monterey, California; the third semester takes place out of our offices in Washington, D.C. but other locations are available with approval from the program chairs. Graduates are trained in international trade policy, economic diplomacy, and work with businesses, government, intergovernmental organizations, and NGOs.

Duration Start Date Credits Thesis or Practicum Language Competency Program Co-chairs
Three semesters, full time August 48 Capstone required Required

Robert Rogowsky, PhD

Wei Liang, PhD

Sample course schedule »

Core Course Work

The core interdisciplinary course work and integrated professional experiences will prepare students to launch careers in international trade and economic diplomacy. The degree requirements are as follows:

1. Economic Diplomacy Core

These courses focus on providing a fundamental and advanced understanding of economic diplomacy. Sample courses:

  • Introduction to Economic Diplomacy
  • International Trade Negotiation Simulations
  • International Trade: Theory and Practice

2. International Trade Core

This course work focuses on providing an advanced understanding of international trade policy. Sample courses:

  • International Trade Policy and Institutions
  • International Trade Law and Dispute Resolution
  • Currency, Capital Flows, and Financial Crises

3. Language and Intercultural Competency Core

Courses taught in the language of study combine language skills development with topics related to graduate degree work and professional interests. Our intercultural competency offerings provide students with the cross-cultural communication skills needed to pursue global careers. Sample courses:

  • Arab-African Relations (in Arabic)
  • Green Enterprise and Innovation (in Spanish)
  • Japan: Soft Power (in Japanese)
  • Business Chinese (in Chinese)
  • Economic Statecraft, Culture, and Conflict Resolution

4. Quantitative Analysis Tools Core

These courses focus on building an analytical foundation for analyzing trade issues. Sample courses:

  • Business Statistics
  • Quantitative Methods for Trade

5. Electives

Electives build on your expertise in domains that will benefit your career. Sample courses:

  • US-East Asia Trade and Investment Policy
  • China: Trade, Diplomacy & Development
  • Global Economic Governance
  • Latin America: Development Challenges 
  • Trade Based Financial Crimes and Financial Investigations & Compliance

6. Capstone

Students will complete an economic diplomacy capstone project. This is an intensive writing project directed by ITED faculty and aimed at improving research, analysis, and writing skills; demonstrating knowledge and abilities; and building connections and networks in the community in areas of students’ specialization. An oral exam concludes the project.

7. Semester in Washington, D.C.

In addition to completing the capstone project, students in D.C. take courses on business–government relations and economic statecraft and conflict resolution, and a seminar on advanced trade topics. Evening classes allow students to pursue internships, which are encouraged but not required. Students who intern in D.C. in the summer prior should consider continuing the internship during the semester. Students who prefer to complete their final semester in Monterey or another location will have the option to complete their degree requirements via remote class attendance pending approval from the program chairs.

Please note that most international students will have to complete the final semester in D.C. (or their home location). Also note that remote coursework may adversely affect some living allowance benefits for students on VA assistance.

Sample Course Schedule*

Fall Start, Full Time, Three Semesters

Fall 1 18 Credits
Introduction to Economic Diplomacy (workshop) 0
Introduction to Trade Policy and Institutions 4
Business Statistics 2
International Trade: Theory and Practice 4
International Trade Law and Dispute Resolution 4
Language Studies 4
Spring 1
16 Credits
Career Management Course 0
International Trade Negotiation Simulation OR 
Quantitative Analysis for Trade Policy
Currency, Capital Flows, and Financial Crises 4
Language Studies 4
Electives 4
Fall 2 12 Credits
Economic Diplomacy Capstone Project 2
Comparative Business–Government Relations 2
Seminar: 21st-Century Trade Issues OR
Seminar: Global Economic Governance
Economic Statecraft: Culture and Conflict Resolution 4


*This is a sample degree schedule. Individual student degree schedules will vary. All curricula are subject to revision.