The International Commerce and Policy, MA program (ICP) is an interdisciplinary course of study to help students from around the world prepare for jobs in the new economy. Unlike traditional international affairs programs, the degree is focused on such international economic issues as global trade and investment. The MA in international commerce and policy differs from an MBA program by providing training in the political, social, and technological aspects of the global economy. In today's world, it is critical for all participants in global markets to understand the multifaceted environment in which they work.

Faculty

The core faculty is augmented by adjunct faculty members who bring a wealth of practical knowledge and experience, as well as strong academic qualifications to the program. Adjuncts are drawn from the U.S. Commerce and State Departments, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the International Trade Commission, among other government agencies, as well as from the private sector, the think tank community, and trade associations.

Courses

Courses are offered primarily in the late afternoon and evening to fit the schedules of busy professionals. In addition to classroom study, the program emphasizes experiential learning by supporting student internships, cooperative education, and research activities with private- and public-sector employers, and sponsoring a variety of study-abroad experiences.

Admissions

Applications

Please see Graduate Admission Policies for general information on graduate admission to George Mason University. Specific information on application requirements and deadlines may be found on the Schar admissions website.

Students from all academic backgrounds are welcome to apply; however, some knowledge of economics, preferably through at least two undergraduate economics courses, is encouraged. While many students may have prior educational and work-related training in business and economics, others see the ICP Program as a bridge from government, education, and other non-business occupations to careers in the global economy.

Completed applications for fall and spring semesters are reviewed on a rolling basis, with late applications considered on a space-available basis. Students may be admitted for nondegree study and apply a limited number of credits toward the master's degree should they choose to apply to the degree program later, in accordance with university policy.

Policies

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP .6 Graduate Policies.

Termination from Program

Students admitted to an Schar graduate program will be terminated from Schar upon receiving one grade of F and are no longer eligible to take courses in Schar. Per university regulation, students are terminated from the university after accumulating grades of F in two courses or 9 credits of unsatisfactory grades in graduate courses.

Program Requirements

The ICP Program requires 36 credits of coursework. All degree candidates must take 21 credits of work in required courses. The remaining 15 credits consist of electives that may include internships, independent studies, and study abroad. Upon entering the program students complete core courses first to prepare for higher-level elective coursework.

Banner Code: PP-MA-ICP

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 36

Core Courses

Three credits of3
Global Political Economy
ITRN 501Methods of Analysis for International Commerce and Policy3
Three credits of3
Macroeconomic Policy in the Global Economy
Three credits of3
Microeconomics and Trade Policy
ITRN 602Global Financial Crises and Institutions3
ITRN 603Global Trade Relations3
Three credits of3
Culture, Organization, and Technology
Total Credits21

Electives

Select 15 credits of electives in consultation with the student's advisor15
Total Credits15

If desired, a student has the option to declare one of three concentrations. Students without a concentration may select any ITRN course, any courses from the concentrations listed below, or other courses as approved by the advisor or program director.

Concentration in Global Finance, Investment and Trade (GFIT)

Select four courses of the 15 elective credits within the area of concentration. Preapproved courses include the following: 112
Negotiating in the International Arena
Global Governance
International Negotiation
International Trade and Technology
International Business Operations and the Multinational Corporation
Special Topics in International Commerce and Policy
Special Topics in International Commerce and Policy: Study Abroad
International Business Transactions: Finance and Investment
United States Law and Global Trade
World Trade Organization and Global Trade
Business-to-Business Marketing in International Commerce
Sources of Growth in East Asia
Fundamentals of International Marketing
Trade and Regulatory Compliance
Global Business and Policy
Business and Politics in Emerging Markets
Global Market Planning Practicum
Country Risk Analysis
European Political and Economic Union
Political Economy and Integration in Latin America
International Contract Negotiation
Trade, Investment, and Politics in South and Southeast Asia
Advanced Trade Policy
Issues in International Management
Topics in Public Policy
International Migration and Public Policy
Illicit Trade
International Financial Policy
Global Governance
Total Credits12
1

Courses must be approved by the student's academic advisor.

Concentration in Global Development and Governance (GDGV)

Select four courses of the 15 elective credits within the area of concentration. Preapproved courses include the following: 112
Global Health Security Policy
Global Governance
Seminar in Comparative Politics and Institutions
Democratization
Comparative Public Management
International Negotiation
Special Topics in International Commerce and Policy
Special Topics in International Commerce and Policy: Study Abroad
Global Economic and Human Development
Sources of Growth in East Asia
Business and Politics in Emerging Markets
Country Risk Analysis
International Environmental Politics
European Political and Economic Union
Political Economy and Integration in Latin America
International Contract Negotiation
Trade, Investment, and Politics in South and Southeast Asia
The NGO: Policy and Management
Issues in International Management
Topics in Public Policy
Labor Markets and Policies
International Migration and Public Policy
Ethics in Public Policy
Public Policy in Global Health and Medical Practice
Global Threats and Medical Policies
Science and Technology Policy in the 21st Century
Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
Illicit Trade
Transnational Crime and Corruption
Human Smuggling and Trafficking
Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
Global Governance
Total Credits12
1

Courses must be approved by the student's academic advisor.

Concentration in Global Risk and Strategy (GRS)

Select four courses of the 15 elective credits within the area of concentration. Preapproved courses include the following: 112
Global Health Security Policy
Nonproliferation and Arms Control
Examining Terrorist Groups
Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction
Food Security
Special Topics in International Commerce and Policy
International Business Transactions: Finance and Investment
Trade and Regulatory Compliance
Global Business and Policy
National Security and the Global Economy
Country Risk Analysis
Managing in the International Arena: Theory and Practice
Emergency Planning and Preparedness
Disaster Response Operations and Recovery
Managing Homeland Security
Seminar in Risk Assessment and Decision Making
Topics in Public Policy
Topics in Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics
International Migration and Public Policy
National Security Management and Policy
International Police Operations
National Security Law and Public Policy
Illicit Trade
Transnational Crime and Corruption
Human Smuggling and Trafficking
Political Violence and Terrorism
Total Credits12
1

Courses must be approved by the student's academic advisor.

Bachelor's Degree (any)/International Commerce and Policy, Accelerated MA

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated MA degree program in International Commerce and Policy. If accepted students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their major and an MA in International Commerce and Policy with a reduced number of overall credits and within a reduced time frame, sometimes within five years. More information on bachelor's/accelerated master's programs may be found in AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. See AP.6.9 Requirements for Master's Degrees.

Admission

Please see Graduate Admission Policies for general information on graduate admission to George Mason University. Specific information on application requirements and deadlines may be found on the Schar admissions website.

To be considered for this accelerated master's program, applicants must have completed a minimum of 75 credits, including at least 12 credits of Government, Economics and/or Global Affairs courses, and have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in all coursework applied to the degree.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses (six credits) that may be counted toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees. In addition, students may take another two courses (six credits) to be held as reserve graduate credit and count only toward the master's degree. The courses are ITRN 500 Global Political EconomyITRN 504 Microeconomics and Trade PolicyITRN 503 Macroeconomic Policy in the Global Economy and PUBP 503 Culture, Organization, and Technology. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in these courses and in coursework applied to their major.

Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, students must submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form to apply credits to the master's degree. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree (excluding summer).