The Master of Arts in International Political Economy (MAIPE) trains students to analyze increasingly complex global interactions and to address large-scale political and economic uncertainties.

Assessing globalization’s effects within the interconnected realms of politics, economics, and policy requires a new set of specialized educational tools. The MAIPE program emphasizes deep theoretical understanding in international politics and economics, combined with a strong set of methodological skills that prepare you for the challenges of competition in market economies around the globe. You’ll develop basic skills in microeconomics and macroeconomics while mastering the major conceptual approaches to world politics and international political economy. Students focusing on international economics usually emphasize formal models and econometrics in their methodological training, while those primarily interested in politics emphasize decision theory and statistics. All students are encouraged to develop the sophisticated computer skills most useful in applied situations.

Program Highlights
  • International Studies programming emphasizes rigorous training in cutting-edge technical and analytical skills, close engagement with theoretical and conceptual framework, and mastery of applications and policy issues in the real world.
  • Graduate-only education is offered in small, seminar-style classes taught by highly knowledgeable faculty-scholars.
  • Program emphases include international trade, economic growth, money and finance, regional integration, international regimes and negotiations, globalization, foreign investment, and the economic determinants of regime changes.
  • Pursue your MAIPE in conjunction with another degree, such as a PhD in Economics. 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

48 units

2 years

*This estimate assumes full-time registration and pursuit of the degree. Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Fall | Spring | Summer

International Studies

Division of Politics & Economics

MA in International Political Economy

Featured Courses

SPE 411
International Political Economy

Prepares students to analyze the complex interactions between political and economic trends, both domestically and at the international level. 

World Politics

Provides a broad survey of competing perspectives on international relations.

PP/IS 361
Political Economy of the Middle East

Examines the political economy of the Middle East by looking at the relationships among the state apparatus and policy, economic growth, structural transformation, and social classes.

SPE 315
Game Theory

Analyzes the strategic interaction between individuals, firms, governments, and other groups of people.

IST 504
Quantitative Research Methods

Explores the design of quantitative studies (experimental and non-experimental), the development and validation of measurement instruments, sampling strategies, and more.

ECON 302
Macroeconomic Analysis

Explores the potential causes of short-run fluctuations in output and employment by examining both market-clearing and non-market-clearing explanations and more.


Core Courses (8 units)

Two of the following:
Comparative Political Institutions
Comparative Political Economy
World Politics
International Political Economy

Research Tools (12 units)

Three of the following:

Sequence 1
Quantitative Research Methods
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
Applied Data Analysis

Sequence 2
Mathematics for Economists
Econometrics I
Econometrics II or Econometrics III

Formal & Economic Background (12 units)
Game Theory or Advanced Formal Models

Two of the following:
Macroeconomic Analysis
Microeconomic Analysis
Complexity Theory in Economics & Politics
Foundations of Political Economy
Strategic Modeling for Politics, Economics & Business*
*Required for Track 2 students

Track 1: Applied Political Economy (16 units)

Core Course Requirement: Seminar in International Political Economy

Three of the following:
Globalization & Diversity
Seminar in World Politics: Political Demography
Regional Integration
Environmental Economics
Money & Banking or Global Money & Finance
International Trade Theory & Social Inquiry or International Trade Theory & Policy
Regulatory Policy
Energy & Environmental Policy
American Political Economy
Comparative Politics of the Middle East
Asian Politics
Politics of Developing Countries
Latin American Politics
African Politics
Foreign Policy
Foreign & Defense Policy

Track 2: Applied Agent-based Political Economy (16 units)

Core Course Requirement:
Strategic Modeling for Politics, Economics & Business

Three of the following:
Seminar in Dynamic Modeling
Seminar in Social Network Analysis
Seminar in Computational & Agent-Based Modeling
Advanced Formal Models**
Complexity Theory in Economics & Politics
**Does not “double count” if taken as a core class

Faculty & Research
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Yi Feng

Luther Lee Jr. Memorial Chair Professor

Research Interests

International Political Economy, International Relations, Political Economy of China and Latin America, Quantitative Methodology

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Mark Abdollahian

Full Clinical Professor

Research Interests

Strategic Decision Making, International Political Economy, Sustainable Development

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Jacek Kugler

Elisabeth Helm Rosecrans Professor of International Relations

Research Interests

Causes and Consequences of War, Political Performance, Power Transition

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Melissa Rogers

Associate Professor, International Studies
Co-Director, Inequality and Policy Research Center
Field Chair, Comparative Politics

Research Interests

Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Economic Inequality


Affiliated & Extended Faculty

In addition CGU’s core international studies faculty, students may take courses with tenured or tenure-track international studies faculty throughout The Claremont Colleges.

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