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M.S. in International Commerce & Policy

Program Description

The International Commerce & Policy program (ICP) provides training in the political, legal, cultural and social aspects of global commerce, business and economics. This 37-credit program, distinct from the MBA degree, is designed especially for international and U.S. students wanting to develop proficiency and understanding in areas related to international relations, politics, business, law and policy. The program, usually completed in 15-18 months if the student begins coursework in the fall, consists of a core of 25 credits. From there students may pursue one of several options, including a Commerce track, a Policy track, a non-specialized track, and/or a Thesis track. Students who are non-native English speakers may add English for Business to their core requirements. Up to 3 elective credits may be taken from language courses in the student’s non-native tongue.

Especially for International Students

The program is responsive to the needs and interests of international students, and approximately half of the students enrolled in the ICP program are from abroad (current and former international students come from: Belize, Brazil, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Ivory Coast, Japan, Nigeria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, The United Arab Emirates). Attractive features include:

  • Exposure to key elements of international commerce, policy, administration, and law,
  • Business English component for non-native English-speaking students,
  • Wide range of course options that can be tailored to meet individual interests,
  • Access to the resource of the INTERLINK English language center.

Curriculum

( Must take each of the following classes:  25-26 cr)

ECON 623 International Economics 3 cr
ICP 610 International Commerce & Policy: Case Studies 3 cr
ICP 661 International Political Economy 3 cr
ICP 662 International Competitiveness, Politics,and Policies 3 cr
ICP 670 Law and Legal Principles 3 cr
ICP 689 Professional and Career Development 3 cr
ICP 699 Seminar in Global Strategies (two semesters) 3 cr
  One of the following: 3 cr
ICP 614 International Marketing 3 cr
ICP 615 New Venture Creation 3 cr
ICP 616 Import and Export: Planning and Procedure 3 cr
  One of the following:  
ICP 620 Cross-Cultural Management 3 cr
ICP 621 Global Leadership and Team Development 3 cr
  One of the following:  
ICP 671 International Business Transactions 3 cr
ICP 677 Public International Law and WTO 3 cr
ICP 678 International Commerce and Trade Law 3 cr

Students must choose one of the following tracks: Commerce, Law and Policy, General or Thesis.

Commerce Track

(Choose 12 credits from the following options)

ECON 621 Managerial Economics 3 cr
ICP 613 Future of Business in a Global Economy 3 cr
ICP 614 International Marketing 3 cr
ICP 615 New Venture Creation 3 cr
ICP 616 Import and Export: Planning and Procedure 3 cr
ICP 650 World Bank Issues 3 cr
ICP 671 International Business Transactions 3 cr
ICP 678 International Trade and Commerce Law 3 cr
ICP 686 Internship  -OR- 1-3 cr
ICP 692 Research in International Commerce & Policy 1-3 cr
ICP 690 Banking in a Global Economy 3 cr
ICP 690 Microfinance 3 cr
  MBA 500-Level Courses 2-6 cr  
  One of the following:  
LS 604 Intensive English Language 4 cr
LS 605 English for Business 4 cr
LS 608 Professional Writing and Research 4 cr
IT 603 Information Management 2 – 3cr
IT 604 Project Management 3 cr

Other approved courses 3 cr

Law and Policy Track

(choose 12 credits from the following options)

ICP 650 World Bank Global Issues 3 cr
ICP 663 Comparative Public Policy 3 cr
ICP 671 International Business
Transactions
3 cr
ICP 677 Public International Law and WTO 3 cr
ICP 678 International Trade and Commerce Law 3 cr
ICP 686 Internship   -OR- 1-3 cr
ICP 692 Research in International Commerce & Policy 1-3 cr
ICP 690 Developing Nations: Economics and Politics 3 cr
ICP 690 Non-Profit Organizations 3 cr

Other approved courses 3 cr

General Track

Students may choose 12 credits of electives from either track above based on their professional interests. 12 cr

Thesis Track

Students may choose a specialized or general track and must take ICP 692 and pass with a grade of A. Students must then enroll in ICP 795, Master’s Thesis. 15 cr

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School as well as demonstrate adequate preparation for successful study in the program.

  • Valparaiso University Graduate Application;
  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent from a college or university. If you have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from Valparaiso University, you are not required to submit an official transcript from Valparaiso University;
  • College level coursework in microeconomics and preferably comparative politics (or its equivalent);
  • Recommendations from two faculty at the student’s undergraduate institution;
  • TOEFL score of at least 550, 213 computer version, 80 iBT version, or completion of comparable level of INTERLINK language instruction.

Early Entry Option for VU Undergraduates

Qualified VU juniors and seniors may apply to begin graduate course work in International Commerce & Policy prior to graduation. This unique program allows students to save time and money on their graduate programs. For more information, students should speak with their academic advisors and contact an admissions counselor at the Graduate School.

Financial Considerations

Students may be surprised to discover the affordable tuition rate at Valparaiso University. Please visit the Student Financial Services website for current tuition rates. Financial aid may be available for students taking 6 credits or more during fall and spring semesters.

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Contact Information

Graduate School & Continuing Education
Kretzmann Hall
1700 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Graduate.School@valpo.edu

219.464.5313 or 800.821.7685

Office Hours
Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST