economics

International Economics Master’s (Economics and Finance)

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Gain expertise in economics and finance to thrive around the globe

Are you looking to gain advanced training in the economic, financial, and policy aspects of global business and commerce? Do you seek experience in data analysis training, including in statistical software programs such as SAS?

Valparaiso University’s master’s in international economics and finance (IEF) brings together coursework in business economics, information technology, mathematics, and political science to prepare you for global careers in banking, education, health care, insurance, international development, and more. Here at Valpo, master’s in economics and finance students benefit from well-respected faculty members, small classes, and personalized attention to help you build a degree—and career—that fits your diverse and global aspirations.

Complete your graduate degree in just three semesters

Valpo’s master’s in international economics and finance is offered on campus and can be completed as a full-time student in just three semesters. If you’re a Valpo undergraduate student, you can take three international economics courses prior to enrolling in the program—helping you save both time and money.

Full and
Part-Time options available

Three Semesters to complete degree

Cohort Experience

Obtain optional certificate in SAS

Why choose Valpo’s master’s in economics and finance?

Gain the knowledge and know-how to analyze and address the most pressing issues facing today’s global economy. At Valpo, our master’s in international economics and finance gives you a greater understanding of the interconnectedness of worldwide markets and equips you with the tools and techniques to make financial investment decisions on a global scale.

So, how does Valpo stand out compared to other master’s in economics and finance programs? Here are four ways:

Faculty with vast academic and research expertise

Our faculty are caring, innovative, and well-respected in international economics and finance economics. They’re also expert researchers in development economics, economics of religion, environmental economics, finance economics, international economics, and labor economics. With small classes—most are fewer than 10 students—you’ll also have chances to connect and network with them and your fellow classmates.

A diverse learning environment

At Valpo, our master’s in economics and finance degree is truly global. In fact, in the past two years our graduate students have come from Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, India, Russia, and more.

STEM classification

Valpo’s master’s in international economics and finance has STEM classification, which allows international students to pursue three years of post-graduate employment in the U.S. through Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Training in SAS statistical software

Unlike other finance economics or international economics courses and programs, Valpo’s graduate degree focuses on training you on the statistical software SAS. An optional certificate in the use of SAS can be built right into your program with no additional credit requirements. The knowledge and skills you will learn from SAS have proven to be highly valuable for our recent graduates.

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Finance and international economics courses you will take at Valpo

Our 36-credit-hour master’s in international economics and finance gives you a leg up as you apply economic analysis to real-world financial problems. You’ll pursue finance and international economics courses in topics such as:

  • Economic theory
  • Statistical analysis
  • Professional and leadership skills
  • Electives such as Economics of Developing Nations, International Monetary Theory and Applications, Introduction to SAS, Statistics for Decision Making, and more.

Beyond our finance and international economics courses, many of our graduate students gain additional experience through internships, research opportunities, and teaching assistantships. These are great opportunities to put your learning into action and prepare for careers in finance economics, as an international economist, and much more.

What can you do with a Valpo master’s in international economics and finance Image

What can you do with a Valpo master’s in international economics and finance?

Whether you’re considering a career as an international economist or researcher—or in economic development, international finance, public policy, and more—our master’s in economics and finance will equip you with advanced training in both theory and practice. You’ll gain skills that are applicable to numerous fields. Our recent graduates are working in banking, communications, education, international development, wealth management, and more.

More about careers in finance economics and as international economists

Nearly 100% of Valpo master’s in economics and finance graduates find jobs with a year of graduation.

Employment of economists—including as international economists—is projected to grow 13% over the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Graduates of master’s degree programs who pursue careers as economists and international economists, on average, earn $106,721 a year, according to indeed.com.

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Hear from our master’s in international economics and finance graduates

“Valpo’s master’s in international economics and finance program has given me a well-rounded understanding of economics at the global level. The statistical research projects and supplementary finance courses enhanced my understanding of core economics concepts and gave me valuable quantitative skills. These things, combined with guidance from knowledgeable and helpful professors, have made my degree a worthwhile investment as a young professional.”

— Hannah Birky ’18, IEF

Finance Manager, JLL

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