Economic and financial analyses increasingly require careful consideration of the international political environment. The MS in Global Commerce & Finance (MSGCF) provides a robust framework for understanding economic and financial interactions as they relate to the global political landscape.

As global economic integration expands, sound financial decisions in the public and private sectors cannot be based solely on domestic considerations. The MSGCF program augments rigorous study in economic theory and analysis with deep examination of the cross-cutting global, regional, and local issues affecting business. Curriculum draws on applied economics and financial analysis, predictive modeling, political economy, new institutional economics, and behavioral economics and neuroeconomics to understand global economic and financial interactions. Hands-on training in quantitative research gives our students a competitive edge, allowing them unique insight into international finance that takes into account the evolving relationship between commerce and international politics and policy. Our transdisciplinary approach creates thoughtful problem solvers who know when to reach across academic boundaries.

Program Highlights
  • Ideal for professionals seeking financial analysis and management positions in business, government, international, and nonprofit organizations.
  • The Division of Politics & Economics has had success placing graduates in top governmental agencies, such as the IMF, as well as in prominent private-sector firms.
  • The distinguished Economics and International Studies faculty and alumni network is a great source for employment.
  • Pursue your MS in conjunction with another degree, such as an MS in Information Systems & Technology. You earn a diploma for each degree and “double count” some units from one program to the other to decrease your required total units.

Program At a Glance

36 units

1.5 years

Fall | Spring | Summer

Economic Sciences, International Studies

Division of Politics & Economics

MS in Global Commerce & Finance

Featured Courses

ECON 350
Global Money & Finance

Provides a sound understanding of contemporary global financial issues with the emphasis on applying relevant intermediate macroeconomic theory.

World Politics

Provides a broad survey of competing perspectives on international relations.

ECON 336
Financial Economics

Explores financial economics through a strong grounding in microeconomic theory and fundamental principles of finance from an economics point of view.

ECON 359
International Finance & Economic Development

Explores international financial issues as they relate to developing and emerging economies.

SPE 352
Comparative Political Economy

Examines interactions between capitalism and democracy, with particular emphasis on how the economy affects politics and how political institutions shape economic policies.

SPE 471
Strategic Modeling for Politics, Economics & Business

Introduces students to decision making and the strategy process through multiple techniques, creating a strategy toolkit with applications in politics, economics, and business.


Core Courses (24 units)

Analytic Framework (16 units)

  • The World Economy: Trade & Finance
  • Microeconomic Analysis for Management & Policy or Microeconomics and Public Policy
  • Comparative Political Economy or International Political Economy or Political Economy of International Development
  • Strategic Modeling for Politics, Economics & Business

Quantitative Methods (8 units)

  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (for students with suitable mathematical background) or Probability & Statistics for Economists
  • Econometrics

Electives (12 units of approved courses)

  • Financial Economics
  • Behavioral & Empirical Finance
  • Global Money & Finance
  • International Finance & Economic Development
  • Trade & Development Policy
  • Macroeconomic Analysis
  • Applied Data Analysis
  • Political & Economic Development in Latin America
  • Politics of Africa
  • Political Economy of Africa
  • World Politics
  • Public Policy in the European Union: Markets & Security
  • Politics & Economic Development in Asia
  • Political Economy of International Development
  • Political Economy of China

Faculty & Research

  • Yi Feng profile image

    Yi Feng

    Luther Lee Jr. Memorial Chair in Government

    Research Interests

    International political economy, Public policy analysis, Quantitative methodology, Global power shifts, Globalization

  • Graham Bird profile image

    Graham Bird

    Clinical Professor of Economic Sciences

    Research Interests

    International finance, international macroeconomics, economic development

  • Thomas Willett profile image

    Thomas Willett

    Horton Professor of Economics
    Director, Claremont Institute for Economic Studies

    Research Interests

    International money and finance
    Political economy of economic policy

  • Mark Abdollahian profile image

    Mark Abdollahian

    Full Clinical Professor

    Research Interests

    Strategic decision making, International political economy, Sustainable development, Growth, Human social cultural behavioral modeling, Econometrics, Predictive analytics, Computational modeling and simulation, Data analytics, Visualization

  • Jacek Kugler profile image

    Jacek Kugler

    Elisabeth Helm Rosecrans Professor of International Relations

    Research Interests

    Causes and consequences of war, Political performance, Nuclear deterrence, Power transition, Political demography, Development, Decision-making

  • Melissa Rogers profile image

    Melissa Rogers

    Assistant Professor of Political Science

    Research Interests

    Comparative politics, political economy, economic inequality, Latin American politics, state institutional and economic development, research design, econometrics

  • C. Monica Capra profile image

    C. Monica Capra

    Professor of Economic Sciences

    Research Interests

    Experimental economics, Behavioral economics, Neuroeconomics

  • Robert Klitgaard profile image

    Robert Klitgaard

    University Professor

    Research Interests

    Public policy, Economic strategy, Institutional reform, Corruption

  • Tom Kniesner profile image

    Tom Kniesner

    University Professor
    Chair, Department of Economic Sciences

    Research Interests

    Labor economics, Health economics, Econometrics

  • Sallama Shaker profile image

    Sallama Shaker

    Full Clinical Professor of Middle East & International Studies

    Research Interests

    Power politics, religion, and culture in the Middle East; Feminization of poverty and global challenges; Islam state politics; Islamic feminism; Cultural diversity; Globalization

  • Joshua Tasoff profile image

    Joshua Tasoff

    Associate Professor of Economic Sciences

    Research Interests

    Behavioral economics, experimental economics, microbial economics

  • Paul J. Zak profile image

    Paul J. Zak

    Professor of Economic Sciences, Psychology & Management
    Director, Center for Neuroeconomics Studies

    Research Interests

    Neuroeconomics, Neuroscience of narratives, Neuromanagement

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