International Political Economy Coursework

GSPIA Core Coursework

  • Quantitative Methods
  • Microeconomics or Macroeconomics
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Capstone Seminar or Thesis
  • Internship
  • Professional Development

MPIA Degree Core Coursework

  • International Affairs
    Understand the major theoretical approaches and issues in international politics. You’ll gain insight into the basic concepts and schools of thought, and examine the major institutions and processes through which foreign policies are made and implemented.
  • International History
    Examine how history can inform policy-making by looking at key watersheds in international history—ones that continue to shape the world in which we live. You’ll study how events have unfolded in the past, and understand how that information may enable us to better deal with the complexity of what’s going on now.
  • International Political Economy


  • International Trade
    International trade is important and controversial. All countries participate in international trade, yet all countries also restrict trade. In every country, you can find people and groups who favor freer trade and others who oppose it. This course will introduce you to economic theories of trade and its application to understanding current trade issues, policies, and negotiations.
  • Political Economy of the International Financial System
    This course will introduce you to important political and economic actors that compose the international financial system. You’ll learn about different types of financial flows and the politics and economics that surround currency policy, sovereign debt, political risk, credit ratings, and regulatory policy decisions.
  • International Financial Policy
    This course focuses on the international financial system and its significance for policy-making. Topics include: the balance of payments, foreign exchange markets, fixed and flexible exchange rates, purchasing power parity, and, alternative monetary regimes. The course will introduce the relevant economic theory and its application to international finance and policies.