Choose from among the options on the side bar to explore the various components of the MA program offered by the Graduate Program in International Political Economy and Development (IPED).
The MA Program
The Graduate Program's Master of Arts in International Political Economy and Development (IPED) is a 12 course curriculum designed primarily for future and present professionals involved with international economic issues as policy analysts and administrators. Our students usually find employment as financial analysts and economists in business; as policy analysts, economists and program managers in government; or as project managers in the non-profit sector. Such careers require an understanding of political and social perspectives and demand a knowledge of economic analysis. As a capstone experience, students must pass a comprehensive examination based on their course work.
The MA program also provides important practical training so useful for job placement. Students must complete an approved internship if they do not already possess relevant professional experience. The IPED Program sponsors a number of internships, both in the United States and abroad, as well as an Emerging Markets Travel Program. On a competitive basis, the Graduate Program also offers several international travel scholarships, overseas language immersion study awards, and internship fellowships and stipends.
The Certificate Programs
As part of their 12 MA courses, IPED students may also fulfill the requirements for an Advanced Certificate in Emerging Markets and Country Risk Analysis. This certificate is also open to qualified visiting students from other universities as well as currently employed professionals. The required course work for this certificate is given only during the summer.
Also as part of their 12 MA courses, IPED students may also fulfill the requirements for an Advanced Certificate in Financial Econometrics and Data Analysis. The required course work for this certificate is given during the fall and spring semesters.
The Dual Degree Programs
Economics: Students with a strong interest in economic analysis can complete Dual MA's in IPED and Economics. Since the strong economic training in the IPED Program can be used to obtain advanced standing toward the MA in Economics, a student can complete both MA's within two years (including one summer).
Law: Given the growing importance of commercial and financial issues in international law, a number of students have sought to enhance their legal education by doing the MA in IPED, either prior to or after their legal studies. A Dual MA/JD Program makes it possible for Fordham Law students to combine some of the requirements if both degrees are done at Fordham.
The PhD at Fordham: A small but regular number of students, primarily interested in research or academic careers, have used the IPED program to gain an advanced interdisciplinary knowledge of international issues before doing specialized doctoral studies in the social sciences. Course work in the IPED Program can be used to fulfilled some of the requirements for the PhD at Fordham in Economics.