Launch your career in international trade

  • Complete your degree in as little as 12 months.
  • Develop expertise in quantitative methods for trade policy, economic diplomacy, negotiation, trade laws and institutions, and more.
  • Learn from expert faculty—not teaching assistants—who have decades of experience in major international organizations, including the WTO and the US International Trade Commission.
  • Prepare to lead with a curriculum specifically designed to give you professional experience before you graduate.
  • Leverage our extensive and influential alumni network in Washington, D.C., and other centers of foreign policy, trade, and international relations.

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International Trade

Launch your career in international trade, stimulating innovation, promoting growth, and reducing poverty. Our Master of Arts in International Trade is a 42-credit program that can be completed in 12 months or 16 months. You may take courses in person at our Monterey, California campus or online.

Learn the business, economic, legal, and political forces dominating the international marketplace. Assess major trade issues and learn how to draft policy documents and negotiate for governments, international organizations, or corporations. Gain insight into trade compliance, international finance, and export promotion strategies at regional, national, and global levels.

Experiential Learning

We prepare you for long-term professional success. You will gain real-world experience through your final semester practicum working for an organization like Apple, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the U.S. Department of Commerce. To open up your global career opportunities you can take content courses in a second language and/or courses in intercultural competence.

Earn two degrees in four semesters and 60 credits for careers at the intersection of development and international trade: the Joint MA in International Policy and Development/MA in International Trade focuses on policy and the Joint MPA/MA in International Trade focuses on management.

Why Study at the Middlebury Institute?

Advance Your Career

Your career and academic advising are integrated, so your courses will align with your career goals.

Gain Professional Experience

Be fully immersed in the field through real-world class projects and summer and fall internships.

Build Global Proficiency

Take content courses in intercultural competence and a second language, expanding your career opportunities.

Learn Real Solutions for Today’s Trade Challenges

Focused on the Global Marketplace

“The work that we’re doing in the classroom genuinely reflects the types of questions that are going on in the professional world. And I know that because having gone to D.C. and spoken with alumni and listened to the type of work that they’re doing, nothing sounded unfamiliar to me.” – Shenique Moxey (student)

Building Careers in Trade

“I get to listen to their problems, their issues with trade, and I get to work with them to figure out a solution. It really is a great space for me to work in that touches on the international development world and it really utilizes trade as a lever for that development.” – Loren Hall (alumnus)