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This program provides rigorous training in the economics of international finance, trade, and development for students interested in demanding professional careers and doctoral programs. Read more

This program provides rigorous training in the economics of international finance, trade, and development for students interested in demanding professional careers and doctoral programs.

Program description

What can be done to avoid financial crises? How can growth in the least developed countries be accelerated? How can wealth be distributed equitably and sustainably? This program will allow students to acquire a thorough knowledge of the conceptual and empirical tools of modern Economics applied to international trade, finance, and development.

Tailor your program to fit your interests and goals

The program starts in the first term with a set of courses on economic growth and development, international trade and finance, and quantitative methods. In the second and third terms, students can choose from a wide array of courses and tailor their learning experience to their interests. Some students chose to specialize in development, others in international trade and finance, while others opt instead for a more balanced approach that combines training in both areas.

Students complete an independent study project by the end of the academic year, allowing them to specialize in a policy topic of their choice. They also attend a series of policy lessons delivered by international experts.

Study with experts from academia and international organizations

The master's faculty consists of internationally renowned scholars who have previously held academic positions at MIT, NYU, Chicago, Berkeley, Stanford and Cambridge. They have also worked or held consulting appointments at international organizations, including the World Bank, the IMF, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the European Central Bank.

Degree

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Master Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis awarded jointly with the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. The degree requires the successful completion of 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits of graduate courses (6 credits are equivalent to a 40 hour course), some compulsory and some elective. The students' final program must be discussed with and approved by the Master Director.

Who hires ITFD Graduates?

  • Financial Services
  • International Organizations and Non-profits
  • Consulting Firms
  • Government and Authorities
  • Research and Academic Institutions

Examples of recent ITFD professional placements:

  • BNP Paribas - Global Trade Analyst (Luxembourg)
  • Booz Allen Hamilton - Senior Consultant (McLean, VA, USA)
  • Center for International Development at Harvard University - Research Assistant (Boston, MA, USA)
  • European Central Bank (ECB) - Trainee, Statistic Department (Frankfurt, Germany)
  • European Commission - Trainee in DG Trade, Evaluation Unit (Brussels, Belgium)
  • German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) - Consultant (Gaborone, Botswana)
  • Ministry of Business and Growth in Denmark - Financial Economic Affairs Analyst (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta - Senior Economic Research Analyst (Atlanta, GA, USA)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Project Assistant (New Delhi, India)
  • World Bank - Consultant in Macroeconomics and Growth (Washington, DC, USA)

Examples of recent ITFD PhD program placements:

  • Harvard University
  • Ifo Institute for Economic Research
  • Michigan State University
  • New York University
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
  • University of Rochester



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