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International Trade and Investment Policy

Elliott School of International Affairs

Master of Arts (M.A.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

A few blocks from the White House, the U.S. Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve and the World Bank, ITIP students have unique access to the institutions and debates that shape global economic policy.

Master’s Degree

An M.A. in International Trade and Investment Policy emphasizes international trade theory and policy, international finance theory and policy, and quantitative analysis involving basic econometrics. All students complete an interdisciplinary core curriculum spanning political science, history, and international economics coupled with proficiency in a foreign language. ITIP students choose a specialty field in economic policy analysis, economic development, or international business.

Graduate Certificate

The Elliott School also offers a Graduate Certificate in International Economic Policy, consisting of 18 credits (6 courses), for professionals and students interested in exploring this topic outside their primary field of study.


Admission Requirements

Admission deadline:

Fall – February 1 (M.A. applicants: to be considered for fellowship support, applications must be submitted by January 15.)
Spring - October 1 (graduate certificate only)

Standardized test scores:

GRE general test (institutional code 5246) M.A. only

Recommendations required:

M.A. - Three (3) letters of recommendation, preferably from professors. Applicants who have been out of school for several years may send recommendations from supervisors or employers.

Graduate certificate - Two (2) recommendations

Prior academic records: 

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If academic records are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided.  The English translations alone should be uploaded into the online application.  Official transcripts and certified English translations will be required of applicants who are offered admission.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of approximately 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at the Elliott School of International Affairs. As part of your statement of purpose, describe your academic and research interests, career objectives, and how a degree from the Elliott School will enable you to achieve your goals. Please be specific.

Additional requirements:

M.A. - A resumé or curriculum vitae; four (4) semesters (or the equivalent) of a modern foreign language prior to admission; and two (2) semesters of introductory economics (one semester each of micro- and macroeconomics). Intermediate micro- and macroeconomics and one (1) semester of statistics are highly recommended preparation for the program, but not required for admission. For additional information on language requirements, please visit:

Graduate Certificate - Applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a graduate program at The George Washington University or another university; or
  • Already posses an advanced degree at or above the master’s level; or
  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum of eight years of professional work experience

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

PLEASE NOTE that Elliott School programs require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.5; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, or 100 on Internet-based

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
 The Elliott School of International Affairs
 The George Washington University
 1957 E Street, NW, Suite 301
 Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202.994.7050 ~ 202.994.9537 (fax)
 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday